Tuesday, March 11, 2014
High school track and field teams have already opened the season, with some teams — Winthrop, for example — having already competed in two meets.
Here’s a few observations and notes from the early going ...
• Waterville junior Bethanie Brown will run the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 this spring, but not all together in a single meet. Instead, one of the top distance runners in the state will mix things up from meet to meet.
“I won’t do the 3,200 every meet,” she said. “I’ll want to run a few of them, though.”
Coach Ian Wilson said during the preseason one of his biggest challenges this season will be handling Brown’s workload.
Brown will be competing at a national level and Wilson doesn’t want to wear her down this spring.
However, he also says he needs to do what’s best for a team that is chasing its sixth consecutive Class B title.
• It’s common for both Waterville teams to fill the podium in an abundance of events at each meet, regular season or otherwise.
But what the Waterville girls did in the 200-meter dash at a season-opening meet last Thursday in Lewiston was nothing short of incredible.
The Panthers took the first nine — yes, nine — spots. Georgia Bolduc won the event in 27.81. She was followed by teammates Phoebe Downer, Brown, Ashleigh Gagne, Amy Samson, Gabby Bridger, Jenn Christensen and Whitney Scott.
“The top finisher for any other school was 10th,” Wilson said. “This is not a coincidence. Our kids work very hard in practice and are very dedicated in the weight room. It was a good day for us.”
The Panthers are poised for many more of those this season.
• Each season Winthrop travels to Falmouth to compete in the annual Tom Foley Invitational.
The large-scale meet is a collection of state powers in Class A and B. Edward Little, Massabesic, South Portland, Greely, Falmouth and York are just a few of the teams that showed Tuesday.
The Ramblers were just one of two Class C teams to go — Lisbon was the other — and could’ve been perceived as the proverbial fish out of water.
They didn’t perform like one, however.
Kameron Souza (800) and Zach Nadeau (shot put) each won events against some tough competition.
“That was impressive for those guys,” Winthrop coach Ed Van Tassel said.
• Messalonskee senior Harlow Ladd said Tuesday he has verbally committed to attend Purdue University. He will join Madison senior Matt McClintock at the school in the fall.
“We are rivals in high school and now we’ll duke it out in college,” Ladd said. “We’ll push each other a lot in college. It’s going to be great.”
Travis Lazarczyk has worked at the Morning Sentinel and Kennebec Journal since 2000. He covers football, basketball and baseball. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/tlazarmaine