ELLSWORTH — This week was one of numerous competitions on the track and field circuit with local athletes competing in meets locally and elsewhere in the region.
Formal meets were held Thursday at Ellsworth High School, Friday at Bucksport High School and Saturday at Brewer Community School. Bucksport athletes also traveled to Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield on Saturday for the MCI Husky Throwdown, an event bringing together some of the top throwers from throughout the state.
On Thursday, athletes from Ellsworth and Sumner competed at Ellsworth’s Del Luce Stadium for the second time in just four days. The two teams were among four participating in the meet, which also included Brewer and Central.
Ellsworth’s Henry Scheff claimed wins in the 110-meter hurdles (15.95 seconds), 300-meter hurdles (43.28 seconds) and high jump (5 feet, 6 inches). Logan McGowan (pole vault, 7-5; long jump, 17-7), Beck Deeny (triple jump, 39-6), Noah Hughes (javelin, 135-6) and Isaiah Corson (1,600-meter race walk, 9:41.28) also notched victories for the Ellsworth boys’ team, which placed first with 111 1/2 points.
For the Ellsworth girls’ team, the quartet of Addi Laslie, Kiera Springer, Caroline Mazgaj and Addy Nelson won the 4-by-400 relay with a time of 4:41.87. Laslie (100-meter dash, 13.85 seconds), Springer (100-meter hurdles, 27.80 seconds) and Mazgaj (long jump, 13-8 3/4) also added individual wins for the Eagles.
Logan Carter earned an individual win for the Sumner boys’ team with a time of 2:10.60 in the 800-meter dash. Ada Fisher claimed a runner-up finish with a distance of 69-3 in the javelin throw for the Sumner girls’ team.
In Friday’s meet at Bucksport High School, the Bucksport boys racked up 103 points to George Stevens Academy’s 102 to claim first place. The two teams also had a tight battle on the girls’ side as the Golden Bucks (110 points) narrowly beat out the Eagles (107 points) for second place behind Orono.
For the Bucksport boys, Gavin Billings (discus throw, 133-10; shot put, 41 9 1/4), Nathan Paulauskas (high jump, 6-0; javelin, 128-8) and William Hileman (1,600-meter run, 4:47.57) claimed event wins. Ian Renwick (100-meter dash, 11.74; 200-meter dash, 23.47), Oliver Wilson (1,600-meter race walk, 9:23.13) and Andrew Hipsky (300-meter hurdles, 45.77) posted boys’ wins for GSA.
Bucksport’s girls’ team got individual wins from Johanna Stiles (100-meter dash, 13.22; 200-meter dash, 28.06), Angelina Cotoni (100-meter hurdles, 17.84), Addie Morrison (400-meter dash, 1:05.65), Victoria Watkins (high jump, 5-0) and Ava Knowles (shot put, 32-6). The unit of Morrison, Cotoni, Stiles and Britney Bussey added a win in the 4-by-100 relay with a time of 52.90 seconds.
For the GSA girls, Maranda Pert (javelin, 106-10; shot put, 29-9 1/2) and Grace Broughton (300-meter hurdles, 50.34) claimed individual victories. Broughton, Josie Czuj, Jillian Eldridge and Clementine Bannon won the 4-by-400 relay with a time of 4:42.11.
In Brewer, the MDI boys racked up 193 points Saturday to beat out Bangor, Presque Isle, Fort Fairfield, Houlton and Searsport for first place. Sarah Weaver (200-meter dash, 28.69 seconds) and Bella Brown (discus, 96-0) claimed wins for the MDI girls’ team, which placed second to Bangor in the seven-team field.
Elsewhere Saturday, Bucksport athletes traveled to Pittsfield for this year’s edition of the Husky Throwdown. Billings had a career day for the Golden Bucks as he posted distances of 142-5 to place first of 75 contestants in the discus throw and 44-8 to claim first in the 68-person shot put field.
“Gavin has great work ethic, and he really showed a lot as a sophomore two years ago,” Bucksport head coach Matt Morrison said. “He was set for a big year last year before the season got canceled, so he’s been extra motivated to do really well this year. He gives it all, and it shows.”
Bucksport will be back in action at 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 14, with a home meet against Narraguagus, Orono, Searsport and Washington Academy. Ellsworth, GSA and MDI will be in action at noon Saturday, May 15, with Ellsworth competing at Hampden Academy and MDI hosting GSA, Washington Academy, Bangor and Calais.