Ewings named outstanding female athlete at PVC Meet

Houlton-GHCA track squad has strong showing

ORONO – The combined Houlton-GHCA track squad came out strong at the PVC small school track meet in Orono at their newly renovated track and field stadium.  The day started out quite warm and muggy, but eventually as night began to fall the temperatures cooled off and overall made for some great running conditions.

The 4 x 800-meter relay team of  Natalie Johnson, Abigail Duff, Elena Ardell, and Leanne Ross kicked the day off strong, taking home the first PVC Championship in the event.  The girls started out in front from the start and never looked back.

Teanne Ewings was named outstanding female athlete of the meet, as voted on by the coaches of the PVC teams.  “Unlike the Aroostook League, which awards their top-performing athletes, the award solely based on points accrued, the PVC takes into consideration coach’s opinions on the top performances, as well,” said Coach Chris Rines.

Ewings narrowly won the 1600m with just a margin of six-100ths of a second over second place, Ruth White of Orono.  Both times of 5:04 are the top two fastest times by a high school girl in Maine this season, regardless of class.  The 5:04 was again a US National Second Team standard performance according to MileSplit. 

Ewings returned to the track for the 400m with a fourth-place finish just 20 minutes later, and another half hour after that, brought home the win in the 800 meters, again upsetting Orono’s White by two seconds.  She closed the meet with a team win in the girls’ 4x400m relay with teammates Isabella Ardell, Elena Ardell, and Samantha Johnson.

The girl’s team took home third place overall at the meet, which is our highest finishing place ever at this championship.

Katie McQuarrie starting her 300m Hurdle heat.


1) Orono 134, 2) Bucksport 133, 3) Houlton 86.50, 4) Central 66.50, 5) George Stevens 61, 6) Sumner 24, 7) Foxcroft Academy 23, 8) Deer Isle Stonington 17, 9) Washington Academy 16, 10) Piscataquis  9, 11) Dexter  8, 12) Mattanawcook  6

The boy’s team, understaffed, was unfortunately unable to find any points in the tough competition.  Senior Daniel Ross and Junior JJ Bourgoin were unable to compete and a few mishaps in Javelin for Junior Samuel Duff as well as a very competitive field in Triple jump did not yield any scoring places.

Terry Valles setting his new personal best in the Long Jump.

  Freshman Phillip Espenscheid also received a DQ in the Race Walk for form violations.

1) Orono 142, 2) Bucksport 110, 3) Foxcroft 77, 4) Sumner  67, 5) George Stevens 65, 6) Washington 63, 7) Central 20, 8) Bangor 13, 9) Searsport 11, 10) Dexter 8, 11) Lee Academy 4 12) Narraguagus 1, 12) Blue Hill Harbor School 1 

Full Complete Results:

Individual Girls scoring in the top six in the following events:

1600 meter race walk — 4, Danlen Espenscheid 11:57.58

100 meter — 4, Ariana Ardell 13.54

200 —6, Samantha Johnson 29.07

400 — 4, Teanne Ewings 1:06.95, 6,Elena Ardell 108.16

800 —   1, Teanne Ewings 2:29.65, 6, Abigail Duff 2:48.45

1,600 — 1, Teanne Ewings 5:04.08, 6, Natalie Johnson 13:17.89

3200 — 5, Natalie Johnson 13:17.89, 6, Leanne Ross 14:00.15

100 Hurdles — 6, Hope Royal 20.65

300 Hurdles — 5, Leanne Ross 56.71

4×100 relay — 5, Katie McQuarrie, Hope Royal, Ariana Ardell, Isabella Ardell 58.04

4×400 relay — 1, Isabella Ardell, Teanne Ewings, Elena Ardell, Samantha Johnson 4:29.95

4×800 — 1, Natalie Johnson, Abigail Duff, Elena Ardell, Leanne Ross 11:08.88

High Jump — 6, Hope Royal 4-4

Triple Jump — 3, Ariana Ardell 30-6

Long Jump — 2, Ariana Ardell 15-7

Javelin — 2, Kaitlyn Kenny 103-3

The top places for the Shire boys’ results were:

Javelin — 12th, Sam Duff

Triple Jump — 7th, Sam Duff

Long Jump — 8th, Terry Valles

400m — 15th, Terry Valles

100m — 12th, Terry Valles

“Our team also set plenty of personal bests at this meet as the championship atmosphere helped drive performances beyond previous records,” Rines said.

Ariana Ardell – 100m, Long Jump, Triple Jump

Katie McQuarrie – 200m, 300m Hurdle

Teanne Ewings – 1600m

Natalie Johnson – 1600m

Leanne Ross – 300m Hurdle

McKenna Phillips – 1600m

Hope Royal – 100m Hurdle

Kaitlyn Kenny – Javelin

Danlen Espenscheid – 1600m Race Walk

Jayden Swimm – Shot Put

Terry Valles – 100m, 400m, Long Jump

Sam Duff – Triple Jump

New School Records –

Houlton – Ariana Ardell, Long Jump – 15′ 7″

GHCA – Teanne Ewings, 1600m – 5:04.08

GHCA – Leanne Ross, 300m Hurdle – 56.71

Houlton – Kaitlyn Kenney, Javelin – 103′ 3″

GHCA – Danlen Espenscheid, 1600m Racewalk – 11:57.57

GHCA – Samuel Duff, Triple Jump – 37′ 9″

Houlton & GHCA – Girls 4x800m Relay (Natalie, Elena, Leanne, Abby), 11:08.88

Ariana Ardell in lane 3 and Sam Johnson in lane 6 at the start of their prelim rounds of the 100m.

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