By Michael Hoffer
Standout runners, jumpers and throwers from Forecaster Country took part in the New England track and field championships Friday in Boston.
Scarborough’s Catie Funk was the top local individual, finishing sixth in the shot put (39 feet, 9 inches). Whitney Chamberlain placed 10th in the girls’ 1,000-meter (3 minutes, 2.03 seconds). Jenny Snyder finished 18th in the girls’ 55 (7.62 seconds) and 19th in the 55 hurdles (9.07). Lauren Blaisdell was 19th in the long jump (15-2.5). Cape Elizabeth’s Rachel Nichols was 18th in the girls’ mile (5:21.01). Teammate Marita Stressenger placed 22nd in the mile (5:25.67).
Scarborough’s 4×200 girls’ relay team (Nicole Kirk, Jenna Van Dam, Blaisdell and Rachelle Greene) came in 12th (1:48.85). The Red Storm’s 4×800 squad (Emily Tolman, Meghan Summerson, Melissa Dellatorre and Abby Chick) was 14th (10:09.74).
On the boys’ side, Scarborough’s Nate Hathaway came in seventh in the mile (4:23.96). Teammate Sam Chick was 12th in the 1,000 (2:37.71). Brian Woodbury placed 12th in the shot put (49-5.25). Cape Elizabeth’s Matt Rand placed 13th in the two-mile (9:45.09). South Portland’s Tony Haeuser came in 19th in the 55 hurdles (8.17).
Scarborough’s 4×800 relay team (Tom Hague, James Wright, Nick Morris and Chick) was 23rd (8:42.40).
Scarborough’s Beecher leads way at swim championships
Swimmers and divers from Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough and South Portland took part in the New Englands Feb. 28 at Bates College in Lewiston. Scarborough’s Christine Beecher was runner-up in the girls’ 200 individual medley (2 minutes, 19.30 seconds) and also came in sixth in the 500 free (5:34.38). The Red Storm’s 200 medley (Beecher, Julie Passarelli, Alison Reynolds and Shelby Wheeler, 2:09.85) and 400 free (Reynolds, Wheeler, Passarelli and Beecher, 4:18.09) teams both finished 15th. Cape Elizabeth’s Rosie Wennberg was seventh in the 50 free (26.35 seconds) and 11th in the 100 free (58.83). Paige St. Germain came in 14th in the 200 free (2:13.69). South Portland’s Courtney Perruzzi placed eighth in diving (238.30 points).
On the boys’ side, South Portland divers Jaren Parras (sixth, 259.35) and Travis Wibby (eighth, 241.30) both scored, as did Cape Elizabeth diver Kevin Flathers (ninth, 236.00). Scarborough’s Thomas Spencer placed 14th in the 100 butterfly (1:00.87). The Red Storm’s 400 free relay (Spencer, Adam Saltz, Daniel Friedman and Mark Endrizzi) came in 11th (3:44.24) Scarborough’s medley relay team (Saltz, Friedman, Spencer and Endrizzi) came in 15th (1:54.92).

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