South Portland’s Juliana Selser leaves the field in her wake as she wins the 800 at last week’s Class A state indoor track and field meet.
Scarborough’s Hannah Griffin swims to victory in the 200 individual medley at last week’s Class A swimming state meet. Griffin helped the Red Storm place second to Cony as a team.
Cape Elizabeth’s Matthew Concannon races to victory in the Class B boys’ 200 at last week’s state championship meet. The Capers tied for ninth as a team.
February vacation week was anything but a break for local athletes, who turned heads at the indoor track, swimming and skiing skate meets.
Here’s a recap:
Scarborough’s indoor track program continued its dominance over the Class A world last Monday at the state meet at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham, where the Red Storm boys won the crown outright, while the girls shared the title with Cheverus.
The boys tallied 79 points to hold off Deering by 13.
Scarborough was led by record-setting sprinting standout Jarret Flaker. The sophomore set new marks in winning the 55 (6.5 seconds) and the 200 (22.32). He also was first in the 400 (49.87).
“I just was thinking about my form and staying focused,” Flaker said. “After running at bigger meets last year – at nationals and New Englands – I’m not as nervous this year. Coach (Derek Veilleux) said my 200 was the best he’s seen me run all year.”
“He did these things without running on a banked track and when he does, he’ll go even faster,” said Veilleux. “He’s a special athlete and he likes competition.”
The Red Storm also got a win from Anthony Clavette in the high jump (6 feet, 4 inches).
Also scoring were Drew Gardner (tied for second in the pole vault, 13 feet), Tristram Coffin (third in the mile, 10 minutes, 6.17 seconds), Nathan Mars (fourth in the shot put, 44-4.5), Ben Hatch (fourth in the 55, 6.7, and seventh in the long jump, 19-3.25), Clavette (fourth in the triple jump, 40-6, and sixth in the 55 hurdles, 8.43), Connor Coffin (fifth in the mile, 10:11.48) and the runner-up 4×800 relay team (Harrison Osborne, Erik Larkin, Tristram Coffin and Noah Drapeau, 8:24.25).
South Portland (7 points) tied Lewiston for 16th place. The Red Riots’ points came from Nathan Begonia (fourth in the 55 hurdles, 8.17) and Benjamin Sivik (fifth in the 200, 23.71).
Scarborough’s girls posted 67 points, which is the same amount Cheverus scored, so the teams split the title.
The Red Storm got a win from Molly Murnane in the 55 (7.23). Also scoring were Emily Labbe (runner-up in the 55 hurdles, 8.58, and sixth in the 200, 26.5), Anna Gardner (second in the pole vault, 10-0), Murnane (third in the 200, 26.12, and third in the 400, 58.69), Madison Marinko (third in the 55 hurdles, 8.83, and seventh in the long jump, 16-6.5), Bethany Sholl (fourth in the two-mile, 11:46.79, and fifth in the mile, 5:29.08) and Gaby Panagkos (fifth in the 400, 1:01.34). Scarborough’s 4×200 relay team (Panagakos, Gardner, Marinko and Labbe) was second to Falmouth in 1:50.62 and its 4×800 relay squad (Ellie Patten, Ryanne Cox, Sholl and Panagakos) finished sixth (10:28.87).
South Portland (32 points) came in fifth. The Red Riots were once again paced by standout Juliana Selser, who won the 800 (2:21.12) and the mile (5:12.15). Rebekah Hunnewell-Dunphe was runner-up in the shot put (33-5.75). Anna Folley placed fourth in the 800 (2:24.98).
At the Class B meet, Cape Elizabeth’s girls tallied 29 points and came in seventh (Greely won with 63 points). The Capers were led by Darcy Cochran, who won the 55 hurdles (8.51) and was third in the 200 (26.68). Also scoring were Jaya McClure (fifth in the 400, 1:02.72), Kristen Penley (sixth in the long jump, 15-10.5) and the runner-up 4×200 relay team (McClure, Zoe Preble, Penley and Cochran, 1:51.84).
The Cape Elizabeth boys had 16 points and tied Orono for ninth place (Greely took the title with 68). The Capers’ points came from 200 champion Matthew Concannon (23.32), who was also third in the 55 (6.84).
The final event of the winter sports season will be the New England championship meet Saturday in Boston. Local qualifiers included Cape Elizabeth’s Cochran (girls’ high hurdles), Concannon (boys’ 300), McClure (girls’ 600) and the Capers’ girls’ 800 relay team, Scarborough’s Clavette (boys’ high jump), Flaker (boys’ 55 and 300), Hatch (boys’ 55), Labbe (girls’ high hurdles), Marinko (girls’ high hurdles), Murnane (girls’ 55) and the girls’ 800 relay team and South Portland’s Folley (girls’ 1,000), Hunnewell-Dunphe (girls’ shot put) and Selser (girls’ 1,000).
Cape Elizabeth’s girls’ swim team won another Class B state title, while the Scarborough girls almost took top honors in Class A.
The Capers tallied 351 points to edge Greely by 16 and repeat as Class B champions.
Performer of the Meet Olivia Tighe set a new state record in the 100 freestyle (50.23 seconds) and won the 500 free in 5 minutes, 3.21 seconds. She also anchored a new record-setting 200 freestyle relay team, that also featured Caroline Mahoney, Hope Campbell and Alicia Lawrence, and had a time of 1:36.20.
“Two state records in the span of three events, that’s impressive,” Cape Elizabeth coach Ben Raymond said. “I think that energized the team a lot. They know how hard (Olivia) works.”
Other first-place performers included Caroline Mahoney in the 200 free (1:53.67), Alicia Lawrence in the 50 free (23.79) and champion 400 freestyle (3:32.97) relay teams.
Mahoney finished second in the 100 backstroke (56.53). Lawrence was runner-up in the 100 free (52.28). Campbell placed third in the 50 free (24.76) and fourth in the 100 free (55.35). Christiana Pinette was fifth in diving (231.90 points). Emma Frothingham placed fifth in the 500 free (5:34.41) and was sixth in the 100 butterfly (1:02.48). Maddie McCormick finished seventh in the IM (2:25.41) and was seventh in the 100 breaststroke (1:14.61). Zoe Evans placed eighth in the IM (2:26.10). Casey Concannon came in eighth in the backstroke (1:05.98).
Cape Elizabeth overcame a disqualification in the medley relay to still finish atop the field.
“The girls definitely felt pressure at the beginning,” said Raymond. “To see how hard they worked to come back, I think they feel really good about it, and they should. Not just our top swimmers, but all the middle swimmers really had great days. We didn’t really talk about (the DQ). We just focused on what’s next, not on what already happened. You can’t do anything about that.”
In the Class B boys’ meet, won by Mt. Desert Island with 343 points, Cape Elizabeth placed third with 239 (Ellsworth was runner-up). The Capers got a win from Rohan Freedman in the 200 free (1:49.33).
Cape Elizabeth’s medley relay team (Oliver Kraft, Sam Loring, Matt Yim and Freedman) was second to MDI in 1:41.61. The 400 free relay squad (Kraft, Loring, Yim and Freedman) placed third in 3:23.99. Hajmil Carr was the diving runner-up (218.20 points). Kraft finished second in the backstroke (54.43) and third in the fly (55.03). Loring was third in the breaststroke (1:03.27) and fifth in the 100 free (49.82). Freedman placed fourth in the 100 free (49.01). Yim was fifth in the 500 free (5:18.16) and seventh in the 200 free (1:55.90).
In the Class A girls’ meet, Scarborough’s girls scored 259 points to finish 21 behind Cony as the Red Storm placed second for the second time in three years. Scarborough got wins from Hannah Griffin in the IM (2:11.58) and its 400 free relay team (Morgan Porter, Jane Greenberg, Emma MacDonald and Griffin, 3:44.35).
Griffin was also runner-up in the 50 free (25.08). Porter was second in the 200 free (1:59.70) and third in the 500 free (5:24.16). Greenberg placed third in the 50 free (25.77) and fourth in the 100 free (56.60). Charlotte Pratt came in second in the backstroke (1:02.10) and was third in the 100 free (56.39). MacDonald was third in the IM (2:17.42) and sixth in the 500 (5:34.70).
The Red Storm’s 200 free relay team (Porter, Pratt, Greenberg and Griffin) was runner-up to Cony in 1:40.95. The medley relay squad (Megan Caldwell, Pratt, MacDonald and Mackenzie Charest) placed eighth (2:01.69).
“We swam really well,” Scarborough coach Eric French said. “We did what we could. We’re not upset at all.”
South Portland had 146 points to come in seventh. Molly Mawhinney won the breaststroke in 1:09.18. The Red Riots’ medley relay team (Kristina McCarthy, Mawhinney, Margaret Jones and Kiley Matthews) was runner-up to Cony in 1:56.86. Jones was fourth in the fly (1:02.64) and fifth in the IM (2:21.23). Glen Ratliff finished seventh in the diving competition (236.55 points). South Portland’s 200 free relay team (Matthews, Jones, Abbie Brier and Mawhinney) was eighth (1:48.87).
The Class A boys’ title was won by Cheverus for the sixth year in a row with 328 points. South Portland (112) was eighth and Scarborough (90) was 12th.
The Red Riots were paced by Jesse Pearlman, who was fourth in diving (307.70). Sam Goodine-Doane was fourth in the 100 free (50.26) and seventh in the 200 free (1:56.62). Logan Kavanagh was sixth in the 500 free (5:22.51). Brayden Gilbert placed eighth in the 50 free (23.77). South Portland’s 400 freestyle relay team (Gilbert, Kavanagh, Viktor Maksimov and Goodine-Doane) was fifth in 3:41.62.
The Red Storm were led by Gavin McLeod, who was runner-up in the 500 free (5:03.07) and came in fifth in the 100 fly (55.44), and Sam Greenberg, who was fifth in the 50 free (23.03) and seventh in the 100 free (51.31).
Cape Elizabeth’s boys’ Alpine team won the Class B state title, as its 71 points was more than enough to hold off runner-up Yarmouth (129).
Ian Geikie won the giant slalom with a two-run combined time of 1 minute, 26.20 seconds) and was fifth in the slalom (1:15.51). Killian Lathrop won the slalom (1:13.76) and came in fourth in the GS (1:28.48). Duncan Geikie finished seventh in the GS (1:29.46) and 16th in the slalom (1:20.79). Gannon Stewart placed 15th in the slalom (1:20.75). Wylie Fiutak placed 22nd in the GS (1:35.40).
In the girls’ meet, won by Fort Kent, Cape Elizabeth placed eighth. Adeline McGrath was ninth in the GS (1:33.47) and 26th in the slalom (1:32.03). Morgan Stewart placed 32nd in the GS (1:40.72) and 45th in the slalom (1:43.68). Tori McGrath was 37th in the slalom (1:38.31) and 46th in the GS (1:49.42). Piper Struck finished 38th in the GS (1:44.28) and 47th in the slalom (1:45.93).
In Nordic competition, Cape Elizabeth didn’t score as a team, but several individuals took part.
Peter DiNinno was 15th in the boys’ classical (17 minutes, 25.4 seconds) and 62nd in the freestyle (22:35.2). Henry Menz came in 53rd in the classical (20:50.9) and 56th in the freestyle (19:19.9).
Helen Vaughan was 39th in the girls’ classical (26:03.1) and 42nd in the freestyle (24:13.1). Meredith Hetrick placed 45th in the classical (34:55.0) and 45th in the freestyle (33:12.8).
Portland Press Herald writers Deirdre Fleming and Glenn Jordan contributed to this story.