Thursday, 20 April 2017 18:30

Several teams begin outdoor track and field season

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BREWER - The outdoor track and field season got started this week, and for many local schools, the first meet of the spring brought some tough conditions. However, that didn't stop them from posting some impressive performances.

Hermon's 4x800 meter boys relay team turned in a personal record, with a winning time of 9:46:22.

"We've been working really hard," said Connor Cropley, the Hawks anchor. It's been a long time, we've come a long way. I'm just really proud of ourselves. I feel like we earned it."

The Brewer girls showcased their strength in the sprints, as senior Lia Johnson took first place in the 100-meter dash in 13.12 seconds.

"I was kind of expecting it," she said. "At the same time I looked at the seeds before and that kind of stressed me out, because then it gives me expectations. But it was really good."

Mattanawcook Academy sophomore Cayden Spencer-Thompson showed just how smooth the transition between indoor and outdoor can be for top athletes. Following a strong performance at Indoor Nationals in the triple jump event, he opened the outdoor season with a personal record in long jump.

"On a cold day like this, I'm happy with any outcome," he said. "Crappy-weather days usually end up with not-too-decent jumps. With a PR in long jump, I'm pretty excited to open the season with that."

Both Brewer boys and girls took home the overall team victories.

Matt Randall

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