Tuttle lifts Waterville to girls title

Posted Feb. 16, 2009, at 11:23 p.m.

LEWISTON, Maine — When Shelby Tuttle first tried the triple jump as a freshman, she couldn’t even reach the pit.

Three years later, the Waterville High School senior is the state champion in that event, and one other.

Tuttle set Class B state records in the triple jump (37 feet, 9½ inches) and the long jump (17-5) and finished second in the 55-meter hurdles Monday to spark the Purple Panthers to the Class B girls indoor track and field state championship at Bates College.

Coach Ian Wilson’s Waterville squad scored 67 points to edge runner-up York by two points. Cape Elizabeth was third (61.5), followed by Mount Desert Island (55) and Greely of Cumberland Center (50).

“We just had kids all over the place be really disciplined about how they ran their races, what their strategies were in their jumping events,” Wilson said.

Senior sprinter Nate Martin won the 200 meters in a state-record 22.67 seconds and placed second in the 55 and long jump to spearhead Greely to a comfortable victory in the boys meet.

The Rangers piled up 92 points to beat Falmouth (67) and Hampden Academy (51). Gray-New Gloucester and North Yarmouth Academy tied for fourth with 38 points.

In the girls meet, Tuttle paced Waterville to its second indoor title in three years. Her long-jump effort was surprising.

“I had only done it one time before, in a meet,” Tuttle said. “We train sometimes in practice. Just to get over 17 [feet] was good.”

“We felt, what the heck, let’s take a shot at long jump here,” Wilson said. “I think she didn’t know enough [about the long jump] to be nervous.”

Sophomore Sarah Walker won the two-mile in 11:55.91 and senior Danielle Foss took the shot put (39-8¼) for the Panthers.

Lynn Fleming added a second in the triple jump and ran on Waterville’s fourth-place 4×200 relay along with Walker and freshmen Olivia Thurston and Anna LaClair. Thurston earned a fifth and a seventh, providing some key points.

“Olivia Thurston was unseeded in the long and 400 and she took four points between the two of them,” Wilson said. “When a meet comes down to two points, those are pretty big points.

Senior Danielle Hutchins of MDI was a force in the sprints, winning the 400 in a state-record time of 1:00.01 and taking the 200 in 26.33 seconds.

After losing in 55 for the first time this season, and trying to adjust to Bates’ track, Hutchins refocused in the 400. She put on a burst of speed with 30 yards left to hold off Greely’s Hillary Cederna.

“When I saw the other girl behind I said, OK now it’s time to push it,” Hutchins said. “I saved up a lot of energy for the last [part].”

Chelsey Tewell of York was among the two-event winners. She set a state record in the 55 hurdles (8.40), then came back minutes later to take the 55 meters (7.20).

“I was very excited [about the hurdles], but then I was like OK, I’ve got to compose myself a little bit, I’ll celebrate afterwards,” Tewell said.

Sophomore Logan Clark of Old Town won the high jump, tying a personal best at 5 feet, 2 inches to beat Christina Massey of Winslow (5-0).

“It felt really good. I liked the surface,” Clark said. “My coaches talked to me about [possibly winning] and I was aiming for that, hoping.”

Rachel Nichols of Cape Elizabeth won the 800 meters (2:25.04), placed second in the mile and anchored the Capers’ first-place 4×800 relay (10:12.33).

In the boys meet, Martin and Greely’s distance team led the way. Martin scored 26 points himself, while junior Logan Price was second in the mile and third in the two-mile.

Senior James LePage was third in the mile and third in the 800 and Mark McCauley won the 800 (1:58.63) and was sixth in the two-mile. Peter Colesworthy also won the 55 hurdles (7.93).

Double winners were Tom Winger of Falmouth in the LJ (21-7½) and TJ (42-11¼) and Henry Sterling of NYA in the mile (4:31.21) and two-mile (9:59.35).

Senior Jadrien Cousens of Hampden Academy outdueled Sam Fear of NYA in the high jump (6-6), then took second in the triple jump and sixth in the hurdles.

In the high jump, Fear had cleared 6-2 on the first try after a rare Cousens miss. However, Cousens matched Fear at 6-4, then took him at 6-6.

“I had to clear 6-6, so it was kind of a cut-throat deal,” Cousens said. “When I did it, it was unbelievable. This is such a great surface and I was really excited to jump here.”

Tucker Smith of MDI took the pole vault (12-6), Vince Tymoczko of Bucksport was second in the 400 and fourth in the 200, and Ryan Feeney of Hermon took third in the LJ and fourth in the TJ.

Joining Cousens in the Hampden effort were senior jumpers Matthew Toothaker and Ryan Hodgdon. Toothaker was third in the triple and sixth in the long and high jumps. Hodgdon was fourth in the long jump, sixth in the triple and seventh in the high.

“I feel like we had a good day,” said Broncos coach Danielle Johnson. “We were seeded third and we held our seeds. We did really well in the jumping events.”

She credited some celebrity training with aid the HA showing.

“We have the kids do Richard Simmons workouts off the videos,” Johnson said. “It gives the kids a day off from the track.”

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