Hall rewrites state recored book twice, wins three titles

PULLING AWAY FROM THE PACK — Lake Region sophomore Kate Hall won the 55-meter dash with a personal best 7.17 seconds at Monday's Class B State Indoor Track & Field Championships held at Bates College in Lewiston. (Rivet Photo)

PULLING AWAY FROM THE PACK — Lake Region sophomore Kate Hall won the 55-meter dash with a personal best 7.17 seconds at Monday's Class B State Indoor Track & Field Championships held at Bates College in Lewiston. (Rivet Photo)

LEWISTON — Kate Hall was on a mission, not only to win her three events at the Class B state indoor track & field championships, but, do it in record fashion.

The Lake Region sophomore nearly pulled off a record-setting trifecta. She won three state titles, and set two new state records.

First up, Hall demolished the long jump mark set in 2011 at 17-feet, 6.5-inches by Emily Mitchell of York. Kate extended to 17-feet, 11.5-inches — quite the jump from last year when she won the long jump aat 17-1.50. With her dad, Eric, by her side, Kate wore a big smile as track officials double-checked her winning jump.

Up next was the 55-meter dash. Citing “adrenaline” rushing at the big meet, Kate nearly broke Logan Crane’s record set in 204 at 7.13. Kate bolted to a 7.17 (a personal record), which was a big improvement over her last year’s winning sprint of 7.27.

Finally, the sophomore phenom closed out her day with a record-setting 200-meter run in 25.62 — the old record belonged to Crane of Freeport, set in 2004 at 25.94. Kate won the event last year in 26.33. Waterville’s Georgia Bolduc was a distant second at 27.11.

By winning three events, Kate accumulated 30 points as the Laker girls finished fourth amongst 26 teams.

Kate will compete at the New England Championships on Saturday, March 2 at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury Crossing, Mass. Kate is entered in the long jump and 55 meters.

In other action:

• Lake Region’s Hannah Perkins narrowly missed placing in the 800 meters. She finished ninth with a time of 2:33.15. She got out well and went through the 400 in 1:11.7, which is a bit faster than her personal record pace.

“Unfortunately, she was unable to maintain that pace to the finish,” Coach Mark Snow said. “A few weeks ago, Hannah and I decided her best chance of placing in the state meet would be in the 800m. Although her training had been for the 400m, we knew a strong 800m time was within reach. That didn’t pan out and I regret not making the decision earlier to change her training. She has been a stellar performer for the indoor team for four years, and I’m disappointed that her season ended today.”

Hannah came back later in the meet and anchored the 4x200m relay team. Hannah set a seasonal best split (28.6) while all her teammates PR’d! The team was seeded 21st and finished 17th in 2:04.65.

“Coach Caron and I were very happy with their outcome given that Kate was not eligible to run (maximum of three events),” Coach Snow said.

The other relay members were Courtney Yates (31.9), Kayla Gray (31.6), and Kristina Morton (32.5).

The 4x800m relay team also performed well. Mascha Kuhlman (3:04.1), Kayla Gray (SB 3:00.2), Audrey Blais (2:53.1), and Maude Meeker (SB 2:49.4) finished 12th of 19 teams with a seasonal best time of 11:46.78. They were seeded 15th.

“The end of the season is bittersweet. We say goodbye to a few athletes who will move on to another sport for the spring,” Coach Snow said.

OVER THE BAR — Fryeburg Academy senior Emily Heggie placed second in the high jump reaching 5-feet. Tia Jackson of Old Town won the event at 5-feet-2. (Rivet Photo)

OVER THE BAR — Fryeburg Academy senior Emily Heggie placed second in the high jump reaching 5-feet. Tia Jackson of Old Town won the event at 5-feet-2. (Rivet Photo)

• Emily Heggie of Fryeburg Academy was in the hunt for the state title in high jump, but just missed clearing the bar at 5-feet-2, which junior Tia Jackson of Old Town did. Heggie settled for second place.

• In other action, Liz Grzyb was 13th in the 800 meters in 2:40.39 (winning time was 2:18.96); Bailey Friedman was fifth in the shot put with a toss of 31-2.75 (winning mark was 36-10.50); and Jamie Gullikson was fifth in the pole vault at 9-feet (winning vault was 10-6).

• On the boys’ side, the 4x800 relay team of TJ Rose, Like Yang, Jared Schrader and Eric Hannes was third out of 24 schools with a time of 8:50.84; Jared Schrader was fifth in the 800 meters at 2:08.76 while Eric Hannes was ninth at 2:11.0; Divine Dockery was ninth in the 200 meters at 24.58; and TJ Rose was 11th in the two mile at 10:39.20.

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