Saturday, April 19, 2014
The choice of a top outdoor track and field female athlete was tough, given the number of top regional and national stars Maine is turning out.
On her way to a 4-for-4 day at the Class A state championships, Teal Jackson of Brewer smashed a 19-year-old state record for 400 meters.
Tim Greenway/Staff Photographer
Bethanie Brown, Waterville senior
Took third in the 5,000 at the New Balance national meet (16:41.84, unofficial state record) and was eighth in the 2-mile (10:24.44). She won the 1,600, 3,200 and 800 and anchored the 1,600-meter relay at the Class B state meet to help Waterville to its seventh straight state championship.
Jade Canak, Erskine Academy junior, triple jump
Finished fourth in the triple jump at the New Englands (37-0 1/4) and second at the Class B state meet (35-4 1/2). Was fourth in the Class B long jump (16-4 1/2).
Sam Cox, Bonny Eagle senior
Took second in the 800 (2:18.88) and third in the 1,600 (5:16.10) at the Class A state meet.
Lindsey Folsom, Cony senior
Placed 11th at the New England meet in the pole vault (10-9) and won the Class A title with a state-record vault of 11-7.
Kate Hall, Lake Region sophomore
At the national meet in North Carolina, Hall was fourth in the 100 (11.74) and was the only sophomore in the final. She also took seventh in the long jump (18-8). At New Englands, Hall won the 100 (11.69), and set all-time state bests in the long jump (second, 19-0 3/4) and 200 (third, 24.89). She swept the three events at the Class B state meet, and set an all-time state best of 11.68 in the 100 at the WMC championships.
Teal Jackson, Brewer senior
Won the 100 (12.45), 200 (25.58), long jump (16-10), and 400 (state-record 57.00) at the Class A state meet.
Aleta Looker, Ellsworth junior
At the national meet in North Carolina, placed 28th in the 800 with a time of 2:14.30. She also took second in the 800 at the Class B state meet (2:20.42) and was fourth in the 1,600 (5:27.99).
Erzsebet Nagy, Lawrence senior
Won the 800 (2:16.79), 1,600 (5:01.07) and 3,200 (11:33.81) at the Class A state meet.
Kirstin Sandreuter, Greely junior
Second at the Class B state meet in both the 1,600 (5:07.97) and 3,200 (11:25.78). Sandreuter also took 18th at the nationals in the 2-mile (10:48.30).
Kaitlin Saulter, Hermon junior
Placed eighth in the 400 at the New England championships (57.51), after winning the event at the Class B state meet in a Class B record time of 57.76.
Gwen Sawyer, Greely senior
Finished sixth at the New England championships in the shot put (39-10 1/2) and won the event at the Class B state meet (38-10).
Laura Turner, Gorham junior
Won the 1,600-meter racewalk at the Class A state meet (8:17.79), and placed eighth at nationals in the mile racewalk (8:09.94)
Coach of the Year
Ian Wilson, Waterville
Led the girls' team to its seventh consecutive state title while also coaching the boys' team to its fifth state championship in eight years.
At the New Balance national meet in Greensboro, N.C., Waterville senior Bethanie Brown took third in the 5,000 and eighth in the mile; and Lake Region sophomore Kate Hall finished fourth in the 100 and seventh in the long jump.
Gorham junior Laura Turner took eighth in the mile racewalk at the national meet, and three other Maine schoolgirls competed against the nation's best.
But only one female athlete in Maine won four individual events at a state meet while also breaking a state record.
That achievement set Brewer senior Teal Jackson apart.
Competing on a 90-degree day, Jackson won the 100 in 12.45 seconds; the 200 in 25.58; and the long jump in 16 feet, 10 inches. In the 400, she broke a 19-year-old state record with a time of 57.00, erasing a mark set by Cuyler Goodwin of Mt. Ararat (57:17).
"She wasn't the No. 1 seed as a junior in all those events but clearly the No. 1 this year in all four," said Brewer Coach Glendon Rand. "We seeded her that way for the conference meet, and (after she won all four), we seeded her that way in all four for the state meet. Then of course it turned out to be a 90-degree day and probably over 100 on the track.
"We made sure she stayed under cover. But after her 100 and long jump, she didn't look good. We weren't sure she'd be able to run the 400. But we put some ice on her head and she had some pretzels, and she recovered pretty quickly. Then she went out and broke the state record."
Jackson's competitiveness in Eastern Maine is famous, and it led her to go from a contender at the state meet her junior year to being unbeatable in the state in the 400 this year. Rand said she will be remembered for decades to come at Brewer High -- where she holds four school records, as well as three Penobscot Valley Conference records.
And when Jackson goes on next year to compete at Division II West Virginia Wesleyan University in Buckhannon, W.Va., her natural speed may take her to a new level of track success.
"She is definitely in the top two or three track athletes we've ever had at Brewer," said Rand. "In the '90s we had a thrower, Amy Winchester, who won all three throwing events (at the state championships), and she went on to Dartmouth and competed in the Olympic trials.
"I'd say it will be interesting in two or three years to see what Teal can do at the college level."
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