High school track and field

Lions Nealey, Riley soar to state Class B championships

Belfast's Hill has strong all-around day at talent-laden meet
By Ken Waltz | Jun 09, 2014
Photo by: Mark Haskell Mount View's Angela Strain, left, and Kelly Dean, middle, race to the finish of the 100 meters during the June 7 state Class B high school track-and-field championships in Brewer.

Brewer — Belfast senior Marcus Riley and sophomore Drew Nealey literally soared to state Class B track-and-field championships on Saturday, June 7 to lead a talented Waldo County contingent of qualifying high school student-athletes who enjoyed tremendous success at the talent-laden meet.

In fact, while Riley (long jump) and Nealey (pole vault) won individual state titles, many other Midcoast athletes challenged for top spots and finished with top-six, top-three and even runner-up finishes.

No one had a more impressive day on the track then Belfast's Cassidy Hill who did everything but win a state crown. She finished a close second in two events (100 and 400 meters) and third in another (200 meters).

Additionally, Belfast 4x100-meter boys relay team finished second, as did Lions Levi Lapham (high jump), Marcus Riley (triple jump) and Curtis Warren (pole vault).

Other Waldo County student-athletes also came within a whisker of finishing among the top few.

Waterville surged to team victories in boys and girls action.

Click for photos from the state Class B meet.

The girls team scores were: Waterville 108.25, Greely of Cumberland 87, York 64, Lake Region of Bridgton 40, Camden Hills 39, Belfast 32, Hermon 32, Mount Desert Island 30, Erskine Academy of South China 27, Ellsworth 25, Freeport 24, Winslow 21, Fryeburg Academy 19, Morse of Bath 17, Old Town 14, Leavitt of Turner 13.25, Medomak Valley 10, Caribou 9, Spruce Mountain of Jay/Livermore Falls 8, Cape Elizabeth 7, Lincoln Academy of Newcastle 6, Mount View of Thorndike 5, Wells 24, Gray-New Gloucester 2.25, Gardiner 2, Poland 0.25 and Oceanside no score.

The boys team scores were: Waterville 92.5, Belfast 80.5, Ellsworth 69, Old Town 68, York 55, Mount Desert Island 46, Gray-New Gloucester 38, Fryeburg Academy 35, Cape Elizabeth 24, Freeport 22, Spruce Mountain 19, Wells 15, Camden Hills 13, Caribou 13, Greely 12, Lincoln Academy 11, Leavitt 11, Poland 8, Oceanside 6, Morse 5, Presque Isle 3, Mount View and Medomak Valley no score.

As state champs, Riley and Nealey qualified for the New England championships on Saturday, June 14 at Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Mass.

The qualifiers from Maine will be based on the performances at the three state meets. All seven scorers from each of the state meets will create the pool to fill the field. The state champions from each of the three classes and the next three best performances will qualify for the meet. If one or more of the six qualifiers decides not to compete, then the field will be filled with the next best performance from the state meets.

Thus, other local state participants besides the state champs may have qualified for the New Englands.

The individual Waldo County girls state results included:

100-meter hurdles (preliminaries) — 8, Hannah Richards, Bel, 17.79.

100-meter hurdles (finals) — 6, Hannah Richards, Bel, 17.68.

100 meters (preliminaries) — 2, Cassidy Hill, Bel, 12.89; 15, Kelly Dean, MtV, 13.61; and 16, Angela Strain, MtV, 13.64.

100 meters (finals) — 2, Cassidy Hill, Bel, 12.90.

1,600 meters — 9, Cassandra Howard, Bel, 5:36.52.

4x100-meter relay — 18, Belfast (Anna Baiungo, Kristine Mehuren, Victoria Curtis, Hannah Richards), 59.09.

400 meters — 2, Cassidy Hill, Bel, 59.70; and 5, Angela Strain, MtV, 1:01.13.

300-meter hurdles — 6, Kylie Nelson, Bel, 49.99; and 21, Hannah Richards, Bel, 56.04.

800 meters — 12, Kelsey Grass, Bel, 2:33.42.

200 meters — 3, Cassidy Hill, Bel, 26.37; 10, Faith Beaulieu, Bel, 27.25; and 11, Angela Strain, MtV, 27.34.

3,200 meters — 9, Cassandra Howard, Bel, 12:37.60.

4x400-meter relay — 3, Belfast (Kelsey Grass, Faith Beaulieu, Kylie Nelson, Cassidy Hill), 4:15.01.

Triple jump — 9, Kylie Nelson, Bel, 31-7.75.

Javelin — 6, Jenni Nadeau, MtV, 93-10.

Discus — 8, Jenni Nadeau, MtV, 91-0.

Pole vault — 11, Kylie Nelson, Bel, 7-0; and 15, Kristine Mehuren, Bel, 7-0.

The individual Waldo County boys state results included:

4x800-meter relay — 10, Belfast (Ethan Merrifield, Aiden Ripley, Tyler Noyes, Alex Morsey), 9:07.84.

1,600-meter race walk — 10, Chase Hubbard, MtV, 8:47.06. Jordan Bickford of also qualified in the event.

4x100-meter relay — 2, Belfast (Walker Roberts, Curtis Warren, Marcus Riley, Levi Lapham), 45.40.

4x400-meter relay — 5, Belfast (Curtis Warren, Doug Wich, Roger Quehl, Drew Nealey), 3:39.25.

High jump — 2, Levi Lapham, Bel, 6-2; 3, Drew Nealey, Bel, 6-0; and 7, Owen Falvey, Bel, 5-10.

Long jump — 1, Marcus Riley, Bel, 21-8.25; and 11, Owen Falvey, Bel, 18-9.25.

Triple Jump — 2, Marcus Riley, Bel, 41-7; and 5, Owen Falvey, Bel, 39-7.25.

Javelin — 4, Levi Lapham, Bel, 156-6; and 8, Adam Littlefield, Bel, 139-1.

Shot put — 11, Adam Littlefield, Bel, 39-4.5.

Discus — 3, Drew Nealey, Bel, 132-7; 5, Jared Hansen, Bel, 129-9; 10, Rory Ambrose, Bel, 118-0; and 20, Chris Cole, MtV, 99-3.

Pole vault — 1, Drew Nealey, Bel, 13-6; 2, Curtis Warren, Bel, 12-0; and 5, Kameron Culbertson, Bel, 10-9. Walker Roberts of Belfast also qualified in the event.

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Ken Waltz has been member of the media nearly 35 years and has received hundreds of Maine Press Association and New England Press Association awards for his writing, photography and page design. He studied journalism at the University of Maine in Orono. He lives in South Thomaston with his wife, Sarah. The couple has an adult son, Brandon, who lives in North Carolina.

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