Ellsworth junior Beck Deeny stands atop the podium after claiming first place in the triple jump in the Class B indoor track championships Feb. 15 at Bates College in Lewiston. The Eagles placed third in the 30-team field in Saturday’s state championship meet. CELESTE DEENY PHOTO

Ellsworth boys take 3rd place at indoor track states

LEWISTON — The Ellsworth boys’ indoor track team earned a third-place finish in Saturday’s Class B championship meet at Bates College.

The Eagles recorded 41 points to finish behind first-place York (51 points) and second-place Greely (46 points) in the 30-team field. The result followed Ellsworth’s first-place finish in the Penobscot Valley Conference Small-School championships a week earlier.

Ellsworth got an individual state title from Beck Deeny, who recorded a distance of 42 feet, 5 1/4 inches to win the triple jump. His winning mark was 2 inches farther than that of the second-place finisher, Jon Duso of Belfast.

Prior to battling for the title in the triple jump, Deeny and Duso had fought for first in the long jump. Deeny’s distance of 20 feet, 4 1/4 inches was just 3/4 of an inch shy of Duso’s winning mark.

The Ellsworth boys also got third-place finishes from Henry Scheff (55-meter hurdles) and Tulas Weaver (200-meter dash). For Mount Desert Island, Stephen Grierson took second in the 800-meter run with a time of 2 minutes, 5.80 seconds.

On the girls’ side, Bucksport got a second-place finish from Addie Morrison (400-meter dash) and a fourth-place finish from Johanna Stiles (200-meter dash). MDI’s Zoe Olson placed third in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:02.41.

Qualified athletes will compete in the New England championships Feb. 29, at Roxbury Community College’s Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Boston.

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