BANGOR, Maine — A distance triple is a steep challenge for any high school track and field athlete.
A quadruple, however, can be even more draining, mentally and physically.
Bangor High School senior Sam Nisbett proved Tuesday afternoon that he has few problems competing in four events.
Nisbett, competing in his final meet at Cameron Stadium, led off the Rams’ winning 4×800-meter relay team while sweeping the 1,600, 800 and 3,200 runs at a five-way Penobscot Valley Conference meet.
“I wanted to see if I could do it, just for the future and stuff,” said Nisbett, who clocked times of 4 minutes, 39.38 seconds in winning the 1,600, 2:06.10 in taking the 800 and 10:41.57 in claiming the 3,200.
“It was tough, but I’ve had a long break,” added Nisbett, noting the Rams haven’t had a meet in 10 days, since their scheduled meet at Presque Isle last weekend was rained out.
Bangor wound up sweeping both team competitions, with the boys scoring 159 points to Brewer’s 123. Old Town was third with 72 points while Central of Corinth scored 33.
The Bangor girls compiled 152 points, with Brewer tallying 107, Old Town 96, Central 20 and Searsport 16.
While the sun did shine, it was a fairly breezy day, making fast times in the distance events somewhat of a premium, but Nisbett, who is steadily working his way back after having his wisdom teeth out a few weeks ago, stepped up to meet the challenge.
“In the future, I might try it again, so I wanted to see if I could do it and my body could handle it,” Nisbett said.
That opportunity may come sooner than he thinks, at least Rams coach Joe Quinn thinks so.
“It’s kind of a good meet plus a good workout for him, we’ll probably will quad him again Thursday,” Quinn said. “That way when we get down to the state meet we’ll decide where he wants to go.”
Bangor will compete with some KVAC teams in a meet in Brunswick on Thursday.
Bangor’s Ben Sinclair swept the sprinting events, but Jamie Williamson of Brewer gave Sinclair a run for his money in the 100 and 400, with Sinclair nipping Williamson at the line in both instances.
But for Sinclair, who put up winning times of 11.65 (100), 23.34 (200) and 51.46 seconds (400), respectively, that type of competition was needed.
“It’s tough when you’re running out there by yourself. You do a lot better when you’re actually racing somebody,” said Quinn. “The 400 he tightened up a little bit at the end, but he still stayed smooth.”
Quinn was looking for some improved marks and distances, and he got some from Josiah Hartley, who was third in the 300 hurdles and shot put and second in the high jump, and Andy Prusaitis, who was second in the long and triple jumps.
Other individual winners in the boys meet were Brewer’s Brody Valley in the 1,600 race walk, the Witches’ Steven Rice in the 110 hurdles, Old Town’s Jake Leithiser in the high jump and 300 hurdles, Tristan Wortman of Brewer in the pole vault and triple jump, Brewer’s Chris Lopez in the shot put, Joey Quinn of Bangor in the discus, Jacob St. Peter of Old Town in the long jump and Central’s Matt Kelley in the javelin.
Brewer won both the 4×100 and 4×400 relays, with Williamson anchoring the 4×400 and Rice the 4×100.
In the girls competition, Bangor’s young sprinters and hurdlers continued to shine, with freshman Denae Johnson winning the 200 dash and 100 hurdles in 27.14 and 15.38, respectively. Classmates Ally Vanidestine (400 run) and Grace Maclean (300 hurdles) also picked up individual wins.
Johnson and Maclean also teamed up with Chevaughn Kacer and Anna Hayden on Bangor’s winning 1,600 relay team.
But other Rams continued to improve their marks and times, among them junior Hillary Throckmorton, who uncorked a throw of 105 feet, 10 inches — a personal-best — to win the javelin.
“The other kids are doing well, too, Throckmorton had a PR of 105 in the javelin. They’re coming along in all different kinds of areas,” Quinn said.
Bangor’s other individual winners were Anna Hayden’s 8-foot leap in the pole vault and Casey Pray’s 8:46.14 finish in the race walk.
The meet’s only other multiple-event winner was Old Town’s Kayla Brooks, who claimed the 100 dash in 12.88 seconds, the long jump with a leap of 15-7.50 and the triple jump with a mark of 33-6.75, while three other Coyotes — Haley Prygrocki in the shot put (30-0.75), Kelsey Maxim in the 800 (2:41.25) and Katie De-Shane (5-0 in the high jump) — earned individual victories.
Other champs included Michelle Haluska of Brewer in the 1,600, teammate Lily Sund in the 3,200 and Brewer teams in the 4×100 and 4×800 relays.