May 21, 2018
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Bangor sweeps PVC large-school championships

By Ernie Clark, BDN Staff

BREWER, Maine — Breezy and cool conditions that at times felt more like late April than late May couldn’t prevent the records from falling at Friday’s Penobscot Valley Conference large-school track and field championships.

Bangor dominated the girls competition, winning eight of the 19 events and scoring 164.3 points, well ahead of runner-up Caribou (89.3). Old Town (87), Brewer (70) and Mount Desert Island of Bar Harbor (61) rounded out the top five teams in the nine-school field.

The Bangor boys gradually pulled away to a 134-113 victory over second-place Hampden Academy, followed by Brewer (89), Caribou (67) and fifth-place Presque Isle (48).

The girls meet featured five record-setting performances, three involving Bangor junior Denae Johnson.

Johnson set new individual marks in both the 100 and 300 hurdles, teaming with Grace MacLean for a 1-2 finish in the 100 hurdles with a winning time of 15.26 seconds — one one-hundredth of a second faster than the mark she previously set as a freshman in 2010.

“In the 100 hurdles, Grace is always right there with me,” said Johnson. “She motivates me a lot, and we push each other.”

Johnson then smashed the 300 hurdles mark by 1.04 seconds with a winning time of 45.81 and also teamed with Ally Vanidestine, Mary Butler and Tiffany Gray to set a conference record of 51.36 in the 4×100 relay.

“I’ve never been so nervous in my entire life,” said Johnson. “Running against more competition makes me want to work harder, and I just tried my best.

“I really wanted to break the 300 hurdles record.”

Teal Jackson of Brewer set a conference record in the 400 with a time of 57.39 seconds, and also won the 100 (12.90) and 200 (26.06) dashes while placing third in the long jump.

“I feel like I did what I wanted to do,” said Jackson, named the outstanding performer of the girls meet. “I was nervous about the 400. I had more competition than usual and I think that pushed me a lot.

“I was pretty close to 58 seconds in my last meet, and today I just went out harder.”

MacLean set a new conference standard in the long jump, achieving 17 feet, 7 3/4 inches on her final attempt to edge Gray, a sophomore who also broke the old mark of 17-2 1/4 on her final jump with a leap of 17-6 1/2 to capture second place.

“We just work really hard on getting better each week, getting more height off the board,” said MacLean.

MacLean also won the high jump (5-0), while Gray won the triple jump (36-2), Vanidestine led a 1-2-3-5 Bangor finish in the pole vault with a best of 10 feet and Ashley Flint took the discus with a best of 84-9.

Aleta Looker of Ellsworth was another double-event winner, taking the 1600 in 5:19.84 and the 800 in 2:18.38.

MDI’s Maggie Painter won the 3200 in 11:55.89 and teamed with Olivia Erickson, Malia Demers and Isabel Erickson to win the 4×800 in 9:52.72. Paige Small of Caribou won the 1600 race walk (8:30.87), while other winners were Hampden’s Erin Jeter in the javelin (104-4), Caribou’s Morgan Swan in the shot put (33-9) and the Old Town 4×400 relay team of Tia Jackson, Alexa Dufour, Riley Marquis and Kelsey Maxim in 4:18.69.

Bangor’s winning effort in the boys meet was led by senior David Correale, who clipped more than a second off his previous best in winning the 400 in 51.50 seconds. Correale also won the 800 (2:02.19) and anchored the Rams’ victorious 4×800 (8:20.82) and 4×400 (3:33.94) relay teams.

“Today went a lot better than I thought it would,” said Correale. “I haven’t been having a good season this year, but I think it helped that I’ve tapered, I haven’t been doing as much running lately.”

Bangor also got an individual victory from sophomore Jonathan Stanhope in the 1600 (4:33.15).

Hampden was led by junior Andrew Toothaker, who won the 110 hurdles in 15.88 and the 200 dash in 24.70. Toothaker, named outstanding performer in the boys meet, also finished second in the 300 hurdles — two one-hundredths of a second behind Brewer’s Spencer Valley — and anchored the Broncos’ fourth-place 4×400 relay team.

Other winners for the Broncos were Cam Blood in the triple jump (39-2), Jeremy Kelsey in the javelin (148-11) and Jefferson Adams in the high jump (5-8).

Also winning events in the boys meet were Brewer’s Valley in the 300 hurdles (42.03), Joseph Hayden in the pole vault (12-6) and Anthony Jackson in the long jump (19-7) as well as the Witches’ 4×100 relay team of Valley, Jackson, Brody Valley and Trey Williams (45.40), Presque Isle’s Logan Good in the 100 (11.85), Caribou’s Josh Kovach in the 1600 race walk (7:53.09), Ellsworth’s Dan Curts in the 3200 (9:38.6), MDI’s Jayson Burke in the shot put (48-6 1/2), and Old Town’s Peter Wilcox in the discus (118-11).

Dave King of Hampden was named the PVC large-school boys track coach of the year, while Old Town’s Rod White received girls track coach of the year honors.

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