Thursday, April 17, 2014
The Waterville track and field teams have turned the annual Community Cup into its personal stomping grounds in the meet's first eight seasons.
WEEKLY HONOR ROLL
• Waterville senior Bethanie Brown ran the mile in a Maine schoolgirl record 4:51.54 at the Loucks Games in White Plains, N.Y.
• Winthrop junior Rachel Ingram won the long jump (15-2.5) and triple jump (32-8) at an eight-team meet at Telstar
• Waterville’s Georgia Bolduc won the 100-meter dash (13.01) and pole vault (10-0) at a four-team meet at Oxford Hills.
• Waterville’s Jenn Christensen won the triple jump (31-4.5) and long jump (14-8).
• Waterville senior Jordhan Levine won the 110 hurdles (16.38), 300 hurdles (43.51) and triple jump (41-8).
• Messalonskee junior Amanda Knight won the 200 (27.58), 400 (1:02.45) and 100 (13.21) at a five-team meet at Maranacook.
• Cony senior Erin Bolduc won the 100 hurdles (16.99) and 300 hurdles (49.72)
• Cony sophomore Leyna Tobey won the discus (69-9) and javelin (98-10).
• Cony senior Luke Dang won the 100 (11.59) and 400 (52.35)
Could things change Saturday at Winslow for the ninth annual running of the Cup?
The Lawrence Bulldogs hope so.
"If we have a chance to compete with Waterville, this is the year to do it," Lawrence coach Tim Alberts said. "Both the boys and girls will be unbelievably competitive. Maybe one of them will take the Cup."
Waterville enters as the prohibitive favorite to sweep the Cup for a ninth consecutive year, but there is plenty of competition this time around.
The meet, which features Waterville, Winslow, Skowhegan, Lawrence and Messalonskee, begins at 10 a.m. Prior to competition, Winslow will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new track.
The Lawrence girls are poised to contend for the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A championship for the first time in the 25 years since Tim Alberst became coach thanks to a deep roster .
The Community Cup will serve as a tuneup for the conference meet, which McMann Field in Bath will host May 25.
"We've got people in places that in past years we have not had," Alberts said. "I know (Waterville coach) Ian Wilson has looked at the Cup as the first meet of the championship season, and this is our first year where we can do that, too."
The Cup could feature a few intriguing events, including the 1,600-meter run. Waterville senior Bethanie Brown and Lawrence senior Erzsie Nagy -- two of the top distance runners in the state -- could square off.
The 100-meter dash once again could feature a showdown between Georgia Bolduc (Waterville), Alliyah Veilleux (Winslow) and Sasha Letourneau (Lawrence).
"It just adds to the competitiveness," Alberts said. "This is a big meet. We're looking forward to it."
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Bethanie Brown ran the fastest mile in Maine schoolgirl history last weekend when she finished in 4 minutes, 51.54 seconds at the annual Loucks Games in White Plains, N.Y.
The UConn-bound Brown said she ran a smart race and felt strong at the end.
"I went out and wanted to be controlled," she said. "I didn't want to go out too fast. I went out and got stuck in the back of the pack on the first lap. My second lap was slow because I kept trying to get around people. I negative splitted, too, because my second 800 was faster than my first 800."
Brown finished third.
"I'm feeling really good where I am," she said. "I feel stronger than I was at this point last season. Hopefully, I'll have some times coming up. I want to be in good position for states and in New Englands, and then rest up for (U.S.) nationals."
Waterville sent about 15 athletes to the Loucks Games.
Waterville senior Devin Burgess also enjoyed a strong meet. He finished second in the pole vault by clearing 14 feet. Nick Danner finished third in the javelin with a throw of 182 feet, 2 inches.
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The Madison boys have fared well this season despite the loss of talented distance runner Matt McClintock to graduation.
"We've won four straight meets," new coach Matt Keister said. "We've been pretty solid."
Ron Helderman (hurdles, pole vault), Chris Hayden (throws) and Caleb Staples (hurdles, jumps) are scoring well for the Bulldogs. Helderman cleared 12-6 at the pole vault last week in Telstar.
"We'll be able to compete, that's for sure," Keister said.
Keister added that he's compensated for the loss of McClintock by trying to flood the events with as many athletes as possible.
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