(Ed. Note: For additional photos from this meet, see the web version of this story at theforecaster.net)
While they fell short of team state titles, the Falmouth and Greely indoor track powerhouses had another solid day at the Class B championship meet Monday at Bates College in Lewiston.
The Greely girls had the best performance, tallying 73.40 points to finish second to Waterville (118). Falmouth (9 points) came in 15th and Freeport (3) tied Foxcroft Academy, McAuley and York for 23rd place.
The Rangers won the 3,200 relay, as Sarah Fitch, Julia Mitiguy, Melissa Jacques and Jessica Wilson had a time of 10 minutes, 8.90 seconds.
Catherine Fellows was tops in the shot put (33 feet, 4.5 inches). Cassidy Storey (32-9.75) was third in that event and Lindsay Steinberg (31-7.5) placed fourth.
Kirstin Sandreuter was second to Waterville’s record-setting Bethanie Brown in the mile (5:10.23). She was also runner-up to Brown in the two-mile (11:10.92). Emily Saunders finished third in the triple jump (34-8.75) and Kaley Sawyer (who was fifth in the triple jump, 34-00.25) tied teammate Kelsey Saunders and three others for third in the high jump (4-10). Jacques was also seventh in the 800 (2:33.37).
“The girls’ team performed well,” said Greely coach John Folan. “We had a couple of mishaps, but a lot of breakout performances as well. Kirstin’s mile and two-mile were terrific. The jump trio of Kelsey, Kaley and Emily put together some excellent and timely efforts. Freshman Hannah Kiesman continued her development in the hurdles with a fifth place finish (9.21 seconds). Catherine, Cassidy and Lindsay were outstanding as always in the shot. The meet started off well with a stirring win by Sarah, Julia, Melissa and Jess, earning a hard-fought battle over Waterville in the 4×800 relay. Jess also doubled with a fourth in the 800 (2:28.74). Waterville, however, with their awesome depth, especially in the sprints and hurdles, was not to be denied and deserved their championship.”
For Falmouth, individual points came from Madeline Roberts, who was sixth in the mile (11:58.06). The Yachtsmen were fourth in the 3,200 relay (Cassie Darrow, Molly Paris, Hayley Simmons and Roberts, 10:57.22) and fifth in the 800 relay (Emily Rand, Maggie Seitz, Charlotte Cutshall and Sarah Sparks, 1:55.28).
“The girls ran hard and finished about where we expected,” said Yachtsmen coach Jorma Kurry. “Madeline had a nice two-mile and our relays earned some points as well. We’ll have most of those girls back next year and will look to move up in the standings.”
Ciera Wentworth’s fifth-place finish in the mile (5:45.87) accounted for Freeport’s points.
In the boys’ meet, York took first with 67.50 points. Waterville (56.50) came in second, while Falmouth (52) finished third and Greely (49) fourth. Freeport (14 points) came in 12th. North Yarmouth Academy and Yarmouth tied for 14th place with 12 points.
The Yachtsmen got wins from Reid Pryzant in the 55 hurdles (8.1) and from its 800 relay team (Jacob Buhelt, Andrew Murry, Hudson Carr and Mike Caswell, 1:38.11).
The 3,200 relay team of Tristan Tucker, Henry Briggs, Azad Jalali and Thomas Edmonds was second to York (8:51.88). Buhelt was second in the 200 (23.38) and fourth in the 55 (6.83). Pryzant placed third in the long jump (19-10.5). Edmonds finished fourth in the mile (4:38.44). Jalali was sixth in the 800 (2:04.56).
“It was a tough meet for us,” said Kurry. “We had hoped to be healthier, but were missing several key guys. The team stepped up and ran well, especially our short-handed 4×200 team at the end. We called on two boys who had not run on our ‘A’ relay all season, Hudson and Mike, and both put out great efforts to combine with Jacob and Andrew for the win. Reid and Jacob ran well in their individual races. Thomas and Azad had very good individual races in addition to the 4×800 with Tristan and Henry.” York was just too deep for us and Waterville had a great day to edge us out for second.”
The Rangers saw Nestor Taylor win the 800 (2:01.42) and Mike Leeman take the long jump (21-1.75).
In the mile, Liam Campbell was runner-up (4:36.93) and Stefan Sandreuter placed third (4:38.24). James Ferrar was fourth in the shot put (41-11.5). Eric Storey finished fourth in the pole vault (10-6). Campbell also finished fourth in the 800 (2:04.28). Sandreuter was fifth in the two-mile (10:23.19).
“When I think about our team goal for the boys from last November, to finish in the top 10 in states, as this was to be very much of a rebuilding year, the fourth-place result in the state meet was most gratifying,” Folan said. “In fact, we were just a small mental error of our own and an uncalled possible relay interference against us from scoring a bit higher. This meet was a case of a small number of athletes doing significant damage. Liam and Stefan were excellent in the distance races, as was Nestor in the 800. Eric and James continued their surprising development. Mike improved his effort 2.5 feet in the long jump to win the event out of the 10th seed. Overall, it was a satisfying end to a good year.”
Freeport was paced by Harrison Stivers, who was third in the 400 (52.90), and Taylor Saucier, who was fifth in both the 800 (2:04.51) and the mile (4:38.55). Saucier and Stivers combined with Thomas Dodge and Zach Greene to finish sixth in the 800 relay (1:40.89).
NYA got a third-place finish from Alex Coffin in the 800 (2:03.94) and a third-place shot put showing from Cam Rayder (44-7).
For Yarmouth, Ben Decker was third in the two-mile (10:08.97). Anders Overhaug was seventh in the long jump (19-4.75). Lucas Davis, Dennis Erving, Chandler Smith and Overhaug combined to produce a fourth-place 800 relay team (1:40.23).
Next on the calendar for select athletes is the New England championships, which will be held in Boston on March 2.
Greely distance standout Kirstin Sandreuter was second in both the mile and two-mile Monday.
Greely’s Emily Saunders was third in the triple jump.
Greely’s Mike Leeman was the long jump championship.
Falmouth’s Reid Pryzant had no peer in winning the 55 hurdles Monday.
Greely’s Nestor Taylor leads the pack en route to winning the 800. NYA’s Alex Coffin was close behind and placed third.
Falmouth’s Jacob Buhelt was second in the 200.
Greely’s Jess Wilson was fourth in the 800.
Freeport’s Harrison Stivers races toward a third-place finish in the 400 at Monday’s Class B state championships.
Greely’s Catherine Fellows won the Class B girls’ shot put title Monday.