An outstanding performance from Clare Egan helped Cape Elizabeth’s girls collect 81 points, good for second place behind York (103) at Saturday’s Class B state track meet at Mt. Desert Island High School.

The boys squad netted 48 points, tying the Capers for third with Winslow and Lake Region, behind Waterville (79) and York (69).

Rain fell Saturday throughout the meet, just as it did on the Class A and C meets, which were both suspended and moved to this Saturday. But – with the exception of the pole vault – the Class B athletes soldiered on, even as the wind picked up and blew their tents around.

“The conditions were about as bad as it could get,” said Cape coach David Weatherbie, “but all the coaches had no problem continuing. The meet director did an exceptional job. Clearly they were well prepared.”

Weatherbie pointed out that the difficulties of gathering together all the schools in a season of graduations, field trips and other events made pressing ahead the best option, and he wasn’t aware of any athletes getting injured as a result of the weather.

Egan won the 400-meter run and the 300 hurdles, setting a track record in the latter. She also finished second in the 1,600 and was part of Cape’s 4 x 400 relay team – along with Dana Riker, Ashley Robinson and Blair Griffin – which won the event with another track record.

“She ran the 1,600 and came back in the 400 into a 20 mile per hour wind,” Weatherbie said. “Then 20 minutes later she ran the hurdles. Coaches were coming up to me. They couldn’t believe it.”

Griffin also won the 200, finished sixth in the 100 and was part of the third-place 4 x 100 quartet. Riker finished third in the 800 and was part of the 4 x 100 and 4 x 800 teams, the latter also finishing third.

Teammate Laura Williamson was second in the pole vault, which was held Monday at Winslow High School.

“We are very pleased with the results,” said Weatherbie. “We were seeded up front with 60 points and ended up with 81. We knew that catching York would be a stretch.”

For the boys, Kevin Harrison bounced back from a disappointing regional meet the week before to win the long jump and place third in the triple jump. The senior was state champion at last year’s Class C meet, which is where the Capers competed in outdoor track up until this season.

Harrison also won Class B state indoor titles in the long jump in each of the past two years and in the triple jump two years ago. But at the Western Maine Conference meet on May 27, he was fourth in the long jump and seventh in the triple jump.

“The runway wasn’t long enough for his normal approach,” Weatherbie said. “It was seven strides long, where he usually takes nine. Kevin is a tall kid, and it takes him those extra two strides to get going. He wasn’t even close to top speed, which is a crucial element in the jump.”

At the state meet, Ben Wiemont won the javelin for the Capers and was fifth in the discus; Colman Hatton was second in the 800 and third in the 1,600; and Stanis Moody-Roberts was sixth in both the 1,600 and the 3,200.

“On the boys side we were seeded for sixth and ended up third,” said Weatherbie. “Both teams wouldn’t let the water affect their performance. I couldn’t be prouder.”


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