AUBURN – Colby Brooks has done a lot in his four years at Edward Little, but Monday’s stunt might take the cake.
Seconds after winning the 100-meter dash in 11 seconds flat into a stiff wind, Brooks hopped up and down, threw off his sneakers and tried to get to the grass where former teammate Chris Lemieux doused the runner’s feet with a fire extinguisher to “cool them off.”
“It’s my last race on this track,” said Brooks. “I had to do something. I thought that would be funny.”
Brooks also pulled off a school record in the 400-meter dash – the first time he’s ever run the race in competition – and led the way with a 22.1-second finish in the 200 to lead the Edward Little boys to an 80-74 win over the Lewiston Blue Devils at the Auburn school.
“I told you we don’t lose to Lewiston,” screamed EL sprinter Chris Ash as the teams picked up after the meet. “We just don’t.”
“It would have been nice to win,” said Lewiston coach Ray Putnam, “but we had to sacrifice in come areas to be able to qualify some others for states.”
But aside from Brooks’ solid performances in the sprints, the Edward Little throwing team may be the biggest reason the Eddies were able to hold off the best Lewiston track team in recent memory. Nate Chantrill and Brian Despres went 1-2 in both the discus and the shot put, with each taking a win, giving EL a large edge in points in the throws.
“That is the turning point in the meet,” said EL coach Ryan Laroche. “Colby running in the 400 was a bit of a surprise, but for those guys to step up in the throwing events, that was huge.”
“Everybody came out with big throws,” said Chantrill. “A lot of kids just were motivated to beat Lewiston, that was a big drive for us.”
Lewiston, meanwhile, pulled out more than it had expected, too. Matt Cyr set the school record in the pole vault, clearing 14 feet for the first time in his career. Cyr also finished third in the 100 and in a surprise move, third also in the 200.
“We knew what I was going to do in the pole vault,” said Cyr. “I’ve been training hard for both the 100 and the 200, and hopefully those will bring us some extra points.”
The Blue Devils’ distance team did its part, taking first place in the 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs. Bashir Mohamed won the two longer races, while Speedy Mohamed led a 1-2 Lewiston finish in the 800.
On the girls’ side, the gap was wider, with Edward Little outdistancing Lewiston 108-41. Putnam found a ray of light in that defeat, though.
“That’s as close as we’ve been in a while,” said Putnam, “and we had some great times from some of the girls today. This is the closest we’ve been in years, and the girls are really starting to come along.”
Freshman Lea Morin won the 200-meter-dash for Lewiston and placed second in the 100, just one-tenth of a second behind EL’s Muriel Schwinn. Tiffany Leblond took first in the 100 hurdles.
Edward Little senior Kelsey Pettengill shocked her teammates and coaches in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 49.4, breaking the previous school record, the oldest still on the books in any event, by five-tenths of a second.
“I was glad to be able to do it at this meet, at home in my last race here,” said Pettengill. “I wanted to make an impact before I left.”
Both teams have five days off before the first of two big meets to end the season, the KVAC championships on Saturday at Morse High School.