STATEWIDE – After two years, the state track meets made their long-awaited return to schools across the state on Saturday.
The Class C outdoor track state championship meet was held for the first time since 2019 on Saturday, after the 2020 season was canceled around the onset of the pandemic, at the Brewer Community School.
One of the most impressive moments of the Class C meet was the youth movement in the distance races.
Orono freshman Ruth White, who set records all season, swept the 1600m, 3200m, and 4x800m relay, with her older sister Nora just behind in both individual races.
The crowd on hand, arguably the largest since the return of fans and parents to MPA events, saluted the freshman with a standing ovation on the final stretch of both distance runs.
“It’s really nice that everyone is so supportive of every race and every kid out there, and that’s part of what’s great about track, everyone cheers on everyone so it’s really nice that they were all cheering,” said White.
On the boys side, Bucksport freshman William Hilleman won the 1600m run and placed second in the 3200m in only his second year running competitively.
“Winning states as a freshman is such a huge deal. I started running in eighth grade and I never thought it would take me this far,” said Hilleman.
At the end of the day, the Lisbon/Oak Hill co-op girls team would take first overall with 92 points, with Winslow as runners-up with 72 points.
The Bucksport boys team walked away as state champions for the first time since 2004, with a 25 point edge over Traip Academy.
“When I started as a freshman, I think we may have had a handful of kids at states, and we were all at the bottom of every event we were in, and this year, we came and we won,” said senior Gavin Billings, who placed first in the shot put, fifth in the discus throw, and third in the javelin throw for the Golden Bucks.
Elsewhere in the state, the Class A meet was held at Massabesic High School in Waterboro.
The Bangor girls team posted a dominant performance over the rest of the field for the program’s third state championship, and first since 2013, eclipsing Gorham by 43 points.
Scarborough came out on top in the boys team competition, accumulating 82 points, with Edward Little taking second place with 64.50 points. The Rams boys finished seventh on Saturday.
Class A State Championship Meet Results
1. Bangor 115
2. Gorham 72
3. Bonny Eagle 51
4. Thornton 50
5. Cheverus 44
1. Scarborough 82
2. Edward Little 64.50
3. Cheverus 55
4. Falmouth 53
5. Gorham 48
At the Class B competition at Morse High School in Bath, the Cony girls and MDI boys came away with state titles.
Among local athletes competing, Old town’s Izzy Trefts won 1600m the race walk and Callan Eason from MDI won the 400m race.
Class B State Championship Meet Results
1. Cony 41
2. York 30
3. Cape Elizabeth 21
3. Old town 21
3. Gardiner 21
1. Mount Desert Island 51
2. York 47
3. Leavitt 42
4. Belfast 39
5. Caribou 38