With six Blue Devils taking individual championships and a Lewiston sweep of the relays, first place points alone accounted for nearly half the Blue Devils 181 points. With a twenty-nine point margin between themselves and the runner-up Brunswick Dragons, the Blue Devils are primed to host the State Class A Championship next Saturday. Mt. Ararat followed the Dragons with 129 points to finish third in the seven team class A KVAC field.
Kamundala Crispin led Lewiston with wins in the long jump and triple jump. Crispin also added a fourth place finish in the 400 as put up a new personal mark on the oval. Crispin is currently ranked second overall in the state in the triple jump behind only Cayden Spencer-Thompson of Mattanawcook Academy. The Blue Devil looks to be the favorite for the Class A meet.
Just behind Crispin in the triple ranking is Lewiston's Jeremiah Williams. Williams finished second in both the triple (43-3.75) and the high jump (6-2), but collected the top spot on the podium in the 100 meter run. He notched his third personal best on the day at 11:48. Lewiston's depth in the triple jump is evident; first year Nigel Katende collected the sixth ribbon with a leap of 40-2.
Lewiston's supremacy in the relays is easy to understand: the Blue Devils placed three runners in the 100, and four in the 400.
Runners-up the Brunswick were led by Hunter Parker's pair of wins in the 300 meter hurdles (42.00) and the 200 (23.37, PR). Second to just Crispin in long jump (20-0.5), Parker took a third place in the 100 (11.57). The Dragons also got first places from Michael McCrum in the pole vault (12-00) and Sam Cenescar in the high jump (6-04).
Mt. Ararat was paced by Lisandro Berry-Gaviria. The 2018 KVAC title holder in the 800, 1600, and 3200 successfully defended all three championships in 2019. The 800 produced a new personal mark for Berry-Gaviria (2:00.17). The race was barn-burner from start to finish as the top six runners each topped their prior best marks.
Brunswick's Andrew Chingos established a torrid pace over the first 400 meters and only gave way just at the first corner of the second lap. Berry-Gaviria made a move to the outside leaving an opening on the inside for Brunswick's Tyler Patterson. Patterson and Lewiston's Maurice Beaulieu bird-dogged Berry-Gaviria for the final 350 meters. All three finished below 2:01 with Beaulieu clipping nearly five-seconds off his personal best.
Mt. Ararat's Max Spelke also claimed a title for the Eagles by winning the javelin with a throw of 162-04. Messalonskee's Sean Rodrigue notched Messalonskee's lone title with a discus throw of 125-06.
Edward Little, the defending boy's champion in the KVAC was unable to defend their team title but one Red Eddie, Matt Syphers, defended his individual title in the race walk. Syphers's winning time of 7:42.72, not a personal best, was still two-seconds better than his winning time in last year's State Class A Championship.