Anna Connors of Bangor speeds around the track in a Class A outdoor track and field championship relay in Waterboro in June 2021. Credit: Courtesy of Amanda Prouty

Bangor High School junior Anna Connors set a state record while placing second in the girls 300-meter dash at the recent New England Indoor Track and Field Championships at Reggie Lewis Track in Roxbury, Massachusetts.

Connors, who led Bangor to the Class A indoor track state championship, finished the race in 39.16 seconds and trailed only event winner Alanna Smith of Danbury, Connecticut, in 38.22.

Connors also placed fifth in the 55-meter dash in 7.29 seconds. She was the second-fastest Maine runner in the 55 final, with Makenna Drouin of Edward Little High School in Auburn placing second in 7.2 seconds.

Connors’ Bangor teammate, senior Megan Randall, finished fifth in the 2-mile run in 11:06.24.

Maine had one event winner at the New Englands, as Mia-Claire Kezal of Thornton Academy in Saco won the girls’ 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:53.47. Kezal also placed ninth in the 2-mile at 11:17.62.

Among other state records set at the New England championships, Zach Barry of Scarborough finished third in the boys’ 1,000 in 2:29.28 and teammate Jayden Flaker was second in the boys’ 55 hurdles in 7.42 seconds.

Other podium (top-six) finishes were in turned in by Cary Drake of York, second in the girls mile in 5:01:52; Farr of Gorham, second in the boys 300 in 35.40; Lewiston’s Abdirizak Abukar, fourth in the boys 300 in 35.27; Jacob Adams of Fryeburg Academy, third in the boys long jump with a best of 21-7; Colin Simpson of Bucksport, sixth in the boys long jump at 21-5 ¾; Scarborough’s Caroline Fallona, sixth in the girls 55 dash in 7.32; Alyvia Caruso of Gorham, sixth in the girls 55 hurdles in 8.74; Grady Satterfield of Mt. Ararat of Topsham, sixth in the boys 2-mile at 9:12.53; and Matt Charpentier of York, sixth in the boys shot put at 56-3 ¾.

Among other eastern Maine participants with top-10 efforts, Belfast’s Lia Frazee tied for seventh in the girls high jump at 5-3; Nathan Paulauskas of Bucksport was eighth in the boys long jump at 6-1; Charlie Collins of Hampden Academy won his heat of the boys mile and finished ninth overall in 4:23.34; Grace Kirk of Cony High School in Augusta was ninth in the girls 1,000 at 3:07.21; and Hampden’s Abbott Valentine placed 10th in the boys 2-mile in 9:35.65.

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Ernie Clark

Ernie Clark is a veteran sportswriter who has worked with the Bangor Daily News for more than a decade. A four-time Maine Sportswriter of the Year as selected by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters...