By Michael Hoffer
While the teams have much bigger fish to fry next month, the Falmouth Yachtsmen have to feel pretty good about their initial pair of victories over fierce rival Greely in an indoor track meet at the University of Southern Maine Friday night.
The Falmouth boys scored 206 points to hold off the Rangers (187). North Yarmouth Academy (108 points) came in third. Wells and Lake Region also took part.
In girls’ action, the Yachtsmen had 258 points to easily defeat perennial champion Greely (158 1/2). NYA (90) came in third. Lake Region, Fryeburg and Wells were fourth, fifth and sixth respectively.
“We were very happy with the meet,” said Falmouth coach Jorma Kurry. “The kids ran and jumped and threw well. It’s always nice to win your meets, but we know that Greely certainly hasn’t showed their whole hand yet and that they remain in the favorites in the big meets. We’ve got a lot of work to do to catch Greely, but this team has shown it’s willing to put the effort in. We’ve had a great season so far.”
In the boys’ meet, Falmouth freshman Reid Pryzant was named junior division MVP after capturing the 55 hurdles (8.82 seconds). Senior Kristopher Floridino won senior division MVP honors after winning the shot put (49 feet, 6 3/4 inches).
The Yachtsmen also got wins from sophomore Will Wegener in the junior 200 (24.63) and 400 (54.04), senior Tom Winger in the senior 400 (53.10) and long jump (21-5 1/4), and senior Dallin Thomas in the pole vault (11-9).
Falmouth also won the senior 800 relay.
“We cover all the events pretty well and our younger sprinters are stepping up as well,” Kurry said.
For Greely, sophomore Sam Mason took the junior 55 (7.31), ? Fellows won the junior shot put (30-10), senior Nate Martin was first in the senior 55 (6.82) and senior 200 (23.21), senior Pete Colesworthy took the senior 55 hurdles (8.18) and the triple jump (38-2 3/4), and junior Logan Price won the mile (4 minutes, 38.52 seconds).
NYA got victories from senior Sam Fear in the senior high jump (5-8), junior Henry Sterling in the 800 (2:00.18) and two-mile (10:01.22), and its 3,200 relay team.
In the girls’ meet, Falmouth freshman Jenna Serunian was named junior meet MVP after winning the shot put (33-8 3/4). Greely senior Jessa Steinman won senior meet MVP honors after taking the 200 (28.99) and 400 (1:04.36).
Other winners for the Yachtsmen included sophomore Adrienne Michalakis in the junior 55 (7.81) and 200 (27.94), sophomore Amy Webster in the junior 400 (1:08.52), freshman Rosemary Nurse in the junior high jump (4-4), senior Ali McClellan in the senior 55 (7.88), senior Alison Coyne in the senior high jump (4-4), junior Francesca D’Alfonso in the 800 (2:41.38) and mile (5:46.74), sophomore Maggie Parrish in the two-mile (13:05.15), senior Abby Smith in the pole vault (7-6), and junior Adriana Fox in the long jump (15-0 3/4).
Falmouth was also first in the senior 800 relay.
“The girls have been very balanced to this point,” Kurry said. “Jenna and Kate Sparks make a strong 1-2 punch in the shot put. Our sprinters are deep and we’ve got strong distance runners as always. Our jumpers are getting healthy just in time for the big meets.”
Greely got wins from sophomore Stella Keck in the junior 55 hurdles (10.10), junior Abby Diehl in the senior 55 hurdles (9.15), junior Hannah Werneth in the senior shot put (34-4 1/4), and sophomore Meaghan Crowley in the triple jump (31-6 3/4). The Rangers also took the junior 800 relay.
NYA was first in the 3,200 relay.
In other action last weekend, Yarmouth’s boys were runners-up to York with 135 points (the Wildcats had 150). Freeport (14) was seventh of the seven teams participating.
In the girls’ meet, also won by York, Freeport was sixth with 31 points. Yarmouth was seventh with 1.
This Friday, all five local teams square off, along with York, in a meet which begins at 4:30 p.m.
Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org