Scarborough boys win historic track title; Several locals also impress

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Scarborough’s outdoor track team stole the show at Saturday’s Class A state championship meet in Hampden, coming in first to complete a cross country, indoor and outdoor track sweep of the school year.

The Red Storm won their first Class A outdoor track title since 2013 by tallying 84.5 points, which easily outdistanced runner-up Falmouth (55). South Portland (54 points) came in third.

Scarborough was led by Sam Rusak, who had a day to remember.

Rusak became the first schoolboy to win four individual events at a Class A state meet since 1979 as he triumphed won the 110 hurdles (in 15.01 seconds), the 200 (22.82), the high jump (6 feet) and the pole vault (15-6).

“Our distance runners had won states in cross country and indoor track and I wanted to push as hard as I could for them so they would be able to win all three (state titles),” said Rusak.

Rusak was seeded first in three events but was seeded third in the 200.

“I thought I was better than third, but I didn’t think I’d win it,” Rusak said. “That was the biggest surprise, hands-down. To come out with four wins was amazing. It’s indescribable, really. Just the full year’s work just coming off.”

Rusak scored nearly half of his team’s points and would have finished seventh by himself, but he knew every point mattered for his team to win the title.

“Coming in, we were seeded to lose by half a point,” Rusak said. “I think our team doing well all around is amazing.”

Scarborough coach Derek Veilleux said Rusak was “phenomenal.” 

“He (set personal records) in three out of the four events, all but the high jump,” Veilleux said.

The Red Storm also got points from Andrew Sholl (runner-up in the 800, 1 minute, 59.19 seconds, and seventh in the two-mile, 10:04.60), Colin Tardiff (second in the mile, 4:23.36, and runner-up in the two-mile, 9:36.20), Alex Dionne (who finished in a four-way tie for fourth in the pole vault, 12-0), Ben Batoosingh (fifth in the 300 hurdles, 42.35), Connor Langlois (seventh in the 300 hurdles, 42.56) and their runner-up 4×800 (Connor Doherty, Shamus Malia, Sholl and Tardiff, 8:05.96), fifth-place 4×100 (Christopher Dionne, Alex Dionne, Batoosingh and Langlois, 45.14) and sixth-place 4×400 (Batoosingh, Sholl, Malia and Tardiff, 3:35.64) relay teams.

South Portland was paced by Daniel Guiliani, who set another new record in the shot put (67-3.25) and was second in the discus (16-48), and Ruay Bol, who won the triple jump (45-1), finished runner-up in the long jump (21-4) and placed fourth in the high jump (5-10). Steven Smith finished runner-up in the racewalk (7:09.27). Also scoring were Jacob Maloney (sixth in the mile, 4:29.11) and the fourth-place 4×100 relay team (Noah Blake, Maxwell Holmes, Benjamin Sivik and Gary Maietta, 44.73).

Falmouth won the Class A girls’ crown with 75 points. Scarborough (37 points) came in sixth and South Portland (27) placed ninth.

The Red Storm were led by Bethany Sholl, who won the two-mile in 11:36.85. Ellen Shaw finished third in the 100 hurdles (15.93). Gaby Panagakos was third in the 400 (58.64). Laura Volan placed fourth in the mile (5:20.52). Maggie Franz came in fifth in the 400 (1:00.76). Scarborough’s 4×800 (Marisa Carbone, Emma Koukos, Samantha Saraceno and Panagakos, 10:09.01) and its 4×400 (Shaw, Franz, Caitlin McCaffery and Panagakos, 4:15.48) relay teams both came in fourth.

The Red Riots got a first-place showing from Juliana Selser in the 800 (2:20.48). Lingdong Bol was runner-up in the high jump (5-2). Abby Donahue was fourth in the racewalk (8:25.75). Callie O’Brien finished fifth in the 300 hurdles (49.09). South Portland’s 4×400 relay team (Erica Magnuson, O’Brien, Bol and Selser) placed sixth (4:18.10). 

The Class B meet was held in Bar Harbor, where York’s girls held off Belfast, 68-60, for the top spot. Cape Elizabeth failed to score.

In the Class B boys’ meet, won by Foxcroft Academy with 71 points. Cape Elizabeth did not score. Mac Huffard fell just short of registering a point in the mile, coming in eighth (4:42.36). 

One meet left

The outdoor track and field season concludes Saturday with the New England championship meet in New Britain, Connecticut.

Local boys’ qualifiers include Scarborough’s Rusak (high hurdles and pole vault), Sholl (800) and Tardiff (mile).

Girls’ qualifiers include Scarborough’s Shaw (high hurdles) and Sholl (two-mile) and South Portland’s Bol (high jump) and Selser (800).

Bangor Daily News staff writer Larry Mahoney and Sun Journal staff writer Wil Kramlich contributed to this story.

Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.

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Scarborough’s Sam Rusak clears the bar at 6 feet to win the high jump at Saturday’s Class A state track meet. The Red Storm won the team title.

South Portland’s Abby Donahue heads toward a fourth-place finish in the racewalk at Saturday’s Class A state meet.

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