AUBURN, Maine — There were a few photo finishes in Saturday’s River City Rivals high school track meet between a pair of cross-river rivals: Edward Little and Lewiston, and Bangor and Brewer. The closest race of all, however, took place in the boys’ team competition at Edward Little High School.
Lewiston finished in first place with 92 points. Edward Little and Brewer tied for second just one point behind.
The Edward Little girls didn’t have to sweat out their victory, scoring 117 points to runner-up Lewiston’s 77. Brewer was third, while Bangor was fourth on both the boys’ and girls’ sides.
“I’m really proud of what the kids did today,” Lewiston coach Paul Soracco said. “We had them slated, both of our teams, for third. We moved some kids around, we had some kids step up, especially the boys. Amazing.”
Soracco said the boys’ team race would be close with just the discus and pole vault remaining. Those two events helped the Witches get close to the Blue Devils. Brewer swept the top six spots in the boys’ discus, with Austin Lufkin’s school-record throw of 163 feet, 7 inches topping the charts. Cayd Wortman and Michael Worcester placed third and fourth, respectively, in the pole vault — an event in which the Blue Devils failed to score a point.
Brewer also held the top six spots in boys’ shot put as well, with Lufkin winning, along with a 4×800 relay win and victories by Wortman in the 110-meter hurdles and Erick Seekins in the 100-meter dash.
“We have a great group of throwers this year,” Brewer coach Glendon Rand said. “They really work hard in practice every day. They just have a lot of spirit, a lot of energy and they really feed off each other.”
Lewiston scored many of its points on the track. Osman Doorow won the mile and 800-meter runs, Abshir Abukar won the 300-meter hurdles, Ethan Solis won the 200-meter dash and the Blue Devils won the 4×100 and the 4×400 relays.
Solis won the 200 in a time of 23.98 seconds, besting his previous best mark by nearly two seconds.
Stefan Porter pitched in with a pair of wins in the long and triple jumps.
The Edward Little boys got wins in the racewalk (Spencer Dunn), 400-meter dash (Russell Allen), 2-mile run (Jacob Gamache), high jump (Zion Gurney), javelin (Cole Butler) and pole vault (Alex Thompson).
The Bangor boys got second-place finishes from Mathieu Ract in the 300 hurdles and Dominick Lizotte in the pole vault.
On the girls’ side, Soracco was resigned to the fact that the EL girls were “just so strong.” The Red Eddies won nine events, including all three relays. The 4×100 relay broke it’s personal-best time with a finish in 50.72 seconds.
Anna Beaudet anchored the relay as part of an eventful day for her individually. After edging Brewer’s Lia Johnson by .03 seconds in the 100-meter dash, she lost in another photo finish to Lewiston’s Jenny Martin in the 200 — again by .03 seconds.
“It’s crazy. It’s always close in those events,” Beaudet said. “We’re all close, and we’re all friends. We always compete against each other, so it’s fun seeing each other every meet.”
Beaudet also finished second to Lewiston’s Adela Kalilwa in the triple jump. It was Beaudet’s first time competing in the event this season.
Kalilwa, meanwhile, is a veteran of the event and took first in the long jump, beating indoor All-New England performer Moriah Newcomb of Brewer. Rand said Newcomb has been coming along slowly in her signature event this season.
The EL girls got a pair of wins from Morgan Knowlton in the discus and shot put, as well as wins from Kailey Norcross (400), Jillian Richardson (2 mile) and Britanee Nouchanthavong (javelin).
Like Kalilwa, Martin also was a multievent winner, adding dual victories in the 100 and 300-meter hurdles to her 200-dash victory.
Other winners for the Blue Devils were Kayla Allen in the racewalk, Taylor Chamberlain in the high jump and Mersadie Dulac in the pole vault.
Brewer got wins on the girls’ side from Hannah Smith (1 mile) and Arianna Geiser (800 run). Bangor finished second and third in the girls’ high jump, Demitria Caldwell-Givens and Vaso Turlla finishing behind Lewiston’s Chamberlain. Felicity Palmer was runner-up in the girls’ 800-meter run.