Last winter, Cheverus High School of Portland had to settle for a tie with Scarborough for the girls Class A indoor track and field team state championship.
On Monday, the Stags left no doubt which is Maine’s top team. Cheverus scored 72 points to score a solid victory over runner-up Thornton Academy in the title meet at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham.
Sophomore Victoria Bossong won three events and established two Class A state records to headline the performance by Cheverus.
Bangor eked out third place with 37.5 points with Scarborough (37) fourth and Marshwood of Eliot (35) fifth. Rounding out the top 10 girls teams were Bonny Eagle of Standish (32), Gorham (31.5), Hampden Academy (28), Westbrook (22) and Edward Little of Auburn (22).
Scarborough annexed its fourth consecutive Class A boys crown, and its 10th in the last 12 years, by scoring 104 points. Thornton Academy of Saco took the runner-up plaque with 70 points, followed by Brunswick (44), Falmouth (30) and Cheverus.
Hampden Academy (25), Westbrook (23), Bonny Eagle (22), Gorham (20) and Deering (20) comprised the Nos. 6-10 finishers.
In the girls meet, Bossong stole the show. She won the 55-meter dash in 7.20 seconds, then established state records with a time of 57.13 in the 400 and a 25.43 in the 200.
Senior Emma White and junior Emma Gallant backed her efforts with strong days. White finished second in the long jump and the triple jump and placed third in hurdles.
Gallant was the runner-up in both the 400 and the 200. The Stags were sixth in the 4×200 relay.
Senior Nyagoa Bayak, a senior from Westbrook, was the only other multiple-event winner in the girls meet. She established a state record by going over the bar at 6 feet even in the high jump and leapt 37-9 1/2 in the triple jump.
The Penobscot Valley Conference-Eastern Maine Indoor Track League produced three event winners. Sophomore Alyssa Elliott of Bangor took top honors in the long jump at 17-6 1/4 and was third in the triple jump, Hampden Academy sophomore Eliza Parker captured the 800 (2:22.51) and Broncos teammate Helen Shearer, a junior, took the 2-mile run in 11:06.09.
Other girls event winners included Scarborough’s Emily Labbe (55 hurdles, 8.44) and Edward Little’s Jillian Richardson (mile, 5:10.66), along with Rebekah Hunnewell-Dunphe of South Portland (shot put, 36-3 1/4) and Anna Gardner of Scarborough (pole vault, 10-6).
The Marshwood 4×200 relay squad (1:48.35) of Cici Perodin, Carmie Kriz, Katherine Page and Rori Coomey and Bonny Eagle’s 4×800 relay (9:46.25) of Kayla Raymond, Hannah Stevens, Gretchen Biegel and Ami Beaumier were victorious.
HA’s 4×800 relay of Moxie Flanagan, Helen Shearer, Ava Dowling and Eliza Parker finished second. Other top efforts for Bangor: Naomi Noack (second, pole vault), Mackenzie Lambert (fourth, 400), Sofia Wittmann (fourth, pole vault), Lydia Gilmore (fourth, 2-mile), Camden Lavoie (fifth, shot put),
In the boys meet, Jarett Flaker stole the show while taking home three gold medals to propel Scarborough to the title. The junior broke his own Class A state record in the 55 dash (6.46) after running a 6.50 last year.
Flaker also won the 400 (50.20) and the 200 (22.65).
Scarborough’s team of Harrison Osborne, Zachary Barry, Tristram Coffin and Noah Drapeau captured the 4×800 relay in 8:14.25 and the 4×200 unit (Ben Hatch, Salvator DeBenedetto, Jayden Flaker, Drapeau) placed second.
Senior Anthony Clavette contributed to the Red Storm win with a victory in the high jump (6-4) and fourth in the triple jump, while Hatch, a junior, won the long jump (21-1) and was fourth in the 55.
Scarborough’s other scorers were: Ian Gott (third, pole vault), Jayden Flaker (third, hurdles), Coffin (third, 2-mile), Nathan Mars (fourth, shot put), Drapeau (fifth, 800), Osborne (sixth, 2-mile) and Barry (seventh, mile).
Mahamed Sharif of Westbrook set a state record in the 800, running a 1:55.45 and Jason Montano of Thornton Academy bettered the shot put mark with a heave of 62 feet, 1/4 inch. Travis Snyder of TA became Class A’s top all-time pole vaulter with a 16-7 effort.
Also taking home individual wins were: Cameron Holloway of Westbrook (55 hurdles, 7.92), John Auer of Falmouth (mile, 4:26.86), Brunswick’s Will Shaughnessy (2-mile, 9:43.70) and Zackary Allocca of Bonny Eagle (triple jump, 42-4 1/4).
Among top performances by PVC-EMITL athletes, Hampden’s Wyatt Lord was second in the 800, Bronco Jason Mathies was fourth in the mile and seventh in the 2-mile and teammate Wade Brown took second in the triple jump and sixth in the long jump.
For Bangor, Ryker Brown finished third in the shot put, Peter Blackwell tied for fourth in the pole vault, Cole Jordan was fifth in the high jump, Landyn Francis was sixth in the 55 and Andrew Munroe was sixth in the 200.