BATH — Saturday, June 5 proved a banner day for many area high school track-and-field student-athletes — including four Lions and one Panther, in particular — as the quintet collected six individual state titles in five events at the Class B championships at McMann Field.

Belfast Area High School’s Lia Frazee soared to state crowns in the high jump and pole vault, while teammate Lillie Mitchell did the same in the long jump, Cole Martin in the 100 meters and Andrew Abelon in the long jump, while Medomak Valley High School’s Connor Daigle did the same in the 3,200 meters.

Martin and Mitchell were seniors and graduated in June, while Abelon, Frazee and Daigle completed their junior years.

After not having high school spring athletics in 2020 due to the pandemic (as well as no indoor track in the winter of 2021), for this group of student-athletes, winning state track-and-field titles was icing on the cake after getting back in the game for the spring of 2021.

The 17-year-old Daigle motored to the state title in the 3,200 meters with a time of 9:42.61.

His ability to cover distances in short spans of time is well-documented. As one of the top cross-country runners in the state, Daigle was considered one of the favorites to win the KVAC Class B championship race in the fall and the state Class B title, said veteran Panther coach George Gould.

MVHS was forced to pull out of the KVACs due to COVID-19 protocols, while the state races were canceled days later by the Maine Principals’ Association for the similar reasons.

Daigle also broke a 40-year-old school record in the same event earlier in the year when he clocked in at 9:48.37.

Daigle, a junior, said it “felt great” to collect his first individual state crown in the 3,200 and that “I knew I had the state title right from the moment the gun went off.”

“I knew the training I had done put me in the best position to win and my confidence showed throughout the race as I led the whole race and just kinda ran comfortably,” he said. “Which is something that I regret doing as I probably would have ran a much faster time if I had chosen to not just ‘run for the win.’ ”

Daigle recalled a moment during the race where one of the flaggers told him just how wide a lead he had.

“He informed me I had a 200-meter lead on the rest of the field,” he said. “I think if I were to pinpoint one moment of knowing ‘I’ve got this’ that would probably be it.”

Daigle is the son of Jeremy and Jennifer Daigle of Union.

Mitchell described her first state title as “a really special moment” as she leapt a whopping 16 feet, 2.5 inches to claim the long jump title. Frazee finished second at 16 feet, a mere 2.5 inches away from Mitchell’s championship-winning jump.

“Ever since my freshman year it has been my goal to win an individual state title, so being able to do so in my last year was very exciting,” said Mitchell, who was also on the school’s cross-country and basketball teams. “I almost didn’t even make it to the final round in long jump at the state meet. I actually fouled two out of three of my prelim jumps and managed to get into finals seeded pretty low.”

Then, after the jump that proved enough to win the state crown, she had to wait for several other jumpers to attempt to surpass hers, which she called “nerve-wracking.”

“After the last girl jumped, I remember the amount of relief and excitement that I felt, and standing up on top of the podium was amazing,” said Mitchell. “It really proved to me how my hard work this season had finally paid off, and it was even more exciting that Lia and I managed to finish top two in the state for long jump.”

The 17-year-old Mitchell, a 2021 BAHS graduate, is the daughter of Joe Mitchell and Robyn Billing of Belfast.

Abelon’s performance in the long jump earned him his first state title as he leapt 22-9.5, which also broke a school record.

“After winning long jump It felt great and when I knew I was going to win I went straight to my coach to shake his hand,” he said.

Abelon, who just finished his junior year, also played 7-on-7 football and basketball this past year for Belfast.

For Martin, his second state title felt just as good as the first one, though this time it was outdoor and in a different event.

Martin proved the fastest 100-meter runner in the state as he clocked in at a lightning-fast 11.21 seconds.

He also won the 55-meter state title in 6.67 seconds during the 2019-20 indoor track season.

“I’m very grateful for the opportunity to even have the meet considering the pandemic,” said Martin. “I’m glad that I was able to show my progression in the offseason.”

Martin, like Mitchell and Abelon, played basketball this winter for the Lions and did not take part in indoor track practices. He also spent time on the soccer and 7-on-7 football teams in the fall.

“Losing that season really hit deep for me because I am better in indoor,” he said. “So I felt like that hurt my chances of competing at the level I want to in college.”

Martin, who also finished second in the states at the long jump, also hopes to walk onto the track team at Arizona State, where he will attend college.

“If not, I don’t think I’m ready to give up track yet so I’ll have to figure out what to do when the time comes,” he said.

Martin, a 2021 BAHS graduate, is the son of Corinne Martin of Belmont.

Frazee, a junior, won not just her second, but third state titles, which began when she vaulted to a title in the pole vault with a height of 11 feet and six inches, which shattered the school record by a foot, a mark previously set by Brenna Harrington in 2005.

Additionally, Frazee, who also played soccer, won the state title for the high jump with a height of 5 feet 4 inches. Frazee also won the state title in the high jump — at the same height no less — as a sophomore at the indoor track championships at the conclusion of the 2019-20 season.

Attempts to reach Frazee for comment for this story were unsuccessful.