High school track and field standouts from Maine will be back in action again this weekend.
Some of the state’s elite athletes are competing at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in Greensboro, North Carolina, while many others are headed to the New England outdoor championships at Bridgewater, Massachusetts.
At the New Balance nationals, Kate Hall, a junior from Lake Region of Naples, will run the 100 meters and do the long jump. Senior Aleta Looker of Ellsworth is entered in the 800.
Kirstin Sandreuter of Greely will run in the 5,000 and Laura Turner of Gorham is the 11th seed in the 1-mile race-walk.
On the boys side, senior Jordhan Levine of Waterville will compete in the “Emerging Elite” triple jump. Mile race-walkers include Bangor’s Joonatan Patomo, Bill Chambers of Waterville and Sean Pratt of Gorham, among others.
At New Englands, Maine will feature four No. 1 seeds including Jake Dixon of Class A boys champion Cheverus High School of Portland, who heads a speedy field in the 400-meter run.
The junior boasts a seed time of 48.93 seconds, which earned him first place in the Maine Class A meet.
Lewiston’s Isaiah Harris goes into the meet as the man to beat in the 800 meters. The junior scorched the Class A field last weekend with a time of 1:52.96.
Shelby Strickland of Kennebunk is seeded first in the high jump at 5 feet, 6 inches, along with Ellen DiPietro of Marshfield, Massachusetts. Massabesic’s Haley Bantz, Rashad Zagon of Deering, Gorham’s Erin Esty and Emma Egan of Yarmouth are among several jumpers seeded at 5-4.
York sophomore Jack Bouchard tops the javelin field with an effort of 186-8.
Synclaire Tasker of Brewer is seeded third in the triple jump (37-3¼), ninth in the 300 hurdles (45.47) and 10th in the 100 hurdles (15.35) and Rachel Bergeron of Waterville is the No. 4 seed in the shot put (39-4¾).
Judson Smith of Foxcroft Academy and Austin Weigle of Kennebunk are tied for fourth in the high jump (6-4), Nate Pratt-Holt of Mt. Blue is fourth in the triple jump (44-9), Belfast’s Drew Nealey is fifth in the pole vault (13-6), Nick White of Cheverus is No. 5 in the discus (155-2) and Maranacook’s Kelby Mace is sixth in the long jump (21-8).
Tasker is looking forward to taking her sprinting, hurdling and jumping skills to the University of Maine in the fall.
In Orono, the Brewer star will stay connected to some high school teammates, among them pole vaulter Alex Wortman, while reuniting with other former eastern Maine standouts. They include Kaitlin Saulter of Hermon and Bangor’s Grace MacLean.
Tasker welcomes the challenge after being a pace-setter most of this year.
“It’s basically been me and the clock and that’s been my biggest struggle, competing against myself and finding the inner motivation to keep getting better,” she said after her effort at the Class A state meet.
Broncos take home hardware
Hampden Academy, coached by Dave King, swept the Eastern Maine Class A track and field sportsmanship awards, which were presented during last Saturday’s state championship meet at Windham.