January 17, 2013

High School Track Notebook: Looking for challenges while sweeping the competition

By Deirdre Fleming dfleming@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Kate Hall

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Alex Nichols



Kate Hall, Lake Region, sophomore sprinter/jumper: Leads the state this season in the 55 meters and the long jump, after clocking a 7.30-second 55 and soaring to 18-0.5 in the long jump Jan. 4 at a Western Maine Conference meet at the University of Southern Maine.


Amanda Arnold, Thornton Academy, senior sprinter/jumper: Took first in the long jump (16-2) and first in the 55-meter hurdles (9.12) at a Jan. 12 meet.

Elsa Curran, McAuley, senior jumper/thrower: Finished first in the shot put (29-1.50) and first in the triple jump (27-7.25) during a Jan. 12 meet.

Patty Smith, Gorham, senior thrower: Recorded a state-leading throw of 34-10.5 at the New Year's Relay at USM on Dec. 29.


Alex Nichols, Brunswick, senior sprinter: Leads the state in the 200 and 400 after running 23.27 in the 200 and 51.24 in the 400.


Jacob Buhelt, Falmouth, senior sprinter: Has dominated the sprints in Class B, winning the 400 (53.29) and the 55 (6.86) at a Jan. 11 meet, and sweeping the 200 (23.96) and the 55 (6.84) at a Jan. 4 meet.

James Ociti, Biddeford, senior sprinter: Won the 55 (6.86) and the 200 (23.54) at a Jan. 12 meet.

Denzel Tomaszewski, Wells, senior sprinter: Leads the state in the 55 with the season-best time of 6.53 he ran at the New Year's Relay at USM on Dec. 29. Tomaszewski set a meet record in the race, besting the mark of 6.62 set by Justin Vigeant of Wells in 2007.

"Although getting the state titles are a goal, I know she wouldn't be content with that. Athletes like Bethany Brown (of Waterville), Becky O'Brien, (a Greely graduate), Jesse Lebreck, (a Messalonskee graduate) and Abbey Leonardi (former Kennebunk distance runner), and quite a few others over the years seem very driven to be as good as they can be at the New England and national levels. The others have shown that Maine girls are as good as any girls in the country. Kate aspires to be at that level," Snow said.

THE GREELY girls have a huge corps of jumpers on their Class B team this year.

At a Jan. 11 meet, eight jumpers took five of the six places in the long jump, and all five of the top places in the triple jump.

While Sarah Ingraham took first in the long jump (15-2.5) and second in the triple jump (31-11), Kaley Sawyer won the triple jump (33-1.75), and Molly Fitzpatrick finished fourth in both the long jump (13-6) and the triple (30-5).

They were surrounded by five other jumpers who scored.

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