Scarborough boys, Thornton girls claim ‘A’ titles; Bangor’s Stanhope wins 2 events

Posted Feb. 17, 2014, at 8:19 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 17, 2014, at 8:52 p.m.

GORHAM, Maine — Jon Stanhope was up at 4:30 a.m. on Monday, like most days.

Before he climbed onto the bus with his Bangor High School teammates, he had to deliver the Bangor Daily News to customers in the 14th Street and 15th Street area.

Stanhope had plenty of energy left for the Class A indoor track and field state championship meet, where he won his first two individual state titles at the University of Southern Maine field house.

The senior, who sat out the Penobscot Valley Conference-Eastern Maine Indoor Track League Championship with the flu, took the the mile (4 minutes, 33.30 seconds) and the 800 (2:02.12).

“I wasn’t sure how I’d feel today but I felt pretty good. I think it was a smart move to rest,” Stanhope said.

The Scarborough boys piled up 91.33 points to earn its fourth straight title. Cheverus of Portland and South Portland shared runner-up honors with 62 points each, while Edward Little of Auburn (31), Brewer (27.5) and Bangor finished fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.

Thornton Academy of Saco, which lost to Bangor by a half-point last year, scored 53 points to outlast runner-up Cheverus (44) and 2013 winner Bangor (40) to take the girls team title. Bonny Eagle of Standish (39.5) and Brunswick (39) rounded out the top five.

Tori Daigle won two events, including a state-record effort in the long jump, for the Golden Trojans.

Stanhope led a group of Eastern Maine individual standouts. In the mile, he stayed up front with Caleb Lord of Hampden Academy and Mt. Blue’s Aaron Willingham before pulling away over the final 75 meters.

“I figured if I was there with a lap to go, I could win it,” Stanhope said.

In the 800, he again helped set the pace before holding off a late charge by Brunswick’s Christopher Tanner.

“It felt good to finally win this race. It’s almost like a dream,” Stanhope said.

Synclaire Tasker of Brewer won the 200 meters with a time of 26.99 seconds and was second in both the 55-meter hurdles and the triple jump.

She was in tears after a slow start cost her a chance at the hurdles title.

“ I was upset for a while but I came in here wanting to do really well,” Tasker said. “One upset can’t be the end of your day, you have to go on from there.”

Tiffany Gray of Bangor earned her second Class A triple jump title in three years with a leap of 37 feet even and took second in the long jump despite setting a Class A record in the event.

Abby Reynolds of Bangor captured her second straight pole vault championship. The senior cleared 10 feet, 6 inches, tying her PR, and placed fifth in the hurdles.

Senior Alec Wortman of Brewer won the pole vault at 13 feet even.

In the girls meet, Thornton placed six athletes in the scoring column to win the program’s first indoor championship since 2004. Daigle scored 21 points, winning both the long jump (18-¼) and the hurdles (8.50) along with a seventh in the 200 meters.

She blew away the long jump mark on her first jump of the competition.

“I was surprised that [Gray] got 17-10 and I pulled out 18,” Daigle said. “I don’t know where that came from because the whole season I’ve been in the 16s.”

Daigle later took advantage of a strong start to overcome top seed Tasker in the hurdles.

TA’s Amanda Arnold finished third in the hurdles and fourth in the long jump, while Kaeleigh Harrison and Gabrielle Capozzi took second and fourth, respectively, in the shot put. Alex Pettaway finished fifth in the long and triple jumps and Kaitlin Hilton was fourth in the pole vault.

“Last year losing to Bangor by half a point was painful,” said TA coach Lisa Huntress. “A lot of people stepped up. We’re very excited.”

Bangor’s Gray kicked off her day by soaring 17 feet, 10 inches on her first long-jump attempt to surpass the previous Class A mark of 17-6 ½.

“That surprised me,” she admitted.

Not a minute after meet officials confirmed Gray’s record, Daigle erased it.

“I’m happy for her too, though, because I got a PR and I was happy about that,” Gray said.

Sophomore Kialeigh Marston of Bonny Eagle was victorious in the 800 (2:22.12) and the mile (5:12.62) and placed sixth in the two-mile. Meredith Willard of Cheverus won the 55 in 7.50 seconds and took third in the 200.

The Scarborough boys received points from 15 different athletes in cruising to victory.

Junior Jacob Terry won the two-mile (10:03.72) and senior Michael Pino bested the field to take the shot put (50-9). Junior Jerry Kenney was third in the 400 and fifth in the 55 and ran on the Red Storm’s winning 4×200 relay with hurdles runner-up Cameron Langlois, Max Ornstein (6th 200, 7th 55) and Austin Doody.

Scarborough also claimed the 4×800 with Alex Karam, Lucas Foerster, Will Fowler and Terry.

“We scored points in every event we entered today,” said Scarborough coach Derek Veilleux.

“I knew that we would be OK, but this team has far surpassed what I thought they could do at the beginning of the year,” he added.

James Ociti of Biddeford was the champion in the 55 (6.75) and the 400 (50.38). Jake Dixon of Cheverus captured the 200 (23.08) and was second in the 400, while teammate Isaac Yeboah won the hurdles and was the 200 runner-up.

South Portland’s Duncan Preston was first in the long jump (21-1) and second in the triple jump.


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