BREWER, Maine — The Bangor High School girls took home the Penobscot Valley Conference Large School track and field championship with 142 points while the Brewer High School boys won with 118 points at the Brewer Community School track Monday.
Bangor’s Grace MacLean broke the PVC 100-meter hurdles record in preliminaries and became the first girl to run the event in under 15 seconds. She then broke her own record and won the finals in a time of 14.75 seconds. MacLean also won took home second in the long jump and 300-meter hurdles with a jump of 16 feet, 3.5 inches and time of 48.7 seconds.
“The girls had a great performance, I think most of the girls did what their seeds were or better,” said Bangor head coach Joe Quinn. “We’re getting ready for the state meet next week, and this was a good setup for that. We had some good performances in the hurdles and pole vault. Overall we had a pretty good meet.”
Denae Johnson also ran sub-15 seconds for Bangor in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing second in a time of 14.83 seconds.
“Both [MacLean] and Denae were right around 15 flat here last week so there was a good chance they would be able to go sub 15. For both of them to do it, that is great for this time of year. Hopefully next meet they can do even better,” Quinn said.
Ally Vanidestine placed second in the 100-meter dash for Bangor, clocking in at 12.68 seconds. Bangor’s 4×100 meter relay team of Johnson, Mary Butler, Lexie Achorn, and Vanidestine took home first with a tie of 51.88 seconds. Following up MacLean’s second place long jump were Casey Modery with a jump of 15-10 and Vanidestine jumping 15-9.50. Johnson and Modery took second and third in the triple jump with jumps of 33-4 and 33-2.
With Bangor holding 12 of the 13 pole vaulters, Bangor was guaranteed the victory going into the final event.
“For the girls, we knew it would be tough to stay with Bangor, we were close to them all meet, but we knew the last event was the pole vault and they were going to score a lot of points,” Rand said.
Vanidestine won the pole vault with a height of 10-0.
“Obviously we have a good group of pole vaulters right now so that does help. It just adds to everything else we have. We try to fill all the events with the best athletes we have,” Quinn said.
Teal Jackson of Brewer won Female Performer of the Meet, breaking records in the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash in times of 12.20 seconds and 25.66 seconds, respectively. Jackson also won the long jump with a jump of 17-5 and took home the win in the 400-meter dash.
“Teal had a good meet,” said Brewer head coach Glendon Rand. “She long jumped well, last year we didn’t put her in the long jump, but she has had such a strong season this season that we felt we could put her in open events instead of a relay. That is important to us because she not only did well in four open events but won four open events.”
Jeremy Bissell, winner of the Male Performer of the Meet, helped Brewer out with jumps of 20-11 in the long jump, 40-9.25 inches jump in the triple jump, and a time of 15.27 seconds in the 110 high hurdles. He won the long jump and hurdles and placed second in the triple jump.
“I think we outperformed what our expectations were, we scored more points than we were seeded for both boys and girls. Our top-line kids had great days and we had kids come out of nowhere that were not expected to place that did place and got key points for us,” Rand said.
Also performing well for Brewer was Alec Wortman, winning the triple jump with a jump of 40-9.75 inches, and Calvin Patterson with a shot-put throw of 45-1.75 and a second-place finish in javelin with a throw of 136-9. Adam Lufkin placed second in discus with a throw of 136-0.
Rand took home the PVC Head Coach of the Year for both boys and girls outdoor track and field, as voted on by the league’s head coaches.
“It’s kind of humbling. We’ve got three coaches, over 100 kids and we have a lot of our athletes who coach during practice too so I see it as an award for the whole program,” Rand said.
The Brewer girls totaled 110 points to finish second and while Old Town 91, Mount Desert Island 72, Hampden Academy 54, Ellsworth 50, Caribou 37, Presque Isle 29, and Hermon 4 rounded out the scoring
In the boys meet, Hampden finished second with 108 points, followed by Bangor 103, MDI 79, Ellsworth 54, Caribou 46, Old Town 34, Presque Isle 26, and Hermon 2.
The meet was postponed to Monday because of rain on Saturday.