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Cougar track girls run past competition
Seen here is some of the action in the April 30 track meet at Hosmer Field, which included teams from Mountain Valley, Dirigo, Spruce Mountain and Buckfield. (Times photos by Bruce Farrin)
RUMFORD -- There was some impressive performances and the Dirigo girls' track team continued on the right path behind double winners Kayla Gaudin and Sylvia Lutick. However, it was the Cougars' overall depth which proved to be the difference as the girls scored 81 points to easily fly by Spruce Mountain at 46, Mountain Valley at 25 and Buckfield at 15 on April 30.
Kaitlyn Virgin won the long jump and placed second in another jumping event to lead Mountain Valley on Chet Bulger Field at the Hosmer Complex.
Nick Young and Hunter Ross each won the 400 and 200 meter races, while placing second in other events to help the Dirigo boys team finish second (58) behind Spruce Mountain (77.5). Will Cunningham won the 800 and two-mile run to pace MV (50.5).
''We have some fast girls,'' said Dirigo coach Gunnar Bradbury. ''Plus, they are not limited to just one event. Several of them already have the times or distances that were needed to qualify for the Mountain Valley Conference (championship) and state meets. There are quite a few others who are closing in on the marks.''
Lutick won the 400 by getting out of the gates quickly to stay ahead of teammate Cassie Drumond, but Lutick was beaten by teammate Megan Morrison in the 800. Lutick rebounded by winning the javelin with a throw of over 79 feet over Morrison.
Gaudin was second in the 100, by three tenths, but ahead of teammates Sabrina Daoud and Gabby Chartier.
Gaudin won the shot put, toss of 41 feet, 5 inches to outdistance Abby Parent of MV and Gaudin outleaped Virgin in the triple jump.
''Kayla was on our winning relay team,'' said Bradbury, along with Celine Bolduc, Daoud and Chartier on the 4x100. "There is a good group of freshmen and some sophomores who can score points.''
Natalie Bolduc won the two mile run and Krystal Blood was second in 3200,
"Some running times and distances have qualified individuals for the Mountain Valley Conference championships and the state meet,'' said Bradbury.
Virgin and teammate Sarah Klein each leaped 13 feet, 4 inches in the long jump. The Falcons ran second in the 4x400 relay, with Sarah Klein, Abby Parent, Taylor Smart and Virgin.
On the boys' side, Mike Chow edged Ross by one-tenth of a second in 100, but Ross came back to win 200 by a full second.
"It was Hunter's first-ever track meet,'' said Bradbury. Ross, who is a member of the baseball team, along with Young, won the 400 meters in 54 seconds, with Shawn Bennett of MV in second. ''Hunter sure won't get many style points, but he sure is fast.''
Young was second in the 800 and the triple jump.
Mike Chow was second in the javelin, with Ming Ling Schnoor, second in 300 hurdles. fourth. Sam Rock and Seth Tashney each ran second in 800 and 3200. Bennett and teammate Nate Fitzpatrick won the high jump and 300 hurdles, respectively. MV's Nate Boucher and Nicklas DuPont each placed in 1600 and 200.