Falmouth boys win Class B track title

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The Falmouth boys’ indoor track team did it again Monday in Lewiston, winning the Class B state championship for the fifth time in six seasons.

The Yachtsmen tallied 91 points to easily outdistance Waterville (68) and 16 other scoring teams. Greely placed fifth with 51, Yarmouth (11) came in 10th and Freeport (8) finished 15th. North Yarmouth Academy didn’t score.

In the girls’ meet, won by Waterville with 80 points, Greely (73.5) was a close second. Falmouth (23) came in seventh. NYA (10) tied Poland for 16th place. Freeport and Yarmouth did not score.

It’s Falmouth again

In the boys’ competition, Falmouth rode a mixture of expected performances and surprises to the pinnacle.

Junior Reid Pryzant was first in both the 55 hurdles (7.96 seconds) and the long jump (20 feet, 9 inches) and had a third-place showing in the triple jump (40-9). Senior Will Wegner was his usual spectacular self, winning the 200 (22.84) and 400 (51.38) and finishing a close second to Waterville’s Isaiah Spofford in the 55 (6.64).

That tandem combined for 54 points, more than half the team’s total. That would have been enough to tie York for fourth place.

The Yachtsmen won the 4×200 relay, as sophomores Jacob Buhelt and Azad Jalali, senior Brian Prescott and junior Jimmy Polewaczyk had a time of 1 minute, 37.15 seconds. Falmouth came in second in the 4×800 relay (senior Sam Walker, junior Thomas Edmonds, junior Henry Briggs and Jalali, 8:45.56).

Other scorers included Briggs (third in the two-mile, 10:46.03), senior Andrew Kowalsky (fourth in the shot put, 47 feet, 10.5 inches), Buhelt (fifth in the 55, 6.88, and fifth in the 200, 23.73), Edmonds (sixth in the 800, 2:07.56) and Jalali (seventh in the 800, 2:07.56).

“The boys had a tremendous day,” said Falmouth coach Jorma Kurry. “They showed great heart, coming back when Waterville surged late in the meet, led by Jacob Buhelt and Henry Briggs with late event clutch points. The team effort was spearheaded by Will Wegener’s fantastic day, but Reid Pryzant was the big story with two surprise wins and a great effort in the triple jump as well. Reid’s day goes down as one of the most memorable we’ve had in my time here. Andrew Kowalsky had a great (personal record) to get us off to a strong start early in the meet.”

Don’t be surprised if the Yachtsmen make it six of seven in 2012.

“Things look good with several scorers returning,” Kurry said. “Thomas Edmonds and Azad Jalali are back in the 800, Reid Pryzant, Henry Briggs in the two-mile, Jacob Buhelt and Jimmy Polewaczyk, as well as some other young guys who gained valuable experience like Andrew Roukey and Elias Robinson.”

Greely got a win from senior Michael Burgess in the shot put (51-9.5). Senior Jack Fellows was second to Burgess in that event (49-7). Sophomore Liam Campbell was second in the mile (4:43.99). Senior Sam Mason was second-best in the long jump (20-6.5). Junior Stefan Sandreuter came in third in the mile (4:44.03) and seventh in the two-mile (10:52.35). Senior Austin Spencer placed fourth in the triple jump (40-8.25). Senior Matt Davis came in sixth in the pole vault (10-6). The Rangers’ 4×200 relay team (seniors Jesse Lehman, Alex Parenteau, Spencer and Mason) came in fourth (1:38.55)

“The boys had a solid meet,” said Greely coach John Folan. “Matt Davis in the pole vault, Sam Mason in the long jump and Austin Spencer in the triple jump were all awesome. The senior throw duo of Mike Burgess and Jack Fellows were dependable as usual, with a 1-2 finish. Liam Campbell and Stefan Sandreuter were a solid 2-3 in a spirited mile race decided at the finish line. The 4×200 relay group ran a season best in that event.”

Yarmouth’s points came from Asa Arden (third in the long jump, 20-4.5), Lucas Davis (fifth in the high jump, 5-6) and its sixth-place 4×200 relay team (Davis, Braden Smith, Tommy O’Toole and Arden, 1:40.64).

Freeport got a fourth-place finish from junior Taylor Saucier in the 800 (2:07.02) and its 4×800 relay team (Ian McGhie, Miles Boucher, Miles Cyr and Saucier) also was fourth (9:00.20).

Settling for second

On the girls’ side, Greely which won 12 of 16 championships from 1991 through 2006, was hoping to end a two-year drought away from the top, but couldn’t quite catch Waterville.

The Rangers captured the 4×800 relay, as sophomore Sarah Fitch, senior Deanna Little, junior Melissa Jacques and sophomore Jessica Wilson finished in a time of 10:21.84.

Senior Katherine Harrington came in runner-up in the shot put (36-6.75). Freshman Kirstin Sandreuter was second in the two-mile (12:10.33) and third in the mile (5:31.36). Senior Sarah Ingraham was third in the long jump (15-9.75). Senior Meaghan Crowley finished third in the long jump (15-6.75) and fourth in the triple jump (34-2.25). Jacques was fourth in the 800 (2:29.57). Wilson finished fourth in the 400 (1:02.79). Sophomore Cassidy Storey was fourth in the shot put (32-00.75). Sophomore Molly Fitzpatrick was fifth in the triple jump (15-5). Junior Abby Bonnevie was fifth in the pole vault (8 feet). Sophomore Kaley Sawyer tied for sixth in the high jump (4-8). Junior Catherine Fellows placed sixth in the shot put (30-4.5). Sophomore Lindsay Fellows came in seventh in the shot put (30-2.5). Senior Emily Christensen finished seventh in the 55 (7.74).

Greely was fourth in the 4×200 relay, as Fitzpatrick, senior Stella Keck, Crowley and Christensen had a time of 1:54.50.

“The girls competed admirably,” Folan said. “We actually significantly exceeded our seeds. The day started well with a state championship run by the 4×800 quartet. Jacques and Wilson also finished fourth in their individual events of the 800 and 400 respectively. Meaghan Crowley, Sarah Ingraham, Molly Fitzpatrick, Kaley Sawyer, and Abbie Bonnevie all scored in the jumps. Our thrower foursome of Katherine Harrington, Cassidy Storey, Katherine Fellows, and Lindsay Steinberg all scored in the shot for a 15-point push. We competed with Waterville point-for-point for the whole meet. Freshman Kirstin Sandreuter was immense in the meet with a third in the mile and a second in the two-mile. The turning point was Waterville’s scoring 14 points in the 200 when they were seeded for five. The meet was a half-point affair going into the final relay. The relay group of Stella Keck, Crowley, Fitzpatrick, and Emily Christensen finished fourth. Overall, it was a good day where there were no letdowns whatsover. The kids performed at their very best.”

For Falmouth, senior Kate Sparks won the shot put (36-7.25). Senior Amy Webster came in fourth in the pole vault (8 feet). Freshman Madeline Roberts came in sixth in the two-mile (12:31.22). Sophomore Sarah Sparks finished seventh in the 400 (1:05.09). The Yachtsmen’s 4×200 relay team (Webster, Sarah Sparks, Kate Sparks and senior Adrienne Michalakis) was third (1:53.50).

“The meet was very good for us,” Kurry said. “The girls met our top-10 goal. They were led, as always, by Kate Sparks, who had a hard-fought win against Greely’s Katherine Harrington. The 4×200 team raced very well and Amy Webster’s pole vault was a strong performance for us.

The Yachtsmen look to rise even further up the standings next winter.

“We return scorers in the 400 (Sarah Sparks) and two-mile (Madeline Roberts), as well as two freshmen who could not compete today and our whole 4×800 team, plus Maggie Seitz in the 400,” said Kurry.

NYA’s points came in the mile (sophomore Hannah Hearn was fourth, 5:38.27, and junior Hannah Twombly finished sixth, 5:39.84) and its fourth-place 4×800 relay team (junior Sasha McLean, junior Hillary Detert, Hearn and Twombly, 10:32.09).

New Englands

The final event of the indoor track season, the New England championships, will be held Friday, March 4, at the Reggie Lewis Track and Field Athletic Center in Roxbury, Mass.

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Greely’s Meaghan Crowley was fourth in the triple jump, as the Rangers were runners-up to Waterville.

Greely’s Stefan Sandreuter and Liam Campbell keep close tabs on each other in the mile. Campbell wound up second and Sandreuter third.

Falmouth senior Kate Sparks wins the shot put Monday.

Falmouth senior Will Wegener wins the 200.

Greely freshman Kristin Sandreuter competes in the mile Monday. She was third in that event and second in the two-mile.

Greely’s Michael Burgess shows the form that won him the Class B shot put crown Monday.

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Falmouth’s Reid Pryzant races to victory in the 55 hurdles at Monday’s Class B state championships.

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