Falmouth boys win Class B indoor track championship; Greely second
A year after finishing runner-up, the Falmouth boys' indoor track team has the Class B state championship all to itself.
Monday at Bates College in Lewiston, the Yachtsmen scored 71 points to hold off Greely (60) for the title. North Yarmouth Academy (18 points) tied Cape Elizabeth and Mt. Desert Island for 10th place. Yarmouth (8) finished in a three-way tie with Orono and Traip for 16th place. Freeport did not score.
In the girls' meet, won by York with 65 points, one better than Waterville, Greely (49) came in third, Falmouth and NYA (11 points) tied for 14th, Yarmouth (8) was 19th and Freeport tied Gardiner for 26th with 1 point.
Four out of five
Falmouth's championship was its fourth in the past five seasons. Prior to 2006, the Yachtsmen had never won indoors.
Monday, Falmouth's depth carried the day. Kellen MacDonald won the 55 hurdles (8.01 seconds). Will Wegener was tops in the 400 (51.91). The Yachtsmen also took the first spot in the 800 relay, as Jason Buhelt, Michael Gardner, MacDonald and Dunn posted a time of 1 minute, 35.40 seconds.
Falmouth also got runner-up showings from Dunn in the 55 hurdles (8.05) and the 200 (23.31) and MacDonald in the 400 (52.33). Wegener was third in the 55 (6.67) and fourth in the 200 (23.46). Gardner came in sixth in the 400 (54.19). The only field points came from Sam Bennett in the pole vault (seventh, 10 feet).
The Yachtsmen were fourth in the 3,200 relay (8:39.34).
"I am very proud of what we did today," said assistant coach Danny Paul. "There was no room for mistakes. It was a very cool win."
"The boys were led by Kellen MacDonald, Will Wegener and Alec Dunn," coach Jorma Kurry added. "These three scored in three events each and came up big in various places to key our victory. The competition with Greely was intense, it continues to be a great rivalry. Sam Bennett, Michael Gardner, Jacob Buhelt and the boys 4x800 team also contributed big efforts at important points in the meet to help push the team over the top. The younger athletes on our team gained a lot of experience and I know that Reid Pryzant, Jimmy Polewaczyk, Azad Jalali and Justin Hovey will be competing for big places next year."
Greely got wins from Mark McCauley in the 800 (1:59.9) and the mile (4:22.71) and Michael Burgess in the shot put (51 feet, 1/4 inch). The Rangers' 3,200 relay team (Matti Ingraham, Logan Price, Liam Campbell and McCauley) also came in first (8:33.96).
Logan Price finished third in the 800 (2:02.8) and fourth in the two-mile (9:56.21). Jack Fellows placed fourth in the shot put (46-10.5). Austin Spencer finished fourth in the triple jump (41-1.5). Ingraham was seventh in the 400 (54.76). Sam Mason came in seventh in the 200 (24.03).
NYA's effort featured standout senior Henry Sterling, who won the two-mile (9:42.39) was runner-up in the mile (4:25.03).
Yarmouth's points came from Ebrahim Fazeli (fourth in the 55, 6.70), Asa Arden (seventh in the long jump, 18-10.5) and the 800 relay team (fifth, 1:38.01).
Not this year
The Greely girls won Class B 13 times between 1991 and 2008, but slipped to fifth last year. This time, the Rangers got third.
Hannah Werneth won the shot put (38-6.75) and the 800 relay team also came in first, as Taylor Hicks, Stella Keck, Emily Christensen and Abby Diehl had a time of 1:52.70.
Katherine Harrington was third in the shot put (35-10). Kaley Sawyer finished fifth in the high jump (4-10). Abby Bonnevie placed fifth in the pole vault (7-6). Diehl came in sixth in the 55 hurdles (9.31) and seventh in the 200 (28.04). Molly Fitzpatrick came in sixth in the long jump (14-11.5). Christensen placed sixth in the 55 (7.89). Anna Whitaker was seventh in the 55 (7.99) and seventh in the long jump (14-10.5).
Greely was second in the 3,200 relay (10:29.17).
NYA was led by Hannah Bewsey, who was runner-up in the high jump (5 feet). Hannah Twombly placed fifth in the mile (5:37.45).
For Falmouth, Amy Webster was third in the pole vault (8 feet). Kate Sparks finished fifth in the shot put (35-5.25). Franecsca D'Alfonso had a seventh-place showing in the 800 (2:33.79). The Yachtsmen's 3,200 relay team came in seventh (10:49.21).
"The girls were lead by Amy's personal best pole vault," Kurry said. "The girls were hit with injury and illness this week, but the persevered with a strong effort and positive attitudes. While we didn't achieve everything that we hoped to, we, as coaches, are proud of the effort they put in. I know they look forward to redeeming themselves this spring."
Yarmouth got fourth-place showings from Lizzie Fischman in the 55 hurdles (9.16) and the 200 (27.48).
Freeport's point came from Adrian Baker, who was seventh in the 400 (1:03.50).
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