BURLINGTON, Vt. — Kennebunk High School junior Abbey Leonardi set a New England record in the 3200-meter run Saturday, leading the field in 10 minutes, 19.30 seconds at the New England track and field championships at Burlington High School.
Leonardi’s time is the fastest ever run by a Maine schoolgirl in the event, eclipsing her previous mark by seven seconds.
Maine’s other individual winner was Brunswick pole vaulter Mike Slovenski, who set a seasonal-best in clearing 15 feet, 3 inches.
Elsewhere in the girls’ meet, John Bapst of Bangor’s 4×800-meter relay foursome of Amanda Lalime, Casey McGuire, Ashley Charpentier and Maggie Bryan finished 27th in 10:58.40.
Brewer sophomore Teal Jackson had an impressive day in the sprints, taking 11th in the 400 in a personal-best of 58.42 while earning a fifth-place medal in the 200, clocking a 25.86 while Class A state champion Nicole Kirk of Scarborough was fourth in 25.61.
In other events, Bekah Campbell of Central of Corinth claimed 23rd in the discus, throwing 89 feet, 4 i nches; John Bapst’s Caroline Benner took 21st in the long jump (15-9.50); Orono’s Shelby Wheeler cleared 9-9 in the pole vault to finish 13th and also was 29th in the 100 hurdles (17.79).
Waterville’s Bethany Brown was Maine’s other medalist in the girls’ meet as she took sixth in the 1600 meters in 4:58.96.
In the boys’ meet, Miguel Caballero of Orono finished 20th in the 100 in 11.60 and 18th in the 200 in 23.51.
The Red Riots’ 4×100 foursome of Kody Stockley, Phil Holmes, Joe Claar and Jamie Normand covered that race in 45.95 seconds to finish 20th.
Elsewhere, Matt McClintock of Madison was 15th in the 1600 and 13th in the 3200; Orono’s 4×400 team of Holmes, Caballero, Stockley and Kayne Woodworth ran to 17th; Central of Corinth’s Cody Weaver finished 25th in the 400, Tristan Wortman of Brewer placed in a seven-way tie for 12th in the pole vault, clearing 12-6; John Bapst’s Chris Desmond took 24th in the shot put; Nick Peterson of Orono claimed 20th in the javelin and Dylan Webster of Belfast was 18th in the discus.