ORONO, Maine – Camille Kohtala, a student at Orono High School, ideals the former star of the Lake District of Naples and the University of Georgia, Kate Hall, from the age of 12.
Now his name appears just below Hall in Maine's athletic registers.
Kohtala took a 19-foot long jump at the Penobscot Valley Conference-Eastern Maine Indoor Track League Small School Championship at the University of Maine's New Balance Field House. This effort is the second best ever made by a Maine schoolgirl behind Hall's 20-4 3/4 record.
"Kate has always been my model and inspiration," Kohtala said. "It's cool to be second with her."
Kohtala, daughter of Ed Kohtala, basketball coach at Orono High, also won the 200 (26.68) and 400 (1: 01.34) events to lead the Red Riots in the women's title. His 30 points also earned him the prize of the small school Performer of the Meet.
The Orono girls scored 108 points to finish with a 26-point lead over the second, George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill. Bucksport (51), Penquis Valley of Milo (28), Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln (23), Ellsworth (14), Sumner of East Sullivan (10) and Lee Academy (4) were in third position.
Hall then jumped from 22 to 5 at a meeting of a national high school in North Carolina to set the national standard.
Kohtala, whose previous record was 18-2, said she wanted to jump 19 feet but did not expect it.
"It was definitely a dream, but there is a difference between a dream and a realistic goal," she said.
Kohtala said that Cymeria Robshaw, of Penquis, had given her the motivation to perform as she thrived under the pressure.
"Cymeria jumped 18-2 right in front of me and that had been my personal relationship. So I thought, "Now it's time to really go. So, I moved back a bit, took very big and intense steps and got a very good start, "said Kohtala.
The Orono trio of Kohtala, rookie Eleanor Tyne and junior Maggie Coutts total 84 points.
Tyne racked up 28 points by winning the mile (6 minutes, 0.56 seconds) and 800 (2: 38.03), finishing second in the pole vault, while Coutts scored 26 points by triumphing in the pole vault (8 feet) and taking the second hurdles of 55 meters and the triple jump.
Robshaw won the triple jump (35-7 1/4) and the 55 dash (7.31). The other winners of the event are GSA Grace Broughton (55 hurdles, 9.74), Central Tori Hallett (shot put, 26-4-3), Emma McKechnie of Ellsworth (high jump, 4 -10), Lannea Zentz's GSA 4 × 800 relay team, Tess Williamson, Josie Czuj and Gabriyah Gadsby (12: 11.36), and the GSA 4 × 200 unit consisting of Zentz, Broughton , Elia O 'Hara and Susanna Jakub (1: 56,21).
The Ellsworth boys won the small school title by accumulating 146 points. Orono finished second with 82 followed by Central (79), Bucksport (41), GSA (32), Mattanawcook Academy (17), Bangor Christian (16) and Sumner (4).
Ellsworth coach, Darren Richardson, said his team had exceeded expectations.
Sophomore Henry Scheff led the Eagles by winning 55 axes (8.62) and high jump (6-0), while finishing third in the triple jump, before being named performer of the competition.
"Henry's previous high jump record was 5-8 and he's now 6 feet tall," Richardson said, adding that several other Eagles also set personal records.
The other winners for Ellsworth were Matt Shea at the mile (4: 53.12), Nate Mason at the long jump (19-10), Beck Deeny at the triple jump (38-9 1/4) and Nicholas Cormier at the mile (10 : 56.61). Shea was second behind Cormier in the mile and Cormier was second behind Shea in the mile.
Carter Tolmasoff of Bucksport won the 55-meter (6.73) and 200 (23.90) and his team-mate Nathaniel Sawyer won the 400 (53.42). Thomas Bradshaw of the GSA was the winner of the 200 (2: 08.91), Aaron Bird of Bangor Christian won the pole vault (11-0) and Luke Preble of Central captured the shot put (43- 0).
Central players Ian Wright, Joey Cormier, Cody Raymond and Liam Velgouse won the 4 × 800 relay in 9: 19.83 and Bucksport won the 4 × 200 (1: 38.83) with a Sawyer team. Gabriel Stegner, Jade Smith and Tolmasoff.
Cayden Spencer-Thompson of Mattanawcook Academy did not participate because he was taking his ACTs. He had been entered in the long jump and triple jump, but as he did not run for the long jump because of the ACT, he was unable to participate in any other event.