Hansen's jumps lead Belfast to KVAC B Boy's Title

Riding Jack Hansen's four win performance, which the junior capped off with a pair of new personal marks, the Belfast Lions bested last year's champion, Lincoln Academy, to claim the 2019 KVAC Class B Boy's Championship.

Belfast led the eighteen team field with 96 points. Lincoln Academy was close behind with 88. Nokomis followed with 62. Leavitt matched Cony's 53. Erskine Academy also topped the half-century mark at 51.

Forty of the Lions 96 were scored by Jack Hansen who set new personal marks to claim the 110 meter hurdles at 16:07 and went up and over 14-03 for the top pole vault mark. Hansen also claimed the top podium spot with a winning long jump of 21-05.75, to go with the longest triple jump on the day at 42-01.5.

Belfast took the top spot in the 4 x 100 relay, collected good points from a third place finish by the 4 x 400 team.
Cole Martin scored well for the Lions taking second in the 100 and fourth in the long jump. Jonathon Duso joined Hansen and Martin on the long jump podium with his third place ribbon. Max Lewis was runner-up in the high jump and Andrew Akles took third in the 400. Rounding out the scoring for the Lions were Miles Cannon who placed in both the 1600 and 3200, and Nicholas Ritchie with a podium spot in the pole vault.

Runners-up Lincoln Academy were led by its distance crew. The Eagles started the day by taking the 4 x 800 title. Jarrett Gulden took firsts in both the 800 (2:01.85, PR) and the 1600 (4:38.53, PR), while teammate Sam Russ took the 3200 (10:26.19). Russ also claimed the second spot in the 1600 and third in the 800. The 1600 featured some inadvertent contact between the two Lincoln Academy runners late in the third lap. Mt. Blue's Jesse Dalton, then holding the lead, moved to secure the inside spot causing Gulden to break stride and lurch into the trailing Russ. Gulden was runner-up in the 3200 and Jojo Martin placed in all three distance events. Sam True took the top spot in the 1600 race-walk (7:56.53), the junior currently holds the top ranking statewide  in Class B.

The host Morse Shipbuilders had the day's other multi-event winner as
William Carrolton defended his 2018 titles in both the shot put (45-03.75) and discus (149-08). Both marks are new personal bests for the junior.

Other winners on the day included Waterville's
Taylor Bielecki in the 100 (11.52, PR), Dasean Calder of Leavitt in the 200 (24.08, PR), Nokomis's Sam Roy ran 51.79 (PR) to claim the 400 title. Teammate Chance Graves came in just behind Roy so it was no surprise when Nokomis also took the 4 x 400 title to close the meet. Matt Glidden of MCI won the 300 meter hurdles in 43:07 (PR). Camden's Tyson Dewaard cleared 6-02 to grab the top podium spot for the high jump and a new personal best.