Lewiston Girls, Brunswick Boys Win KVAC A Titles
The Lewiston girls came into the KVAC indoor track and field championship a slight favorite, and the Blue Devils made good on the seeds as they claimed the title by seven and half points over Mt Ararat.
Freshman Shukri Deqow paced the Blue Devils as she set a new freshman all-time state best in the 55m hurdles of 8.65 for her first win. She added a win in the 55m dash as well as she sped to a personal best 7.51. Deqow just missed a third win as she was the runner-up in the triple jump with a leap of 34-5 1/2.
A 1-2 finish in the shot put was a key Lewiston as Benedict Citenga took the title with a throw of 36-3 3/4, while Sydney Roy threw 33-6 1/2. Katrina Bolduc was the over winner for the Blue Devils as she cleared 8-6 to take the pole vault.
Brunswick's Kaeden Green was a double winner as the sophomore won the 200m in 26.99, and added another in the triple jump with a jump of 34-6. Messalonskee's Alexa Brennan took the mile (5:51.46) and the 2 mile (13:02.13).
On the boys side as expected Brunswick cruised to the team title as the Dragons tallied 137 points to outdistance runner-up Mt Ararat by 37 points.
Sprinter Mitch Lienert was a key cog for the Dragons as he won the 400m (52.68) and the 200m (23.42), he also added a runner-up effort in the 55m for twenty-eight total points.
The distance runners provided plenty of support for Brunswick as they opened with a win in the 4x800m. Senior standout Will Shaughnessy added a pair of victories as he took the mile (4:23.12) and 800m (2:02.64), he also was the runner-up in the 2 mile. In the mile the Dragons also secured places 3-4-5, while Tyler Patterson added a runner-up effort in the 800m.
Brunswick Senior Samuel Cenescar cleared a state leading 6-6 in the high jump to claim the title.
Skowhegan's Tom Cesak ran a personal best and state #2 effort of 6.59 to win the 55m. While Lisandro Berry-Gaviria of Mt Ararat got the win in the 2 mile in a state #2 time of 9:31.57, he was the runner-up in the mile, and was third in the 800m.
Lewiston sophomore jumper Nigel Katende leaped out to 20-11 to win the long jump he added another win in the triple jump as he jumped 42-2.