December 5, 2013

Telegram All-State Girls' Indoor Track: Not just strong in Maine, but Hall's a regional champion

Kate Hall of Lake Region came through against strong competition, and is still just a sophomore.

By Deirdre Fleming
Staff Writer

By her freshman year, Kate Hall of Lake Region already had her approach to track figured out. Line up her goals, work with her trainer on a tough workout plan, and methodically focus on each record or victory.

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Lake Region’s Kate Hall, center, defended three state titles at the Class B meet and went on to eclipse all-time Maine bests in the 55 meters and long jump at the New England championships in Boston.

Derek Davis/Staff Photographer


Georgia Bolduc, Waterville senior, sprints/vault

Proved her versatility at the Class B state meet, where she took second in the 55 (7.52); second in the 200 (27.11); and second in the pole vault with a 9-6.

Bethanie Brown, Waterville senior, distance

Took second in the 2-mile at the New Engand championships (10:45.86) and was third in the 1,000 (2:53.88). At the Class B state meet, Brown won the mile, breaking her own record from last year (5:02.15) with her time of 5:00.31; took second in the 800 (2:19.30); and won the 2-mile with a record of 10:46.95, erasing the 2005 mark by Cassie Hintz of Old Town of 10:48.28.

Samantha Cox, Bonny Eagle senior, distance

At the Class A meet, took third in the mile (5:18.49); third in the 800 (2:22.91) and placed fifth in the 2-mile (12:00.88) to help her team to third place.

Kate Hall, Lake Region sophomore, jumps/sprints

Won the 55 at the New Englands in 7.07, a time that topped the Maine Class B state record (7.13). She also took second in the long jump at 18 feet, 5.75 inches. At the Class B meet, Hall won the 55 (7.17); the 200 in a state-record time of 25.62 (erasing the 2004 mark by Logan Crane of Freeport of 25.94); and the long jump in a state-record 17-11.50 (erasing the 2011 record by Emily Mitchell of York of 17-6.50).

Teal Jackson, Brewer senior, sprints

Won the 55 at the Class A meet (7.26); the 400 (58.22); and the 200 (26.16). Jackson posted a 41.10 in the 300 at the New England meet, finishing 12th.

Aleta Looker, Ellsworth junior, middle distance

Won the 800 at the Class B state meet, holding off Bethanie Brown to win in 2:18.96; and finished third in the mile (5:23.24). At the New England meet, she finished second in the 1,000 (2:53.77). She also ran the 800 at the New Balance Junior National Meet in New York City in 2:14.22, finishing 16th.

Grace MacLean, Bangor senior, jumps/sprints

In the Class A state meet, she won the 55 hurdles (8.43); long jump (17-5.75) and high jump (5-2).

Kiera Murrah, Cheverus freshman, distance

Won the 2-mile at the Class A state meet against a solid field as a freshman (11:35.01).

Edie Pallozzi, Deering senior, middle distance

Captured the 800 at the Class A state meet in a record time of 2:17.27, breaking the 2007 mark of 2:18.44 set by Kaitlynn Saidanha of Scarborough.

Charlotte Pierce, Thornton Academy senior, distance

Won the mile at the Class A meet (5:06.33) and took second in the 2-mile (11:35.75). She ran a 5:05.90 in the mile at the New Englands, finishing eighth.

Kirstin Sandreuter, Greely junior, distance

Chased the times of two-time state champion Bethanie Brown all season but never slowed, finishing with two second-place performances at the Class B state meet in the mile (5:13.15) and the 2-mile (11:22.43).

Audrey Weyand, Bonney Eagle senior, sprints

Took second place in the 400 at the Class A state meet (58.79) and in the 200 (26.69).

Coach of the Year

Ian Wilson, Waterville

The Panthers took home their fifth girls' Class B state title in eight years. And while the team did well in the sprints, he made sure Bethanie Brown dominated, with two golds, both state records, in distance events.

But even after defending three state titles at the Class B meet this year as a sophomore, Hall never dreamed she´d win one event and finish second in another at the New England championships in Boston, where the best athletes from six states competed. And Hall's victory in the 55-meter dash in 7.07 seconds -- in addition to taking second in the long jump (18 feet, 5.75 inches) -- is not only remarkable, it's unusual.

"We get freshmen and sophomores that win in the distance events and occasionally in the jumps, but to win the dash is pretty rare. Even winning a state championship is relatively rare in New England. You see girls win the distance events. But on the sprints, you need the combination of raw speed, strength and technique," said Steve Viatones, the United States Track and Field New England president.

Hall´s undefeated season in Maine and her performance at the New England championships make her this year´s indoor track female performer of the year.

And this year, it was a tough call.

First of all, in the Class A state meet there were two three-event winners: Grace MacLean of Bangor and Teal Jackson of Brewer.

Then there is the national-caliber Bethanie Brown of Waterville, the 2012 outdoor top performer who defended two state titles with two state records, and finished second and third in the 2-mile and 1,000 meters in Boston.

But it's tough to beat first place in a meet that brings together athletes from six states.

Plus, Hall also went to the New Balance national meet in New York and while she didn't place in the open division, she ran in the emerging elite division and took third, running 24.81, which would shatter both the Class A and Class B records in Maine.

"After tweaking my training (in the 55) for New Englands, I had just done short stuff, I thought I might be slower in the 200. I was really surprised I was much faster," Hall said.

Going into the New England meet, Hall's best in the long jump was 18-0, which she reached at a meet in December. Her improvement to 18-5.75 proved she is not just a tough competitor but also a big-meet competitor, one who can come up with a big performance at championship time.

"That was my goal to break my PR (in the 55) all year. So after states I thought, 'OK, I wonder how New Englands will go.' I usually run faster against competition. I definitely was not expecting to win New England and get second in the long jump. It wasn't on my radar," Hall said.

Deirdre Fleming can be contacted at 791-6452 or at:


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