Denzel Tomaszewski could look at the outdoor track season as a new beginning after a year of surgery and rehab.

Instead, the Wells junior is treating spring track as a continuation of his record-setting indoor season.

After tearing a knee tendon in football his sophomore year, Tomaszewski sat out both indoor and outdoor track. After winning the indoor Class B state title in the 55 meters in a state-record time, Tomaszewski is focusing on another state record.

“It’s 11.11. It’s within his grasp,” Wells indoor track coach Jen Lewia said of the Class B outdoor record in the 100 meters.

Lewia’s brother, Mark, is the coach of the outdoors team and has more of a wait-and-see approach. He wants to make sure Tomaszewski stays healthy and does not over train.

But based on the first outdoors meet, when Tomaszewski won the 100 and 200 on Friday against Sacopee Valley, Greely and Gray-New Gloucester, Lewia thinks his top sprinter could improve a lot more this year. Running in cool and windy conditions, Tomaszewski posted times of 11.58 and 24.40.

“He’s bigger and stronger than he was as a freshman. That will help him. Hopefully, we’ll get some better (weather) days. He’s one of the kids who will do better on warmer days,” Lewia said.

AMANDA PETERSON opened the outdoor season with a pair of wins, and also decided which college she’ll attend.

The Gray-New Gloucester senior sprinter, who took third and fourth in the sprints in the Class B state meet last year, ran into a strong headwind as she finished the 100 in 13.37 and the 200 in 28.40 at a Western Maine Conference meet Friday in Wells.

Peterson then announced Sunday that she’ll run for Division III Wheaton College in Norton, Mass.

Peterson plans to major in chemistry and continue to perform in school musicals while also running track for Coach Dave Cusano, a former UMaine football player and track star.

“The coach they just got, he is doing amazing things with the team, dropping their times like crazy. I can’t wait to get there and get training and see what happens,” Peterson said.

NORTH YARMOUTH native Ben True will be master of ceremonies at the Safe Passage Esperanza 5K Race/Walk fundraiser Sunday at his alma mater.

The road race in Cumberland at Greely High School will raise funds for the charity supported by True, who recently won the BAA 5K for the second year in a row in a time of 13:41.

True is training for the Olympic trials in June in Eugene, Ore., where he hopes to qualify in the 10,000 or 5,000 meters.

Sunday’s race begins at 8 a.m., and is a fundraiser for Safe Passage, which provides education and assistance to poor children and families in Guatemala. Safe Passage was founded in 1999 by Greely graduate Hanley Denning, who died in a car accident in Guatemala in 2007.

To learn more about the charity or the race, go to www.safepassage.org.

Staff Writer Deirdre Fleming can be contacted at 791-6452 or at: [email protected]

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