Belfast's Junne Robertson-McIntire, Emily Jolliffe, Mackenzie Banks and Kelsey Mehuren can run fast. Really fast.

Mount View's Betsy Hunt can soar. To great heights.

Belfast's Jack Hansen can jump and vault. Really high and far.

Those things were obvious as those high school student-athletes finished first or second in the talent-laden state Class B indoor track championships on Saturday, Feb. 17 at Bates College.

Additionally, a host of other Waldo County athletes more than proved their mettle — and tremendous talent — with topnotch performances in their events.

And, to top it off, a bundle of Belfast school records were set, which made it a memorable all-around day for Midcoast teenagers.

A bevy of Belfast athletes — along with one from Mount View and Searsport — converged on Bates for the states.

By the end of the competition, Robertson-McIntire had wrapped up two state crowns in the 55 meters and as the fourth and final leg of the 4×200-meter relay team, along with teammates Emily Jolliffe, Mackenzie Banks and Kelsey Mehuren.

Robertson-McIntire anchored the relay and passed three competitors at the end of the race to help the Lions win by less than a half-second.

Robertson-McIntire also finished second in the 200 meters, as did the Lions’ 4×800-meter relay team of Zoe Deans, Mehuren, Hannah Sanderson and Jolliffe, and Hunt in the high jump and Hansen in the pole vault and long jump.

Robertson-McItire said she has "worked really hard" to become an individual state champion as a sophomore and is happy all her work paid off. When not winning league and state championships, as well as setting school records, in indoor track, Robertson-McIntire also is a member of the Belfast girls varsity basketball and soccer teams.

The girls team scores were: Greely of Cumberland 63, Brewer 54.83; Belfast 38, Orono 35.33, York 33, Old Town 31, Cape Elizabeth 29, Mount Desert Island 26, Lake Region and Freeport 14, George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill, Waterville and Winslow 12, Gray-New Gloucester and John Bapst of Bangor 11, Erskine Academy of South China 10, Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield and Saint Dominic Academy of Auburn 9, Wells, Mount View and Ellsworth 8, Fryeburg Academy 7, Lincoln Academy of Newcastle 6, Central of Corinth 5, Lawrence of Fairfield 4.33, Yarmouth 3.5 and Morse of Bath and Poland 1.

The boys team scores were: Greely 68, John Bapst 54, Brewer 50.5, Hermon 50, York 45.5, Mount Desert Island 36, Belfast 31, Winslow 29, Cape Elizabeth and Orono 16, Old Town 12, Ellsworth, Yarmouth and Gray-New Gloucester 10, Freeport 9, Waterville 6, Traip Academy of Kittery 5, Wells and Searsport 4, Fryeburg Academy and Saint Dominic Academy 3 and Nokomis and George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill 2.

Student-athletes who place among the top seven are eligible for consideration for the New England championships. Belfast has entered the girls 4×800-meter and 4×200-meter relays, Hansen in the long jump, Ricky Smith in the 1,000 meters and Robertson-McIntire in the 55 and 300 meters for consideration.

The New Englands are on Saturday, March 3 at the Reggie Lewis Track Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College, Massachusetts.

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Junne Robertson-McIntire interview.

55 meters and 4×200-meter girls relay.

The individual state Class B results for Waldo County athletes included:


55 meters — Finals: 1, Robertson-McIntire, Bel, 7.46. Prelims: 1, Robertson-McIntire, Bel, 7.43 (school record). The previous mark also was by Robertson-McIntire at 7.45.

200 meters — 2, Robertson-McIntire, Bel, 26.57.

400 meters — 6, Mehuren, Bel, 1:02.95.

800 meters — 13, Jolliffe, Bel, 2:43.84.

Mile — 13, Sanderson, 6:06.33.

4×200-meter relay — 1, Belfast (Jolliffe, Banks, Mehuren, Robertson-McIntire), 1:51.83 (school record). The previous mark was 1:52.43.

4×800-meter relay — 2, Belfast (Deans, Mehuren, Sanderson, Jolliffe), 10:19.38 (school record). The previous mark was 10:39.10.

High jump — 2, Hunt, MtV, 5-0.


800 meters — 3, Smith, Bel, 2:06.26.

55-meter hurdles — Finals: 7, Hansen, 8.55. Prelims: 5, Hansen, Bel, 8.43.

4×200-meter relay — 5, Belfast (Carter Patterson, Tyson Hill, Christian Sukeforth, Smith), 1:39.27 (school record). The previous mark was 1:39.64.

4×800-meter relay — 6, Belfast (Brendan Moline, Eamon Goscinski, Tyson Hill, Ricky Smith), 9:10.60.

High jump — 4, Malcolm Jones, Sears, 6-0.

Pole vault — 2, Hansen, Bel, 11-6.

Long jump — 2, Hansen, Bel, 20-7.5 (school record). The previous mark was held by Drew Nealey at 19-9.75.

Triple jump — 4, Jon Duso, Bel, 40-6.75.

Shot put — 11, James Robbins, Bel, 39-3.75.

Jones excels for Searsport

Jones competed alone for the Vikings in a handful of regular-season meets.

In a Penobscot Valley Conference Eastern Maine meet on Feb. 3 at the University of Maine in Orono, Jones, who finished with 12 points (eight among nine scoring teams) had the following finishes:

200 meters — 8, Jones, 26.20.

Long jump — 5, Jones, 17-9.5.

High jump — 1, Jones, 5-8.

In another PVC meet on Jan. 27 at UMaine, Jones scored 10 points and finished sixth among nine teams. His finishes were:

200 meters — 7, Jones, 26.36.

Long jump — 5, Jones, 17-5.5.

High jump — 2, Jones, 5-8.

Jones also is a PVC Eastern Maine second-team all-conference in the high jump. He also is a league all-academic member. Those include seniors with seven semesters with a grade-point average of 90 or better.