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Track and Field: Grigware makes it official, signs with UNH

Sport:   Posted: April 6th, 2011 by Tom Nolette


BIDDEFORD — The signature was the easy part.

It was all the effort that led up to it that was the toughie.

All the practices, all the games, all the throws.

And all those nettlesome decisions, too.

Which sport? Which college?

Which is a nice problem for Keila Grigware to have to sort out.

She did just that officially, Monday, with a stroke of her pen, when she signed her Letter of Intent to attend the University of New Hampshire as a track and field athlete.

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Sport:   Posted: July 1st, 2010 by Tom Nolette

Waterville's Fleming wins 3 events at Class B meet
Senior accounted for 38 points at Class B state championships

By Bill Stewart

By her own account, Lynn Fleming was simply out of shape when the outdoor track and field season began.

"I was so exhausted between the track seasons I just didn't get motivated to run," she said. "Then three practices into the outdoor season I was like, 'wow, I should've started running earlier.' So I just kept running and running and running."

Fleming, who recently graduated from Waterville Senior High School, didn't stop until she won state titles in the triple and long jumps to help the Purple Panthers win their fourth straight Class B crown.

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Sport:   Posted: July 1st, 2010 by Tom Nolette

Maranacook's Mace separates from pack
Sophomore won 800, 1,600 and 3,200 at Class B state championships

By Bill Stewart

She ran the 1,600-meter race for time. She ran the 3,200 to win. And the 800?

"I didn't even know I was going to run it," Maranacook Community High School sophomore Abby Mace said. "I found out I was doing the 800 for the state meet during the week of the meet, so I just wanted to run it."

Mace won all three events at the Class C meet to cap yet another standout season for the Black Bears.

For her accomplishments this season, Mace is the Kennebec Journal Girls Track and Field Athlete of the year for the second consecutive season.

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Daughter mirrors parentsí success in track

Sport:   Posted: June 24th, 2010 by Tom Nolette

By Ryan McLaughlin
BDN Staff  
A frustrating feeling was setting within Alex Crocker after a disappointing 10th-place finish in the 400 meters at the Class C state track and field championships earlier this month. 

But a half-hour later, the Orono High School junior was the happiest person at Foxcroft Academy after repeating a feat her mother, Christine (Ocana) Crocker, accomplished in her senior year at Mattanawcook Academy in Lincoln, winning the 300-meter hurdles.

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Class A Track: Storm, Dragons are atop the state

Sport:   Posted: June 6th, 2010 by Tom Nolette

Scarborough and Brunswick win team titles, and Abbey Leonardi and Will Geoghegan impress.

AUGUSTA - Sophomore Abbey Leonardi of Kennebunk didn't get the time she wanted in the 3,200 meters, coming up short by about 12 seconds at the Class A state track championships Saturday.

"With three or four laps left I fell off a little," she said. "I kept trying to push it. My goal was to run it in 10:30 but I knew that would be tough."

It was, but her time of 10 minutes, 42.32 seconds not only won the event but set a Class A record.

The victory at Alumni Field capped an impressive meet for Leonardi, who also broke her own Class A record in the 1,600 with a time of 4:51.57.

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Track and Field: Waterville girls claim 4th straight Class B crown, Falmouth repeats as boys champion

Sport:   Posted: June 6th, 2010 by Tom Nolette

Waterville girls claim 4th straight Class B crown, Falmouth repeats as boys champion

By Pete Warner

WINDHAM, Maine -- The Waterville girls claimed their fourth consecutive title, while the Falmouth boys successfully defended their crown during Saturday's Class B track and field state championship at Windham High School.
Senior Lynn Fleming won the long jump and the triple jump, was second in the 100-meter hurdles and ran on the winning 4x100 relay team to spearhead coach Ian Wilson's Purple Panthers to a comfortable victory in the girls' team competition.

Waterville scored 168 points to easily outdistance runner-up York, which scored 94. Greely of Cumberland Center took third with 54.3 points, followed by Falmouth (33) and Poland Regional (30). Mount Desert Island took sixth with 29 points.

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Track: Freshman Sasha Letourneau adds to family history at Lawrence

Sport:   Posted: June 4th, 2010 by Tom Nolette

Living up to her name
By Travis Lazarczyk 

Sasha Letourneau looks at the Lawrence High School track and field record book and sees her last name over and over.

"I come from a track family," Letourneau said. "There's a lot of Letourneaus on the record board at Lawrence."

Just a freshman, Sasha Letourneau has the potential to be the best of them all, and by all, we mean Lawrence track and field athletes, no matter the surname.

Last Saturday, Letourneau won the 200-meter dash at the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A championship meet with a time of 26.73 seconds

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Indoor Track: Old Town girls may contend for title

Sport:   Posted: December 24th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

DeShane, Brooks pace Coyotes; EMITL field more balanced this winter

By Ryan McLaughlin
BDN Staff
Rod White has always fielded competitive girls track and field teams at Old Town High School this decade, but Bangor and Brewer have dominated the Eastern Maine Indoor Track League during that time.

However, White’s Coyotes appear to have the talent and depth to contend for a league championship this winter, and both those traits were showcased in the first EMITL meet of the season Friday, as Old Town beat the two-time defending league champion Witches.

Two of those talented athletes, juniors Katie DeShane and Kayla Brooks, each won two individual events but, perhaps more importantly, made statements with impressive marks and times.

“Kayla Brooks was our most outstanding performer last spring, so we knew what she could do,” White said.

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Tewell motivated by loss, and driven by love of winning

Sport:   Posted: July 5th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By RACHEL LENZI, Staff Writer

Chelsey Tewell remembers the first time she lost a race. The feeling that came with it never left her.

Instead of dwelling on it, she used the loss as motivation.

"As an athlete, I just kept striving to beat people that beat me my freshman year," said Tewell, who graduated from York High School last month. "I remember how it felt to get beat. I had a few races where I let it get by me and it motivated me. After getting to the top, I wanted to stay on top."

Tewell became one of the state's top sprinters and hurdlers and is the Maine Sunday Telegram's MVP for girls' track and field.

Tewell finished her senior season of outdoor track with Class B titles in the 100-meter dash and 100 hurdles, setting a Class B record of 14.75 seconds in the hurdles, at this year's state meet at Mt. Desert Island High School. She completed her four years at York with six state titles in individual events. Additionally, Tewell helped York's 400 relay team win two Class B outdoor championships.

"I wanted to repeat as state champion in the events I ran, and I wanted to make sure I went out on top," Tewell said. "Shelby Tuttle (of Waterville) was scary all season, and she pushed me. It made me reach deep down, especially in the hurdles, and I had never ran that kind of time before. I have to give Shelby credit. She pushed me."

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Caribou leads strong Class B divisions ( East Preview)

Sport:   Posted: September 4th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

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Teams, individuals in the mix

Sport:   Posted: August 30th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

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CROSS COUNTRY: Freshman Mace snaps up 1st high school win

Sport:   Posted: August 30th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

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HIGH SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY: Junior class worth watching

Sport:   Posted: August 29th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

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Willard: Rapid rise has roots on farm

Sport:   Posted: August 3rd, 2008 by Tom Nolette

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