Thursday, December 5, 2013
An allure to the annual Community Cup is the opportunity for standout athletes in different classes to compete against each other.
WEEKLY HONOR ROLL
• Waterville’s Kellie Bolduc won the 100 hurdles (16.31), 300 hurdles (47.63) and triple jump (34-6) at the Community Cup in Winslow.
• Waterville senior Bethanie Brown won the 800 (2:16.17) and 3,200 (10:19.88).
• Messalonskee junior Amanda Knight won the 200 (26.44)
• Winslow senior Alliyah Veilleux won the 100 (12.77), discus (104-0) and shot put (34-4.25)
• Waterville’s Jordhan Levine won the 110 hurdles (16.21), 300 hurdles (42.35) and triple jump (42-2)
• Waterville’s Devin Burgess won the pole vault (14-8) and long jump (20-7)
• Waterville’s Nick Danner won the discus (137-1) and javelin (183-6)
• MCI’s Katie Hughes won the shot put (33-0) and the discus (97-0) at the DownEaster Classic in Belfast
• MCI sophomore Jonathan Santiago won the 100 (11.26) and 200 (23.30)
• Mt. View senior Lorenzo Milani won the discus (127-1) and shot put (41-9)
At the Community Cup, which Waterville swept for a ninth consecutive season, the girls 100- and 200-meter sprints provided plenty of drama and entertainment.
Winslow senior Alliyah Veilleux won the 100 in 12.77 seconds -- two-hundredths of a second faster than Waterville's Georgia Bolduc. Sasha Letourneau of Lawrence finished third in 13.02 while Messalonskee junior Amanda Knight and Skowhegan's Jaycee Cushman tied for fourth in 13.05.
"It was a hell of a meet," Messalonskee coach Scott Wilson said. "The races were real close. They were some good ones."
Veilleux and Bolduc will go head to head again at the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championships Saturday in Bath. Knight, Cushman and Letourneau, meanwhile, compete in KVAC A.
"We won't see Alliyah and Georgia at the KVACs," Wilson said. "That's what made (last) Saturday so fun."
The 200 was just as close.
Knight won the race 26.44, beating out Bolduc by one-hundredth of a second. Veilleux was third (26.53) while Lydia Roy of Waterville was fourth in 26.45.
"Amanda redeemed herself in the 200," Wilson said. "She was quite happy. There were some great runners in those races."
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Italian foreign exchange student Lorenzo Milani is making quite an impact at Mt. View this season.
Milani, who shined for the boys soccer team, is running sprints and throwing the shot put and discus.
He won those latter events at the DownEaster Classic last weekend in Belfast. Milani threw the shot put 41 feet, 9 inches and the discus 127-1.
"He had a great meet and he's had a great year," Mt. View coach Kevin Petrak said. "It's not a big surprise because he came off indoor season strong. We were hoping he would do well and he's carried it over."
Milani is a senior at Mt. View but will have one more year of school when he returns to his native Italy.
Petrak added that Milani could do any event, but that he didn't want to pile too much on his shoulders.
"I would've tried to spread him out more if I had him for more than a year," Petrak said. "He's learning the technical events in throwing and we didn't want to stretch him out in the technical running events. This is the first time he's ever done track. He's picked it up really well."
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Waterville coach Ian Wilson said he's pleased with where his teams are at physically and noted several standout performances at the Cup last weekend.
Lydia Roy shaved nearly three seconds off her 400 time, winning the event in 1:00.26. Nick Danner threw the discus over 137 feet to easily win that event and Kellie Bolduc shined in winning the 100 hurdles (16.31) and 300 hurdles (47.63).
But not everything pleased Wilson on Saturday.
"I wish we were a little tighter as a team," he said. "Every team is different. I like the performances and I like what we're doing. I just wish we were a little tighter. Maybe part of it is the kids are just so focused on their events that they don't spend time pulling for the other kids.
"But I told them, that we are stronger when everyone is working together. We are always stronger that way. We're going to make it a focus. It's important this does get changed."
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The Messalonskee girls are gunning for a top-three finish this weekend at the KVAC A meet. The Eagles will come to Bath with an abundance of point-producers, including Knight, Samantha Alanis, Emily Deering and Taylor Lenentine.
Lenentine broke her own school record in the pole vault by clearing 10 feet to win the event. The sophomore also set a meet record.
"She just gets better and better all the time," Wilson said. "She's getting used to the higher level. She got up to 10-6 and was pretty close. The pole vault is right in front of the crowd, too, so that was kind of nice."
The Messalonskee boys 4x800 relay team also set a Community Cup record. Logan Moses, Emmitt Heath, Kyle Holmsen and Travis Stacey combined to finish in 8:39.94.
"They really stepped it up."
Bill Stewart -- 621-5640