Indoor track record: Amelia Wedderburn takes on the leadership role for Lewiston
Lewiston’s Amelia Wedderburn met indoor track and field as a freshman and has since continued to progress in her events.
Now senior, Wedderburn has earned a spot as the team’s captain.
“She’s been remarkable this year,” said Blue Devils coach Steve Virgilio. “A great moment there are barely two meetings, she took the initiative. We hadn’t officially appointed any captains at this point, but she just took the initiative and I set up the competition entries, but with such a large team there are usually limitations on our entries for the competitions. competitions. You can only have six people in the 800, so a lot in the 55 dashboard, so sometimes we’ll have more people in the relay. It gets really confusing, especially at this level, so she was there to organize it.
“You know, it sounds simple, but it’s not that simple. To make these 16 children run, it’s a miracle, to tell you the truth. She’s there while I’m coaching elsewhere and she took the initiative to organize herself, especially on the girls side, and these girls, some of them never did a track and she did everything for everything implement. She then comes up to me and says, “I’m stressed, it was so difficult.” And I said, ‘Amelia, I’m glad you know how I’m feeling.’ I said thank you and it was a great moment for her, not just in her track career but in her life. She was awesome.
Wedderburn leads the KVAC in the long jump at 16 feet, 6.5 inches and is third in the 55 with a time of 7.65 seconds.
“Amelia has always been a stellar athlete,” said Virgilio. “This year, she is captain and has really progressed in her maturity, her commitment and all the facets that transcend human performance. It’s a constant progression. She has always been committed and is always improving. She has been remarkable this year.
The Lewiston boys team is full of sprinters and jumpers who are at the top of the A-class.
“Jabreel Muhammed-Aceto and Abdirazak Abukar have been two consistent leaders over the past two years, but now we have new kids like Raimundo Lubota who is a football player and who has been awesome,” said Virgilio. “He’s kind of like the Godfather or something, he’s a bigger guy, he looks like a solid NFL defenseman and the guys gravitate to him and respect him. He’s been so successful at showing himself, listening and improving. He ran the dash in the first four meetings and each time he ran faster. He is currently fifth or sixth in the state, and Abdirazak is third or fourth. He established himself as a relay candidate, whose current number we have at this point once in the state.
“Levi-prince Likibi is another guy who won in the jumps,” added Virgilio. “He jumped the triple jump for the first time the other day and jumped 42-5.5. Jabreel is a 42-7 jumper, so we have the second and third best jumpers in the state.
FRONTS SEARCH FORM
Many high school indoor track teams in Maine have competed in multiple track and field competitions, while others haven’t competed at all this season.
Leavitt competed four times and ultimately rocked the rust, according to coach Jamie Juntura.
“I think it’s going pretty well, ”Juntura said of the season. “I was talking to the team last week during practice, and the words I used with them were, ‘We did a good job removing the rust, but it took us four weeks to do it. We have taken four competitions and we have removed a lot of the rust, now we have to devote ourselves to a month of training before the championship competition.
The Hornets’ final regular season track and field competition will be Jan. 17. Next come the KVAC Championships in February.
The Leavitt boys pitchers were positive, including senior Jack Boutaugh, who pitched well even with his free hand.
“Josh Chrétien and Jacob Wilcox in the shot put were successful,” said Juntura. “It really helped because our main pitcher was going to be Jack Boutaugh, and he dislocated his elbow in that cape elizabeth soccer match. He is coming back, hopefully, for the 17th. Certainly for the KVACs. Here’s the big surprise with Jack, he was able to throw a qualifying throw with his left hand (35ft, 9.5in). He’s doing what he needs to do to make sure he’s still in the game, which is cool.
Juntura also cited Manny Driscoll as a bright spot in the sprints, while first student Stephen Pierre made an appearance as a sprinter and jumper.
“He’s just a freshman and he’s running one of the fastest times over hurdles (8.88 seconds), with no blocks. He’s jumping with the senior level long jumpers (19-10, 75) and he’s high jump 5-10, ”said Juntura. “He’s an incredible athlete and he’s been a part of our summer program for years.
A group of sophomores stood out for the Hornets women’s team.
“We have three second year students – Lindsay Bates, Nola Boutaugh and Sarae Fish – which have been great, ”said Juntura. “As for the women’s team, we have a small team but they pushed a lot of points in their events. (Junior) Emma Couturier, she was phenomenal among the girls in the jumps.
SMALL BUT POWERFUL KNIGHTS
Poland coach Laurie Gaudreau said the Knights – while a smaller squad of 25, rather than the usual 40 to 50 – are energetic and focused.
“They’re just under power,” Gaudreau said. “We have some new energy. I’m coming in, it’s my second season with all of them – (we’ve got) one or two new players who don’t play away, so they’re getting to know me. Some of our heavyweights (are) Jake Twigg, Nolan Garey, Dom Antonelli and also Nick Garey – I think you can expect to see great things from the Garey brothers.
In the most recent competition in Poland, Nolan Garey won the 55 meter hurdles (8.52 seconds) as well as the 400 meters (56.15). Nick Garey was third in the 200 (25.09).
Ellen Marquis-Boutin was second in the women’s 55 meters (8.11) and sixth in the 200 (30.24).
“I think they are learning to set realistic expectations and I’m impressed with the team chemistry they show,” said Gaudreau. “They’re there to cheer on their teammates when they’re not competing, not just sitting alone.”
ST. DOM’S READY TO START
St. Dom’s head coach Tyler Shennett said the Saints, which this year included athletes from St. Dom’s, Oak Hill, Winthrop and Lisbon, are looking forward to hitting the track for the first time this season. .
After practicing for five weeks, it’s finally time for the Saints to compete in their first track competition of the season on Friday.
“It’s been good,” Shennett said of the season. “We trained as much as possible but it’s obviously a shame because we don’t have access to a track. It limits our resources, but we are in the same boat as everyone else. We have a place to train and the kids are ready to start our season this Friday. We have a meeting every Friday in January, then the first in February, then it’s the championships. “
St. Dom’s has many new track athletes who have never competed in track and field before, so Friday will be kind of a benchmark to see where everyone is and which athletes fit best into each. test.
“It’s good to see. We have a general idea of the strengths and weaknesses of children, ”said Shennett. “We can see where our kids are excelling or where they have potential. The downside is that some athletes have never done track and field, so they won’t know if they like an event or not until they do. We have a lot of beginners and most of our kids in St. Dom are first grade students. Some of them have never even seen an indoor track.
“It will be interesting. Friday is our first test and we’ve been training for four or five weeks, and I hope we come out on a high.
Shennett works alongside assistant coach Dan Campbell, longtime track coach Edward Little and the University of Maine at Farmington. Campbell fights cancer, so sometimes he misses training. Still, his love for the track keeps him going, according to Shennett.
“Dan struggles in some ways, but he’s doing well,” Shennett said. “It’s great to have had him as a coach (at Edward Little) and now to be able to work with him side by side. It has been a blessing to work alongside him.
“He has days when he’s not around, good days and bad days, but the track means so much to him and he’s there to push these kids and help them.”