DOVER-FOXCROFT — Monmouth and Traip academies had the early hope. The Orono girls and boys took the titles late.


The Red Riots swept the Class C meet for a third straight year, and they did so in convincing fashion.

The Orono boys finished with a team score of 102 points to easily out-distance Traip (69 points) and George Stevens Academy (61 points).

The Red Riot girls extended their dynasty with a sixth straight state title. Orono finished with 125.33 points, followed by runner-up George Stevens (56 points) and Maranacook (48.50 points). The Red Riots were led by Katherine O’Brien, who won the 100-meter dash (12.93) and in the long jump (16-8.50).

The Orono boys and Traip were neck-and-neck until the 800-meter run, when Jacob Fandel put the Red Riots ahead for good by winning the event with a time of 2:03.34.


“It’s a pretty awesome team,” Fandel said. “All the guys are really nice and funny to talk to. The girls are awesome, too. I like them all. We’ve got a great team, I’m glad to be a part of it.”

O’Brien said the girls team was not feeling any pressure to deliver a sixth straight title.

“Our coach (Chris Libby) is really good about it, he doesn’t pressure us,” O’Brien said. “He just wants us to do our best, and that’s what we’re doing out here. I think you’ve seen some really good performances from our team and everyone else.”

The Monmouth girls — which finished fifth with a score of 39.50 points — had an early lead in team points after four events before Orono took over.

On the boys side, Maranacook’s William Green took home the pole vault title, with a height of 12-6. Green’s height was a full foot over second-place finisher Evan Michaud of Caribou.

“The strategy was just like practice,” Green said. “Just try to relax, take it easy.”


Hall-Dale’s Jon Whitcomb won the high jump at 6-4. He also finished third in the pole vault (11-6) and discus (125-8).

“I had a pretty solid meet,” Whitcomb said. “I haven’t done exactly what I wanted to do, but I still placed well, so I’m happy with that.”

Monmouth’s Zack Wallace (45-0.50) finished third in the shot put, while Darrin Libby of Madison finished fourth in the long jump (20-5.25).

Other top performers included Traip’s Evan Porter, who won three events — the 110 hurdles (15.28), the 300 hurdles (39.98) and the 100-meter dash (11.55).

“I can’t be upset with the placement, but I wish I had come out with better times,” Porter said. “The weather is not the greatest, we’ve got a head wind. A three-hour trip from Kittery doesn’t help at all.”

Orono’s Jake Coffman took home the shot put (55-2.75) and discus (173-6) titles. Washington’s Michaiah Robinson won the 200-meter dash (22.86) and 400-meter dash (49.8).


On the girls side, Christa Carr of MCI took home the shot put title with a throw of 36-9.50. Carr’s throw was nearly two feet longer than runner-up Nicole D’Angelo of Maranacook (34-5).

Carr, who had been nursing a sore shoulder, did a standing throw on her first attempt, reaching 30 feet.

“I was really mad about myself, and everybody was like, ‘It’s OK, just go throw,’ and I said ‘No, I’ve got to do better.’ Then I threw a 36, and it was foot better than my (personal record).”

The Maranacook 4×100-meter relay team of Grace Despres, D’Angelo, Abby Despres and Janika Pakulski finished second to Orono with a time of 52.65. It was only the second time this season the group has run together, Pakulski said. The first time came at the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference championships.

“I’m the only sprinter on the team, so I’m pretty proud of us,” Pakulski said.

Maddie Amero of Monmouth finished second in the javelin (112-9), finishing behind Morgan Dauk (115-7) of George Stevens. Also placing second was Victoria Friend of MCI (32-3.25) in the triple jump.


Maranacook’s Ashley Cray (4-10) was third in the high jump, as was Tori Spencer of Monmouth (8:22.34) in the 1,600-meter race walk.

All competitors faced blustery conditions at Foxcroft Academy throughout the day, as clouds moved in and out of the area.

“It’s both physical and mental (challenges),” Porter said. “I’d much rather it be a nice sunny day running, the cold does slow you down a little bit. It tightens your muscles up. I had to warm up twice, honestly.”

Dave Dyer — 621-5640

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