BREWER, Maine — When the heat and humidity is high like it was at the Brewer Community School Track on Saturday, it can be challenging for distance runners to keep their pace and stamina.
The Scarborough boys team persevered through the heat, as Robert Hall and Colin Tardiff paced the distance runners with a first-place and second-place finish in the 1600 and 3200 meter runs with times of 4 minutes, 25.89 seconds and 10:06.39, respectively, to edge Cheverus High School 89-80 for the Class A boys state track and field title.
“In the 3200, we were up five points and wanted to get some more points. We had our senior Robbie Hall out there, but he struggled in the heat. Colin Tardiff, a freshman, saw that happen and he said internally ‘I gotta do it’ and he ended up second overall,” said Scarborough head coach Derek Veilleux.
Rounding out the top seven of 25 scoring teams on the boys side were Lewiston with 53 points, Edward Little of Auburn with 48, Brunswick with 41, Thornton Academy of Saco with 37 and Brewer with 33.
Ryan Jamison won the 100 and 200 with times of 11.18 and 22.89 respectively, and Kevin Manning and Alec James took home first and second in the pole vault with heights of 13 feet to bolster Scarborough.
“This is our first outdoor title in Class A. We had lot of great senior leaders and they came through today,” Veilleux said. “Our seniors have been great leaders for this program for four years, and we talked about it, this is the one thing that was missing, and it’s great to see this.
“Cheverus is a good team, we took the lead and then they almost came back. We get to race them a lot and they really push us to the next level. It’s a great program with great kids,” Veilleux added.
Jeremy Bissell, Adam Lufkin, and Alec Wortman performed well for Brewer. Bissell took home a state championship in the long jump with a jump of 21-8.5 and placed fifth in the triple jump with a jump of 42-8.5 Lufkin placed second in the javelin with a throw of 141-2 and Wortman pole vaulted a height of 12-6, which was good enough for third.
Andrew Toothaker of Hampen set a facility record in the 300 hurdles in a first-place finish with a time of 39.79. Toothaker also placed third in the 110 hurdles, finishing in 15.34.
State records broken on the boys side were Alex Nichols of Brunswick setting the 400 record in a time of 48.58, Isaiah Harris of Lewiston in the 800 with a 1:54.17 clocking, and Jared Bell of Deering in the discus with a throw of 176-7.
On the girls side, Bangor sprinters and jumpers outdueled the Bonny Eagle distance runners to capture the girls state title 84-78. Bangor’s Grace MacLean placed in the top four in the 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, high jump and long jump while teammate Denae Johnson won the 100 hurdles in a time of 15.06.
“Bonny Eagle had their events and we had ours, so we both had to do certain things to win. Their distance girls did awesome, with the weather like it is and for them to do what they did, it’s impressive,” said Bangor head coach Joe Quinn. “They had the distance events, we had the field events and sprints, it just went back and forth. It was close between the two of us.”
Rounding out the top seven of 24 scoring teams for the girls were Brewer with 60 points, Lawrence of Fairfield with 47, Edward Little with 41, Thornton Academy with 34 and Massabesic of Waterboro with 27.
MacLean placed third overall in the 100 hurdles, finishing in 15.48, fourth in the 300 hurdles at 48.69, second in the high jump with a leap of 5-4, and third in the long jump at 16-5.
Ally Vanidestine and the pole vaulting squad that pushed them over Brewer last week in the Penobscot Valley Conference championships did the rest of the work, putting three vaulters in the top four.
Vanidestine also helped out in the long jump, placing second with a jump of 16-5. Abby Reynolds, Vanidestine, and Courtney Lizotte placed second, third, and fourth in the pole vault with heights of 10-6, 10-0, and 10-0, respectively.
Casey Modery also contributed with a win in the triple jump with a jump of 35-3.75 and a fifth-place finish in the long jump with a jump of 16-2.5.
“It’s a really, really hot day, and they all ran pretty much what they were seeded. Some events we went up a little bit some events we went down, but we pretty much came out where we were seeded,” Quinn said.
“Grace, Denae, all the girls in the pole vault, we had a freshman score in the high jump that we weren’t expecting. We had a lot of kids who stepped up and did very well,” he added.
Brewer’s Teal Jackson put on an impressive repeat performance from last week’s PVC championship, winning the 100 in 12.45, 200 in 28.58, 400 in 57.0, and long jump with a jump of 16-10. The 200 and 400 times are state records.
““It’s really exciting. Last year I was really close to [the 400 record], I was off by two tenths [of a second]. That’s been my goal through the season, so I’m really excited that I got it and it makes me feel really accomplished,” Jackson said.
With wins in all four events, Jackson earned 40 points for Brewer and four individual state titles.
“A couple years ago I didn’t have state championship, so I set that as one of my goals. I got my first one junior year in the 400. During indoor I had a good season now in outdoor I’m excited to have this ending my senior year of high school,” she added.
Synclaire Tasker won the 300 hurdles for Brewer, finishing in 46.48.
Lindsey Folsom of Cony set a state record in the pole vault at a height of 11-07.