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Bucksport High School combined strong individual performances with superior depth to sweep Friday’s Penobscot Valley Conference-Eastern Maine Indoor Track League small-school indoor track and field championships at the New Balance Field House on the University of Maine campus in Orono.
The Golden Bucks totaled 153 points in the girls meet to top second-place Central of Corinth (92 points). Orono was third with 85 points, followed by George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill (31), Sumner of East Sullivan (29), Foxcroft Academy of Dover-Foxcroft (5) and Bangor Christian (4).
Bucksport scored 150 points to win the boys meet, followed by Sumner (81) and Orono (62). Foxcroft was fourth with 60 points, followed by Central (29), George Stevens Academy (20), Bangor Christian (15) and Dexter (4).
Distance runner William Hileman sparked Bucksport’s win on the boys side, winning the mile in 4:46.88 and 2-mile in 10:39.05 and placing third in the 800. Teammate Hugh Jack won the 55 dash (6.89 seconds) and 200 (25.16) while Colin Simpson won the long jump (20-1 ½) and triple jump (39-6) and Nathan Paulauskas placed first in the high jump (6-2) and second in the long jump.
The Golden Bucks’ William Bissonnette, Evan Trojano and Adrian Russell also finished 2-3-4 in the shot put behind event winner Noah Parker of Orono (39-1 ½), while Gage Bruns placed second in the 800, third in the mile and fourth in the 2-mile.
Other event winners were Orono’s Owen Conner-Self won the 55 hurdles (8.77) and pole vault (10-0), Caleb Willett of Sumner in the 400 (56.95), Kaleb Colson of Sumner in the 800 (2:09.89), Central’s 4×800 relay team of Kevin Howard, Andrew Lyman, Dominic Turmel and Kennan Bean in 9:41.34 and Orono’s 4×200 relay tandem of Andrew Melanson, Alex Maheu, Brady Maheu and Conner-Self in 1:41.88.
In the girls’ meet, sophomore Natasha Monreal helped Bucksport secure its title with individual victories in the long jump (15-7) and triple jump (31-8 ½), as well as teaming with Angelina Cotoni, Alyx Farrell and Johanna Stiles to win the 4×200 relay in 1:56.20.
The Golden Bucks’ Alyssa Maguire won the shot put with a best of 32-0 ¼.
Farrell, Cotoni and Ashley Cyr finished 2-3-4 for Bucksport in the 55 hurdles while Cotoni, Stiles and Carly McHale went 2-3-4 in the 55-yard dash. Abigail Hunt and Cyr placed 2-3 in the 400, McHale placed second to Monreal in the long jump, Frazell was second in the high jump and triple jumper Helaina Winslow placed third.
Sumner’s runner-up effort was led by Ada Fisher, who won the 55 hurdles (9.57) and 400 (1:05.85) and finished second in the 200.
Cassidy Hanson of Central and Thea Crowley of George Stevens Academy were other two-event winners, Hanson in the 55 dash (7.57) and 200 (28.73), and Crowley in the mile (5:20.24) and 2-mile (11:29.98).
Central had two other event winners in Emily Champney-Brown in the high jump (4-6) and Juliana Viani in the pole vault (6-6).
Orono won two events, with Eleanor Tyne capturing the 800 in 2:30.74 and the Red Riots’ 4×800 relay team of Megan Brewer, Abby Batchelder, Mariah Sharrow and Siobhan Farrell winning in 12:43.34.