The New England track and field championships begin Saturday at Veterans’ Stadium in New Britain, Conn., with or without the rain.

Meet coordinator Donn Friedman said the meet will be held.

“We can’t move it because some state associations prohibit athletes from competing on Sundays,” Friedman said. “We are going to hold it. We’ll get in as much as we can. We have lights at the facility so if we have to delay it, we will delay it. Our intention is to get this meet in.”

An abundance of Maine athletes are set for big performances today.

Cony senior Lindsey Folsom, fresh off setting the Class A state record in the pole vault (11-feet, 7-inches) last weekend, heads to Connecticut seeded second in the event. Emily Savage of Weston, Conn., is first with a vault of 12-6.

“If I can hold my seed, it would be great,” she said. “First place is a bit of a reach but is not completely undoable. There’s no pressure from anyone else, but I want to go down there and do really well. I put pressure on myself.”

Waterville senior Nick Danner is the top seed in the javelin. His throw of 192-9 is nearly three feet further than his closest challenger, TJ Noonan of Waltham, Mass.

Danner will also compete in the shot put.

Also representing Waterville — which swept the Class B state championship meet last weekend — are Devin Burgess (pole vault, long jump), Chris Cote (3,200) and Jordhan Levine (triple jump, 110 hurdles).

Senior Bethanie Brown said Thursday she won’t attend the meet, citing a hectic schedule.

“I love New Englands, but it’s five hours down and five hours back,” she said. “I also have nationals a week later. It’s a hard decision to make but not going is the smarter move.”

Brown would have been seeded fifth in the 3,200 with a time of 10:36.36, 16th in the 800 (2:16.5) and sixth in the 1,600 (4:56.34).

Other Maine athletes seeded high include Lake Region’s Kate Hall (long jump), Lewiston’s Isaiah Harris (800), Gray-New Gloucester’s Will Shafer (1,600) and Deering’s Jared Bell (shot put, discus).

Bill Stewart — 621-5640

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