ORONO, Maine — Friday marked the official start to the Eastern Maine Indoor Track League season and the Hermon Hawks bolted out of the blocks quickly in the “A” meet.
The Hermon girls sprinted to victories in the 4×880 and 4×220 relays en route to 169 points and a win over Old Town (131) and Mount Desert Island of Bar Harbor (48).
The Hawks also took the boys “A” meet, scoring 115 points to eclipse Old Town (79), MDI (74) and Central of Corinth (70).
The “B” meet held later Friday was comprised of boys and girls teams from Brewer, Bucksport, Ellsworth, Hampden, John Bapst of Bangor, Mattanawcook of Lincoln and Orono.
Hermon coach Amy Luce was happy to see her teams perform well after a two-week layoff since the EMITL exhibition meets.
“I think they’ll be something to watch,” she said of the Hawks.
“Next Friday, we have a big meet. We’ll have Hampden, Bangor and Old Town again, so it’ll be an interesting look at how things finished last year to see where we are at the beginning,” she added.
Hermon had numerous contributions in the girls meet, which also had competitors from Central, Foxcroft Academy and Sumner of East Sullivan.
Senior Gabby Bryant was among the catalysts, winning the long jump with a school-record leap of 15 feet, 11 3/4 inches. She also ran on the Hawks’ 4×220 unit, which was victorious in 1 minute, 54.78 seconds.
That team, which earned a berth in the New England Championships last winter, also included juniors Mollie Roy, Kaylin Rogers and Maddie Page.
Sophomore Laura Phipps won the high jump at 4-4, while the 4×880 quartet of freshman Mary Estes, junior Maren Leach, sophomore Rebecca Bullard and senior Samantha Bullard crossed the line first in 13:30.92.
“I have my core group of juniors that are solid, but I really look to the young kids to step up,” Luce said.
Page, Rogers and Phipps finished second, third and fourth, respectively, in the 55 dash, which was won by Old Town’s Tia Jackson in 7.64 seconds. Page, Rogers, Bryant and sophomore Megan Howes went 2-3-4-5 in the 200, which also was won by Jackson (27.22).
Jackson’s three-win performance also included a 35-7 effort in the triple jump.
Howes took second in the 400 behind Central’s Remay Burke (1:05.22), while Roy claimed third in the long jump and the triple jump.
Hermon freshman Karli Theberge placed fourth in the triple jump and tied for fifth in the triple jump with classmate Deanna Phipps. In the high jump, the Nos. 2-3-4 spots went to freshman Bayley Bryant, sophomore Kayla McLeish and Howes.
Luce said she likes to take the time early in the season to experiment a bit to find out who can help the team in different events.
“I tend to move them around a little bit,” she said. “I’m pretty flexible [saying], ‘If you really want to be a sprinter, OK, but you’re also going to do what I want you to do.’”
Nora Hubbell of MDI joined Jackson as a three-event winner. The junior took the mile (5:53.56), the 800 (2:38.15) and the two-mile (12:50.81).
Other event winners were Alexa Dufour of Old Town in the 55 hurdles (9.94), Ali King of Old Town in the shot put (30-1) and the Coyotes’ Jasmin Belanger, who won the pole vault at 7-0.
In the boys meet, Nick Carle spearheaded Hermon to the victory. The senior captured the long jump (19-0), high jump (5-10) and pole vault (10-6) while emerging as the only three-event winner.
“Nick Carle scored 30 points today, so he delivered what I asked him to,” Luce said.
The Hawks received a 1-2 finish in the two-mile from sophomore Josh Zapsky (11:51.74) and junior Jon Stinson, while junior Chandler Sperrey went 36-3 1/2 to win the triple jump.
David Shepardson took second in the 55 and third in the 400; Alexander Petersen and Kyle Barnes were fourth and sixth, respectively, in the long jump; and Mitchell Lynds got second in the pole vault, where Alex Pelletier and Brendan Dyer tied for fourth and Christopher Arnold was sixth.
Nicolas Boutin shone for Old Town, winning the 55 (6.89) and joining Austin Comeau, Kyle Dupuis and Noah Swedberg on the winning 4×220 team in 1:45.46.
Other individual winners included — 4×880: Central (Grant Goodwin, Ty Orduna, Jake Garrett, Adam Oko) 9:38.88; 55 hurdles: Don Boyer (Foxcroft) 8.08; 400: Brandon Murphy (MDI) 55.46; 800: Adam Oko (Cen) 2:12.44; 200: Kyle Jordan (Sum) 24.60; shot put: Trevor Alley (MDI) 47-11 1/2.