Strong local showings at state track meets

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Local track and field standouts took their show north for the state championship meets Saturday.

The Class A meet was held in Hampden, where Cheverus’ girls’ team, with one star individual in particular, excelled.

The Stags scored 60 points, which left them third behind Falmouth (75) and Lewiston (62). Deering (14 points) and came in 16th and Portland (5) tied Oxford Hills for 25th place.

Cheverus was paced by Emily Turner, who set a new state record in the winning the 400 (56.57 seconds). Turner also won the 100 (12.70) and 200 (25.92) and anchored a champion 4×400 relay team (which also included Sophia Pompeo, Katelyn Gendron and Emma White), which had a time of 4 minutes, 9.51 seconds.

“I was amazing,” Turner said. “I was surprised how well the meet went. I was just hoping to (personal record) in the 400 and move up in the 200. I didn’t think (the 100) would work out like it did.”

“Emily came from behind to win the 200 at the last instant and came from behind to win the 400 as well,” said Cheverus coach Steve Virgilio. “Last year, Jake Dixon ran the fastest time ever recorded in the boys’ 400 in Maine state history. This year, his former teammate, Emily, accomplished the same feat on the girls’ side. Emily led the 100 from start to finish, set four personal bests and led all scorers in the meet.”

Also scoring for the Stags were Emily Grinnell (runner-up in the discus, 115-0), Hannah Abbott (fifth in the discus, 104-5, and seventh in the shot put, 35-2.75), White (fourth in the long jump, 16-6.75, and sixth in the triple jump, 33-11), Gendron (seventh in the 300 hurdles, 49.33) and their seventh-place 4×100 relay team (Gendron, Abbott, White and Sarah Mount, 52.17).

“The team had a great day,” Virgilio said. “It was one of the best in school history, where multiple precedents were set. It earned the highest team finish ever in outdoor track and a program high in points.”

The Rams were led by their third-place 4×800 relay team (Lucy Tumavicus, Grace Tumavicus, Elizabeth Erbe and Nichole Whipkey, 10:05.88). Annah Rossvall was fourth in the 300 hurdles (49.06). Whipkey came in fifth in the 800 (2:26.11). Neilab Habibzai placed seventh in the discus (103-0).

The Bulldogs got points from Ella Altidor, who was fourth in the 100 (13.12) and seventh in the 200 (26.99). 

The Class A boys’ title was won by Scarborough with 84.5 points. Deering (46) came in sixth and Cheverus (3) was 24th. Portland did not score.

The Rams were led by Paolo DeMarco, who won the 300 hurdles (39.86) and was second in the 200 (22.86). DeMarco’s time in the 300 hurdles made him just the third Deering runner to ever run a sub-40 second time in that event. Abdi Hassan placed third in the 800 (2:00.02). Ezra Chapola came in fifth in the triple jump (41-6.25). Deering’s 4×100 relay team (Jabari Washington, Chapola, Songha Loth and DeMarco) was runner-up to Falmouth in 44.21 seconds and broke the school record which dated to 1983 in the process. The 4×400 relay squad (Gabe Luka, Chapola, Hassan and DeMarco) was also second (to Marshwood) in 3:30.34. The 4×800 relay squad (Wilder Baldwin, Alex Troxell, Yahya Nure and Hassan) finished fifth (8:24.85).

The Stags’ points came from Christian Gilliam, who was sixth in the javelin (147-11), and Luke Trickey, who placed seventh in the 200 (23.49).

McAuley and Waynflete took part in the Class C state meet in Foxcroft.

The Flyers boys had 2 points to tie Carrabec for 31st place. Orono won the title with 78.6 points. Waynflete’s points came from Willson Moore, who placed sixth in the mile (4:48.24). 

In the girls’ meet, McAuley tallied 15 points to tie North Yarmouth Academy for 13th place, while Waynflete did not score (Orono won that title as well with 168.75 points, more than 100 better than runner-up Sacopee Valley).

The Lions’ points came from Sophia Krieckhaus, who was runner-up in the shot put (35-11.5) and seventh in the discus (88-4), and Samantha Witkowski, who placed third in the pole vault (8-0).

One meet left

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

Boys’ qualifiers included Cheverus’ Gilliam (javelin) and Trickey (200) and Deering’s DeMarco (300 hurdles), Hassan (800) and the Rams’ 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams.

Girls’ qualifiers included Cheverus’ Grinnell (discus), Turner (200 and 400), White (long jump) and its 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams and Deering’s Rossvall (300 hurdles). 

Bangor Daily News staff writer Larry Mahoney contributed to this story

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Cheverus standout Emily Turner leaves the field in her wake en route to victory in the 100 at the Class A state track and field championship meet Saturday in Hampden. Turner also won the 200 and 400 and anchored a champion 4×400 relay team in helping the Stags come in third as a team.

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