George Stevens Academy’s Kathleen Stephens competes in the 200-meter dash during a high school track and field meet April 15 at Bucksport High School. Hancock County’s 2022 spring sports season began Friday afternoon with Bucksport and GSA competing in a six-team meet. RICK MCHALE PHOTO

Spring sports season opens with local track meet



BUCKSPORT — The 2022 spring sports regular season began late last week with two Hancock County teams competing in a local track and field meet.

Bucksport and George Stevens Academy took part in a six-team competition Friday at Bucksport High School. Both teams produced numerous event winners with the Bucksport boys and girls claiming both overall team titles.

Angelina Cotoni (100-meter hurdles, 18.10 seconds; pole vault, 7 feet) and Natasha Monreal (long jump, 16-1 3/4; triple jump, 32-1 1/2) won two events each for the Bucksport girls. The team also got wins from Alyx Frazell (300-meter hurdles, 52.78), Meg Morrison (shot put, 29-1 3/4) and Elsa Theobald (1,600-meter race walk, 12:04.93). Monreal, Cotoni, Frazell and Stiles also won the 4-by-100 relay (54.10).

Kathleen Stephens had a good day on the track and in the field for the GSA girls’ team as she won both the 200-meter dash with a time of 28.98 seconds and the high jump with a distance of 4-10. Maranda Pert won the shot put with ease for the Eagles as she recorded a distance of 106-7.

For the Bucksport boys, Hugh Jack (100-meter dash, 12.12; 200-meter dash, 24.92) and William Hileman (800-meter run, 2:07.97; 1,600-meter run, 4:45.84) won two events each. Brice Lindsey (110-meter hurdles, 21.82) Nathan Paulauskas (high jump, 5-10), Colin Simpson (long jump (21-7), Evan Trojano (shot put, 39-0) and Sione Taungatu’a (discus, 108-4) also earned wins for the Golden Bucks.

Arden Weaver (400-meter dash, 57.41), Andrew Hipsky (300-meter hurdles, 46.73), Azaiah Nanson (javelin, 106-4) and Sebastian Petrak (1,600-meter race walk, 14:02.40, unopposed) claimed event wins for the GSA boys. The Eagles also won the 4-by-400 relay as Hipsky, Clark Morrison, Caden Wehrwein and Micah Bryan posted a time of 3:57.78.

The Bucksport boys took first as a team by a massive margin as they racked up 225 points, 110 more than second-place GSA. On the girls’ side, Bucksport amassed 212 points to beat out second-place Houlton (145 points) for the team title.

The meet was the only track event involving Hancock County teams this week after Ellsworth’s scheduled meet Thursday in Bangor was canceled. The Eagles will now join Mount Desert Island and Sumner in what will be the season opener for all three teams at noon Friday, April 22.

Bucksport and GSA will get a week of rest following Friday’s meet. The Golden Bucks’ and Eagles’ will be at noon April 30 at Hampden Academy.

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected]

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