Falmouth boys share Class B track title; NYA just misses in C

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The Falmouth boys’ outdoor track team didn’t mind proverbially kissing its sister Saturday at the Class B state championship meet at Mt. Desert Island.

That’s because the Yachtsmen battled to a surprising deadlock with York, earning the right to be named co-champions, the fourth time in the past 10 years that Falmouth has either won Class B outright or shared the title and the third time in the past four springs.

The Yachtsmen and Wildcats both tallied 93 points after York won the meet-ending 1,600 relay and Falmouth placed runner-up.

“Actually it was special,” said Yachtsmen coach Danny Paul. “We had to have some significant efforts to get the tie. Based on the seeds going in, we were at best case scenario second. Actually this has happened before and it was us and Hampden Academy a few years ago. I am not sure what year exactly. We tied Hampden for second place in 2007. That was not as fun. The only other tie for first in outdoor track was 1988 Hampden and Kennebunk.”

Falmouth won two events, setting a new record in the 400 relay, as Jacob Buhelt, Matt Kingry, Grant Burfeind and Jimmy Polewaczyk had a time of 43.99 seconds and getting a top finish from Buhelt in the 200 (23.12).

The Yachtsmen had several runners-up performances as Reid Pryzant was second in both the 110 hurdles (15.44 seconds) and the 300 hurdles (42.06), Tim Follo was second-best in the mile (4 minutes, 32.87 seconds) and the 1,600 relay team of Buhelt, Thomas Edmonds, Burfeind and Polewaczyk had a time of 3:33.74.

Aaron Rogers was third in the long jump (19 feet, 9.25 inches). Kingry placed third in the javelin (159-4). Buhelt came in third in the 100 (11.48). Follo was third in the two-mile (9:52.34). Ryan Tartre was fifth in the high jump (5-10). Pryzant placed fifth in the long jump (19-2.5) and seventh in the triple jump (38-10.5). Conor McGrory finished sixth in the two-mile (10:03.62). Polewaczyk placed seventh in the 200 (23.98). Spencer Brown was seventh in the 800 (2:03.13).

Falmouth’s 3,200 relay team (Colby Howland, Thomas Briggs, Edmonds and Brown) came in third (8:34.76).

“So many of our guys picked up key points,” said Paul. “Buhelt, Pryzant, Follo, as expected, then Polewaczyk, Burfeind, Kingry, Rogers, Tartre, McGrory, Edmonds, Spencer Brown, Howland. Overall, we scored more than we were seeded , but so did York. We have a truly positive and intensely competitive relationship with the (York team and coaches). Both staffs, when talking after the last relay, were pleased. There were so many little shifts throughout for both schools. Late in the meet, Conor McGrory passed (Mitchell) Finitz of York in the last 10 meters of the 3200. Without that, York wins by one. There were many moments like that all day.”

Greely was sixth with 42 points.

The Rangers got a win from Nestor Taylor in the 800 (1:59.67) and runner-up finishes from Nick Maynard in the long jump (19-10.5) and the 3,200 relay team (Liam Campbell, Nathan Madeira, Stefan Sandreuter and Taylor, 8:17.32).

Campbell came in third in the mile (4:35.19). Maynard was fourth in the triple jump (40-2). James Ferrar came in fourth in the shot put (44-8) and Madeira placed sixth in the mile (4:38.96).

“The boys competed well,” said Greely coach John Folan. “Nestor Taylor’s win in the 800 was a crowning point to his win the indoor 800 as well. James Ferrar in the shot was excellent. The boys’ distance crew in general were outstanding all day. Stefan Sandreuter, Nathan Madeira and Liam Campbell specifically. Nick Maynard continued his late-season excellence.

Yarmouth (12) finished in a four-way tie for 15th with Fryeburg, Mt. View and Nokomis.

Chris Knaub came in second in the javelin (176-3) and Ben Decker placed fourth in the two-mile (9:53.89).

The girls’ meet saw Greely post a solid 85 points, but that still left the Rangers second, a distant 60 points behind Waterville.

Abby Bonnevie won the pole vault with a top leap of 9-6.

Three Rangers, Gwen Sawyer in the shot put (34-11.5), Emily Saunders in the triple jump (34-10) and Kirstin Sandreuter in the two-mile (11:12.62), finished runners-up.

Also scoring as individuals were Sawyer (third in the discus, 100-8), Saunders (third in the high jump, 5-2; and seventh in the long jump, 15-2.5), Sandreuter (third in the mile, 5:13.20), Cassidy Storey (third in the shot put, 33-4; fifth in the discus, 97-2)  Jessica Wilson (fourth in the 800, 2:24.62), Eva Bates (fourth in the two-mile, 11:36.90) and Catherine Fellows (sixth in the shot put, 32-5.25).

In the relays, the Rangers’ 3,200 quartet of Sarah Fitch, Bates, Melissa Jacques and Wilson placed third in 10:10.38, the 1,600 team (Jacques, Fitch, Wilson and Sara Schad) was also third (4:22.14) and the 400 squad (Kathleen McKersie, Sarah Ingraham, Madison McKenney and Hannah Keisman) came in seventh (53.62).

“We were very happy with our kids’ day,” said Folan. “Just about every girl was on point in her performance. But ultimately, you can’t beat a buzzsaw that is also at its best and that was Waterville. I’m very proud of the girls. Even girls who did not figure into the scoring ran very well. Special kudos to Abby Bonnevie, Kirstin Sandreuter and Emily Saunders, who were off the charts in their events.”

Falmouth (34) points came in fifth.

The Yachtsmen were paced by senior Jenna Serunian, who bowed out as champion of the discus (109-9) and shot put (37-9.5).

Also scoring were Charlotte Cutshall (fifth in the long jump, 15-8; seventh in the 100, 13.42), Nevada Horne (sixth in the pole vault, 8 feet), Catherine Hebson (seventh in the mile, 5:37.35) and the fourth-place 400 (Emily Rand, Emma Van Wickler, Jillian Rothweiler and Cutshall, 52.6) and fifth-place 3,200 (Hebson, Madeline Roberts, Molly Paris and Denali Nalamalapu, 10:25.1) relays.

“The girls also placed overall higher than projected,” Paul said. “Jenna was terrific with her two wins and Charlotte Cutshall had a strong day. Our relays came through for the girls too. Emily Rand, Catherine Hebson, Molly Paris, Madeline Roberts, Denali Nalamalapu, Jena Mannette, Sarah Sparks and Olivia Hoch all contributed. Emma Van Wickler and Jillian Rothweiler both scored in the 400 relay. Waterville is amazing. The Greely girls would win lots of years with the team they have.”

Yarmouth tied Gray-New Gloucester for 21st place with 5.5 points.

Megan Smith tied Belfast’s Ally James for fourth in the pole vault (8-6) and Gina Roberts was sixth in the javelin (93-3).

At the Class C state meet in Augusta, the North Yarmouth Academy boys’ quest for a fifth title in seven seasons fell 2.5 points shy of fruition. The Panthers had 62 points, but Sacopee managed 64.5.

NYA got wins from Cam Rayder in the shot put (48-9.5) and its 400 relay team (Jake Burns, Michael McIntosh, Cam Regan and Nick Rayder, 46.39).

Burns came in third in the 300 hurdles (41.41) and fifth in the 110 hurdles (17.25).  Rudy Guiliani was fourth in the mile (4:38.62) and fifth in the two-mile (10:13.93). Cam Rayder was fourth in the discus (125-1). Alex Coffin placed fifth in the 800 (2:03.3). Regan was fifth in the pole vault (11 feet). Ryan Salerno came in sixth in the javelin (139-6).

The Panthers were runners-up in the 1,600 relay (Regan, Grant McPherson, Burns and Coffin, 3:35.75) and placed third in the 3,200 relay (Regan, McPherson, Brian Trelegan and , Coffin, 8:33.22).

Freeport (24 points) tied George Stevens Academy for ninth place. It was the Falcons’ best state finish since 2008.

Taylor Saucier, Harrison Stivers, Ian McGhie and Zach Merrill combined to win the 3,200 relay (8:27.91). Stivers finished runner-up in the 400 (51.85). Saucier was third in the 800 (2:02.43).

In the Class C girls’ meet, won by Orono with 126.75 points, NYA (16) came in 12th and Freeport (9) was 17th.

The Panthers were paced by Kayla Rose, who was runner-up in the discus (99-11). Muriel Adams came in fourth in the discus (94-5). Moira Lachance was fourth in the high jump (4-8).

For the Falcons, Kelsey Grant finished sixth in the 200 (28.92) and seventh in the 100 (14.03). Hayley Steckler was seventh in the 400 (1:05.53). Ciera Wentworth placed seventh in the 800 (2:33.36). The 400 relay team (Abby Roney, Grant, Katie O’Neil and Steckler) finished fifth (55.36). The 1,600 squad (Emily Martin, Margo Ruby, Elly Bengtsson and Steckler) came in seventh (4:35.49).

New Englands

The 2012 outdoor track season closes Saturday with the New England championship meet at Thornton Academy in Saco.

Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.

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