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Ellsworth High School runner Looker shines at indoor track nationals

Ellsworth High School senior Aleta Looker established a new state-best time in the 800-meter run over the weekend while racing to a seventh-place finish at the New Balance Indoor Nationals track and field championships at the New York Armory.

Looker was timed in 2 minutes, 11.58 seconds while placing sixth in the “A” final for the fastest qualifiers and posting the seventh-fastest time overall.

The time stands as a new state best for the distance, according to milesplit.com, surpassing the 2:13.69 clocked by former Bonny Eagle of Standish standout Wendy Delan in 1987.

Looker’s previous best 800 time indoors was the 2:13.87 she ran earlier in late January at a meet hosted by Boston University.

Looker, who will attend Georgetown University on an athletic scholarship in the fall, was one of several Maine participants in the New Balance meet, which marks the end of the interscholastic indoor track season.

Kate Hall, a junior who competes for Lake Region High School in Naples, placed second nationally in the long jump with a best of 19 feet, 11½ inches on her final jump. She also finished ninth in the 60 dash in 7.62 seconds.

Josef Holt-Andrews, a senior from Telstar Regional High School in Bethel, raced to a sixth-place finish in the boys’ two-mile run. He was timed in 9:08.91, just off the state best of 9:07.24 set by Ellsworth’s Dan Curts at this year’s New England indoor championships.

Curts also was in the New Balance two-mile race but got tripped up and fell to the track briefly as he rounded the first corner of the first lap. He went on to finish in 9:25.91.

Three Maine competitors earned top-10 finishes in the one-mile race walk. Freshmen Sydney Sirois of Greene and Kayla Allen of Auburn placed eighth and ninth, respectively, in the girls’ race. Sirois was timed in 7:42.72, just ahead of Allen’s 7:44.10. Spencer Dunn, a sophomore from Auburn, was fifth in the boys race in 7:17.63.

Kirsten Sandreuter, a senior from Greely of Cumberland Center, finished 22nd in the girls’ two-mile run in 10:52.19, while Liam Simpson, a senior from Cape Elizabeth, placed 12th in the emerging elite division of the boys’ two-mile in 9:33.04 and Waterville senior Rachel Bergeron was 23rd in the emerging elite girls’ division of the shot put with a best throw of 36-1½.

Cimino verbals to George Washington

Yarmouth native Matt Cimino, a 6-foot-9-inch senior forward at Worcester (Mass.) Academy, has made a verbal commitment to continue his basketball career on scholarship next season at NCAA Division I George Washington University in Washington, D.C., according to New England Recruiting Report.

Cimino, who played his first two years of high school basketball at Cheverus of Portland, reportedly had narrowed his choices to GW, Georgia and Georgia Tech.

Cimino was a third-team All-New England Prep School Athletic Conference selection this winter after helping Worcester Academy qualify for the NEPSAC Class AA playoffs.

Cimino is the brother of Ashley Cimino, the 2007 Miss Maine Basketball from Catherine McAuley High School in Portland who went on to have a Division I college career at Stanford University.

George Washington competes in the Atlantic 10 Conference, where this year it finished third in the regular-season standings and advanced to the league’s tournament semifinals.

The Colonials (24-8) subsequently earned an at-large berth in the NCAA tournament as the No. 9 seed in the East Region and will face No. 8 Memphis (23-9) in a second-round game scheduled for 6:55 p.m. Friday in Raleigh, N.C.

GW is coached by former University of Vermont head coach Mike Lonegran.


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