Hall breaks school record at NCAA track regional

Kate Hall of Casco set a University of Georgia record in the long jump while winning the event Thursday at the NCAA Division I East track and field preliminary meet in Lexington, Kentucky.

Hall, a redshirt freshman, jumped 21 feet, 11 inches on her final attempt to take first place. She qualified for the NCAA championships June 7-10 in Eugene, Oregon.

Lewiston’s Isaiah Harris, a Penn State sophomore, won his 800-meter heat and advanced to Saturday’s final.

Harris posted a time of 1 minute, 49.54 seconds. The two-time Big Ten champion finished fourth at last year’s NCAA championships.

 Tufts junior Brittany Bowman of Camden set a school record and earned All-America for the third time with a fifth-place finish in the 10,000 meters at the NCAA Division III meet in Geneva, Ohio.

Bowman was clocked in 35:22.11, 10 seconds faster than the previous school record.

Bates senior Jessica Wilson of Cumberland ran a personal-best time of 4:31.32 in the 1,500 prelims to qualify for Saturday’s final.

Allison Hill of Brunswick helped the Bates 1,600 relay team qualify for Saturday’s final with a time of 3:50.31, and Alex Nichols of Brunswick anchored Middlebury’s 1,600 men’s relay team to a time of 3:13.16, which was also fast enough to advance.

Ben Torda of Bowdoin ran 9:20.82 to make it to the steeplechase final.

BASEBALL: The University of Maine was rained out Thursday in the America East tournament and will play an elimination game at 2:30 p.m. Friday against Maryland-Baltimore County or Stony Brook, in Lowell, Massachusetts.


EASTERN LEAGUE: The Sea Dogs’ game at New Hampshire was postponed by rain and will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Portland’s next visit from July 13-16.


UNDER-20 WORLD CUP: The United States moved to the brink of advancing from Group F after edging Senegal 1-0 at Incheon, South Korea, with Josh Sargent’s third goal of the tournament in just his second game.

The U.S. needs a point Saturday against Saudi Arabia to be certain of a place in the second round.


NBA: Golden State Coach Steve Kerr isn’t ready from a health standpoint to be back on the bench with the start of the NBA finals a week away, the team announced.

Kerr, 51, underwent a procedure May 5 to repair a spinal fluid leak stemming from complications after two back surgeries in 2015, after the Warriors won their first championship in 40 years during his first season as coach.


NFL: The Chicago Bears signed former New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz to a one-year contract.

The Bears were looking for help after former Pro Bowl receiver Alshon Jeffery signed with Philadelphia. They’re hoping Cruz can rediscover some of his old flair and give them a reliable option along with the oft-injured youngster Kevin White.


NHL: The Nashville captain, Mike Fisher, said he feels a lot better and his goal is to be available during the Stanley Cup finals that begin next week.


GIRO D’ITALIA: Tejay van Garderen claimed his first grand tour victory on the tough 18th stage at Ortisei, Italy, as Tom Dumoulin kept the pink jersey.

Van Garderen, of the United States, came around the inside of the final corner to edge Mikel Landa at the uphill finish of the 85-mile leg.


CUP SERIES: Kevin Harvick will start on the pole Sunday for the Coca-Cola 600 at Concord, North Carolina, while the points leader, Kyle Larson, will begin NASCAR’s longest race at the rear of the field.

Harvick turned a lap of 193.424 mph on the 11/2-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway oval. It’s only the second time a Ford has won the pole in the last 16 Cup races at the track.

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