Erskine Academy of South China’s Kaylee Porter, who is the two-time state Class B champion in the 800 meters, is one of four athletes to sign National Letters of Intent to attend the University of Maine beginning next fall.
She will join sprinter Jess Kroushl from Franklin High School in Massachusetts; hurdler Brianna Ewing from Franklin, New Jersey, and multi-event standout Katherine Cowan from St. Johnsbury, Academy in Vermont as scholarship athletes.
Porter will be looking for her third state championship in four years this spring.
She turned in the state’s second best time at the various state meets in the 800 last spring as she clocked a 2:16.55. Only Mount Desert Island’s Tia Tardy turned in a faster time (2:14.76) and she also ran in the B meet.
Tardy is a freshman at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania.
Ewing was second in the 100-meter hurdles and third in the 400 hurdles at the Union County championships last spring. She earned All-American honors at the New Balance National Championships in North Carolina last June by running a leg for her second-place team in the shuttle hurdle relay team and another for the fifth-place sprint medley relay team.
For her career, she has personal best times of 7.71 in the 55 meter dash, 8.50 in the 55 hurdles, 15.03 in the 100 hurdles, 26.01 in the 200 and 1:05.70 in the 400 hurdles.
Cowan is a 17-time Vermont state champion and the 2016 Gatorade Vermont Track Athlete of the Year as well as the Caledonian Record newspaper’s 2017 Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year. She has won state championships in the high jump, 55 meters, 55-meter hurdles, 100-meter hurdles, 200 meters, 300 meters and 300-meter hurdles.
She is a two-time state decathlon champion.
Kroushl was the 100 meter Hockomock League champion in 2016 and has posted a time of 25.84 in the 200 meter run. She turned in a time of 12.74 in the 100 meter dash last spring.
“We are extremely pleased with our signees,” UMaine head coach Mark Lech said in a news release. “We feel each of them will come in and make an immediate impact for us. All of the signees bring a different talent and versatility that will cover numerous areas for us.
“Thanks to (assistant coach Chris Flynn) for his hard work to get them here,” Lech said.
Their coming to UMaine is dependent upon their acceptance into the school and meeting NCAA Eligibility requirements.
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