Houlton girls earn first team win in program history

Houlton track team breaks school records

By Chris Rines
Houlton Track coach
“Week two in the PVC schedule for us is truly going to be a meet to remember,” said Houlton track coach Chris Rines. “Our girls tallied up their first victory in program history,” he said. The girls bested Caribou, Washburn, MSSM, Fort Kent, Fort Fairfield, and host Presque Isle. They lead by eight first-place, six second-place, and five third-place finishes. The Lady Shires managed to not only break their previous scoring record (52), but would more than triple it in pursuit of their first team win in program history with 175.5 over second place PI 149.5.
Top scoring places by event were as follows:
100mh – 1 Emma Ardell, 6 Hope Royal
100m – 1 Sam Johnson, 3 Emmalyne Drake, 5 Elena Ardell
1600m – 2 Drake, 3 Leanne Ross
4x100m R – 2 Houlton (Kailyn Kenney, Ross, Aliya Sabattis-Webber, Royal)
400m – 1 Johnson, 2 Isabella Ardell
300mh – 1 Em Ardell
800m – 2 El Ardell, 4 Ross
200m – 1 Johnson, 2 Em Ardell, 5 Ariana Ardell
3200m – 1 Drake
High Jump – 1 Drake, T3 El Ardell & Johnson
Triple Jump – 1 A Ardell
Javelin – 2 Kaitlyn Kenney, 5 Joely Stone
Discus – 3 Kenney
Shot Put – 2 Kenney, 4 Stone
1600m RW – 3 Jeremy Stone
1600m – 3 Daniel Ross, 6 Stone
400m – 4 Ross
3200m – 3 Ross
Three school records were broken during the meet.  Starting off the record-breaking action was senior Emmalyne Drake with a new girl’s high jump record of 4ft 6in (previously held by Isabelle Cosby with 4’4″).  Drake would win the event with that height, and it also marks the first individual event win of her career.
Next up was senior Emma Ardell taking to the 100m Hurdles.  Cruising to the first-place win, with a time of 17.63, she was able to lower her own previous record of 17.73 by a tenth of a second.
Following up in the next event was Sam Johnson in the Girls 100m.
“Sam had everything going for her in the race, an excellent start, a peak performance, a very competitive field around her to push her, and the ever-present favorable wind down the PI finishing straightaway,” said Rines. “All things clicked and there was no looking back.”
Johnson not only dropped a full second off her personal best, she took down Mia Hanning’s three-year-old 100m record of 13.29 by .42 seconds to a new low of 12.87.  Johnson is the first girl that the team has ever had run in the 12-second range.

In the boy’s events, Daniel Ross established the first bo

Jeremy Stone at the start of the 1600m Race Walk.

y’s Triple Jump mark to beat with a distance of 25ft 8in, previously vacant.

Jeremy Stone lowers the boy’s Race Walk record previously held by Isaac Potter (11:15.65) to the new low of 10:55.04.
Emma Ardell out in front all alone cruising to the 300m hurdle victory.
“There was one record from week one I missed,” said Rines. ” In Hampden, Leanne Ross established the mark to beat in the girl’s 300m hurdle event with a time of 1:04.16, previously vacant.

Scenes from week 2 can be found on the team’s

Sam leading the pack to a new personal best and school record-setting time.

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