Boothbay, Wiscasset older track and field athletes show they've still got it
Friday the 13th proved a lucky day as far as the weather was concerned. The predicted rain held off long enough to get in the first ever alumni meet, featuring current and former high school athletes from Wiscasset and Boothbay.
Wolverine Coach Josiah Winchenbach and Coach Nick Scott of Boothbay Region organized the meet held at Wiscasset Middle High School. The meet included running, jumping and throwing events.
WMHS senior Grace Webber won two events, placing first in the 100-meter dash at 12.4 seconds, and winning the 200-meter sprint in 28 seconds flat. Her younger sister Gwen Webber ran second in the 200, in 32.6.
Boothbay Region's Reagan Cola was second in the 100, in 13.9 and Gwen Webber was third, in 14.5. The Seahawks finished one and two in the 400, Cola at 1:12 followed by Marissa Peters, 1:20. Wolverine senior Avanna Stover won the 100-meter hurdles in 17.5, followed by Seahawk Olivia Paolillo, second at 19.8 and Gwenn Webber third at 21 seconds even.
Lily Souza won the shot put with a winning toss of 25’2” and placed third in the javelin behind Cola and Sydney Mercier. Mercier’s winning toss measured 53’10.” There were no results for the girls' jumping events. Both Stover and Webber were the only entries in the long and triple jumps and decided against competing.
Boothbay Region's Will Perkins and Kyle Ames finished one and two in the 400, with times of 58.9 and 59.9 respectively.
WMHS's Matt Chapman won the 110-meter hurdles, crossing the finish line in 17.8 seconds. Cedrick Loyola and Max Sampson placed one and two in the triple jump at 37’4” and 36’6.5” while Boothbay Region's Quinn Ranta was third, 34’7”.
The Wolverines swept the long jump. Max Sampson placed first with a leap of 18’ 8” followed by the Loyola brothers, Chris and Cedrick, tying for second at 17’ 3” and Chapman in third, 16’ 3.5”. Seahawk Jay Hasch and Will Perkins were one and two in the high jump clearing 6’2” and 5’6”. Cedrick Loyola placed third clearing 5’4” and Ranta fourth at 5’2”.
The combined Wolverine and Boothbay alumni won six of the 17 events proving to Coaches Winchenbach and Scott the alumni have still got it!
Matthew Brown, Boothbay Region class of ’01, had the best shot put throw of the day, a hurl of 50 feet even on his second effort. In 2000, he set a Seahawk record in the shot put.
Brandon Campbell returned to WMHS and won the 100-meter dash besting a field of 11 runners. His winning time was 12.1. Wolverine Chris Loyola was second in the 100 at 12.5. Campbell won two events at the 2009 MVC championship meet, the 200-meter sprint and 300-meter hurdles when he set a new Wolverine school record, 40.1.
The alumni swept the distance races. Boothbay's Chase Brown and Matt Burnham placed first and second in the 1,600 at 4:54 and 5:19. Brandon Goud, a 2017 graduate of WMHS, was third. Goud is attending Maine Maritime Academy in Castine where he’s part of the cross-country team. Brown also won the 800, crossing the finish line in 2:16.6.
Other alumni participants included former Seahawk Draco Peaslee who returned from the University of Maine at Farmington to take part in the sprinting events. He won the 200 in 22.9 seconds, edging out WMHS’s Chapman who ran a 25.8 race followed by Boothbay's Tim Chapelle, 26.9.
Wiscasset alumnus Darren Jones ran in heat two of the 100 against his son, Josh, a WMHS sophomore.
Abel Bryer, another Seahawk alumnus, won the javelin with a toss of 142’ 9”, BBR’s Jay Hasch was second, 119’5”, WMHS alum Conlon Ranta third, 114’ 8.”
Boothbay’s Dick Morrison served as the official starter in the running events. Seahawk assistant coaches Josh Higgins and Catlin Sheppard also pitched in to help run the meet. Wiscasset’s Todd Souza officiated the shot put that drew 16 competitors, the most of all the events.
Boothbay outscored Wiscasset 45-37 in the girl’s competition and 98-75 in the boys. The event drew over 50 competitors.