The Boothbay Region High School Seahawks and Wiscasset High School Wolverines hosted their first Mountain Valley Conference indoor track and field meet Jan. 6. The combined teams faced Mountain Valley High School, Winthrop High School, and Madison High School at the University of Southern Maine Gorham campus.
The boys placed first in points beating MVHS by nearly 60 points and the girls tied for second with Winthrop. Seahawks Coach Nick Scott said the standout performances were hard to identify as all athletes placed well and earned a spot on the “Boothcasset” top performance lists.
“Austin Trask had an impressive night all around, but most importantly he qualified provisionally for states in the 55m dash … Kayden Ames once again threw far in the shot put while Dylan Plummer, in his first high school track meet, had several solid performances … Also competing in her first high school track meet, Savannah Compare scored in all four of her events. Abbie Clark won the 800m run … (and) Marissa Davison threw an all time PR in the shot put.”
Trask and Bryan Gagnon joined fellow Wolverines Henry Putnam and Payton Blagdon on the top 10 55m dash times – Trask’s 7.28 first place and Gagnon’s 7.65 third made for the second and fourth best times in the event with Trask one millisecond behind recent alumnus Gerald Gagne. Putnam’s and Blagdon’s performances at the teams’ first meet earned them fifh and ninth in the category.
Trask, Gagnon and Putnam took second, third and fourth in the 200m dash in 26.11, 26.37 and 27.92. Their times put them at second, fourth and eighth in the event’s top 10 list, milliseconds behind recent alumni stars Will Perkins, Graham Harris and Jordan Pait. Blagdon and fellow Wolverine Nate Benoit took first and second in the 55m hurdles in 10.24 and 11.43 putting them at second and third in the record books. Seahawk Ryan Clark took first in the one-mile run in 5:29.2 making his the sixth-best time in Boothcasset history.
Plummer, Benoit and Rodion Mayne took second, third and fourth in the long jump with 14’10”, 12’11” and 11’9”, earning them fourth, fifth and seventh in the record books. Plummer and Benoit also took first and second in the triple jump with 31’8” and 26’6”. Plummer tied alumnus Jeremy Blackman’s 2006-2007 record for second on the top 10 list with Benoit earning the third spot.
Ames, Plummer and Trask took first, second and third in shot put with 42’7”, 29’11” and 28’10” throws. They earned third, seventh and eighth in the top 10 list. Blagdon, Putnam, Trask and Gagnon’s 4x200m relay team took first in 1:48.82 beating out the Quinn Ranta, Nathan Chatterton, Pait and Harris 2019-2020 team by less than a second.
Compare and Wolverine Danielle Warren took third and fourth in the 55m dash in 9.34 and 9.6, Compare just breaching the top 10 which has remained untouched for 15 years. Seahawks Abbie Clark and Grace Campbell took first and second in the 800m run in 3:04.55 and 3:05.88 making them sixth and seventh in the top 10. Davison took fourth in shot put with a 20’10” throw, the fifth-best just two inches shy of alumna Terri House’s 1998-1999 outing. Warren, Clark, Campbell and Compare took second in the 4x200m relay in 2:28.29 making theirs the third-best team in Boothcasset history.
Said Scott, “Hopefully we can look back at the event years from now and point to it as the moment when an indoor MVC track league was born.”