AUGUSTA — If he were playing baseball, Madison Area High School senior Ron Helderman would have been batted 1.000 Thursday.
The Bulldogs’ standout won all four individual events he entered at the Mountain Valley Conference outdoor track championships at Alumni Field to help lead his team to a second-place finish with 82 points.
“This is just his day his day right now,” Madison coach Tobin Curtis said as he looked on at the pole vault area.
There, Helderman was busy putting on a show.
He had already won the high jump (6-feet, 2-inches), 110 hurdles (16.21 seconds) and 300 hurdles (42.58), but the pole vault was where he truly made his mark.
With every other event concluded, most of the remaining spectators gathered around to watch Helderman vault — and they weren’t disappointed.
“It’s definitely something else,” Helderman said. “It’s kind of cool that everybody came over and decided to watch me.”
He set a new MVC and Madison record of 13-feet, 1/2-inch and put in a couple bids to try and clear 13-6 afterward.
“It occurred to me a couple times that this was my last MVC meet and this was one of my last chances to really shine,” Helderman said. “Ever since freshman year I looked up to Matt McClintock. He helped the team a lot by winning all of his events and I always wanted to do that because I am representing Madison and I am part of a team. I’m really happy I can help my team out by scoring all these points.”
Scoring 40 of his team’s 82 points was certainly impressive and a second place finish is nothing to sneeze at, but no one was catching the Lisbon boys Thursday as the Greyhounds won their ninth straight MVC title with 177 points. Carrabec and Mt. Abram rounded out the local finishers on the boys side in 10th and 14th, respectively.
Chris Hayden had a big day as well for Madison, contributing 22 points to his team with a pair of seconds in the shot put and discus to go along with a third in the pole vault.
The Lisbon girls also won their ninth consecutive MVC championship Thursday with 121.50 points, holding off Boothbay (111) thanks to a win in the final event of the day, the 4×400 relay.
In one of the bigger surprises of the day, the Carrabec girls rode the performances of throwers Emma Pluntke, Shen Black and Macy Welch to a third-place finish with 60 points. Dirigo and Saint Dominic Academy followed with 59 and 54 points, respectively, while Madison’s girls place ninth with 33.50 points.
“It’s pretty huge. These kids have worked really hard, they’ve done everything (co-coach) Marc (Collard) and I have asked. I couldn’t be more proud of them,” Carrabec coach Anthony Feldpausch said. “They were pretty big. Emma got 18 points by herself, Macy threw in 10 and Shen got (12) points. That’s a lot of points.”
Pluntke won the shot put (34-7 1/2) and was second in the discus (88-1), while Welch took first in the javelin (95-6). Black placed first in the discus and sixth in the shot put with throws of 97-2 and 26-8, respectively.
Also contributing to Carrabec’s score was Chantal Diamond’s second in the 100, MaKayla Leeman’s fourth in the 100 hurdles and fourth place result in the 4×800 behind the team of Cheyenne Williams, Olivia Tewksbury, Brianna Lesperance and Leeman.
For the Madison girls, Madison Curtis took second in the 200, Olivia Demchak placed third in the 3,200 and Monica Ouellette was third in the 100 hurdles.
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