February 25, 2010

Tracking down titles

RACHEL LENZI

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Staff Photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette: Biddeford's Maria Curit competes in the Long Jump Monday, Feb. 15, 2010 during the Maine Class A Indoor Track State Meet in Gorham. Curit won the event.

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Staff Photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette: Gorham's Rachel Wilkinson, Biddeford's, Danielle Laverriere and Scarborough's Abby Chick are at the front of the pack during the 800 Meter Run Monday, Feb. 15, 2010 during the Maine Class A Indoor Track State Meet in Gorham. Laverriere went on to win the event.

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Staff Writer

GORHAM — By the time his day was complete, Will Geoghegan had run more than 5,600 meters.

That's more than 31/2 miles, if you count the time he spent warming up and jogging on the track when he wasn't competing.

After all those meters and miles were logged on Monday, Geoghegan completed a sweep of the distance events to lead Brunswick to the team title at the state Class A boys' indoor track and field championships at the University of Southern Maine.

The girls' meet came down to the final event, with Scarborough holding off Thornton Academy to capture its sixth consecutive state title.

Geoghegan, a Brunswick High senior, won titles in the 800, mile and 2-mile, helping the Dragons run away with the boys' title.

''As soon as a race is over, I keep jogging, I try to drink water and I try to put my legs up to drain some of the lactic acid,'' Geoghegan said when asked how he stayed fresh for an entire day of running.

Brunswick won the 19-team meet with 106 points, well ahead of Cheverus (57) and Scarborough (45.5). The Dragons also got a boost from Mike Slovenski, who won the pole vault by clearing 15 feet, 2 inches and from their 800-meter relay team of Brandon Sawyer, Nate McCue, Dylan Walton and Matt Hatke, which won the event in 1 minute, 35.79 seconds. Brunswick also got a total of nine second-, third-, fourth- and fifth-place finishes.

''The coaches do a really good job of getting as many points out of us as they can,'' Geoghegan said. ''They really work well with us to help us improve.''

Brunswick picked up 18 points in the 3,200 as Liam Cassidy pushed Geoghegan throughout the race before he took over after the final turn.

''Jack (Terwilliger) and I switched off after the first mile and at the second mile, Liam took the lead and pushed past me, and I had to see what I had in the end,'' said Geoghegan, who will continue running at Dartmouth College. ''I've always had close finishes with Liam. He's always right there with me.''

The girls' championship came down to meet-ending 800 relay. Scarborough kept its title run alive by finishing fourth in the event ahead of Thornton Academy. Entering the relay, Scarborough led the 17-team meet with 59 points, ahead of Thornton (55) and Bonny Eagle (52). The Scots' team of Morgan Costa, Alexandria O'Brien, Peyton Dostie and Melissa Carrier won the relay in 1:48.81, while Scarborough finished fifth.

''It decided the meet,'' said Abby Chick, who ran the anchor leg on the 3,200 relay and ran a leg of the 800 relay for the Red Storm. ''We needed to score points because at that point, we were only ahead of Thornton Academy by four points. We knew coming into it that we'd be head-to-head, and that every race would matter.''

Scarborough captured another title despite winning only one event, the 3,200 relay.

''Our depth was extremely important,'' Chick said. ''That's what won it for us.''

The Cheverus boys relied on depth in one event to finish second in the team standings. The Stags earned 23 of their 47 points in the shot put as John White won ahead of Beau Michaud, while James Rutter finished fourth and Charles Place sixth.

Biddeford's Maria Curit set a state record of 17-61/2 in the girls' long jump, in addition to winning the 200 and placing second in the 400 to Thornton's Hannah Wiley, who also won the 55 hurdles.

''I did three events today and it helped that I was warmed up,'' Curit said. ''Winning the long jump, it means a lot to me. I was really excited about it, especially because I wasn't expecting to do that well in it this year.''

Bangor's Grace Maclean set a state record of 5-61/4 in the girls' high jump, and Bangor's Benjamin Sinclair won the boys' 200 and 400.

Imadhi Zagon of Portland won the 55-meter dash in one of the day's most surprising races, edging Scarborough's John Gonzalez in a photo finish.

''I really thought he won,'' said Zagon, who won the long jump and finished second in the 200. ''I was happy I'd gotten second but I was really surprised to find out that I won.

''It (the race) went quick. It goes quicker than you think.''

Staff Writer Rachel Lenzi can be reached at 791-6415 or at:

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Staff Photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette: Thornton Academy's Hannah Wiley right, crosses the finish line just before Biddeford's Maria Curit in the 400 meter dash finals Monday, Feb. 15, 2010 during the Maine Class A Indoor Track State Meet in Gorham.

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Staff Photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette: Brunswick's Will Geoghegan is out in front during the 1 Mile Run Monday, Feb. 15, 2010 during the Maine Class A Indoor Track State Meet in Gorham. Geoghegan won the event.

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Staff Photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette: Portland's Imadhi Zagon competes in the long jump Monday, Feb. 15, 2010 during the Maine Class A Indoor Track State Meet in Gorham.

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Will Geoghegan, Brunswick, cross country

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Staff Photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette: Biddeford's Maria Curit competes in the Long Jump Monday, Feb. 15, 2010 during the Maine Class A Indoor Track State Meet in Gorham. Curit won the event.

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Staff Photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette: Gorham's Rachel Wilkinson, Biddeford's, Danielle Laverriere and Scarborough's Abby Chick are at the front of the pack during the 800 Meter Run Monday, Feb. 15, 2010 during the Maine Class A Indoor Track State Meet in Gorham. Laverriere went on to win the event.

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Staff Photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette: Thornton Academy's Hannah Wiley right, crosses the finish line just before Biddeford's Maria Curit in the 400 meter dash finals Monday, Feb. 15, 2010 during the Maine Class A Indoor Track State Meet in Gorham.

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Staff Photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette: Brunswick's Will Geoghegan is out in front during the 1 Mile Run Monday, Feb. 15, 2010 during the Maine Class A Indoor Track State Meet in Gorham. Geoghegan won the event.

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Staff Photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette: Portland's Imadhi Zagon competes in the long jump Monday, Feb. 15, 2010 during the Maine Class A Indoor Track State Meet in Gorham.

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Will Geoghegan, Brunswick, cross country

  


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