Lindsey Folsom cleared a mental hurdle and then a physical one at the most opportune time.

The Cony senior set a Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A pole vault record Monday by clearing 11 feet, 7 inches.

“It was awesome,” Folsom said. “It’s been a long time coming. I’ve been trying to get (to 11-7) for a long time. It happened at the perfect time for me. It really sets me up mentally and physically to do well. If I can get that same height I’ll get the state record, which is ultimately my goal.”

She’ll set a new Class A state record today at Brewer High School if she can duplicate that mark.

The track and field state championship meets are today at 10 a.m. The Class B meet will be held at McMann Field in Bath, where the Waterville girls will try to win a seventh consecutive Class B championship. Dover-Foxcroft will host the Class C meet.

Former Cony standout Bethany Dumas set the Class A pole vault record when she cleared 11-6 in 2006. Folsom cleared 11 feet to win the title last season. She also won the pole vault title in 2010. Now, she wants to go out with the record.

“I’ve wanted this for a long time,” she said. “I’ve been working on different pieces of the vault at practice, like my run. I’ve finally put it all together.”

At the Class C meet, the Monmouth boys are seeded first in the 4×800 and 4×400 relays.

Ben Bailey, Luke Thombs, Stewart Buzzell and Casey Clement will run the 4×800. Bailey, Buzzell, Clement and Marques Houston will run the 4×400.

Houston is also seeded first in the 400.

Hall-Dale senior Tyler Fitzgerald and MCI sophomore Jonathan Santiago will go head-to-head in the 100. Fitzgerald is seeded first and Santiago second in the event.

The Hall-Dale boys are coming off an impressive performance at the Mountain Valley Conference championships, in which they finished second to Lisbon by 4.5 points.

The Bulldogs could challenge Lisbon, along with Orono and Foxcroft, for a team title.

“Things didn’t fall our way at the MVC meet,” Hall-Dale coach Jarod Richmond said, “but we came out of that with tons of momentum. To fall short like we did, it got the kids fired up. We’re excited. It should be a fun day.”

Caroline Colan of Maranacook is seeded first in the 1,600 while Kents Hill freshman Anne McKee is first in the 3,200.

Rachel Ingram of Winthrop is second in the triple jump and fifth in the long jump. Marc Hachey, also of Winthrop, is seeded second in the 3,200.

In the Class A meet, Cony senior Erin Bolduc is seeded second in the 300 hurdles and sixth in the 100 hurdles. Cony senior Luke Dang is fourth in the 100 and seventh in the 200.

Messalonskee will look for big days from Amanda Knight (400, 200), Kaitlin Eschenbrenner (javelin), Emily Deering (javelin) and Taylor Lenentine (pole vault).

Lawrence senior Erzsie Nagy hopes to follow up her dominant performance at the KVAC A meet. She won the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 at McMann Field and is seeded first in all three events today.

“Having Erzsie in those events gives us some real possibilities,” said Lawrence coach Tim Alberts, whose girls team won the KVAC A title last weekend for the first time in program history.

In Class B, both Waterville teams will be in the hunt for state titles.

“We’re positioned really well to be in the hunt at the end of the day,” Waterville coach Ian Wilson said. “There are no guarantees with state titles. If we have a good day, we’ll be there in the end.”

The Waterville girls, who once again will flood events, feature eight No. 1 seeds.

Bethanie Brown is seeded first in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 and is poised to set state records in all of those events. She already owns the Class B mark in the 1,600 and 3,200, but not the 800. Her seed time of 2:16.17 is less than a second off the Class B record, which Melissa Blackstone of Presque Isle set in 2001.

“I don’t think Bethanie goes around chasing records,” Wilson said. “She just wants to score as many points as possible for the team. This is her last go-round in states.”

Kellie Bolduc also comes in with lofty expectations. She is seeded first in the triple jump, 100-meter hurdles and 300 hurdles. She is also part of the 4×400 relay team — with Brown, Lydia Roy and Sarah Shoulta — that is seeded first.

Bill Stewart — 621-5640

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