DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — Sherraiah Grace didn’t sleep Sunday night, while Brandon Crocker slept like a log.
After graduating from Orono High School, the classmates made different choices on the eve of the Penobscot Valley Conference Small School Track and Field Championship.
Crocker stayed home and rested up while Grace accompanied the Orono seniors on their Project Graduation trip to Millinocket for Monday morning’s whitewater rafting trip.
Each was instrumental in helping the Red Riots sweep PVC titles at Foxcroft Academy on Monday afternoon.
Crocker won the 110-meter hurdles (16.31 seconds), the 300 hurdles (42.56), took second in the triple jump and ran on the first-place 4×100 relay squad (46.67) to help Orono edge host Foxcroft 145-139 for the boys title.
“I thought I don’t have too many chances seeded this well at a championship meet, so I decided not to go, get a good night’s sleep and relax in the morning, then I could compete at my best,” Crocker said.
“I don’t have any regrets about not going,” he added
Grace won the 300-meter hurdles in 50.73 seconds, was third in the 100 hurdles and took fifth in the pole vault as Orono piled up 184 points to take the girls crown.
Foxcroft Academy was second with 67 points, followed by John Bapst of Bangor (61.5), Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln (44) and Fort Kent (30).
“There was very minimal sleep,” said Grace, who got off the river at around noon on Monday.
“I didn’t have my best day. That’s how it is,” she explained. “I feel like I would have regretted picking one or the other. This was my last PVCs. I was really torn.”
MA freshman Tia Tardy was named the girls Outstanding Performer of the Meet with wins in the 800 (2:26.60), the 1,600 (5:30.33) and the long jump (17-1 1/4).
“I PR’d in all my events today, so that was awesome,” said Tardy.
Orono’s Chris Libby was the recipient of the girls coach of the year honor.
The Orono boys outdueled Foxcroft, with George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill taking third with 74 points followed by Sumner of East Sullivan (37), Fort Kent (34), Central of Corinth (33), Dexter (31) and Bangor Christian (30).
Sumner junior Baramee Janla owned the sprints, winning the 100 (11.55), the 200 (33.33) and the 400 (53.25) and also ran on the Tigers’ sixth-place 4×100 quartet. He was named the Outstanding Performer of the Meet.
“It was an amazing day. This is the best I’ve ever done so far, so I couldn’t have asked for more,” Janla said.
Foxcroft’s Rob Webber took home the boys coach of the year award.
Libby was proud of the way his teams performed.
“We don’t win the boys meet without our seniors today,” said Libby, who was pleased that his seniors were able to work through the grind of graduation activities.
“They were really emotionally spent today and you could see that in how the joy was hitting them and how, when things weren’t going well, there were some cracks in the armor,” he added.
The Orono girls overwhelmed the field with balance and depth, even without junior Diana Tyutyunnyk, who was ill.
Lauren Stoops won the 100 meters (13.04) and was the runner-up in the 400, Allison Pickering won the pole vault (8 feet, 6 inches), and Lily Koffman defended her 3,200 crown in 12:06.08 and ran on the Riots’ first-place 4×400 (4:28.23) and 4×800 (10.12.25) relays.
Samantha Round finished second in the pole vault and triple jump and was fourth in the 100 hurdles and fifth in the 300 hurdles. Bella DeSisto placed second in the 100 hurdles, fourth 300 hurdles and fifth in the long jump, while senior Kassidy Dill was second in the 3,200 and classmate Elea Kass was the runner-up in the javelin.
Emma Honey finished second in the long jump and third in the discus, Becky Lopez-Anido was second in the 1,600, Ana Eliza Souza Cunha was second in the 1,600 race walk and Kylie Gray was third in the race walk.
Hannah Steelman ran third in the 1,600 and joined Dill and Lopez-Anido on the 4×400 and 4×800 championship squads. Emily Neville took fourth in the pole vault, tied for fourth in the high jump, Giorgia Calcagno took fourth in the javelin and sixth in the 800 and Anna Ellis was fifth in the 3,200.
Junior Katie Cotton of John Bapst was an individual star as she won the 100 hurdles (16.44) and the triple jump (31-2) and added a second in the 300 hurdles and a fourth in the 100.
Crocker was the catalyst for the Orono boys, who got a win in the discus (135-2) from freshman Jake Koffman, who also was second in the 200.
Tristan Butterfield claimed the 800 (2:02.21), Eden Dulin was the pole vault champ at 10-0 and was third in the 300 hurdles and Justin O’Brien scored a win in the long jump (19-5 1/4).
The Red Riots also won all three relays. Tom Lucy, Koffman, Crocker and O’Brien took the 4×100 (46.67), Lucy, Anthony Battie, Dulin and Butterfield won the 4×400 (3:46.62) and Dulin, Jacob Fandel, Bottie and Butterfield took the 4×800 (8:57.52).
Senior James O’Neil was third in the 3,200 and fourth in the 1,600, Mark Lucy claimed second in the race walk, senior Zimra Winters was third in the pole vault, Herve Marie was fifth in the 110 hurdles and Tom Lucy added a sixth in the long jump.
Junior Matt Toussaint of Fort Kent won the 1,600 (4:33.66) and the 3,200 (10:04.74) and was second in the 800 while Judson Smith of Foxcroft won the high jump (6-0) and the triple jump (36-9 1/4).
Foxcroft’s Corey Bjornson defended his shot put title (48-4 ¼) and teammate Ryan Wang won the javelin (137-1).