December 5, 2013

Telegram All-State Boys' Track: Waterville's Danner has learned to love throwing

A late-comer to the throwing events, Nick Danner quickly developed into a champion.

By Deirdre Fleming
Staff Writer

Nick Danner's victories in the javelin and shot put at the Class B state meet helped lead the Waterville boys to their fifth state championship in eight years. Then, after setting a Class B record in the javelin at the state meet, Danner went on to the New England championships and placed second in the javelin with a throw of 187 feet, 2 inches.

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After winning the shot put and breaking the Class B record in the javelin at the state meet, Nick Danner of Waterville went on to place second in the javelin at the New Englands.

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Jared Bell, Deering senior

Won the shot put at the New England championships, the only Maine male to take home a title (58-10). Also placed fourth in the discus (172-0). At the Class A state meet, he won the shot (57-2 1/4) and the discus (Class A record 176-7), and took fourth in the javelin (164-0).

Nick Danner, Waterville senior

Finished second at New Englands in the javelin (187-2). At the Class B state meet, won the javelin with a Class B record throw of 192-9 and also took first in the shot put (47-4 1/2).

Dan Curtis, Ellsworth junior

Placed fifth in the 3,200 meters at the New England championships (9:15.90). Won the 1,600 at the Class B state meet in a state-record time of 4:14.02, and was victorious in the 3,200 (9:37.54).

Isaiah Harris, Lewiston sophomore

Took second in the 800 at the New England championships (1:53.35). Also won the event at the Class A state meet in a Class A record time of 1:54.17.

Josef Holt-Andrews, Telstar junior

Class C state champion in the 1,600 and 3,200, and sixth in the 1,600 at the New England championships (4:19.55)

Atencio Martin, Traip Academy senior

Won the triple jump at the Class C state meet (44-7 1/4) and placed second at the New England championships (46-9 1/4).

Alex Nichols, Brunswick senior

Tied the Class A state record in the 400 (48.58) and placed third in the 200 (23.16).

Tom Reid, York senior

Took fifth in the 300 hurdles at the New England championships (39.54). At the Class B state meet, he won the 110 hurdles (15.43) and 300 hurdles (41.30), and was second in the triple jump (41-33/4) and long jump (21-0 3/4).

Jamie Ross, Brunswick senior

Finished sixth in the New England championships in the 800 (1:55.16) after placing second in the event at the Class A state meet (1:55.99).

Will Shafer, Gray-New Gloucester junior

Finished fourth in the 1,600 at the New England championships (4:18.17). Was second in that event at the Class B state meet (4:16.28) and won the 800 (1:58.49).

Denzel Tomaszewski, Wells senior

Finished fifth at the New England championships in the 100 (10.87). Won both the 100 (11.01) and 200 (22.86) at the Class B state meet, and set an all-time state best of 10.76 in the 100 at the WMC championships.

Joe Vogel, York senior

Took second in the 400 at the Class B state meet (51.16). Also competed in the New England championships, finishing 10th in the 400 (50.85).

Coach of the Year

Derek Veilleux, Scarborough

Led the Scarborough boys to their first Class A state title outdoors after the Red Storm also won the indoor state championship.


His dominance in his track and field events made him the sport's top male performer of the year.

Danner's results are particularly impressive considering that he didn't start competing in the throws in earnest until his junior year.

He started out his high school track career as a sprinter and hurdler. But by his junior year, Danner decided to devote his time indoors and outdoors to the throwing events.

"He always was a very good javelin thrower. But I think he saw himself as a sprinter and a hurdler," said Waterville Coach Ian Wilson. "As he continued to fill out, he devoted himself to the weight room and committed full-time to the throws.

"His was not the evolution of someone who is good in the throws. Usually a thrower is pretty much a thrower. Nick came to it a little late."

After his junior year, Danner spent four times a week in the weight room for as much as two hours a day. He continued the regime all through the indoor and outdoor track seasons, Wilson said.

"We had New Englands and nationals circled on the calendar. He trained pretty hard right through states. He wanted to perform well at the bigger meets," Wilson said.

At the Class B state meet on June 1, Danner won the javelin with a meet-record throw of 192 feet, 9 inches, and also captured the shot put with a mark of 47-4½.

Danner competed at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in North Carolina on June 14 and 15 but fell shy of his best, finishing 23rd in the javelin with a throw of 169-6.

"He was a little disappointed but there are so many variables in the javelin -- wind, weather. And at nationals, he had a big Jumbotron behind him. That was upsetting," Wilson said.

Danner will compete for the University of Rhode Island next year. And Wilson is certain he'll do well.

"Nick really learned how to focus when the stakes are highest," said Wilson. "Some athletes come by that easily and some have to acquire it. Nick acquired the skill.

"He's a lead-by-example kind of guy, kind of quiet. But his leadership came through in the example he set."

Deirdre Fleming can be contacted at 791-6452 or at:

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