Saturday, May 18, 2013
A few tidbits from the Class A track and field championships held at Windham High School on Saturday.
• A light rain began falling in the morning and continued on and off in the early afternoon, gradually increasing to a steady rain toward the end of the meet. Congratulations to meet director Diane Fournier and her crew for speeding up the action and getting the events done ahead of schedule.
• Scarborough’s Nicole Kirk set the only state record, running the 100 meter dash in 12.55 seconds, breaking the mark of 12.29 set by Brunswick Kristen Slotnick in 2008. It helped that the event was run early when the track was fairly dry.
• The pole vault wasn’t held because of slippery conditions on the runway. It will be held Wednesday, likely at an indoor site. Edward Little led Scarborough by four points on the girls side and has two of the two of the top seven seeds in the event including Jaclyn Masters who is seeded second. Scarborough also has two seeds in the top seven. Cony’s Lindsey Folsom is the top seed with a jump this spring of 11 feet, two inches.
• The boys high jump may have been the events most affected by Saturday’s wet conditions. The winning jump was just 5-feet-11 while the top eight seeds had all cleared six feet or better this spring.
• Messalonskee’s Harlow Ladd, won the 3,200 and 1,600 meter runs, is looking forward to next week’s New England meet at Thornton Academy.
“I peaked at around 36 miles a week and averaged like 30,” Ladd said of his training this season. “My coach, I asked him why aren’t we running harder, why aren’t we breaking records. He was like, ‘well I’m preparing you for college, I want you to enjoy your last season.’
“I ran the best workouts of my life this season, so I really can’t complain. Time-wise, I think I still have something to prove at New Englands.”
Gary Hawkins has worked at the Kennebec Journal since 1980. His primary beats are baseball, boys basketball, girls and boys soccer and golf.