It came down to the final event of the day. The Bonny Eagle boys’ indoor track team had led its meet against Scarborough, Cheverus and Marshwood at the Portland Expo on Saturday all the way through. But Scarborough whittled the lead down to just 2.5 points with only the senior shot put left to be scored.

Ricky Hoyt earned a third place finish in that event for the Scots while Scarborough’s Billy Gorman and Brian Woodbury took second and fifth. Hoyt’s third place finish was just enough to give Bonny Eagle the meet win by half a point, 102 to 101.5. Cheverus finished the meet in third place with 54.5 points and Marshwood was fourth with a single point.

“It was an interesting meet,” said Bonny Eagle coach Greg Wilkinson. “It was a good meet. Scarborough is very good. They were missing a couple of kids, but we were missing a couple of kids too, so I guess it evens out.”

The Scots were led by their underclassmen, who took five of the overall nine events the Scots won. Early on in the meet, Bonny Eagle took the lead in points. After the 400-meter dash, the Scots held a 39-17 lead over Scarborough. The Red Storm’s Scott Delano won the 400. with Jamie Ruginski taking second for the Scots.

Bonny Eagle swept both the junior and senior 40-yard dashes. Sophomore Caleb Gosselin took the junior division and junior Justin Denney was the winner in the senior division with a time of 4.7 seconds to help their team to a 15-point advantage over Scarborough.

Other winners for the Scots included Ryan Lambert, a sophomore whose throw of 34-feet, 7-inches was good enough to claim the top spot in the junior shot put. Freshman Joey Collins was the winner in the junior hurdles and teammate Nick Winslow completed a Bonny Eagle sweep of the hurdles when he edged Ruginski in the senior division.

The Scots also swept the junior and senior 300-meter dash with Gosselin taking the junior division and Denney claiming the senior division. Sophomore Tim Belanger edged Scarborough’s Joe Prosack at the line to win the junior 600-meter run.

“Our young kids are showing a lot of guts,” Wilkinson said. “They did well. But my hat is off to Scarborough. They are very good. In the Southwesterns, they, along with Thornton, should be the favorites.”

Scarborough took two out of three relays with Bonny Eagle winning the other as the last running events of the day. By taking two of three, the Red Storm cut the Bonny Eagle lead to 2.5 points.

But in the final event, Hoyt’s throw of 40 feet and a quarter inch was enough to earn third place and three points. That allowed the Scots to hold on for a big win.

Scarborough won eight events in the meet to earn 101.5 points. In addition to Delano’s win in the 400 and the two relay wins, the Red Storm took the high jump when Alex Dulac leapt over the bar at 6-feet, 2-inches, a full eight inches over his nearest competitor. Nate Hathaway won the two-mile run by nearly 16 seconds for another Scarborough win. Colin Pierce was the winner in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.4 seconds. Sam Chick took the senior 600 and Nick Violette won the 800-meters.

Scarborough will face off with Thornton Academy Saturday afternoon in a dual meet. The Scots meanwhile, will square off with Deering, Noble and Westbrook.

“I saw a big improvement from week one to now,” Wilkinson said. “We’re still a very young learning team. We’re learning with trial and error. As a coach, I’m still learning where to put the kids for the best events. We still have two meets to do that and get ready for Southwesterns.”

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