AUGUSTA — The Falmouth Yachtsmen and Greely Rangers are always state championship contenders in Class B outdoor track, but this year, neither school could match Waterville.
The Falmouth boys were looking for their third title in succession and even though they registered an impressive 104 points, Waterville was seven better, holding off the hard-charging and short-handed Yachtsmen down the stretch.
Greely (78 points) came in third. Yarmouth (9) finished 17th.
As always, Falmouth produced many highlights and could have had more, perhaps enough to win, were it not for the absence of injured junior standout Reid Pryzant.
The Yachtsmen got wins from senior Will Wegener in the 400 (49.82 seconds), senior Andrew Kowalsky in the javelin (169 feet-11 inches) and two relay teams.
Sophomore Jacob Buhelt, junior Matt Kingry, senior Brian Prescott and junior Jimmy Polewaczyk won the 400 relay in 44.99. Prescott, Buhelt, Polewaczyk and Wegener were champions of the 1,600 in 3 minutes, 32.59 seconds.
Wegener was also runner-up in the 200 (22.38) and third in the 100 (11.34). Junior Aaron Rogers came in third in the long jump (19-2). Senior John Lake placed third in the 800 (2:02.68). Senior Matt Goldstein was third in the racewalk (7:55.49) Senior Tim Follo finished third in the two-mile (9:58.23) and fourth in the mile (4:34.77). Kowalsky placed fourth in the shot put (47-1). Buhelt was fifth in both the 100 (11.56) and 200 (23.07). Junior Brandon Tuttle was sixth in the javelin (153-6). Polewaczyk came in sixth in the 400 (53.01).
Falmouth was also runner-up in the 3,200 relay (Lake, junior Thomas Edmunds, senior Sam Walker and Follo, 8:28.15).
“I actually thought we were the underdog, but I thought we could win,” said Yachtsmen coach Danny Paul. “I won’t use the excuse that it would have been nice to have Reid. He would have been at least 12 points and we lost by seven. Waterville had a great meet. This is only the second time I know of that a team scored 100 points and didn’t win the meet. We wanted to win, but it was a fun meet.
“I’m proud of our kids. We did a lot of things really well. We did well where we thought we’d do well and other kids like Aaron in the long jump, Andrew in the javelin, guys that sometimes get forgotten, all came up today and did what they had to do.”
A year after having to travel to Gray on a daily basis to train (as a new athletic facility was being built in Falmouth), the Yachtsmen produced another memorable season and set the stage for future greatness.
“Our new facility is so nice,” said Paul. “Watching that track with everyone on it (at the Western Maine Conference championship meet) was unbelievable. I’ve thought the last two years we’d take a hit, but we find a way to pull it back together. We seem to have something that works here that feeds off each other. We have a lot of young kids. I’m optimistic.”
Greely winners included senior Tanner Storey in the high jump (6-2), senior Michael Burgess in the shot put (52-7) and discus (147-6) and the 3,200 relay team (sophomore Liam Campbell, junior Nestor Taylor, senior Connor Regan and junior Isaac Emery, 8:23.51).
Senior Matt Davis was runner-up in the pole vault (11-6). Senior Jack Fellows finished second to Burgess in the shot put (50-8) and was fourth in the discus (133-6). Senior Alex Parenteau came in third in the javelin (164-8). Burgess placed fourth in the javelin (160-11). Campbell was sixth in the mile (4:36.03). Sophomore Nathan Madeira finished sixth in the two-mile (10:11.65) and seventh in the mile (4:36.09). Junior Jeff Aalberg was seventh in the pole vault (10-6). Junior Ethan Wyman finished seventh in the javelin (153-3).
The Rangers were also seventh in the 1,600 relay (Regan, Taylor, Campbell, Emery, 3:38.60).
“The boys stepped it up,” said longtime Greely coach John Folan. “We knew we had to live and die with our field events and for the most part, they came through over the course of the day. We won the high jump, discus, shot. We had points in the javelin and the pole vault. We scored in every field event we were entered, with the exception of the long jump, where we were injured. The distance kids were good. We didn’t have the depth to beat Falmouth or Waterville. It was a great effort and I’m really proud.”
The Rangers graduate most of their top athletes, but shouldn’t be written off in 2012.
“We’re losing just about every point we scored today,” Folan said. “We might have to reload.”
Yarmouth got points from Asa Arden (fifth in the long jump, 18-11.75), Chris Knaub (fifth in the javelin, 160-7) and Ben Nickerson (fifth in the mile, 4:34.80).
On the girls’ side, Waterville dominated with a 145.5-point performance, crushing the field (York was runner-up with 63). Greely (60) came in fourth. Falmouth (33) was eighth and Yarmouth (1) tied for 25th.
The Rangers, who posted their 21st successive top-four team finish at states, got wins from senior Katherine Harrington in the discus (106-2) and their 3,200 relay team (junior Sara Schad, sophomore Jessica Wilson, junior Melissa Jacques and freshman Kirstin Sandreuter, 9:55.68).
Sophomore Cassidy Storey was runner-up to Harrington in the discus (105-7). Sophomore Sarah Ingraham finished third in the long jump (15-5). Wilson came in third in the 800 (2:25.41). Sandreuter was third in the two-mile (11:33.19) and fourth in the mile (5:12.91). Junior Abby Bonnevie was fourth in the pole vault (8-6). Harrington placed fourth in the shot put (34-3.5).
Greely’s 400 relay team (senior Stella Keck, Ingraham, senior Meaghan Crowley and senior Emily Christensen) finished in sixth position (52.86).
“The girls scored everywhere we thought we’d score,” Folan said. “We scored well in the throws. We scored in the jumps. The distance, Sandreuter in particular, was stellar. The 4×800 relay ran the fastest time in two or three years. Jessica Wilson did a top-notch job and ran her best time ever. We just didn’t have quite enough.”
The Rangers will be right back in the hunt next season.
“We have a lot coming back, which is encouraging,” Folan said.
The Yachtsmen were led by junior Jenna Serunian, who was second in the shot put (38-7.5) and third in the discus (101-0). Senior Kate Sparks was third in the shot put (36-7.25) and fifth in the discus (97-6). Senior Amy Webster was sixth in the pole vault (8 feet). Catherine Hebson finished seventh in the mile (5:23.75) and seventh in the two-mile (11:59.99).
Falmouth’s 400 relay squad (freshman Charlotte Cutshall, senior Amy Webster, Sparks and senior Adrienne Michalaksis) placed third (52.16).
“The girls had a terrific meet,” Paul said. “We knew even Greely was out of our reach after last week. Kids who weren’t seeded to score scored in numerous places, which was fun.”
Yarmouth’s point came from Megan Smith in the pole vault (seventh, 8-0).
At the Class C state meet in Bath, North Yarmouth Academy’s boys scored 33.5 points to place seventh. Maranacook took the title with 75. Freeport (7) tied Bangor Christian for 23rd place.
The Panthers got a win from senior Mohamed Dahia in the 110 hurdles (16.48).
Alex Coffin finished fourth in the 800 (2:02.55) and fifth in the mile (4:40.21). Nick Rayder was fifth in the shot put (43-5.5) and tied for seventh in the high jump (5-6). Dahia was seventh in the 300 hurdles (43.43). Rudy Guiliani came in seventh in the two-mile (10:31.42).
In the relays, NYA was runner-up in the 3,200 (juniors Evan Kendall, Grant McPherson, Asad Dahia and Cam Regan had a time of 8:32.04) and fifth in the 1,600 (Regan, Mohamed Dahia, Asad Dahia and Coffin, 3:39.90).
For the Falcons, Taylor Saucier was fifth in the 800 (2:03.18). Ryan Collet placed seventh in the 200 (23.77). Harrison Stivers was seventh in the 400 (53.88). The Falcons’ 3,200 relay team (sophomore Ian McGhie, sophomore Vinnie Zolla, senior Miles Boucher and Saucier) came in sixth (8:47.06).
In the girls’ competition, won by Traip with 79 points, NYA came in 25th with 5 points, while Freeport did not score.
The Panthers got points from junior Hillary Detert (fourth in the two-mile, 12:39.73, and fifth in the mile, 5:46.65).
Several local runners, jumpers and throwers will conclude the 2011 track season Saturday at the New England championships in Burlington, Vt.
Greely’s Matt Davis was second in the pole vault, with a top vault of 11 feet, 6 inches.
Falmouth’s Matt Goldstein finished third in the racewalk.
Greely’s Abby Bonnevie soared over the bar to finish fourth in the pole vault at 8 feet, 6 inches.
Falmouth’s Andrew Kowalsky was the Class B javelin champion with a top throw of 169 feet, 11 inches.
Falmouth’s Jenna Serunian finished second in the shot put.
Yarmouth’s Asa Arden was fifth in the long jump, with a top jump of 18 feet, 11.75 inches.
Greely freshman distance standout Kirstin Sandreuter heads toward a third-place finish in the two-mile.
Falmouth’s Will Wegener left and Jacob Buhelt try to run down Waterville’s Isaiah Spofford in the 100 meter dash at Saturday’s Class B state meet. Wegener wound third and Buhelt fifth.
Greely’s Meaghan Crowley takes part in the triple jump.
Greely’s Sarah Ingraham finished third in the long jump.
Falmouth’s Tim Follo edges Yarmouth’s Ben Nickerson for fourth in the mile at Saturday’s Class B state meet. Greely’s Nathan Madeira and Liam Campbell (background) also scored.
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