The Boothbay Region High School indoor track team ended its regular season Feb. 1 much how it started – record-breaking and record-setting through individual and team performances.
The Seahawks put up Gerald Gagne in the 55-meter dash marking the second time this season. Gagne placed third in 7.27 seconds setting a school and personal record and provisionally qualifying for states.
Ryan Russell and Mason Erhard placed eighth and 11th, respectively, in the 400-meter dash in 1:04.54 and 1:08.07. Russell lowered his personal time becoming the top sophomore performer and third best time in Seahawk history and Erhard rose to fourth best time.
“Fox Elder was oh-so-close to qualifying for states in the 800-meter run,” said Coach Nick Scott. “The qualifying mark in the event is 2:15.50 and Fox ran a 2:15.57. A lot of variables come into play when you are that close, but considering this was his first season running track and he has been a little under the weather lately it was a great race and he should be proud of his race.”
However, Elder’s 2:15.57 performance was not in vain as he lowered his record as a sophomore in the event and lists as second best time on the top ten list.
Kate Wickline crossed the finish line less than a second over her personal best in the 800-meter run, clinching fifth place in 2:44.95 in a tight race less than a second behind fourth place and just over a second ahead of sixth.
Will Perkins and Nathan Chatterton both broke personal bests running a tight one-mile race. Perkins finished second in 4:42.86 chopping off two seconds from his PR. Chatterton, currently the top performing sophomore of all time and third best on the top ten list, lowered his PR by three seconds in 5:23.87.
“Since the first time Nathan ran the one-mile in a meet five weeks ago, he has taken nearly 20 seconds off from his time,” said Scott.
Perkins also sliced off a second from his personal best in the two-mile run placing third in 10:38.12.
“It is worth noting that Will’s competition in both races have (PR’s) that are nearly 1 - 1.5 minutes faster than his,” said Scott. “The fact he was able to hang so tight with them is an indication that his training is paying off.”
Erhard, Chatterton, Russell, and Elder composed the 4x800 meter relay team and placed second in 10:02.70. While their finishing time was only slightly less than their previous school record, it did get them second best time on the top ten list.
The Seahawks will face further competition at the Western Mountain Conference League Championships on Friday, Feb. 8. Qualifying for state events are Perkins, Wickline and Gagne. Perkins qualified automatically for the 400-meter dash, 800-meter run, one-mile run, two-mile run and high jump. Wickline qualified provisionally for the 800-meter run and Gagne, provisionally, for the 55-meter dash.