The fun is about to being in earnest for city runners, jumpers and throwers.
The regular season came to a close Friday and next up are conference championship meets Saturday and the state meets the following weekend.
Cheverus, Deering, McAuley and Portland joined Gorham, Scarborough, Westbrook and Windham at South Portland for the Cumberland County Championship Friday.
The Cheverus boys came in first with 148 points, 27 better than runner-up Gorham. Deering tallied 83 points to place fourth. Portland didn’t score.
The Stags got victories from Jackson McMann in the 100 (11.48 seconds) and 200 (23.44), James Campbell in the 400 (52.26), Brady Foshay in the 800 (2 minutes, 1.9 seconds), Matt Cushing in the javelin (176 feet, 3 inches) and all three relay teams. The 400 squad had a time of 44.9, while the 1,600 team finished in 3:30.62 and 3,200 in 8:18.89.
The Rams got wins from Bryan White in the shot put (49-8.5) and Jared Bell in the discus (147-1.5).
In the girls’ competition, won by Scarborough with 134.5 points, Cheverus (91) came in fourth, Deering (72) was fifth, McAuley (14) placed seventh and Portland (13) finished eighth.
The Stags got first-place showings from Fiona Hendry in the mile (5:13.88), Emily Durgin in the two-mile (11:18.12), Kate Shapiro in the shot put (32-7.5) and discus (115-4.75) and their 3,200 relay (10:01.09).
The Rams had four runners-up: Alexis Elowitch in the javelin (101-9), Veronica Mitchell in the 300 hurdles (51.17), Rashad Zagon in the 100 hurdles (17.63) and Ella Ramonas in the 800 (2:25.12).
The Lions’ top finisher was runner-up Elizabeth Houston in the pole vault (8-6).
For the Bulldogs, Eleni Anderson was fourth in both the 100 (13.98) and the 200 (28.74).
Waynflete joined Fryeburg and Lake Region for a meet at Sacopee Friday. No results were available.
Saturday, Cheverus, Deering, McAuley and Portland go to Scarborough for the Southern Maine Activities Association championship meet. Waynflete will take part in the Western Maine Conference championship meet the same day.
Cheverus, Deering and Portland will vie for Class A honors at states Saturday, June 2 at Windham High School. McAuley will compete in the Class B meet at Mt. Desert Island. Waynflete takes part in the Class C meet at Cony High School in Augusta.
Thornton Academy in Saco will be the host for this year’s New England championships, Saturday, June 9.