SACO, Maine — Bethanie Brown of Waterville High School ran the fastest 1,600 meters in Maine girls track and field history on Saturday, winning the event in 4 minutes, 50.39 seconds at the 67th New England Championships.
Brown, who also claimed the New England title by winning the 3,200 in 10:31.19, was one of only two Maine athletes to win an event in the competition at Thornton Academy’s Hill Stadium.
Brown’s 1,600-meter time surpassed the previous girls mark of 4:51 established at the 2009 New Englands by Rachel Schneider of St. Thomas Aquinas (N.H.). The previous best by a Maine runner was a 4:51.57 turned in by Abbey Leonardi of Kennebunk at the 2010 Class A state championship meet.
Brown’s 1,600 title did not come without drama, as she outleaned runner-up Elle Purrier of Richford, Vt., by six one-hundredths of a second. Kirstin Sandreuter of Greely High in Cumberland Center and Charlotte Pierce of Thornton Academy finished sixth and seventh, respectively.
Brown, the two-time Class B state champion in the 1,600 and the 2012 winner in the 3,200, enjoyed a more comfortable win in the 3,200. She crossed the line nearly 14 seconds ahead of Liliana Harrington of Conard, Conn.
Abby Mace of Maranacook High in Readfield wound up 10th in that event.
The Maine boys contingent was spearheaded by senior Matt McClintock of Madison, who brought home the gold in the 3,200 with a time of 9:06.24. He beat Connecticut’s Harry Warnick by more than 11 seconds.
In the girls meet, Sarah Perkins of Gorham took second in the 300-meter hurdles (14.80) and sixth in the 100 hurdles, Kate Hall of Lake Region Bridgton claimed third in the 100 meters (12.20), Corinn Bedell of Fryeburg Academy earned fifth in the 400 (57.92) and Teal Jackson of Brewer gained sixth in the 400 and eighth in the 200.
Erzy Nagy of Lawrence High in Fairfield garnered sixth in the 800, Waterville’s Alex Johnson was seventh in the 100 hurdles and Cony of Augusta’s Lindsey Folsom placed seventh in the pole vault. Also posting top-10 efforts were Jocelyn Lorrey of Traip Academy in Kittery (6th triple jump), Katie Shapiro of Cheverus High in Portland (9th discus) and Scarborough’s Emily Tolman (10th 400).
In the boys competition, David Frederick of Orono soared to fourth place in the pole vault at 13-9, while Waterville’s Devin Burgess was fifth (13-9). Harlow Ladd of Messalonskee took fifth in the 1,600 (4:22.32) and Tom Reid of York captured sixth in the 300 hurdles.
Windham’s Patrick Rice was the sixth-place finisher in the triple jump, while Bangor High’s 4×800 relay squad made up of Jonathan Belanger, Joseph Belanger, Jonathan Stanhope and David Correale finished eighth.
Caleb Pease of Camden Hills in Rockport was ninth in the 200 and Chris Knaub of Yarmouth placed ninth in the javelin, while Brady Foshay of Cheverus and Kameron Souza of Winthrop were ninth and 10th, respectively, in the 800. Yannick Price-Prevost of Medomak Valley in Waldoboro (shot put) and Morgan Reeves of Lisbon (long jump) tallied 10th-place efforts.
Conner 16th at NCAA champonships
At Des Moines, Iowa, University of Maine women’s track and field standout Corey Conner took 16th in the 5,000 meters at the NCAA Championships hosted by Drake University on Saturday.
Conner, a senior from Townsend, Mass., ran 16:51.92 in a tactical race that was well off her personal-record pace of 15:59.66, which set a school and America East record.
Conner finished more than 40 seconds behind winner Abbey D’Agostino of Dartmouth, who ran a 16:11.34 to edge Washington’s Megan Goethals by .03 seconds.
The NCAA Championships capped a successful outdoor season for Conner, as she won the 5,000 at the America East Championships in a conference- and school-record time and also took runner-up honors in the 3,000 meters at the ECAC Championships.