The Erskine Academy girls indoor track and field team had a strong showing in Saturday’s Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference meet at Colby College, and that bodes well for the Eagles as they prepare for the conference championship meet next Saturday at Bowdoin College in Brunswick.

Erskine placed second to Messalonksee in Saturday’s meet with 88.33 points.

“Everything was clicking at the right time, I guess,” Erskine coach David Currier said.

Abby Haskell won the 55 meter dash for Erskine in 7.87 seconds, while Jordan Jowett took the 200 (28.25), with Haskell placing third. The Eagles trio of Mackenzie Gayer, Jowett, and Mayann McGrath finished second, third and fourth in the long jump, respectively. In the triple jump, Haskell, Gayer and McGrath finished second through fourth.

“We had to go through some injuries, but everybody’s getting healthy now,” Currier said.

Currier added that the competition at the conference championship will be tough.

“We should be able to get a few spots on the podium,” Currier said.

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Both Messalonskee boys and girls teams looked strong at the Colby meet on Saturday. The girls won with 121.833, while the boys scored 127 to take first place.

The boys had individual wins from Jesse Donisvitch (55, 200), Dylan Labun (400), Natale Cardillo (800), Owen Concaugh (mile), and Tanner Burton (55 hurdles, long jump). In the mile, the Eagles showed off depth, with Cardillo second and Daniel Turner fourth behind Concaugh.

For the Messalonskee girls, Emily Steinmeyer and Sydni Collier placed one-two in the shot put. The Eagles won both relays, with Lauren Pickett, Riley Field, Jenna Nash and Emma Wentworth taking the 4×200. The team of Peyton Arbour, Alyssa Michaud, Haley Lowell and Emily Warren won the 4×800.

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Competing against so many Class A teams at the weekly KVAC meets can be helpful, Winslow coach Ken Nadeau said, in that the Black Raiders tend to face a lot of tough competition in the regular season. Still, with the state meet coming up on Feb. 15, Nadeau would like the chance to see some of the athletes his team will face on the big stage.

“As a coach, I would love to see some of the people we will run against in states,” Nadeau said. “Old Town and MDI (Mt. Desert Island) have some fast sprinters.”

Winslow has a few athletes who will contend at next week’s KVAC meet. Nadeau has 21 athletes on the team, up from last season’s 12, and 15 have at least provisionally qualified for the conference meet.

Among the Black Raiders who could make some noise at the KVAC meet are junior Ben Smith, who is ranked first in the 55 and 200 meter sprints. Nick Tiner is ranked sixth in the mile. On the girls side, Paige Smith is ranked first in the long jump and third in the triple jump. Lydia Santos is fourth in the 55.

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