February 8

HIGH SCHOOL TRACK AND FIELD: Waterville girls, boys teams dominate KVACs

Messalonskee’s Knight takes first in three events

By Travis Lazarczyk tlazarczyk@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

BRUNSWICK — If you’re looking for individual dominance from the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference indoor track and field championship, you’ll find it in Messalonskee’s Amanda Knight. If team dominance is your thing, then meet the Waterville girls and boys.

Knight took home first place finishes in the 55, 200 and 400 meter sprints, and both Waterville teams ran away with Class B titles at the meet, held Saturday at Bowdoin College. The Waterville girls scored 177.5 points. Belfast (75 points) was a distant second, while Camden Hills (44) was third.

The Waterville boys won with 135 points, ahead of Belfast (71) and Erskine (61). In Class A Brunswick (120) edged Messalonskee (103.5) in the girls meet, with Lewiston (72.5) third. Edward Little was the Class A boys winner with 92.50 points, beating Lewiston (85) and Messalonskee (82).

“We’re just trying to do our thing. We had a nice long week of practice. We just said, do what Waterville does and come out on meet day,” Waterville’s Jordhan Levine, who won the boys 400 and triple jump, said.

Both Waterville teams piled up points with depth. The girls had multiple scorers in nine events, while the boys pulled that feat in six events. In the pole vault, the Waterville girls took the top four spots.

“Our coach (Ian Wilson) really knows the pole vault. I’m so thankful to have him,” Waterville’s Sarah Shoulta, who took first in the pole vault with a vault of 9 feet, 6 inches, said. “Today we were a little unsure, because we’ve been off for three weeks.”

Shoulta’s vault tied her personal record.

“I really haven’t been having a good season in pole vault. I’ve been kind of a little frustrated. But today I really, really wanted to get up there,” Shoulta, who also won the 55 hurdles (8.98 seconds), said.

Rachel Bergeron and Trevor Gray led a strong group of Waterville throwers, winning the girls and boys shot put, respectively. Bergeron’s winning throw of 39-6 came on her first attempt.

“I think it was just, I relaxed and let what would happen, happen,” Bergeron said.

Gray’s winning throw of 50-6.5 came on his final try.

“I felt like I was having an all right day at first, but I got into it at the end,” he said.

Levine won the 400 with a time of 53.49 seconds, pulling away over the second lap, and took the triple jump with a leap of 44-3.25.

“(The 400) was a nice race. I tried to stay relaxed the whole way through the race. That last lap was a killer. It was a hard last lap. I told myself just finish, just make it through,” Levine said.

Other Waterville winners included Kellie Bolduc in the girls triple jump (36-0.75), Chris Cote in the boys 2 mile (10:04.77), and Troy Gurski in the 55 hurdles (8.10).

Knight’s strong meet began with her 7.47 second run in the 55. After a 1:00.57 time in the 400, Knight took the 200 with a time of 27.24 seconds. Knight said she felt her best race of the day was the 400.

“I’ve been putting in a lot of hard work over the past few weeks, because I haven’t had a meet in about a month,” Knight said. “You’ve just got to preapre yourself mentally and be ready when the day comes.”

Messalonskee’s Taylor Lenentine was a double winner, taking the Class A girls 55 hurdles (9.42) and pole vault (10 feet). For the Messalonskee boys, Logan Moses won the Class A mile (4:37.06), Soren Donsivitch won the Class A triple jump (40-6) for the Eagles, while Damon Bickford won the Class A shot put (47-4.5) for Messalonskee.

Skowhegan had a pair of winners in the Class A meet. Madeline Price took the girls triple jump (33-5.75), while Jacob Coombs won the boys 55 hurdles (8.73).

MCI’s Shane Hathaway was seeded second in the Class B boys long jump, so his win wasn’t a surprise to anybody, except maybe Hathaway.

“I thought I had second right up until I stepped up (to the podium),” Hathaway said. His winning jump of 19-3 came on his first attempt.

Erskine’s Jade Canak won the Class B girls long jump, with a jump of 15-4.

Travis Lazarczyk — 861-9242tlazarczyk@centralmaine.comTwitter: @TLazarczykMTM
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