Like a lot of small high schools throughout the state, Fort Kent isn’t blessed with an all-weather track and field facility on which to train.
The Warriors practice on a small dirt track that circles the soccer field.
But that could change in the future as Dustin Dubay, a senior on Fort Kent’s track and field team, has been working on a senior project dedicated to fundraising to construct a track in within the next five to six years.
He has been working on the project for seven months, FK track coach Kate Fecinta said, and Dubay will present it at a fundraising dinner at the high school this evening at 6:30.
“This fundraiser was the culmination of his project. We’ll use the money that he raises this weekend to put toward the construction of a track,” said Fecinta, who has 20 athletes on her team this spring.
“He came up with [the idea] as part of his project and I’m serving as his mentor. It happened to work out very nicely.”
Fort Kent is hosting the dinner rather than participate in today’s MDI Relays, which the Warriors couldn’t attend due to budget cuts at the school.
“It’s nice that we have a bye weekend. That’s why we decided to do this fundraiser,” Fecinta said. “I’m really, really looking forward to it.”
The dinner will consist of a four-course meal, which includes spicy coconut and scallops as appetizer, a smoked salmon watercress salad, steak, chicken and strawberry shortcake for dessert.
The featured speaker will be former Manhattan College star Aliann Pompey, who was a teammate of Ficenta at that school and a three-time Olympic representative of Guyana.
She has competed in the last three Olympic Games, and was a national champion in the 400 meters at Manhattan.
“I contacted her via Facebook. We’ve stayed in touch since graduation,” Ficenta said.
Pompey will speak to those in attendance via a video, since she’s unable to attend the event.
Ficenta said it’s possible more than 100 people will attend the event, while her team members will help serve the dinner among other duties.
“We’ve gotten a lot of support. People who can’t come are donating,” she said. “I’m hoping that we have a good turnout.”
Dubay, who also plays golf at Fort Kent and will continue his studies at Husson University in Bangor next fall, really did his homework on the project. He solicited advice from Caribou athletic administrator Dave Wakana and Presque Isle AD Dave Heald.
Should the Warriors reach their goal of getting their eight-lane track constructed, they have visions of hosting championship meets in the future, since a state meet must be contested on an eight-lane track.
“If we do go that route, then we would be the only track in Aroostook County with an eight-lane track,” Ficenta said.
Caribou has a six-lane track and Presque Isle a seven-lane oval.
Anyone who would like to make a donation can send it to: Kate Fecinta, Head Track and Field Coach, Fort Kent Community High School, 23 University Drive, Fort Kent, ME 04743