Will Perkins represented the Boothbay Region High School Seahawks as Bates College hosted the Class B Indoor State Championships on Saturday, Feb. 16.
Perkins raced in both the one-mile and two-mile events placing sixth and fourth, respectively, with times of 4:45.46 and 10:29.67.
“Will ran a nine-second personal record to place fourth (and) he was less than one tenth of one second away from beating (Lincoln Academy’s) Sam Russ for third place,” said Coach Nick Scott.
Much has happened since Perkins and teammates Kate Wickline and Zach Rollins traveled to Gorham for a pre-season-like set of relays during winter break. This would mark the first time Rollins picked up a high school shot – four pounds heavier than shots used in middle school – and his put placed him ahead of all other freshmen at the event and gave him the record for the farthest Seahawks freshman put.
Wickline ran her first one-mile race making third fastest in Seahawks history and topping the list of fastest Seahawks freshmen. Perkins soared to the top of fastest Seahawks in the one-mile run and automatically placed for states.
The season opener on Jan. 4 in Gorham brought several more Seahawks to the stage and many more broken records. Fox Elder, Mason Erhard, Nathan Chatterton and Ryan Russell participated in a track meet for the first time, Gerald Gagne set records in the 55-meter and 200-meter dashes, and Zach Rollins showed up his first shot put by over three inches and was the second best freshman in the event.
The rest of the season followed with many broken records, bested personal times and all-around firsts for the athletes. However, by Jan. 25, Will Perkins held Seahawk records in every event he competed in throughout the season and qualified for states in five of them – two-mile run, one mile run, 800-meter run, 400-meter dash, and high jump.
“Congratulations, Will, on an amazing finish to an amazing season,” said Scott. “These accomplishments are well deserved after weeks and weeks and weeks of dedication – well done!”