The very quick outdoor track season is moving right along. With the Western Maine Conference championship meet scheduled for May 28, a little more than two weeks away, and the state meets slated for June 4, local runners, jumpers, throwers and their teams are looking to make the most of their opportunities.
All five Forecaster Country teams took part in meets Friday and turned heads.
Falmouth, after being subjugated to nomad status a year ago during construction work at the school, now has a new track and got to show it off for the first time when it hosted A.R. Gould, Freeport, Sacopee Valley and York.
The Yachtsmen boys, the two-time defending Class B champs, rolled to victory with 173 points, 62 better than the runner-up Wildcats. Freeport (19) came in fourth.
Falmouth won 14 of the 19 events. Brian Prescott was first in the 100 (12.2 seconds). Will Wegener took the 200 (23.6) and the 400 (50.6). Tim Follo was tops in the mile (4 minutes, 35.1 seconds) and two-mile (10:21). Reid Pryzant won the 110 hurdles (16 seconds). Matt Goldstein was first in the racewalk (7:33.3). The Yachtsmen also won the 1,600 relay (3:34.6). In the field events, Ryan Tartre took the high jump (6 feet). Justin Hovey had the top pole vault (10-9). Aaron Rogers won the long jump (19-4.5). Pryzant was first in the triple jump (39-6). Andrew Kowalsky took the shot put (41-7) and javelin (146-7).
Freeport got a win from Taylor Saucier in the 800 (2:06.3).
In the girls’ competition, Falmouth was second to York (184-125.5). Freeport’s 16.5 points left it fourth.
The Yachtsmen got wins from Jena Mannette in the 400 (1:05.6), Jenna Serunian in the discus (106-5), Kate Sparks in the shot put (39-11.5) and its 3,200 relay team (11:18.9).
Freeport’s top finishers were its 400 (59.4), 1,600 (4:52.1) and 3,200 (11:52.0) relay teams, which all scored four points. Individually, Kelly Edwards finished fourth in the two-mile (13:05.2) and Abby Roney tied for fourth in the 100 hurdles (19.3) and was fifth in the 100 (14.4).
Greely and North Yarmouth Academy joined Waynflete at Traip. The Rangers won the boys’ meet with 112 points. The Panthers tied the hosts for second with 54.
NYA’s Mohamed Dahia was first in the 110 hurdles (a new school record of 16.4 seconds), 300 hurdles (43.14), long jump (18-10.5) and triple jump (a new school mark of 40-9.75). Evan Kendall was first in the 400 (59.4) and two-mile (10:32.54). Cam Regan took the pole vault (9-6). Greely’s individual results were unavailable.
In the girls’ competition, Greely came in first with 128 points. NYA (37) finished third. The Panthers got wins from Morgan Scully in the 400 (1:09.44), Kayla Rose in the two-mile (16:19.44) and Moira Lachance in the high jump (4-8). The Rangers’ results weren’t available.
Yarmouth hosted Lake Region, Poland, Seacoast Christian and Wells Friday.
The boys had 80 points to come in second to Poland (149). Clippers winners included Lucas Davis in the high jump (5-8), Ben Nickerson in the mile (4:57.2) and Chris Knaub in the javelin (158-2).
In the girls’ meet, won by Poland with 125 points, Yarmouth (39) came in fifth. Megan Smith took the pole vault (6-6). Jocelyn Davies was first in the high jump (4-10).
Action resumes Thursday when Greely hosts Fryeburg, Poland and York. NYA and Yarmouth, along with Old Orchard Beach, visit Sacopee Thursday. Falmouth (with Gray-New Gloucester and Traip) goes to Lake Region Friday. Freeport (along with Waynflete and Wells) travels to Cape Elizabeth Friday.
Freeport’s Taylor Saucier leads the way in the 800 with Falmouth’s Thomas Edmunds trying to catch him at Friday’s meet in Falmouth. Saucier wound up first and Edmunds was second. The Yachtsmen placed first as a team. The Falcons were fourth behind Falmouth, York and Sacopee Valley.
Greely’s Sara Schad sets the pace in winning the 800 at a meet early last week in Cumberland.