Petersen, Jackson set state records

Posted Aug. 15, 2010, at 11:12 p.m.

    State records fell left and right at the state 15-under track and field championships in Augusta on Saturday with Hermon 10-year-old James Petersen setting three.

Competing in the bantam division, Petersen set records in the 100-meter dash (13.88 seconds), 200 (28.75) and 400 (1:04.11).

Old Town High School freshman-to-be Tia Jackson also set a record in the high jump.

Jackson cleared 5 feet, 2 inches to post a win in the youth girls’ high jump.

The Panthers Track Club of Poland was tops in the combined team scoring with 458 points, followed by Auburn (255.33) and York (249).

The Panthers also topped the female and male team rankings, with the girls racking up 253 points, York 164 and Brunswick 123.5.

The top three boys’ teams were the Panthers with 205 points, Auburn with 136.33 and Windham with 102.

Old Town’s Jackson also claimed individual titles in the triple jump with a mark of 33 feet, 10.25 inches while also taking the 200 dash in 27.64.

Also setting a state record was Cayden Spencer of Lincoln in the bantam boys division in the long jump with a leap of 14-5.50.

In all, 26 state records were broken on the day.

Other records set were: Alex Hart, Saco, bantam girls 400; Keenan Welzel, Brunswick, midget boys 800; Will Shafer, Panthers, youth boys 800, 3,000 and 1,500; the Brunswick youth girls’ 4×400 relay team; Josh Melnick, Lisbon, intermediate boys shot put; Hannah Johnson, Kennebunk, intermediate girls high jump; Austin Weigle, Kennebunk, intermediate boys high jump and 1,500 race walk; Laura Broderick, Kennebunk, intermediate girls 3,000; Ian Gregoire, Kennebunk, intermediate boys 3,000; John Clark, Windham, intermediate boys 1,500; Nathan Pratt-Holt, AYS, midget boys triple jump; Dustin Staples, SRTC, intermediate boys 800, and the Windham co-ed 4×100 relay in the intermediate division.

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