Scarborough pole vaulters, from left, Alec James, Greg Viola and Edward James hope to scale new heights Monday during the Class A championships at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham.
The Scarborough boys track and field team has an impressive collection of indoor state titles, 14 total including two in Class A the past two years. If they three-peat this year it will be more impressive still.
The last time the Scarborough boys won so many in a row was in Class B from 1994 to 1998, when the team won five consecutive state titles. But their chances look good this year.
"There is so much that goes into winning a championship in track and field because of all the different events and athletes. This team has been committed to excellence all year long, they know what it takes to win and have fully committed to that plan as a team. The senior leadership has been outstanding, the focus has been there from day one," said Scarborough boys coach Derek Veilleux.
The Class A track and field championship will be held at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham. The Class B state championship will be at Bates University in Lewiston. Both meets start Monday at 10 a.m.
THE CLASS A BOYS meet should be a battle between Scarborough and Cheverus.
The Red Storm have top seeds in senior distance runner Robert Hall and senior sprinter Ryan Jamison. They also could go one-two in the vault, since senior Greg Viola has come on in the state rankings. (He is seeded fifth in the event).
Veilleux said the pole vault is just one more event made stronger by senior leadership, with defending state champion Alec James the top seed. James also qualified for the state meet in the 55-meter hurdles, the 200 and the 400.
"Alec is a great teammate and wants to see more than one Scarborough vaulter on the podium. We have a shot to have three including his brother Edward," Veilleux said.
However, the Class A win will be hard-fought as Cheverus is led by top senior sprinters James Campbell and Jackson McMann.
THE CLASS A GIRLS matchup should be a battle between Thornton Academy and Bonny Eagle.
Thornton will be led by senior Charlotte Pierce, who is a state-leader in the 800, mile and two-mile; and junior Carly McKenna, who is a top seed in the hurdles and high jump. They also could get points from jumper Amanda Arnold.
But Bonny Eagle has distance standout Samatha Cox, who also is seeded in the 800, mile and two-mile; as well as top sprinter Audrey Weyand and Mary Szatkowski in the two-mile.
IN THE CLASS B GIRLS meet, once again Greely will be battling against a tough Waterville team, which was the scenario last year when Greely finished behind Waterville. The defending state champions bring back three-event winner Bethanie Brown, who is ranked nationally in the mile this year.
Greely is led by top junior distance runner Kirstin Sandreuter, senior sprinter Julia Mitiguy and top-ranked senior shot putter Gwen Sawyer.
IN THE CLASS B BOYS meet, York will be vying for its second-ever state title and second in a row, and will be led by a strong senior class that includes multiple-event stars Tom Reid, a top seed in the jumps and the hurdles; sprinter Josh Brooks; and Joe Vogel, who is seeded in the jumps and the 800.
They'll be chasing a Dover-Foxcroft team that has come on strong at the end of the season.
Staff Writer Deirdre Fleming can be contacted at 791-6452 or at: