Belfast, Camden Hills athletes compete in New EnglandsTrapani, Kessel, Nealey, Falvey run, hurdle, jump at prestigious event
Roxbury, Mass. — Two Belfast Lions and two Camden Hills Windjammers qualified for — and competed in — the prestigious 27th annual New England Interscholastic Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday, March 1 at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center on the Roxbury Community College campus.
Camden Hills senior Ben Trapani (mile) and sophomore Melissa Kessel (55-meter hurdles), as well as Belfast junior Owen Falvey (high jump) and sophomore Drew Nealey (high jump), competed in the championships.
According to the Maine Principals' Association website, "athletes will be selected [for the New Englands] based on the results of state competition. The champion in each event for Class A and B, and the next four best finishers, will represent the state. Maine will be allowed to have six athletes and relay teams in each event. Pole vault and triple jump are not events and the 300-, 600- and 1,000-meter races replace Maine's 200-, 400- and 800-meter races."
Belfast's Cassidy Hill (400 meters) and Nealey (pole vault) finished first at the state Class B meet in those events, thus qualified for the New Englands, but those events are not offered at that meet. Hill did not compete in the 600 meters at the New Englands.
Falvey also won the state Class B high jump title. Kessel and Trapani did not win state titles in their events, but their times were strong enough to qualify for the New Englands in those events.
The individual results for Midcoast student-athletes at the New Englands included:
Girls 55-meter hurdles — Prelims: 26, Kessel, CH, 9.50 seconds.
Boys mile — 10, Trapani, CH, four minutes, 24 seconds and ninth-100ths of a second. Jack Salisbury of LaSalle, Rhode Island finished first in 4:17.50.
Boys high jump — Nealey and Falvey had no height for the event, meaning they did not get over the starting height, which was not listed. Jermaine Lascelles of Bloomfield, Conn. finished first at 6 feet 7 inches.
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Ken Waltz has been member of the media 30 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.
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