ORONO – Margaret Muller and Andrew Boyer became the first Maine athletes to earn spots in the U.S.A. Junior Olympics Championships when they finished among the top three in the youth pentathlon Friday at the Regional Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships at the University of Maine.
Muller, running for the Poland Panthers, finished first among the 13- and 14-year-olds in a five-event duel with Erika Cole of the Remington Flyers. Muller turned back Cole with a blazing 2:23.5 in the 800, the final event.
Muller trailed Cole by six points entering the 800 and ended up on top, 2,883 to 2,873. Cole ran a 2:24.7. Muller also high jumped 5-feet, 1-inch, long jumped 15-5 1/4 and tossed the shot 27-4 3/4.
Boyer, a 14-year-old from Auburn, scored 2,291 points in the event, 42 points behind winner Matthew Denyse of Guilderland, N.Y. Boyer posted event-best performances in the 110-meter hurdles (17.01), high jump (5-3), and long jump (15-3 1/2).
The two Maine youths will join 16 other young athletes who qualified Friday for the national championships to be held at the University of Florida in Gainesville, July 27-31.
Multi-event titles were awarded in the younger age groups and the first day of heptathlon and decathlon competition for the two older groupings was held Friday.
Saturday’s events begin at 8:15 a.m. and will feature the conclusion of multi-events and the championships in regular events for athletes in the bantam (under 10), midget (11-12) and youth (13-14) divisions.
The intermediate (15-16) and young men and women divisions (17-18) will compete Sunday.
About 1,000 athletes from New England and New York are trying to earn spots for the national meet.
AT UNIVERSITY OF MAINE, Orono USATF Junior Olympics Region 1 Championships GIRLS
Bantam triathlon (age 10 and under): Casey Cannone (Island Jaguars), 772 pts.; Lauren Ehrilichman (Bay State Bullets), 560; Keri Leombruno (Island Jaguars) 454;
Midget pentathlon (11-12): Rebecca Marshall (Boston Road Runners), 2,033 pts.; Maureen Kenealy (Bullets), 1,639; Rashida Holland, (Jaguars); 1,573
Youth pentathlon (13-14): Margaret Muler (Poland Panthers) 2,883 pts.; Erika Cole (Remington Flyers), 2,873; Mika Rose (Westbury P.A.L.), 2,054 BOYS
Bantam triathlon: Kiar Holland (Jaguars), 337 pts.; Sean Jones (Westbury), 336; Anthony Wells (Unattached), 326
Midget pentathlon: Joseph Iatauro (Una.), 1,969 pts.; Reed Mauser (Jaguars), 1,585; Omar Rose (Westbury), 1,530
Youth pentathlon: Matthew Denyse (Una.), 2,333 pts.; Andrew Boyer (Auburn, Maine), 2,291; Kyle Clark (Essex Fleet), 2,126