BRUNSWICK — The Waterville Senior High School track and field teams didn’t score as many points as they hoped to Saturday at the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championships.

However, That’s not to say the heavily favored Purple Panthers didn’t score enough.

The Waterville girls scored 192 points to easily win the KVAC B title. Winslow finished second with 91. The Waterville boys, meanwhile, scored 141 points to beat Erskine, which finished second with 79.

“You still have to show up,” Waterville coach Ian Wilson said. “Overconfidence is deadly. I’ve seen a lot of good teams get upset.”

The Brunswick girls and Edward Little boys won KVAC A titles.

“We have a lot of veteran kids but we left a few points unaccounted for out there,” Wilson said “If we want to win state championships, we’ll have to be better.”

The Waterville girls won nine events. Bethanie Brown (800-meter run, 1 mile), Georgia Bolduc (200, pole vault) and Olivia Thurston (400, 55 hurdles) led the way with victories in two events.

“Our goal was to get 211 points,” Thurston said. “No Waterville team had done that. We just had to keep it in perspective.”

Devin Burgess won the long jump and pole vault to lead the Waterville boys, who won despite winning no individual track event.

The Panthers did most of their damage in the field events. Darien Acero (high jump), Nick Margitza (shot put) and Anthony Bellavia (triple jump) each won field events for Waterville.

“Our goal was to be in the 180s,” said Burgess, who cleared 12 feet, 6 inches in the pole vault. “We’re looking forward to improving for states.”

While Waterville cruised to team titles, there were an abundance of impressive performances that highlighted the day.

Messalonskee senior Harlow Ladd won the KVAC A mile and 2 mile. He would’ve won a third the event but he stumbled out of the gate in the 800 and ultimately finished second.

“I was so upset with my 800 that I wanted to make a statement in the two-mile race,” he said. “I had a bad start in the 800. The gun went off and I fell. But for what I am training for, I’m happy.”

Ladd won the mile in 4 minutes, 26.31 seconds and the 2-mile in 9:25.55.

Winslow junior Alliyah Veilleux (7.36) also won a pair of events, the 55-meters and the shot put (32-4). She also finished second in the 200 to Bolduc in a terrific race that was decided by a mere three one-hundredths of a second.

“I went out there as hard as I could go,” Veilleux said. “In the 55 hurdles, I came out strong and didn’t look back. I got a (personal record) in the shot put, too. I was hoping for a 31. I was so surprised when I got a 32-4. I didn’t think I could throw it that far.”

Mt. View senior Curtis Griffin won the 55-meter dash in 6.71 while Erskine junior Zac Lee won the 55 hurdles in 8.42.

Winslow senior Christine Parrilli won the long jump with a leap of 15-8.5.

But this day belonged to the Panthers.

While the boys did most of their damage in the field events, the Waterville girls cleaned up on the track. Six of their nine first-place finishes came in track events.

Brown won both her events by at least six seconds. She won the 800 with a time of 2:17.33 and the mile in 5:08.09.

“I wanted to go out easy and see how I felt in the mile,” Brown said. “But then I decided to push the pace. It seemed too slow.”

Brown won the mile by more than 22 seconds over Brittany Bowman of Camden Hills.

Thurston was just as dominant.

She won the 400 in an impressive 59.74 seconds. She edged Parrilli in the 55 hurdles, winning with a time of 8.77. Parrilli finished in 8.83.

“Olivia is just awesome,” Wilson said. “She is just a veteran competitor.”

Burgess helped set the tone for his day by winning the long jump with a leap of 18-5.75.

“I came into the day confident that I would warm up well, get the jump I wanted and get the job done,” he said. “It felt good.”

Bill Stewart — 621-5640

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