Crowded Cameron to host Hampden

Posted March 25, 2010, at 11:33 p.m.

As crowded as Bangor’s Cameron Stadium’s track was last spring, it’ll be more congested this year.

The Hampden Academy track and field teams, which lost their facility while a new high school is being constructed where the track used to be, will practice at the Garland Street facility this season.

Brewer faced the same scenario last year when construction of an elementary school started, and the Witches’ new facility should be ready for the 2011 season.

Brewer, Bangor and John Bapst high schools all currently use the Bangor facility, and the Hampden school board, as part of a relocation plan, recently approved allowing its teams to practice at Cameron Stadium four times a week, Hampden athletic administrator David Shapiro said.

“They’ve been great from the get-go,” Shapiro said of the Bangor administration, which includes athletic administrator Steve Vanidestine and track coach Joe Quinn.

Shapiro, Vanidestine and other Penobscot Valley Conference officials met Thursday night to work out a practice schedule.

Certain groups won’t need to be on the track every time out — such as distance runners and throwers — and Hampden has plans for when it isn’t working out in Bangor.

“We’ve carved out gym time, we never had to do that in the past, and of course we’ll use the turf field [at Hampden],” Shapiro said.

That could be somewhat of an advantage for the Broncos’ throwers, and there is also the option of using the old soccer field located behind the current high school.

“Having turf is an advantage for all our teams,” Shapiro said.

Shapiro felt the move to Bangor would be the best fit for his program, mainly because of the camaraderie among PVC.

“They work their jumpers together, hurdlers and other things. It works out well for everybody,” he said.

Challenging slate for Rams

Competition usually breeds success in track and field, and Bangor’s 2010 schedule isn’t light on tough competition.

The Rams will dive into the Class A talent pool right away, opening their six-meet slate with an eight-team home meet that will include Edward Little of Auburn.

The EL girls are the defending state champions, and Bangor will see the Eddies twice before the June 5 state championships in Augusta.

The Rams also will travel to Brunswick in mid-May to face the Dragons, who won the state Class A boys indoor crown this winter. Coach Joe Quinn’s team also will face Lewiston twice — once at the meet in Brunswick and again a week later in Lewiston, with Edward Little also attending.

The PVC championships for the big schools (Classes A and B) are Friday, May 28, at Mount Desert Island of Bar Harbor.

The Class C schools will have their championship meet at Foxcroft Academy on May 29.

Flat Top 5K Saturday

The Flat Top 5K road race, which commemorates the late Bill Pinkham, will celebrate its fifth anniversary this weekend in Lamoine.

Pinkham was a well-known runner who died while participating in Bangor’s Walter Hunt Memorial 3K race in 2005.

This year’s Flat Top race is scheduled for Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Lamoine School, with a kids’ mile preceding the main event at 9:30.

Registration fees are $15 for the 5K and a dollar for the kids’ mile.

For more information contact Robin Emery (667-9219) or Tom Kirby (667-9771).

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