When your teammate is a threat to win four events at the Class B track and field meet and already has registered the state’s fastest time in two events this spring, it’s easy to get overshadowed.
Hailee Mulherin, Danielle Brewer and Elizabeth Everett of Leavitt Area High School aren’t letting that happen.
Most eyes are on Allison Fereshetian when the Hornets leave their nest for a Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference meet, and there’s no mystery as to why. Fereshetian is a hurdler, jumper and sprinter extraordinaire, almost guaranteed to lock up 40 points for Leavitt no matter where she fits into the itinerary.
It’s her three classmates, though, who probably hold the key to transforming hopes of the Hornets’ third straight top-10 team finish at the state finals into a top-five.
Everett’s time in the throwing stations has been limited, but she made her presence known by clearing 80 feet and winning the javelin throw in a May 4 meet at Lewiston. Everett also placed third in shot put and sixth in discus against Leavitt’s deepest competition of the year to date.
“Because she’s so involved and has so many other interests, we haven’t had her with us the whole time,” said Leavitt coach Kris Wright, “but she still threw a new (personal best) and a state qualifying mark in the javelin.”
Brewer is a triple threat in the throws.
At home April 29, Brewer won the javelin, was second in shot put and third in discus. A week later she took top shot put honors at Lewiston, runner-up in discus and fourth in javelin.
“She’s pretty good in everything,” said Wright, in his first year as a teacher and coach at Leavitt after serving as an assistant at Poland Regional High School.
If nothing else, Mulherin has the rare distinction of beating Fereshetian in an event. In fact, she’s done it twice.
The teammates went one-two in their last two long jump competitions, with Mulherin in front. She improved her winning distance from one meet to the next by a whopping 16 ½ inches.
Mulherin also won the triple jump at Leavitt and was second in the 100 meters at Lewiston.
“She set a PR by going over 32 feet in the triple jump,” Wright said, citing a measurement that was more than three feet past Mulherin’s seeded distance. “She was over 15 feet to beat Allison in the long jump, and I can also put her in the 100 or the 4×100 relay.”
Leavitt’s girls also have enjoyed significant contributions from underclassmen Maddie Wiegman, Casey Ficther, Lucy Knowlton and Lilly Ramser (middle distances), Sarah Kyllonen and Kara Violette (sprints), Morgan Hill (distances), Lauren Lord (jumps) and Morgan Shaw (throws).
Sprinters Mason White, a senior, and Jordan Hersom, a sophomore, anchor the Leavitt boys.
CHAMPS IN ANY FIELD
The longstanding link between football and track and field (think 1980s NFL wide receivers and world-class sprinters Willie Gault and Renaldo Nehemiah) spills over into the high school ranks, too.
At least that’s the case this year at Dirigo High School, where a majority of the points the Cougars have scored on the track and in the pit this spring have been courtesy of the same headliners who helped win a Class C gridiron championship in the fall.
Football stars had a hand in three event victories for the Cougars in Thursday’s MVC meet at Telstar Regional High School.
Bryan Blackman, Nic Crutchfield and Alex Miele combined with Dylan Castonguay to capture the 4×100 relay.
Blackman won the 200 meters, while Crutchfield snagged first in the shot put.
Miele was a point-winner in three events, scoring second in the triple and high jumps and fourth in long jump.
NINE TO KNIGHT(S)
Poland’s fearsome foursome — featuring two seniors and a pair of freshmen — continue to cause problems for Western Maine Conference girls’ competition.
The Knights’ top performers won a total of nine individual events as Poland turned back Falmouth and St. Dom’s in a Thursday home meet.
Kendra Lobley continued her cruise toward the conference and state meets with wins over tough Falmouth competition in the 1,600 and 3,200.
Her senior classmate, Kassandra Gile, topped both hurdle events and the high jump.
Not to be outdone, first-year Emma Turton (200, 400) and Sophie Spiller (long jump, triple jump) led the way along with the Knights’ 4×100 relay unit.