Originally published in The Weekly Packet, May 9, 2013
GSA track team hits its stride
Corey An hits 17 feet, 6 inches in the long jump at a May 3 meet in Ellsworth, which may qualify him for the state championship on June 1.
by Anne Berleant
The George Stevens Academy track team scored high in meets at Bucksport on April 26 and Ellsworth on May 3, with several members qualifying for the state and PVC championships.
Brier-Rose Werner placed first in the 100-meter hurdle at Ellsworth, as did the girls A and B relay teams, placing first and second, respectively, in the 4x100 meter. Paul Ferreira notched second place in the 400 meter dash. He and Werner are provisional qualifiers for for the states, as is Corey An in the long jump (17-11). Both the girls and boys teams placed third for the event, out of seven schools, after Mount Desert Island and Ellsworth, and “were tops for Class C schools,” Coach Erich Reed said.
At the previous meet at Bucksport, the teams placed second, after Bucksport (girls) and Bangor Christian (boys), with the most combined points for both teams. Lucy Jakub placed first in the 300 meter hurdles and Devon Coleman placed second in the high jump—both qualified for the states in those events. The boys 400 and 800 meter relay teams placed first, while in the 800 meter run, Philip Shaheen and Nate Cole nabbed the number one and two spots.
The teams next compete at Ellsworth on Friday, May 10, and May 17 at MDI.
“We have a few more weeks of hard training,” Coach Reed told his teams, before the PVC meet on may 24 at Bangor and the states at Foxcroft on June 1.