The Lawrence track and field teams combined to make history this spring by sweeping consecutive meets for the first time since Tim Alberts became head coach 25 years ago.
“For both teams to win two meets in a row, that’s never happened since I’ve been here,” Alberts said. “It’s good to see the excitement. It’s pretty unbelievable.”
The Bulldogs opened the season April 11 with a four-team meet at Skowhegan. The girls scored 108 points to edge Maine Central Institute, which had 98. The Lawrence boys easily won their meet with 95 points. MCI was second with 71.
Two weeks later, Lawrence scored an impressive sweep at Erskine at a meet that included traditional Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A powers Brunswick and Lewiston. The girls scored 105 points while Brunswick was a distant second with 84. The Lawrence boys held off Lewiston, 91.33 to 82.
“We’ve faced a lot of good competition,” Alberts said. “This is the first time in 25 years we’ve ever beaten Brunswick, too.”
So, did the Bulldogs make any statement with the back-to-back victories?
“I hope so,” Alberts said. “I don’t want it to come out as cocky, but if we do what we can do, we can be very competitive. When looking at regular-season meets, that last one was one of most competitive meets we’ve ever been a part of. We know Edward Little is stacked but we are pleased with where we’re at. We know it’s early. We haven’t won the KVAC but we’re on our way.”
Sasha Letourneau, Erzsie Nagy, Katie Dudley, Alexis Chamberlain, Jilli McAllister and Ahlin Sungsuwan lead the Lawrence girls.
Nagy is one of the top distance runners in KVAC A while Letourneau is performing well in the sprints. Letourneau swept the 100-meter dash and 200 at the Erskine meet.
Sungsuwan, a newcomer, runs the lead leg of the 4×400 and 4×800 relay teams. She also won the 400 at the previous meet. Dudley (hurdles) and Chamberlain (jumps) are off to good starts as well.
“We’ve had some great performances,” Alberts said. “We anticipated what some of the veterans can do, but a lot of the newcomers and even some first-year athletes are really performing well. With the girls, we knew what we had. With the boys, we just didn’t know.”
The Bulldogs do now.
Jake Doolan, Sawyer Letourneau, Mason Travers and Jeremy Frantz lead the boys. Doolan does a little of everything. He won the long jump (19 feet, 1.25 inches) and javelin (148-10) to go along with a second-place finish in the 100 (11.96).
Travers won the high jump (5-10) and was second in both hurdle events. Frantz won the shot put with a throw of 44-6.
“We’re really pleased with what we’re getting,” Alberts said. “Hopefully, we can keep it up.”
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Katie Hughes is picking up right where she left off last season for Maine Central Institute.
The sophomore thrower is coming off a big performance at a six-team meet at Maranacook last week.
She won the javelin (83-5), shot put (31-9.75) and discus (82-9).
“She is throwing much better than any of us anticipated at the start,” MCI coach Jason Allen said. “That 83 in the javelin is an all-time best. We were also pleasantly surprised with how she did at the Skowhegan meet.”
Hughes and the Huskies opened the season April 11 at Skowhegan. She threw the shot put 31.5.5, about 2 inches farther then her throw at the Class C state meet last spring.
“She’s performing at a high level right now,” Allen said.
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The Nokomis boys enjoyed a strong meet against tough competition last week at Cony.
The Warriors finished third behind Cony and Waterville at the six-team meet.
“In general, the boys did a good job,” Nokomis coach John Hubbell said. “We definitely have boys who can score meet points. We have some boys who can win events at any given meet.”
Josh Philbrook won the discus with a throw of 117-9. He finished second in the shot (38-7) as well. Taylor Kennedy finished second in the discus (110-4) and javelin (138-5). Lucas Hayden finished third in the 100 (12.14), 400 (54.25) and the long jump (17-3).
“Those guys will be scoring meet points on a regular basis for us,” Hubbell said.
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