Saturday, December 7, 2013
By Deirdre Fleming email@example.com
LEWISTON — The Class B indoor track and field state championships Monday at Bates College were a study in contrasts.
Catherine Fellows of Greely competes in the girls’ shot put during the Class B state meet in Lewiston. Her top throw of 33 feet, 4 1⁄2 inches was good enough to win the event.
David Leaming/Morning Sentinel
The York boys collected their first indoor title by "nickel and diming it," according to Coach Ted Hutch; while the Waterville girls rode a triple-win performance by Bethany Brown.
The meets at Walter Slovenski Track featured outstanding performances, with two state records and two three-event stars.
The York boys totaled 67.5 points to top Waterville with 56.5 and Falmouth with 52.
In the girls' meet, Waterville had 118 points to beat Greely with 73.4 and Fryeburg Academy, which finished third with 44.
The York boys took the title by winning only two events but scoring just about everywhere.
"We had a dozen athletes score. When one person fell, another stood up," said Hutch. "But you don't win titles on paper. These guys did a lot of preparation. They're very professional. A lot of them are honor students. They're smart. They know how to set goals. And now they know about winning."
York's titles were in the 3,200 relay and high jump, where Tyler Martin capped a season of leading Class B with a winning jump of 6 feet, 4 inches.
Junior Tom Reid, in his first indoor season, collected 17 points, showing the kind of scrappy scoring that gave York the title.
Reid took second in the 55-meter hurdles (8.15), third in the triple jump (40-9¾) and fifth in the long jump (19-7).
"Our goal was to make the seed. And we've done a really good job making the seed," Reid said. "We've had a few mishaps but more than made up for it with others who weren't expected to score."
A state record fell in the boys' 55-meter dash. Wells junior Denzel Tomaszewski was timed in 6.58 seconds, breaking the record of 6.59 set by Justin Vigeant of Wells in 2005.
In the girls' meet, Brown won the first of her three events by setting a state record in the mile.
She led the whole race, ahead of Kirstin Sandreuter of Greely, then gunned the bell lap to win by a huge margin in 5:02.15, ahead of Sandreuter (5:10.23).
Brown broke the Class B record of 5:03.47 set by Abby Iselborn of McAuley in 2007.
Brown then came back a little more than an hour later to captured the 800 by 5 yards in a time of 2:19.09.
It was well off her seed time of 2:16.60, but she wasn't done yet.
An hour later she was back to dominate the 2-mile, leading the entire race and winning by nearly 100 meters in 10:59.68 ahead of Sandreuter, who finished second (11:10.92).
The defending mile and 2-mile champion, Brown said she wanted the triple win as well as a state record.
"I knew I had to go at a good pace to get the (mile) record, but I also wanted to save myself for the 800 and 2-mile. I knew it was a big challenge trying to get the (state) record but I liked the challenge," Brown said.
Brown gave her team of talented sprinters a 30-point lift by sweeping the distance events, but Waterville dominated even without her points.
"They are deep in the sprints and hurdles," said Greely Coach John Folan. "They had a couple of mishaps, but they're so deep it doesn't matter. And Brown, she's a machine."
Brown was one of two triple winners.
Kate Hall of Lake Region may have become the first freshman to win three events at a Class B state meet.
"It's very unusual and impressive. I can't think of anyone else who did it as a freshman. The only one I can think of who came close was our jumper, Kate Getz, who graduated in 1998," said Folan, who has been the Greely coach for 19 years.
"She did it three years but I know she didn't do it as a freshman."
Hall set personal bests in the 200 (26.33) and 55-meter dash (7.27), and won the long jump by more than a foot (17-1 1/2).
"I just focused on each event. I was really hoping I could improve in the 55 but that all depends on the competition.," said Hall.
"I've been really nervous the last few days. When I get nervous, I perform better. I wasn't so focused on winning three. I definitely wanted to win one."
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