Lewiston’s focus on states


At Saturday’s Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference meet, Lewiston boys’ coach Ray Putnam was faced with a couple of tough, early decisions. Jeff Lucier had a sore hamstring after running a leg in the 4×800-meter relay. After talking with Lucier, Putnam decided to yank him from the 400 and 1,600 relays as well as his 400 race.

“It’s all about next week,” said Putnam referring to the Class A state meet, which is this Saturday at Thornton Academy.

Putnam also wanted to pull the plug on the multi-talented Matt Cyr. Cyr has been competing with a stress fracture of his shin. After finishing sixth in the 100 early in the day, Cyr was in a great deal of pain.

“I did shut him down,” said Putnam. “He just didn’t listen.”

Cyr went on to help the Blue Devils to a third-place finish in the 400 relay and placed second in the pole vault and fourth in the 200.

Before his last two events, Cyr was optimistic about finishing out the day.

“We have a chance to take this,” said the competitive Cyr. “I have a couple of Aleeves in me right now. I’m hoping they’ll last another two hours.”

Technical difficulties

The Mountain Valley Conference meet encountered its share of technical difficulties Friday.

During the boys’ 100-meter dash, the computer system inexplicably shut down, forcing organizers to re-run the event. Instead of having another set of preliminary trials followed by a final, meet organizers switched the event to a timed event.

Later, in the girls’ 200-meter dash, a similar malfunction assigned all of the finishers in the fast heat the same finishing time. At first, the athletes thought they’d have to re-run the event, the third-to-last of the day.

“There was no way I was doing that,” said Livermore Falls sprinter Rebecca Leclerc. “No way.”

Eventually, enough people who saw the finish assigned the places.

Hot on his heels

Leavitt’s Justin Fereshetian won the KVAC Class B 800-meter run Saturday. With Oak Hill’s Clyde Tibbetts bearing down on him around the 500-mark, Fereshetian kicked it into high gear.

“I felt a spike on me,” said Fereshetian. “I knew he was rushing up on me and I knew I had to bear down and finish strong.”

Way to go out

Dylan Cayer has pride in his running. The Mountain Valley senior had one last shot to prove himself Friday, and he disappointed no one.

“We had a chance to set another record,” said Cayer. “That was a big goal, and we did it.”

Cayer, David Martin, Josh Burke and Devin Roberts set a new MVC record in the 4×100-meter relay Friday in 45.29 seconds, two full seconds better runner-up Livermore Falls. Burke could have run in the 800-meter run, which according to Cayer’s father, coach Al Cayer, could have been a “12-point swing in the other direction.”

Deciding instead that the record was more important, and perhaps also that the meet was out of reach anyway, the Falcons went after – and broke – the mark.

Hot steppin’

Watching Colby Brooks at the start of the 400-meters Saturday was like watching a car with no brakes rolling down a hill. After he sprinted out of his stance, he immediately slowed to a light jog in an attempt to conserve his energy.

If you want to see what it’s like for a cheetah to go half speed, check out Brooks running the 400. But give him a few more races at that distance and he could threaten the state mark.

Quick hits

Brianne Bailey recovered from a slower-than-normal 1,600-meter run in which she finished third to take the two-mile event by more than a minute over Kelly Bourgoin of Lisbon. … Lauren Forgues of Boothbay set a new MVC record in the racewalk in a time of 7:29.8. … Ed Booker of Mountain Valley soared past his seed distance of 18 feet, 7 inches to place second at 20 feet. Booker also bested his seed distance in the triple jump by two feet, flying 42 feet, 6 inches for the victory. … Donovan Smith and Derick Neal of Livermore Falls took a 1-2 finish in the javelin. … Tyler Clark set the MVC record in the two-mile run by more than four seconds Friday, but came well short of the 9:37 time he posted last week on fresh legs at the same track.