BATH — The product was as good as advertised.
Those words are too seldom said these days, but Saturday at McMann Field the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference girls outdoor track championship lived up to its top billing in Class A.
With four events to go, three teams were separated by less than one point. Edward Little High School ultimately survived the back-and-forth affair to claim the title with 109 points. Brunswick and Lawrence followed with 106 and 87.70 points, respectively.
Individually, it was a big day for Messalonskee’s Amanda Knight. The Eagle soared to wins in the 200 (26.69) and 400 (59.83), as well as a fifth in the 100. Overall, not a bad showing for someone who has been nursing a right hamstring injury since indoor.
“It was in the middle of one my races in indoor state championships,” Knight said of when the injury first started. “It wasn’t too bad in the middle of the season but now it’s starting to come back a little bit.”
Knight’s teammates, Taylor Lenentine and Kaitlin Eschenbrenner, notched wins in the pole vault (10-0) and javelin (114-10), respectively, to help Messalonskee to a fourth-place finish with 76.40 points.
As important as Knight was to Messalonskee, Madeline Reny was equally important, if not more, to Cony’s sixth place result (65 points).
Reny swept the 100 and 300 hurdles with times of 15.86 and 48.20 seconds, respectively, and also teamed with Sarah Smith, Courtney King and Allison Laplante to win the 4×100 in 51.52 seconds.
For the Rams’ quartet, the race was a bit of redemption. Last week at the Capital City Classic, Cony was disqualified for a lane violation on the handoff from Smith to King on what would have been a winning performance.
“We had practiced handoffs a lot that week and we moved my mark back so that we would get it early in the zone,” King said. “Something just went wrong, I took off too early and ended up in the end of the zone.”
“… I was part of DQ at KVACs my freshman year, so that was rough. I was really hoping not to blow it this year, and we didn’t. I’m really proud of the team.”
King also came up with a third place result in the 200 (27.02), while freshman Anne Guadalupi battled through injury to a third in the 3200 (12:16.23) and sixth in the 1600 (5:38.29).
In the boys Class A meet, a strong afternoon in the shot put circle helped propel Messalonskee to a fifth place finish with 57 points. Lewiston won handily with 163 points, while Edward Little (88) and Mt. Blue (76) rounded out the top three.
For the ninth season in a row, Waterville swept the KVAC B meet, a result which came as little surprise.
If there was an unexpected finish, it came courtesy of Maranacook, which racked 80 points to work its way into third place.
“I kind of figured if we got top five that would be great and we had some big results all the way around,” Maranacook coach Ronn Gifford said. “Nick (Barnes) ran real well in the hurdles, Taylor Wilbur ran real well in the hurdles. Jason (Stevenson) had a big day. Austin (Landry) ran very well in the (1600) and pretty well in the (3200). The relay teams did a nice job.”
Top honors for the Black Bears, however, went to first-year senior Kelby Mace.
Mace took fourth in the long jump (18-9 1/2) and second in both the javelin (157-9) and high jump (5-10), but scored an impressive win over Waterville’s Troy Gurski in the triple jump (40-10 1/4).
“He did kind of what we expected him to do in three events,” Gifford said. “We were hoping a little bit more out of the long jump maybe, he’s been working on that. He did well in the (javelin), he PR’d. Went 5-10 in the high jump and those were kind of expected.
“The triple was huge. He’s been working hard on that little piece and he nailed it. He got out to that distance a couple time, so it’s like it’s finally starting to click in that regard.”
Erskine’s Erik Dodge and Gardiner’s Treavon Horton each had third place finishes in the 400 and 100, respectively.
On the girls’ side, Erskine’s Jade Canak held onto her title in the long jump (16-1/4), took second in the triple jump (34-10) and teamed with Jordan Jowett, Abby Haskell and Christina Belanger to win the 4×100 (52.68).
Maranacook’s Hannah Despres notched a third place result in the 3200 with a time of 12:19.00.
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