WINSLOW — Joey Richards’ speed left many of the athletes watching from the Winslow High School track infield in awe.

The Winslow senior was the last to run his heat of the 100-meter dash at Thursday’s Community Cup. As the number “11.04” flashed across the display moments after he whizzed by the finish line, a Lawrence athlete gasped before managing an audible “Oh my God.”

“It felt good coming across the line,” said Richards, whose time beat a previous personal record of 11.14 seconds set last week. “I think my block start could have been a little better. I’ve been working on my block start in practice; it’s important to get that down.”

The Community Cup put bragging rights on the line for Winslow, Maine Central Institute, Lawrence, Messalonskee, Skowhegan and Waterville athletes. The Black Raiders won the boys competition for the fourth straight year, racking up a whopping 223 points to top the Eagles’ 87, while the MCI girls three-peated, scoring 165 points to Waterville’s 1113.

Yet it was also a tuneup for athletes looking to make those little adjustments ahead of championship season — and at this meet, those athletes were plenty. Although this might not have been a true championship season meet, it was the last chance to make fixes against the competition before those meets begin.

“There’s a lot of talent in this part of the central Maine area, so to get everyone here to showcase it is always a lot of fun,” said Winslow head coach Ken Nadeau. “Track has really come back alive in central Maine with the numbers, but the talent is really good, too, and everyone wants to be at their best ahead of championship season.”


MCI’s Owen Moore entered the season as the top-ranked shot-putter in Class C as well as the reigning Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Small School discus champ. He enjoyed an outstanding day in the shot put Thursday, recording a throw of 46 feet, 7 inches to PR over his old mark of 42 feet.

Winslow’s Kyri Meak jumps while competing in the long jump event at the annual Community Cup track and field meet Thursday in Winslow. Anna Chadwick/Morning Sentinel

It was a good start to the final regular-season meet for Moore, who previously set a PR in the javelin at Saturday’s Waterville Invitational. The senior also focused on mastering the proper approaches to his throws ahead of the KVAC Small School championships at Mt. Ararat.

“I’m working on really getting the hips through,” Moore said. “I’ve been struggling with that hip-shoulder separation, so that’s really what I’m focusing on right now. Other than that, I’m just trying to have some fun with it. It’s senior year, so that’s all you can do, right?”

Waterville seniors Kara Anderson and Maddie Yakimchick have formed a championship jumping duo for some time now. Between indoor and outdoor track, they’ve combined for a number of KVAC titles with Anderson even claiming the Class B state crown in the long jump.

Those two, like Moore, have only championship season left in their high school careers after this. For Anderson, it was the continuation of what’s been a solid last few weeks — she set a PR in the long jump at last week’s home meet — after what she felt was a tough start to the season.

“I was hoping to come into my senior year with a bang, but things don’t always go according to plan,” Anderson said. “I think it was just a mental thing, but I just kept persevering through practices and working my way through the meets, and finally, I’m where I want to be going into championship season.”

Skowhegan’s Billy Albertson, the reigning Class A state long and triple jump champ, tuned up for KVACs in a different way: By resting. The senior suffered cramps at the River Hawks’ meet Monday at Nokomis, head coach Dan Foss said, and sat out this week to ensure a return to full health next week.

Richards, who did sprints and relays most of the year for Winslow, eschewed his relay events Thursday to participate in the long jump. With the senior capable of earning points in a number of different events for the Black Raiders, that one, the math says, is the best way of maximizing their team score.

“Now that we’re getting into championship season, I’m not going to be doing the relays, so I have to get my jumps down,” Richards said. “Sprinting is my thing, but I definitely like to jump, too. … Today is a good day to get better jumps and better times, especially with the good weather.”

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