2013-06-07 / Sports Spotlight

Scarborough boys storm to first Class A track title

By Michael Kelley Staff Writer

Last Saturday was a busy one for Scarborough High School senior Ryan Jamison,who helped to lead the Scarborough High School boys’ outdoor track team to its first Class A state championship Saturday, June 1 at Brewer High School.

Jamison, Scarborough’s top scorer in the meet, scored 20 of Scarborough’s 89 points with wins in the 100-meter dash and 200- meter dash. He was also part of the 4x100 relay, which placed fourth and the 4x400 relay, which placed third.

“Ryan had a special season, which saw him break the school record in the 100m and 4x100m earlier this season,” head coach Derek Veilleux wrote in an email to the Leader.

Junior Cameron Langlois also placed in two individual events (110-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles) as well as taking part in the 4x100 relay.

Sophomore Jerry Kenney took part in three events, the 400-meter dash, where he placed fifth and both the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams.

Scarborough also finished strong in distance events, with junior Alex Karam placing fourth in the 800-meter, senior Robert Hall placing first in the one-mile race (1600-meter) and freshman Colin Tardiff taking second in the two-mile race.

“It was a special moment to see Robert Hall win that elusive individual state title in the 1600m. Hall had finished second in the cross-country state meet and second in the mile indoor this year” Veilleux wrote. “He ran a perfect race and provided us 10 important points. He entered as only the fourth seed.”

Tardiff’s performance in the twomile, Veilleux wrote, saved the meet for Scarborough.

“Colin Tardiff once again showed he’s a big meet performer, as he did indoors. We were only up five points in the team race heading into the 3200m, with the chance to put away the meet slipping with three laps to go Tardiff, the eighth seed, moved up in the pack, and with one lap to go he moved all the way up to second place,” Veilleux wrote. “It was a truly gutsy performance given the temperatures. He knew the team needed the points, and he told me after the race, ‘I had to do it for the team.’”

Running events were not the only part of the meet at which Scarborough excelled. Perhaps the team’s best showing came in the pole vault, where seniors Kevin Manning and Alec James finished first and second.

Michael Pino, a junior, placed in the shotput and Hugh McSorley, a sophomore, placed in both the shot put and the discus.

This was the first Class A outdoor track state championship for the boys’ team. Last season the team finished sixth in the state meet with 35 points.

“This was the most well-rounded team in Scarborough history according to longtime coach Steve Ross. “We had the ability to score in all disciplines (jumps, throws, sprints, hurdles and distance), and we did just that at the state meet,” Veilleux said. “Winning the first Class A title for the program will be something this group can always be proud of.”

Prior to switching to Class A in 2004, Scarborough was a powerhouse in Class B in the 1990s and won state titles in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996 and 2000.

The boys’ indoor track team has had better success at the state championship level, winning four of the last five Class A titles.

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