4/21/12 – Hyde School, Bath, ME
The NYA Boys and Girls Outdoor Track and Field teams had their season opener in the MAISAD league on Saturday at the Hyde School in Bath. Five teams were at the meet and both of the NYA squads were able to finish 2nd with a handicapped team due to illness and college visits. Despite forcasts for a cold and rainy day the weather was nearly perfect for an early spring meet. The sun was shining with temperatures in the mid 60s for the majority of the day. Overall the team hit many new highs in individual events which led to our overall team success on the day.
In the boys sprints Michael McIntosh led the way in both the 100 and 200m dash with career best performances in both events. Michael finished 2nd in the 200 with a provisional state qualifying time and 4th in the 100m dash. Ryan Salerno and Myles Stifanyk both competed in the sprints for the first time and posted strong performances. Ethan Liu hit a new career best as well in the 200m dash breaking under the 27 second barrier for the first time. In the 400 Alex Coffin was NYAs sole competitor which, it seems, is all we needed as he brought home a decisive win with a career best time of 53.5s which is also an automatic state qualifying time. On the girls side Elanor West placed 3rd in the 100m dash just off her career best time while Meaghan O’Leary (5th place) and Diana McLeod competed in the event for the first time and set solid marks to improve upon. In the 200m dash Kayla Rose took a break from the throwing circles to run a career best time which was also good for 5th place. In the girls 400m dash Moira Lachance also took home the win for NYA finishing well ahead of the rest of the pack.
In the jumps Brian Trelegan made his debut in the long jump hitting a mark of 14’8″ while on the girls side Meaghan O’Leary and Diana McLeod both tried the event for the time as well. The consistency on the runway was a key factor in strong marks on Saturday. In the high jump Moira Lachance won the event by 4″ clearing 4’8″ which is an automatic state qualifying height while Meaghan O’Leary crested 4’2″ on her 3rd attempt.
The first event of the day on the track was the 110/100m hurdles where NYA had top-end performances for both the boys and the girls. Jake Burns won the event in a new career time of 17.2s which also both qualifies him automatically for states AND moves him up 1 spot on the top 5 all time list (you can find the boys and girls records and top 5 lists on the left hand side of this page). On the girls side Jillian Bjorn-Caron debuted in style with a 2nd place finish in the 100m hurdles and a provisional state qualifying time. Maura Anderson looked strong through 5 hurdles but ran into trouble later in the race yet was stil able to finish with 2 seconds of her best time. In the 300m hurdles Jake Burns was once again able to capture a victory with a new career best, state qualifying, and top 5 mark of 44.1s while on the girls side Jillian eased into her first competition at this distance yet was still able to secure a 3rd place finish.
The distance races were exciting on Saturday as Rudy Guliani ran a career best time in the 1500m to grab the win and a top 5 all time spot. On the girls side Hillary Detert exchanged the lead several times during the race and was able to finish with a strong final lap in 2nd place just off of her career best while Hannah Austin was not far behind finishing in 4th. In the 800m Brian Trelegan led the way for NYA finishing in a provisional state qualifying time of 2:15 which was good for 3rd. NYA swept the remaining places as Grant McPherson and John LeBlanc crossed the line next in 4th and 5th respectively. On the girls sdie Hadley Gibson finished in her best career opening time to date with a performance of 2:48. In the 3000m Rudy Guliani followed his race plan to the letter and took it easy in the first mile yet was still able to almost win the event with a strong finish for 2nd place. Alex Coffin and Brian Trelegan rounded out the scoring for NYA finishing 4th and 5th. On the girls side Hannah Austin took home her first (of hopefully many) career wins on Saturday finishing the event in 12:32 just shy of a top 5 performance. Hadley Gibson also bounced back nicely from her 800m to finish the event in 3rd place.
The throwing events spanned the entire day with the shotput and discus up first followed towards the end of the meet by the Javelin. In the shotput NYA had 2 places by girls competitors. Kayla Rose had a 6′” career best performance which was good for 3rd place while Julia Thompson threw 1’+ better than her career best to finish 4th. Jae Jeon and Ellis both began their outdoor career with solid marks to build upon. On the boys side Cam Rayder finished 2nd with a throw of 43’5″ which is an automatic state qualifying distance while Chase Gendron, Aaron Guiseley, and Brian Trelegan all tried the event for the first time and showed promise. In the discus circle the big story of the day was Cam Rayder who let the discus fly 129’11” moving from not even being on the top 5 list to 2nd all time. His throw was almost a 20′ career best and puts him as one of the best in the state in Class C. Chase Gendron and Clayton Manchester worked hard in warmup to get the kinks out and it paid off with strong first throws for both of them. In the circle for the girls Kayla Rose was first finisher for NYA while Ellis tried the event for the first time. In the javelin Ryan Salerno led the way for the boys finishing 4th with a throw of 118′ while Elanor West was able to grab NYA’s only scoring spot on the girls side with a 5th place finish and an 11′ career best throw.
NYA competed in all 4 relays on Saturday as well. The girls 4×100 had only 1 veteran 4x100m runner but you would have never guessed it. Quality handoffs and strong efforts helped the girls to a 3rd place finish. On the boys side and unfortunate uniform rule violation got the team disqualified following a strong season opening performance. In the 4x400m the girls were able to finish 3rd once again while the boys moved into the 2nd spot after some gutsy comeback legs towards the end of the race.
The golden shoe was given to Cam Rayder on the boys side (following a eloquent original Brian and Alex poem) for his perforamnces in the throws. The girls shoe was awarded to Elanor West for her strong efforts in the sprints and her massive career best in the Javelin after an unfortunate series of events at the end of the 200m just preceding the Javelin. The team will be back in action this coming Friday at Cape Elizabeth High School at 3:30pm. Hope to see you there.
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