Kenney, Ardell win individual PVC championships

Houlton relay team blows away the field

Houlton’s Emma Ardell takes top place for the hurdles.

Saturday’s Championship Meet was another landmark for the Houlton Track program with our girls’ team coming in fourth place with 72 team points, the highest they have ever finished at the meet.

“This meet was certainly the toughest competition we have faced all season,” said coach Chris Rines. “It being a league championship, qualifiers-only meet, meant that every kid that was there entered in the meet was meant to be there.  The difference from first place to last place in any given event was minimal compared to what you might see in a regular-season meet. I’m happy we were able to bring down almost our entire squad and they did what they have done all season, compete and put points on the board.
“The PVC Championship has been kind of a white whale for us from an individual event perspective, too,” added Rines. “Up until last Saturday, we had never had a single athlete take top honors and win an event at the meet.  There’s always been some odd circumstances that just lead to a lot of close second places or maybe one of our stronger athletes not being able to attend it.  Well, I’m happy to say that came to an end on Saturday.”
Houton’s first PVC Champion, Kaitlyn Kenney threw the girl’s winning javelin throw for 88’5″ to take the top spot.  About 20 minutes later, Emma Ardell cruised through her 100m Hurdles prelims and then stormed the finals race to be crowned the champion in that event.
Houlton athletes took in a lot of medals throughout the rest of the day from scoring places (top 6).  To end the day, the girls 4x400m (Sam Johnson, Isabella and Elena Ardell, and Emmalyne Drake) team took to the track and blew away the rest of the field with a season-best 4:29.13 for first place.
2021 PVC Individual Champions:
Girls Javelin – 1st Kaitlyn Kenney – 88’5″
Girls 100m Hurdle – 1st Emma Ardell – 17.65
Girls 4x400m Relay – 1st Houlton (I Ardell, Johnson, E Ardell, Drake) – 4:29.13
Scoring Places:
Girls 100m – 5th Sam Johnson – 13.85
Girls 200m – 4th Isabella Ardell – 29.20
Girls 200m – 6th Emma Ardell – 29.38
Girls 400m – 2nd Sam Johnson – 1:04.95 (this actually broke the facility record, but so didn’t first place)
Girls 400m – 3rd Elena Ardell – 1:05.56
Girls 400m – 6th Isabella Ardell – 1:06.76
Girls 800m – 3rd Emmalyne Drake – 2:39.13
Girls 1600m – 5th Emmalyne Drake – 5:59.26 (first time under 6:00)
Girls 1600m – 6th Leanne Ross – 6:04.71
Girls 3200m – 5th Leanne Ross – 13:40.74
Girls 300m Hurdle – 2nd Emma Ardell – 51.21
Girls Triple Jump – 6th Ariana Ardell – 27’3″
Boys 1600m – 6th Daniel Ross – 4:53.26
Boys 3200m – 5th Daniel Ross – 11:19:41
“I wanted to take a second to thank Mr. Solomon for coming down to see the meet,” Rines said. “He was able to snap a few picks for the Shire’s social media accounts.”
Check out some of the sights and sounds on the two Facebook pages below!

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