WATERVILLE — Judging exactly ones value to team is never an easy proposition.

There is no ‘I’ in team, right?

That was certainly the case for the Waterville boys outdoor track team this spring as it captured its second Class B title in a row, but there is an ‘I’ in Jordhan Levine.

The Purple Panther senior was a singular force at Brewer Community Track on June 7 and without him Waterville would not have won the state title.

The Panthers racked up 92.50 points in winning their championship, 38 of which were scored by Levine in individual events. If you took Levine off Waterville and put him on any other team in the top six, they would have won the Class B title. For these reasons Jordhan Levine has been named the Morning Sentinel Boys Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year.

“It’s hard to imagine how we could have done more. He tied our school record for most points in a state meet,” Waterville coach Ian Wilson said. “I guess we could have asked him for 40 but I’ll take the 38.

“You take away that one kid we don’t win the meet. We’re not even close.”

Levine won the triple jump, 110 and 300 hurdles at states and also finished second in the long jump. Throughout the season he had competed on the 4×400 relay team and while he was disappointed not to run it at states, understood doing four individual events was what was best for the team.

“Coach and I kind of talked about it. He said it would all depend on points,” Levine said. “It was definitely an event I wanted to be running.

“…It was the best choice not to put me in it.”

“He brought a real high level of selflessness. He loved being in that 4×400 relay,” Wilson said. “He really enjoyed that with his teammates.

“He was really awesome about it from the standpoint of whatever helped the team the most.”

Levine’s contributions to the team were obvious, yet those around him were also crucial to his success — particularly classmate Troy Gurski.

“It was great having Troy next to me. I couldn’t ask for a better teammate,” Levine said. “If I didn’t do so well I knew he’s always there to pick up points that I don’t score.”

In the 110 hurdles the two were nearly identical. Throughout the season the two went back and forth, seemingly alternating each meet who would finish first.

At the Class B meet in which Levine finished first and Gurski second it was impossible to determine by the naked eye who actually won the race.

“They had to go out to the 1,000th of a second to determine who beat who,” Wilson said. “Not only do they compete that way in practice, but they matched each other (that day).”

It may be the end of Levine’s high school track career but he said he still plans to run in college. Levine said he intends to start that path at Kennebec Valley Community College before eventually landing at Springfield College.

Evan Crawley — 621-5640

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Twitter: Evan_Crawley


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