Maine high school standouts set for New England track championships

Posted June 08, 2011, at 6:44 p.m.
Last modified June 08, 2011, at 9:04 p.m.

A number of local high school track and field athletes will get the chance to represent Maine in the New England championships this weekend, thanks to their performances in state championships over the weekend.

The 66th annual New England Interscholastic meet will be held at Burlington (Vt.) High School on Saturday.

Brewer senior Tristan Wortman, who led the Witches to their first conference championship since 2001, and Orono junior Miguel Caballero were the only local double qualifiers.

Wortman cleared 13 feet to place second in Class A in the pole vault, and he also qualified in the 110 hurdles, along with Hampden Academy’s Andrew Toothaker.

Wortman’s vault of 13-3 at the Penobscot Valley Conference large school championships was good to snap the league record.

Caballero, who led Orono to a conference championship and state runner-up finish, will compete in the 100 and dashes.

The boys throwing events will feature two of Class C’s top throwers, with Nick Peterson of Orono and Chris Desmond of John Bapst of Bangor earning berths.

Desmond claimed the Class C individual state title in the shot put with a toss of 44 feet, 11.75 inches, while Peterson was the best in Class C in the javelin at 166-10.

Elsewhere on the boys side, Class C high jump champ Gerard Scherr will represent Islesboro.

The 800 will be well represented, with Ben Plohr of George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill, Nick Byers of Hermon and Trey Williams of Brewer all competing.

Other local entries include Lani Eversage of Belfast in the 400, Madison’s Matt McClintock and Harlow Ladd of Messalonskee of Oakland in the 1600 and Orono’x 4×400-meter relay team.

For the girls, Eastern Maine will have great representation in the field events, especially the high jump, triple jump and pole vault.

Class C state champ Jen Daley of John Bapst leads the high jump contingent, which also includes Janelle Portman of Central of Corinth and Old Town’s Tia Jackson, who also qualified in the triple jump.

Also entered in the TJ, along with the long jump, is Carolyn Benner of John Bapst, who exceeded her triple jump seeding by three feet in the state meet, helping the Crusaders to a second-place team finish.

Kayla Brooks of Old Town joins Jackson and Benner in the TJ, while Orono’s Shelby Wheeler and Ally James of Belfast qualified in the pole vault.

Tia Jackson’s half-sister Teal, a Brewer sophomore, is among four Maine 400-meter runners who have broken 1 minute.

Jackson ran 58.66 to place second in Class A, while Hermon freshman Kaitlin Saulter, who posted a 58.00 in the Class B meet, is also entered.

Teal Jackson will also run the 200.

Elsewhere on the girls side, Abby Mace of Maranacook of Readfield is entered in both the 1600 and 3200, while Abbey Leonardi of Kennebunk headlines the 3200-meter field. She owns a personal best of 10 minutes, 27.36 seconds this spring.

Central will send a 4×400 relay team and state-champion discus thrower Bekah Campbell.

MDI Marathon increasing purses

In anticipation of its 10th annual running this fall, the Mount Desert Island Marathon is announcing a new prize purse for the Oct. 16 race.

The total purse amounts to $5,200, with the overall champions each pocketing $1,000.

The second-place runners will take home $500, along with the top masters runners, while the third-place overall finishers will bank $250.

Runners-up in the masters division will earn $250 and third-place finishers $100.

More than 1,000 runners from across the U.S. and Canada have already registered for the race. For more information on the event or to sign up, visit www.mdimarathon.org.

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