Geoghegan shines at NE track meet
Top local swimmers, track and field athletes and wrestlers measured themselves against the best in the region at recent New England meets.
The indoor track and field championships were held last weekend in Boston and to no one's surprise, one local runner stole the show.
Brunswick senior Will Geoghegan continued his sensational year by winning the mile in 4 minutes, 14.94 seconds. Senior Liam Cassidy placed third in the two-mile (9:23.79). Senior Brandon Sawyer was ninth in the long jump (20 feet, 11.5 inches) and came in 25th in the 55 (6.86 seconds). Junior Matt Hatke was 13th in the 300 (36.66). Senior Kenzell Crawford was 19th in the 55 hurdles (8.16) and 22nd in the long jump (19-4). The Dragons 4x200 meter relay team (Sawyer, junior Nate McCue, sophomore Dylan Walton and Hatke) was 14th (1:35.42).
Mt. Ararat was paced by a 20th-place finish from senior Tim Bickford in the long jump (19-9.25).
On the girls' side, Brunswick sophomore Kathleen McMahon was 18th in the two-mile (11:47.21).
Mt. Ararat junior Randi London had the fourth-best shot put toss (38-6.75). Junior Chloe Emerson placed 21st in the 1,000 (3:27.59). Freshman Madison Prescott finished 24th in the 55 (7.76). The Eagles 4x800 relay team (senior Ellen Pinnette, Emerson, junior Jessica Leeman and Gelwick) finished 16th (10:11.95). The 4x200 relay team (sophomore Carrie Smith, senior Katrina Gelwick, sophomore Haley Michaud and Prescott) was 23rd (1:51.89).
In the swim New England meet, held late last month in New Hampshire, Morse senior James Wells dazzled, winning the boys' 200 individual medley in a new-record time of 1 minute, 57.35 seconds, and the backstroke, also setting a record, in 50.09 seconds.
Wells teamed with sophomore Ryan Banger, sophomore Jake Olsen and senior Aaron Valentine to place fourth in the 200 medley relay (1:47.14) and with Valentine, Banger and Olsen on a 400 free relay squad that tied for fifth (2:32.04). Olsen was ninth in the 100 butterfly (58.79).
Hyde also impressed. Senior Won Ho Chang won the fly (49.92), setting a new New England record in the process. Chang also teamed with juniors James Frazier, Erik Peterson and Kevin Ou to iwn the 200 free relay (1:34.06). Hyde was 14th in the medley relay (Ou, senior Dexter Jenks, Chang and Peterson, 1:52.30).
On the girls' side, Morse junior Emily Buczkowski was runner-up in the 100 free (54.66) and third in the 50 free (24.67). Senior teammate Rebecca Bonnett placed sixth in the fly (1:02.92) and seventh in the IM (2:20.12). Junior Caitlin Foster finished 10th in the 500 free (5:44.76). Sophomore Guerin Morissette was 15th in the 100 backstroke (1:10.52) and 16th in the 50 free (27.45). The Shipbuilders medley relay team (Buczkowski, Morissette, Bonnett and junior Morgan McDonough) placed third (1:58.81). The 200 relay squad (Morissette, freshman Catie Luedee, Foster and Buczkowski) also finished third (1:46.21). The 400 relay team (Foster, Luedee, sophomore Casandra Bonnett and Rebecca Bonnett) was 11th (4:03.74).
For Mt. Ararat, freshman Celia Ouellette came in seventh in the 50 free (25.76) and ninth in the backstroke (1:05.69).
Brunswick junior diver Kayla Purinton had the third-best score (297.00 points).
Wrestling's New Englands were contested last weekend in Connecticut. Morse's Tyler Russell, wrestling at 189-pounds, made it to the third-place match before losing to Cony's T.J. Vallee. Teammate A Cavanagh (215) lost his first match. Mt. Ararat's Henry Chandler (285) had a bye, then lost.