June 18, 2018
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Lake Region runner wins at New Englands; UMaine runner sets school 5K record

By Pete Warner, BDN Staff

BOSTON — The indoor season came to a close for most Maine high school track and field athletes on Saturday during the New England Championships held at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center.

Several Mainers made some noise competing against some of the region’s top competitors.

Topping the list was Kate Hall of Lake Region High School in Bridgton. The sophomore was the state’s only winner, taking top honors with a state-record time of 7.07 seconds in the 55 meters.

Hall also finished second in the long jump at 18 feet, 5¾ inches, which also was an all-time best in Maine. She owned the previous mark (18-0 ½)

Bethanie Brown of Waterville logged two top-three performances. The senior finished second in the two-mile run with a time of 10 minutes, 45.86 seconds and placed third in the 1,000 in 2:53.88.

Another Eastern Maine runner, junior Aleta Looker of Ellsworth, was the runner-up in the 1,000 with a time of 2:53.77. That effort ranks No. 1 in Maine high school history, shaving more than two seconds off the previous record.

The race winner, Maddie Berkson of Rhode Island, defended her title with a meet-record clocking (2:49.32).

Kirstin Sandreuter of Greely High in Cumberland finished third in the two-mile (10:51.77) and Charlotte Pierce of Thornton Academy in Saco was eighth in the mile (5:05.90). Teal Jackson of Brewer placed 12th in the 300 (41.10).

On the boys side, Jared Bell of Deering High in Portland claimed third place in the shot put (55-3) and Ellsworth junior Dan Curts posted a fourth-place effort in the two-mile in 9:23.38.

Denzel Tomaszewski of Wells captured fourth in the 55 (6.55), Robert Hall of Scarborough was fourth in the mile (4:20.20) and James Ociti of Biddeford grabbed fourth in the 600 (1:22.91).

Alex Nichols of Brunswick was seventh in the 300 (35.83), while Justin Tracy of Mt. Blue in Farmington (4:29.32) and Ben Trapani of Camden Hills (4:30.50) were ninth and 10th, respectively, in the mile. Bangor’s Jon Stanhope was 12th in the mile (4:30.96).

Next up for the elite competitors are the New Balance Indoor Nationals, slated Friday through Sunday at the Armory in New York City.

Conner sets UMaine mark

Corey Conner of the University of Maine turned in a school-record performance Saturday in the 5,000 meters during the Columbia Final Qualifying Meet in New York City.

The senior from West Townsend, Mass., covered the 5K in 15:55.60, which shattered her previous school mark by more than 10 seconds.

With the effort, Conner now ranks 13th in the NCAA Division I rankings, which could put her in position to compete in the NCAA Championships March 9-10 in Nampa, Idaho.

Reed breaks record again

UMaine’s James Reed eclipsed his own school record Sunday during the IC4A Championships in Boston.

The senior from Garmisch, Germany, clocked an 8.02 in the semifinals of the 60-meter hurdles, then ran a 7.95 in the finals to finish fourth. The effort bettered his previous mark (7.97) set earlier this season.

Alexander Moser of York Harbor was fourth in the mile with a time of 4:06.57, the third-best time of all time at UMaine, while Justin Gagne of Biddeford placed fifth in the shot put (56-4½), which ranks third in school history.

USM sends three to nationals

Three athletes from the University of Southern Maine in Gorham have qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships this week in Naperville, Ill.

Sheldon Allen advanced after running a school-record 8.20 in the 60-meter hurdles at the ECAC meet. Kevin Desmond qualified in the 800 after setting a USM mark of 1:51.70 at a recent meet.

Jamie Ruginski of Buxton punched his ticket with a triple jump of 58-10¾, during a Feb. 22 meet.

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