There is considerable speed along the midcoast this spring during the 2012 high school outdoor track and field season.
Two Eastern Maine sprinters showed off their stuff during a May 3 meet at Waldoboro.
Caleb Pease of Camden Hills set the statewide standard in the 100 meters this spring, clocking 11.15 seconds in a five-team meet.
The team scoring was dominated by the host Medomak Valley High School boys, whose 190 points far outpaced Camden Hills (57).
Pease, a senior, also set a personal record at 23.10 seconds in the 200 and ran a season-best 52.71 in the 400 to complete a sprinting sweep on the day.
He has taken his talents to the track after competing on Camden Hills’ football and wrestling teams during the fall and winter seasons, respectively.
Deering Genthner of Medomak Valley was second to Pease in the 100 at 11.35, the third-best time of 2012 outdoors in Class B. He also claimed third in the 200 and ran on the Panthers’ first-place 4×100 (46.53) and 4×400 (3:47.93) relays.
Medomak Valley’s only three event wins in the meet came in the relays. In the 4×100, Genthner teamed up with Vincent Vannah, Stefan Nicholls and Jonanthan Hendrickson-Belloguet.
The 4×400 contingent included Genthner, Devon Sproul, Mason Vermillion and Nicholls.
Elsewhere, Denae Johnson of Bangor owns the spring’s best 100 hurdles time in the state, regardless of class, after an effort during a May 4 meet on her home track at Cameron Stadium. The junior ran the race in 15.25.
In a Monday meet, also at Bangor, Johnson teamed up with Ally Vanidestine, Grace Maclean and Tiffany Gray to post the state’s fastest 4×100 time of the season with a 50.59 performance. The Rams cruised to a 106-point victory over runner-up Old Town.
Gray, a sophomore, also claimed the triple jump (34 feet, 10 inches) and long jump (16-1) and ranks first and second respectively in Maine in those events.
The Bangor boys 4×800 team turned in the state’s leading time of the season Monday when the foursome of Paul Rudnicki, Jonathan Belanger, Joseph Belanger and Jonathan Stanhope tripped the timer in 8:36.25.
That meet also featured a strong effort by Isaac Ocana of Mattanawcook Academy in Lincoln. The junior’s 52.35 time in the 400 won the race, is the fastest by a Class C sprinter this season and ranks fifth overall.
The boys 4×800 squad from Ellsworth (8:38.44) ran the best time in Class B this spring, taking second with Blake Pattengale, Derek Hawes, Robert Looker and Dan Curts.
At Bucksport on Monday, Hampden Academy’s Roy Donnelly won the 100 (11.48) and 200 (23.72), both personal records, and ran the lead leg of the Broncos’ first-place 4×100 squad (46.10).
Hampden took team honors, followed by Foxcroft Academy and Central of Corinth. The Ponies fielded a three-event winner in Donnie Boyer.
The junior won the 110 hurdles (15.64), the high jump (6 feet) and the triple jump (40-2½). Boyer’s efforts in the hurdles and triple jump rank second this spring in Class C, while he is third in the high jump.
Foxcroft Academy teammate Fern Morrison made an impression with her effort in the 800, running a personal-best 2:26.90 that is the top Class C time this season and ranks sixth overall.
Brewer junior Teal Jackson continued her winning ways in Monday’s meet at Bar Harbor, winning the 100 (12.59), 200 (26.18) and the long jump (15-9¼ ). She also has run the fastest 400 of the spring at 58.26.
Katy Donovan of Fort Fairfield excelled in the discus during the May 4 Aroostook County Championships held at Caribou. The junior uncorked the best throw of the season among Class C girls with a heave of 104-3.
Meanwhile, in a May 3 meet at Fairfield, John Bapst High of Bangor turning in the top time for Class C in the 4×800 relay (10:37.52). Amanda Lalime, Jade Decker, Mary Carmack and Ciara Petrello were the squad members.
Laura Martin of Old Town reached back for a little extra Monday during the nine-team meet in Bangor. The sophomore thrower shattered her personal record in the discus at 87-11, which qualifies her for the Class B state meet.
Martin’s previous best was 65-10, achieved April 28 at the MDI Relays.
UMaine at IC4A/ECAC meet
Qualifiers from the University of Maine track and field teams are in Princeton, N.J., Friday and Saturday for the running of the IC4A/ECAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Among the Black Bears’ top competitors at the meet are women’s 5,000-meter runner Corey Conner, discus and shot put standout Justin Gagne of Biddeford, hammer throwers Wilson Adams and Robyn McFetters and distance runner David Currier of Sidney.