Marshwood Track Highlights

Noble’s Tasker Captures 100-Hurdles Title

May 27, 2017 By Josh Seguin / sports@fosters.com

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Marshwood Track Highlights

Girls’ Track

Noble took fifth place in a very competitive girls meet with 46 points. Thornton Academy won the championship with 85. Marshwood was 13th with eight.

The Marshwood boys finished in 11th place with 16 points, while the Noble boys finished in a tie for 14th with eight. Scarborough dominated the boys side and won with 131.

“It is hard when we get to these bigger meets,” said Marshwood coach Matt Sanzone. “A lot of the kids had great performances and their best times of the year.”

Marshwood’s Ethan Martin finished third in the 1,600 racewalk (8:02), while Noble’s Sarah Mayrose took third in the girls event (9:30). Allyson Gregoire also placed in the event for the Knights, taking fifth.

Marshwood’s Katherine Page finished fourth and also had a fifth-place finish in the 100 dash.

The Marshwood boys took fourth in the 4×400 (3:44.44). The Hawks came into the event ranked ninth among the 13 teams entered and weren’t featured in the top race.

Brody Bate took fourth in the 800 (2:02).  “I felt really good today and had a really good strategy,” said Bate. “Last week I didn’t race the 800. This is only the second time I have raced it in an outdoor meet. I sat back a bit early, but was able to come on strong.”

Marshwood’s Linus Manchester added a fifth-place finish in the long jump (19-07).

NORTH BERWICK, Maine — Noble High School junior Nina Tasker is used to winning and on Saturday at the Southwestern Maine AA Championship track and field meet, she added another medal to her growing collection.

Tasker was the lone local winner, as she took home the 100-meter hurdles crown in a time of 15.56 seconds.

“That was a good performance,” said Tasker. “It was relieving to wrap this one up because I wasn’t sure how I was going to do. I really can’t focus on the people around me, I just have to focus and do the best I can. It was nice to get this one but now I can head to the next one.”

Tasker can now focus on the Class A state meet next week, which will be held at Massebesic in nearby Waterboro.

“This meet definitely sets the stage,” said Tasker. “It is good to get a feel how others are running and how they are doing. This is good preparation for what I will see next week.

Noble took fifth place in a very competitive girls meet with 46 points. Thornton Academy won the championship with 85. Marshwood was 13th with eight.

“We are going to end right where we expected, which is all I can I ask for as a coach,” said Noble coach Daniel Lawrence. “We did everything we needed to and Nina is a beast in the hurdles for us. It is very hard to compete with the Cumberland schools because they are so spread out. Adding those schools really spreads out where you can get points.”

The Marshwood boys finished in 11th place with 16 points, while the Noble boys finished in a tie for 14th with eight. Scarborough dominated the boys side and won with 131.

“It is hard when we get to these bigger meets,” said Marshwood coach Matt Sanzone. “A lot of the kids had great performances and their best times of the year.”

“We had such a successful regular season and I tried to keep it in perspective for my team,” said Noble boys coach Rodney Brown. “I took 20 kids to this meet and was very happy with the individual stuff. Some of the kids came out a little flat but there were many good performances. It is a good test and good rehearsal for the state meet next week.”

The Knight girls continued their good season, which includes a second-place finish in the York County meet last week.

“We have a lot of young girls and few seniors running for us,” said Lawrence. “It is a budding program. We are trying to give them the mentality of competing in the championships, which is something Noble hasn’t done in recent years.”

Tasker took second in the 300-hurdles (47.45). She entered the event seeded first, but got behind heading toward the stretch and had to make up positions in the last 100. Ellen Shaw of Scarborough won in 47.32.

“I definitely plan to give much more in the 300 next week and try to get that little, extra push,” said Tasker. “It wasn’t a surprise to me, because she was right next to me and I didn’t know who would take it. I was prepared for anything that happened.”

Marshwood’s Ethan Martin finished third in the 1,600 racewalk (8:02), while Noble’s Sarah Mayrose took third in the girls event (9:30). Allyson Gregoire also placed in the event for the Knights, taking fifth.

The Noble girls finished third in the 4×100 relay (51.82) and fourth in the 4×400. Morgan Griffin took fifth place in the individual 400.

Noble’s Maggie Kelly finished second in the 200 dash (27.31). Mariah Biener of Massabesic won the event in 27.23, and Kelly beat out third place by .001 seconds. Marshwood’s Katherine Page finished fourth and also had a fifth-place finish in the 100 dash.

The Marshwood boys took fourth in the 4×400 (3:44.44). The Hawks came into the event ranked ninth among the 13 teams entered and weren’t featured in the top race.

Brody Bate took fourth in the 800 (2:02).

“I felt really good today and had a really good strategy,” said Bate. “Last week I didn’t race the 800. This is only the second time I have raced it in an outdoor meet. I sat back a bit early, but was able to come on strong.”

Brandon Allen was the best Noble boys finisher, placing fourth in the shot put (45 feet, 3.75 inches).

“I didn’t have as much of an explosion on the throw as I usually do but I still had a decent day,” said Allen. “It is a fun environment participating in these bigger meets, but they are difficult because the competition gets harder.”

Noble’s Alex Upton finished fifth in the discus (131-10). Marshwood’s Mackenzie Young finished the 3200 in 12:23 to take home fifth. Marshwood’s Linus Manchester added a fifth-place finish in the long jump (19-07).

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