Wednesday, June 19, 2013
The Cony High School boys track team enjoyed a surge in numbers that coaches hope translates into a strong showing this season.
WEEKLY HONOR ROLL
• Messalonskee senior Zach Sutherland won the 110-meter hurdles (18.20), finished third in the long jump (18-5.25) and sixth in the 300 hurdles (50.5) at a four-team meet at Edward Little.
• Cony junior Lindsey Folsom won the 100 (13.86) and pole vault (9-6) at a five-team meet in Augusta.
• Maranacook senior Abby Mace won the 1,600 (5:20.08) and 3,200 (11:21.61) at a five-team meet in Augusta
• Erskine junior Zac Lee won the 110 hurdles (17.09), 300 hurdles (42.86), high jump (5-6) and ran the opening leg of the victorious 4x400 relay team at a four-team at Camden.
• Cony junior Luke Dang won the 100 (11.71) and 200 (23.23) and also finished second in the javelin (127-7) at a five-team meet in Augusta.
The Rams certainly made an impact at their season-opening meet last Thursday at Alumni Field.
"We couldn't have been happier with the way the kids performed in the first week of the season," Cony co-coach Jon Millett said. "The returning veterans were way ahead of the game. We got at least 10 kids qualified for the KVACs. I expected a lot of good things, but we did better than imagined."
Cony has fielded a strong core of sprinters but struggled to cover a lot of events in recent seasons.
Millett said things are changing this year.
"We're a lot deeper," he said. "Our team is different this year. We seem to be more balanced. In the past, we had a lot of good sprinters and just a couple good throwers and a couple good jumpers. We didn't have the depth, but we do now."
Julian Hubbard won the triple jump and long jump in the five-team meet, which included Mt. Blue, Winslow, Maranacook and Gardiner.
Hubbard won the long jump with a leap of 18 feet, 9.5 inches. He went 40-6 in the triple jump. Hubbard also finished second in the high jump.
Mike Clark won the discus (120-3) and Chris Murphy won the javelin (139-0) to help Cony pick up points in the field events.
Coupled with Connor Dufour and Luke Dang -- who each won a pair of track events -- and the Rams certainly had reason to be optimistic. Dang won the 100 and 200 while Dufour won the 400 and 800.
"We're way ahead of the game," Millett said.
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Winthrop enjoyed a strong showing Tuesday at the annual Tom Foley Invitational in Falmouth.
Junior Zach Nadeau won the shot put and senior Kameron Souza won the 800 in a meet that featured an abundance of Class A and B powers, including Edward Little, South Portland, Massabesic, Greely, York and Falmouth.
Souza won the 800 in 2:02.84 while Nadeau threw the shot 45-5.5
"It was impressive for those guys," Winthrop coach Ed Van Tassel said. "We love to go to this meet because it shows the underclassmen what kind of competition is out there, and for the older guys it gives them a chance to go against some great competition.
"It's great to see what else is out there. When we come back to the (Mountain Valley Conference) schedule, those meets seem a lot less scary. We've seen the best of the best."
Elsewhere at the meet, Gardiner senior Olivia Reny won the 100 hurdles (16.96) and finished second in the 300 hurdles (50.44).
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Hall-Dale junior Sam Shepherd came into the season close to breaking a school record in the high jump.
He wasted little time breaking it.
Shepherd cleared 6-2 at a meet last Thursday in Farmingdale.
Shepherd also won the 300 hurdles and was part of the victorious 4x400 relay team.
"He had a huge day," Hall-Dale coach Jarod Richmond said. "We had strong meets on both sides, especially on the boys."
Tyler Fitzgerald also turned in a strong performance, winning the 100 and 200.
"It was a strong showing from everybody," Richmond said. "Tyler ran like an 11.2 in the 100, and he's right up there making an early season statement."
The Hall-Dale girls, led by Bri Crisci, finished fourth at the meet, which included Spruce Mountain, Monmouth and Madison. Crisci won the 100 and 200.
"It was another solid performance for Bri," Richmond said.
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