BRUNSWICK — Connor Harris jumped through the roof. Darnnell Hairston moved up a couple spots in two different events and Bryan Ring and his relay teammates found an open path to victory.
Saturday, the Edward Little boys received those efforts along with a few others to earn their second straight KVAC indoor track crown at the conference championship meet at Bowdoin College’s Farley Fieldhouse.
Edward Little defeated Mt. Ararat by a 95.5 to 86.5 margin, with Lewiston finishing third (77 points). The rest of boys’ scoring rounded up with Brunswick 75, Messalonskee 50.5, Lawrence 34, Cony 26, Skowhegan 18.5, Mt. Blue 6
On the girls’ side, Brunswick knocked off Mt. Ararat by a 149.5 to 119 score, with Lawrence and Edward Little finishing third and fourth, respectively.
Waterville swept the boys’ and girls’ sides of the Class B competition, winning by wide margins in both.
The Red Eddies trailed Mt. Ararat heading into the final two events of the day before their relay teams captured a surprising first place. In the final event, Connor Harris took home the top spot in the triple jump (45’-5¼”) with Ring holding down fourth place.
“If you seeded out the meet,” said Edward Little coach Ryan LaRoche, “we were only four points out of second. Almost every point we scored were what we should have scored, or better. With what we lost last year to graduation (12 seniors), to find ourselves on top was pretty awesome.”
Harris also won the high jump (6-2) and came in second in the long jump. In the high jump, Lawrence’s Mason Travers was successful at the 6-0 mark, putting the pressure on Harris before the EL junior nailed his winning jump.
“I hadn’t faced Mason in previous meets,” said Harris. “I remember him for the outdoors season. When he cleared six feet, it surprised the hell out of me.”
The Red Eddies took advantage of Lewiston’s 4×200 relay team and moved up five spots from the seedings. Seemingly needing just a smooth handoff for the anchor leg with a comfortable lead, the Lewiston anchor took off too soon before the baton transaction and got out too far in front. When he had to stop, the third Blue Devil sprinter bumped into him before flinging the baton to the ground in frustration. The disqualification cost the Blue Devils valuable points as it appeared they might have finished no worse than third for the race had the runner not thrown the baton.
“It was a tough race,” said Ring who ran the anchor leg for the Red Eddies. “It was a big thing (with Lewiston) missing that handoff.”
The Red Eddies picked up valuable points from Brandon Binette and Gage Clavet who took home the top spots in the pole vault, Hairston won the 55-meter hurdles along with Roger Charest and Aswan Duncan, who both scored in the 400.
The Blue Devils had four throwers on the podium for the shot put, led by Rudy Pandora who won the competition with a toss of 49-5½.
“It felt like I could have done better,” said Pandora. “I didn’t have good form, but was low and had good acceleration. I don’t really care about winning. I want to throw farther than I think I can. I wanted to break 50 today.”
Other local scorers included Lewiston’s Leo Gaghan, who finished third in the shot put, and teammate Mostafa Elfaham who placed third in the long jump. Lewiston’s Mohamed Barre took second in the mile and finished third in the two-mile run, while fellow Blue Devil Nasir Abdiraham placed third in the 55-meter dash.
Messalonskee’s Harlow Ladd narrowly missed a sweep of the distance runs. Easy victories in the mile and two-mile runs were sandwiched around a frustrating 800 in which he was nipped at the wire. The senior fell down coming out of the blocks before he found himself boxed in for a portion of the race.
The Brunswick girls received a pair of wins from Alexis Dickinson in the sprints along with victories from Anna Cowan in the 800 (2:30.14), Katie McMahon in the two mile (11:51.04) along with Allison Hill in the hurdles (8.83 seconds) and Michele Richards in the shot put (29-11½).
“We had an inkling (the girls) would be pretty good today,” said Brunwick coach Dave Delois. “We’ll be in the mix (at the states). I don’t know if we’ll have enough to win, but will give it a good shot.”
The Red Eddie 4×200 relay team of Lexi Clavet, Ayumi Ranucci, Jaclyn Masters and Avery Chisholm blew away the KVAC record by almost two seconds, establishing a new mark of 1:49.72.
“Next we want to focus on getting to nationals,” said Clavet. “We need to hit 1:49 flat.”
Clavet also took home the top spot in the triple jump (33-9¾) after coming in second in the long jump.
“I was seeded first in both,” said Clavet. “I was a little disappointed in the long jump. I fouled in my first two jumps. “
She was able to put that event behind her in winning the triple.
“I was just listening to my coach and focusing on my second phase of the jump,” she said.
The Red Eddies collected points from Masters in the 55-meter dash (second) and pole vault (second), Chisholm in the hurdles (second).
Lewiston’s 4×800 relay team picked up a second-place finish.