Originally published in Castine Patriot, October 11, 2018 and Island Ad-Vantages, October 11, 2018 and The Weekly Packet, October 11, 2018
Sedgwick girl breaks Maine javelin record
Maranda Pert of Sedgwick was recently recognized for setting a new javelin state record in her 11-12 age group at the youth USA Track and Field championships held in August, with a throw of 109’ 1”, breaking the decade-old record by seven feet.
Pert was honored by the Maine chapter of the USA Track and Field association (USATF) at their annual dinner that took place in Augusta on October 7.
According to a news release, Pert had been gunning for the record all season, and set the record in a dramatic fashion. With a chalk line on the field at a distance of 100 feet, spectators from the grandstand could see Pert’s first three throws consistently fall just short of the line. On her fourth and final throw, however, Pert’s javelin flew past the mark and her reaction as the judges took the measurement left no doubt to her family and teammates that she had broken the state record.
Pert also won the gold medal in the age group for the shot put and third in the discus. She competes with the Blue Hill Peninsula Youth Track and Field club, which is sponsored through the Blue Hill Town Recreation Department.
Two of Pert’s teammates also earned medals at the state championships, Keira Stearns of Blue Hill placed third in both the high jump and the 100 meter hurdles, and Charlotte Snow of Sedgwick placed fourth in the shot put.