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Cougar girls triumph in track meet
RUMFORD -- The ability to start off on a fast track was exactly what the Dirigo girls' team was banking on and Sylvia Lutick provided a boost by winning two events to help make a difference.
The Cougars proved to have to much depth as the girls scored 106 points to easily win a six-team meet, while Kaitlyn Virgin was also a double winner to lead Mountain Valley to a fourth place finish (58.5) at the track encompassing Chet Bulger Field at the Hosmer Complex.
Nick Young won the 400-meter race and long jump, while the relay teams doubled up, but it wasn't enough as the Dirigo boys' team finished second (92) behind a strong Telstar squad (129). Second place finishes by runners helped MV to fourth with 40. "There was some good performances," said Dirigo coach Gunnar Bradbury. "An early meet like this allows every one to see where they matchup, against the rest of the competition. The results today will hopefully provide a indicator as to where the kids need to be when it counts the most."
Lutick won the 100 by getting out of the gates quickly to beat teammate Sabrina Daoud by .22 hundrths. Lutick also won the 400 by under one second, but the senior finished second in the 200.
Cougars Kayla Gaudin and Jessica Conant each won the shot put and 80. Gaudin's toss was three feet farther, while Conant was edged out in the 1600. 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 doubled in the long and triple jumps. The Falcon out leaped Cassie Dumond by two feet to win the triple jump. MV also won the 4x100 relay with Sarah Klein, Abby Parent, Taylor Smart and Virgin.
On the boys' side, Young ran the 400 meters in 56.99, with Shawn Bennett of MV in second. Young leaped over 34 feet in the triple jump.
Mike Chow was second in the 100, with Ming Ling Schnoor second in 300 hurdles. Sam Rock and Seth Tashney each ran third in the 800 and 3200. MV's Will Cunningham, Nate Boucher and Nicklas DuPont each ran second in 3200, 1600 and 100.