GSA wins big at Class C state track championships Titles in five events, girls place second, boys third

Alex Taylor-Lash runs the 110 meter hurdles. Photo by Sharon Catus

Alex Taylor-Lash runs the 110 meter hurdles. Photo by Sharon Catus

Dover-Foxcroft—The George Stevens Academy track and field girls team placed second—and first for sportsmanship— while the boys placed third, at the Class C track and field state championships in Dover-Foxcroft on June 3. The girls team scored 56 points, ahead of 27 teams, and behind winner Orono, with 125.33 points. The boys team scored 61 points behind Traip Academy, 69 points, and Orono at 102 points. Both results show a jump over 2016, when the girls finished third and the boys fifth.

John Hassett maintains a lead in the 1600 meter run. Photo by Sharon Catus

John Hassett maintains a lead in the 1600 meter run. Photo by Sharon Catus

“We had our best meets of the season for both teams,” Coach Erich Reed said.

First-time state champions are Eliza Broughton, who won in the 300 meter hurdles, and the boys 800 meter relay team of Meredith Bradshaw Thomas, John Hassett, Trent Williamson and Cameron Gordon.

John Hassett, now an eight-time state champion, won the 1600 meter run by over five seconds and the 3200 meter run.

Senior Morgan Dauk took her third straight title in the javelin with a 115’7” throw, the best performance across the state, as was senior Erik Taylor-Lash’s 6:56.32 in the 1600 meter race walk.

Junior Max Mattson was edged out of a first-place finish in the high jump by misses but matched the highest winning jump, the best over the three classes. Senior Cameron Gordon took third in the 400 meter dash, while junior Zeya Lorio’s fourth place finish in the 800 meter run set a school record at 2:27.29.

Junior Mary Richardson placed second in the 3200 meter run, while Ava Sealander placed third in the pole vault. The 800 meter relay team of Lorio, Broughton, Richardson and Mary Brenna Catus placed second, as did the 400 meter relay team of Maize Smallidge, Catus, Bella Cimeno and Morgan Dauk.

“The state meet is definitely a pressure event, and it was great to have so many kids perform to that level,” Reed said.

Qualifying for the New England Championships on June 10 in Newell, Mass., are Hassett, in the 1600 and 3200 meter events; the boys 800 meter relay team, with Jeremiah Scheff taking Hassett’s spot; Broughton in the 300 meter hurdle; Cameron Gordon in the 400 meter dash; and Dauk in the javelin.

The girls 400 meter relay team

Above, the girls 400 meter relay team placed second; from left, Mazie Smallidge, Bella Cimeno, Mary Brenna Catus and Morgan Dauk. Photo by Sharon Catus.

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