A special to milesplit by Rod Brown
Boys Week #1 Outlook SMAA...
Meet #1-- Noble, Westbrook, & Deering
This meet is a crap shoot.. Deering is clearly the favorite with all of its past experiences in the expo, but don't count out Noble and Westbrook. Noble has a very strong crop of sprinters 400 down and will rely on them to do alot of their scoring. Westbrook returns one of the better sprinters in Dan Roukey and also will rely on Nate Jensen (sprints/jumps). Emmanuel Vincent comes over from Deering and should be a consistent scorer for Westbrook in the JR divison. Deering has the better group of hurdles in this meet with Carelton Allen the JR division champ last year and Villareal/ Matt Savage in the 300/400 respectively. Look for this meet to be decided in the distance races. Deering pulls this one out.
Meet #2-- Gorham, TA, & Portland
All teams lost key scorers to graduation, but will continue to be successful. Gorham had a very strong group of JR division athletes that will move up to the SR division and contribute. Cam Stevens is a threat in whatever he does. Just up to Gorham in what circular event he will run on a weekly basis. Look for Mike Greatorex, Brandon Patten, and Kamron Alexander to score for the Rams. Thornton lost alot to graduation but continues to have the best one-two punch in the shot put with Gilboy & Smith (inj). August Ibekilo will be a force in the sprints. Ibekilo and Turgeon will be the Trojans top high jumpers. For Portland it all revolves around Imadhi Zagon. Look for some great races in this one.
I like Gorham in a close scoring meet with TA with the relays deciding it.
Meet #3-- Biddeford, Scarborough, & SP
This is an interesting meet. Scarborough is the clear favor covering all events with strong runners. The Red Storm is led by Hathaway, Chick, and Nakanishi. South Portland still has Haeuser and Haridson in the high jump/hurdles. Biddeford has Gagne in the shot. Don't know much more about the Tigers. Looking forward to seeing their team Saturday. Should see some great hurdle races as well the shot put. All three teams always have a solid core of shot putters and I also see know one close to Alex Dulac in the high jump. He is the top jumper right now with Patrick Ciez from Windham a close second. Adrian Reid of South Portland will be a tough sprinter this meet.
Scarborough wins this meet.
Meet #4-- Bonny Eagle, Cheverus, & Windham
Bonny Eagle will have another strong team this winter. Led by Joey Collins and Jamie Ruginski. This meet should see a great SR Hurdle. The sprints favor BE in this one with Justin Denney back from injury as well is Khaml Mickelson & Caleb Gosselin. As well as Ciez for Windham, the Eagles return Julian Gazzeloni a strong sprinter that should score. Mike Pottle and Jack Mallus also were state qualifiers in the 100m dash last spring.
Cheverus has the advantage in the distance races. Terwilliger is tough. Dundas (C) & Belanger (BE) should battle it out in the mile.
BE with the win