Lauren Sterling of Mountain Valley lifts off during the long jump at Lisbon High School on Monday afternoon. (Adam Robinson/Sun Journal)
LISBON — The Lisbon track and field team picked up right where it left off last season, sweeping the boys’ and girls’ competitions at their home track Monday afternoon.
One of the biggest contributions on the girls’ team was senior Sydney Douglass, who started the meet off with a win in the 1,600-meter race walk, her first of four wins on the day.
“I felt nervous because it was my last first track meet ever, so there was pressure on it,” Douglass said. “But I did what I could do and I am about where I was at this time last year so it can just get better from here.”
Douglass followed up her race walk time of 9:55 with a win in the 800-meter run (2:53.57) and another in the pole vault (6 feet, 6 inches). The senior finished the day with a win in the 4×400-meter relay, giving her a contribution of 40 points to Lisbon’s 125 total points, 47 more than second-place Winthrop.
Douglass’ win in the 800 was a good barometer for the early season.
“There was a girl from Richmond who was supposed to be doing it and her time was the about the same as mine, so I was planning on staying with her and pushing at the end,” Douglass said. “But she didn’t end up doing it so I just ran my own race and worried about me and my time. From the first 200, my coach was yelling out our splits and my time was right on track for a 2:40, which is better than my best so I knew I just had to keep up that pace.”
Another big performer on the girls’ side was Winthrop’s Aaliyah WilsonFalcone. She finished with a first-place finish in the long jump (14-3), a first in the 4×100 relay (55.30), a second-place in the 100 (13.70), and a third-place in the triple jump (29-1). Monday was Winthrop’s first meet, as well, and for WilsonFalcone it was a good test to see where she was at.
“Set the bar as high as I can for competitions further,” WilsonFalcone said. “I think I did pretty well; it’s the first meet.”
Other top athletes on the girls’ side were Mountain Valley’s Lauren Sterling, who won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17:62 while also winning the high jump (4-8) and earning a third-place finish in the long jump (12-8); and Richmond’s Destiny Anair, who swept the 1,600- and 3,200-meter races.
On the boys’ side, Lisbon was led by a myriad of athletes, including David Schlotterbeck, who won both the 800- and 1,600-meter races. The 1,600 was a race against the clock.
“Going into this, I was trying to shoot for a PR,” Schlotterbeck said. “By the end of the season, I am hoping to break 4:40. I think I went out too fast in the beginning. It hurts, but that’s how long-distance is. It feels good to get first place.”
Schlotterbeck earned 20 of Lisbon’s 193 points, which was a far cry from Mountain Valley’s second-place total of 103. The Falcons were carried Chris Glover, who got wins in the long jump (20-2) and javelin (157-6). His coach, James Taylor, liked what he saw from him and the team.
“Most of the field events the guys did were the first time they’d done them,” Taylor said. “What we did today was really nice. Chris Glover had a heck of a day: threw his best jav of 157, which was phenomenal, and he jumped 20 in long today. Our four by one (4×100 relay) looked good, and overall I liked what a lot of guys did.”
Lisbon’s Alan Lavoie won both the 1,600 race walk (8:21) and the 200-meter (25.62), while also earning a second-place in the shot put (35-5) and 4×400-meter relay (4:04).
“I felt pretty good until the last lap,” Lavoie said of the race walk. “My form was good, but towards the end I just got tired. We have only been out here for a month. A lot more practices and it should be a lot better. … I felt kind of nervous coming in, but, I mean, that’s how it’s always going to be. You’re always going to have nerves, you just need to push through it and conquer it.”
Mountain Valley’s Taylor Pelletier got wins in the high jump (5-8) and the triple jump (37-1), as well as a second-place in the long jump (17-6).
Jacob George of Lisbon takes off at the start of the 400-meter dash at Lisbon High School on Monday afternoon. (Adam Robinson/Sun Journal)Lisbon’s Alan Lavoie throws the shot put at Lisbon High School on Monday afternoon. (Adam Robinson/Sun Journal)Lauren Sterling of Mountain Valley attempts 4-10 in the high jump at Lisbon High School on Monday afternoon. (Adam Robinson/Sun Journal)Caleb Berube of Lisbon wins the 100 meter dash at Lisbon High School on Monday afternoon. (Adam Robinson/Sun Journal)Lauren Sterling of Mountain Valley successfully jumps 4-8 in the high jump at Lisbon High School on Monday afternoon. (Adam Robinson/Sun Journal)Destiny Anair of Richmond takes the lead in the 3,200 at Lisbon High School on Monday afternoon. (Adam Robinson/Sun Journal)Lauren Sterling of Mountain Valley attempts 4-10 in the high jump at Lisbon High School on Monday afternoon. (Adam Robinson/Sun Journal)