The Bangor Excessive College women observe crew is in search of to turn out to be simply the second Class A schoolgirl program to win three straight state out of doors championships and three state indoor titles in the identical college 12 months this weekend.
Scarborough achieved the feat in 2006, ’07 and ’08.
Bangor edged Scarborough by 4 ½ factors (94-89.5) on the state indoor meet in February to make it three championships in a row. It was a wake-up name for the defending two-time out of doors titlists, in keeping with Bangor coach Al Mosca.
“We definitely realized an enormous lesson from that meet. You’ll be able to’t simply take a look at the seeds,” mentioned Mosca. “It’s a must to respect everybody. Scarborough could be very well-coached and so they have large athletes. We’ve loads of respect for them. We all know it’ll be a battle.”
The Class A meet might be held at Mt. Ararat Excessive College in Topsham on Saturday whereas the B meet might be at Freeport and the C occasion might be held at Cony Excessive College in Augusta.
Bangor received final 12 months’s out of doors state meet by 28 factors over Gorham and 32 over third-place Bonny Eagle of Buxton. Scarborough tied for fifth with Thornton Academy of Saco with 43 factors.
The Rams misplaced some top-notch performers together with distance runner Megan Randall, who received the 3200 and was third within the 1600. However senior sprinter Anna Connors might be trying so as to add to her cache of particular person state championships as she is going to come into the meet with 4 out of doors titles to her credit score already.
Three of these got here final 12 months within the 100-, 200- and 400-meter runs on the brand new Bangor Excessive College observe at Cameron Stadium.
The College of Connecticut-bound Connors additionally has 4 indoor particular person titles.
Connors overcame a quad damage to win these three occasions a 12 months in the past and was in a position to win the 200 on the state indoor meet this 12 months regardless of an ankle damage.
“I haven’t been to a championship [meet] wholesome in a 12 months or two however issues are good now,” Connors mentioned. “There’s positively loads of strain, particularly being a senior this 12 months, however to get one other [state title] would imply rather a lot.”
Final 12 months Randall received the 3200-meter run and completed third within the 1600.
“She is an enormous loss however we nonetheless have loads of depth on our crew. We’ve loads of throwers and loads of good relay groups,” Connors mentioned. “We simply should observe by with what we’ve been doing in coaching all season.”
Mosca known as this 12 months’s squad “one of many deepest groups I’ve had.”
Julia Bassi, the defending state champ within the shot put, and Katie McCarthy, who was second within the discus a 12 months in the past, are among the many different Rams who might be counted upon to provide factors.
Mosca mentioned Bassi has labored very onerous within the weight room and is stronger than she was a 12 months in the past.
Along with the 100, 200 and 400, Connors may also run a leg for a relay crew though she mentioned she hasn’t determined which one she is going to run but.
Mosca mentioned he expects Scarborough, Portland and Brewer to be amongst their main challengers.
Within the boys meet, Scarborough might be trying to make it 4 A titles in a row.
The York girls and boys swept the B crowns a 12 months in the past whereas the Winslow boys have been the C champs and Lisbon/Oak Hill claimed its second consecutive women title.
The New England Outside Monitor and Area Championship meet might be held on Saturday, June 10, at Cameron Stadium in Bangor.