Waterville High School’s attempt to annex the program’s eighth consecutive Class B girls title will be among the dynamics at work Saturday during the Maine Principals’ Association outdoor track and field state championship meets.
Coach Ian Wilson’s Purple Panthers will compete in the Class B meet at the Brewer Community School, while the Orono girls attempt to bring home a third straight crown in the Class C competition at Oakes Field in Dover-Foxcroft.
The Class A squads converge at Windham High School, where Brewer senior Synclaire Tasker is among the top individual performers representing eastern Maine.
The meets for Classes A and B are slated to get underway at 10 a.m., while the Class C meet is scheduled to start at noon.
In Class C, a well-rounded Orono team coached by Chris Libbey features a host of girls who are expected to score points. The contingent includes sophomore sprinter Lauren Stoops, who is the top seed in the 100 meters and is No. 2 in the 200 and 400 sprints.
The Red Riots also feature Lily Koffman in the 1,600 and 3,200 as well as Becky Lopez-Anido in the 400 and 800, Allison Pickering in the pole vault and Diana Tyutyunnyk in the 200 and 400. Orono is seeded first in the 4×800 and 4×400 relays and second in the 4×100.
Tia Tardy of Mattanawcook Academy in Lincoln is seeded first in the long jump and second in the 800 and the 1,600.
Lisbon and Orono appear to be the frontrunners in the Class C boys competition. The Red Riots’ catalysts include Brandon Crocker, who is the No. 1 seed in the 110 hurdles and is third in the 300 hurdles, along with Jake Koffman (2nd discus, 3rd 200) and Tristan Butterfield (1st 800).
Baramee Janla of Sumner is seeded first in the 200 and second in the 100, while Maine Central Institute’s Eric Hathaway tops the discus field.
In Class B, Waterville returns another talented and deep squad in its quest to make it eight straight states.
Leading the charge are juniors Sarah Shoulta and Kellie Bolduc. Shoulta is the top seed in the 100 hurdles and the pole vault, and she is third in the 300 hurdles. Shoulta is the defending state champ in all three events.
Bolduc is seeded second in the 100 hurdles and the triple jump, is fourth in the 300 hurdles and joins Shoulta on the Panthers’ 4×400 relay. Senior Rachel Bergeron is seeded first in the discus and the shot put and freshman Katie Lopes is the high jump leader.
Junior Kate Hall of Lake Region is the No. 1 seed and defending champion in the 100, 200 and long jump, while Ellsworth senior Aleta Looker has the best time in the 800 and is second in the 1,600.
Kirstin Sandreuter of Greely will chase the distance triple as the top seed in the 1,600 and 3,200 and the No. 3 seed in the 800. Hermon senior Kaitlin Saulter leads the 400 field. Melissa Kessel of Camden Hills in Rockport is the top seed in the 300 hurdles.
Among the Class B boys, Waterville is gunning for a second straight championship. The pace-setters are seniors Jordhan Levine and Troy Gurski.
Levine is ranked first in the 300 hurdles and triple jump and is third in the long jump, while Gurski leads the field in the 110 hurdles and is second in the long and triple jumps.
Ellsworth senior Dan Curts looks to cap his Maine high school career by defending his individual crowns in the 1,600 and 3,200. Junior Nick Boutin of Old Town is the No. 1 seed in the 100 and 200. Mount Desert Island senior Chapin McFarland is the shot put leader.
Belfast has a versatile contingent sparked by senior Marcus Riley (1st LJ, 5th TJ), junior Levi Lapham (1st HJ, 3rd javelin) and sophomore Drew Nealey (1st pole vault, 4th HJ).
In Class A, Cheverus of Portland is a prohibitive favorite in the boys competition, while South Portland is expected to battle Skowhegan and Thornton Academy for girls honors.
Tasker is among the featured EM girls in the meet as she goes in seeded first in the 100 and 300 hurdles and the 200 meters. She is the defending champion in the 300 hurdles.
Skowhegan is led by sprinters Madeline Price and Jaycee Cushman and jumper-vaulter Noah Stevens. Kaitlin Eschenbrenner of Messalonskee in Oakland is the top seed in the javelin and teammate Taylor Lenentine is the No. 1 pole vault seed.
Notable representatives of EM boys teams in the meet include Hampden Academy junior Caleb Lord, who sets the pace in the 3,200, and Broncos’ Jeremy Kelsey, the No. 2 javelin seed, along with Brewer’s Adam Lufkin, the No. 2 discus thrower, and second-ranked pole vaulter Garrett Johnson of Bangor.