North area track powers up to usual tricks

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With more pound-for-pound running, jumping and throwing talent crammed into a small area than can be found anywhere else in the state, it’s no surprise that local storied track programs are once again turning heads.

Falmouth, the defending Class B boys’ champion, has won its first two meets and had a third, a rare, joint Western Maine Conference/Southern Maine Activities Association meet (with Cheverus, Freeport and Portland) rained out.

Friday, competing with North Yarmouth Academy and Old Orchard Beach at Fryeburg, the Yachtsmen tallied 155.5 points, over 100 more than runner-up Fryeburg. Falmouth won every relay and nine individual events.

Freshman Jacob Buhelt captured the 100 (11.6 seconds) and 200 (24.75). Sophomore Jimmy Polewaczyk was tops in the 400 (59 seconds). Sophomore Tim Follo won the two-mile (10 minutes, 25.35 seconds). Senior Kellen MacDonald took the 110 hurdles (16.52) and the 300 hurdles (42.41). Junior Andrew Kowalsky finished first in the javelin (150 feet, 3 inches) and the shot put (42-3). Sophomore Reid Pryzant took the long jump (18-6).

NYA’s boys, who despite small numbers have found a way to win Class C four years running, managed to come in third with 34 points and win the 800 (senior Henry Sterling, 2 minutes), pole vault (senior Turner Kelsey, 8-6), high jump (junior Mohamed Dahia, 5-2) and the triple jump (Dahia, 39-11).

Falmouth and NYA’s girls’ teams also made the trip to Fryeburg Friday. The Yachtsmen were first with 133 points and the Panthers came in second with 54.

Falmouth took the 1,600 and 3,200 relays. Junior Sarah Abramson won the racewalk (10:21.6), senior Rachel Mazerolle was tops in the 100 hurdles (17.03) and the 300 hurdles (1:04.53), freshman Zoe Andle was first in the 100 (14.07), sophomore Jena Mannette won the 400 (1:11.50), senior Rachel Brown took the mile (5:55.16), junior Maggie Parrish won the two-mile (12:52.03), junior Amy Webster captured the pole vault (8 feet) and sophomore Jenna Serunian was tops in the shot put (37-2).

NYA got wins from senior Hilary Gibson in the 200 (29.53) and the long jump (14-8), senior Alexandra O’Reilly in the javelin (89-4) and senior Hannah Bewsey in the high jump (5 feet) and triple jump (29-8.5). The Panthers also captured the 400 relay.

Greely is another storied program. The girls’ team already has a pair of first place team finishes to its credit, including a triumph at Wells Friday, where in a meet which saw the first and last place teams separated by just 25 points, the Rangers rode their depth to defeat the hosts, Cape Elizabeth and Traip. Junior Emily Christensen won the 100 (13.57). Freshman Nina Oberg was first in the pole vault (6-6). Sophomore Cassidy Storey won the shot put (30-3). Freshman Kaley Sawyer captured the high jump (4-8).

In the boys’ meet, Greely was fourth. Senior Mark McCauley easily won the mile (4:23). Sophomore James Currie was first in the two-mile (11:15).

Yarmouth’s boys’ and girls’ teams have been competitive all year. Last Tuesday, the Clippers hosted Deering, Gray-New Gloucester and McAuley. The boys were third and the girls fourth.

Friday, Yarmouth joined Poland and Waynflete at Lake Region, where the boys tied for second and the girls came in third. Boys’ team event winners included senior Ian Carle in the racewalk (11:19.7) and senior Sam Woodbury in the mile (4:49.4) and 300 hurdles (48.2). The Clippers also won the 400 and 3,200 relays.

Freeport’s meet at Cheverus last Tuesday was postponed and results from the Falcons’ meet at Gray-New Gloucester Friday were unavailable.

Thursday, Falmouth joins Old Orchard Beach and Waynflete at Poland. Freeport and Yarmouth (with Fryeburg) are at Traip Friday and Greely hosts Cape Elizabeth, NYA and York Friday.

Looking ahead, the Western Maine Conference meet is just a couple weeks away, May 29, at Yarmouth. The Class B state meet is Saturday, June 5, in Windham. The Class C state meet

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Greely’s Joshua Nason competes in the boys long jump during last week’s joint meet. The Rangers came in third as a team behind Thornton Academy and Biddeford, but beat Waynflete.

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Greely’s Abby Bonnevie easily clears the bar during the girls pole vault competition last week, winning the competition with a top vault of 7 feet, 6 inches. The Rangers hosted Thornton Academy, Biddeford and Waynflete in a rare, joint WMC/SMAA meet and came in second behind the Golden Trojans.

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