Gullikson wins pole vault title

AUGUSTA — Jamie Gullikson is one of Maine’s best pole vaulters.

Gullikson equaled the Fryeburg Academy record, and captured the Class B state title last Saturday at Cony High School in Augusta with a vault of 9-feet, 6-inches. Ally James of Belfast was second at 9-feet.

The FA 4x400 Relay Team — Sage Hennessy, Laura Pulito, Christina DiPietro and Corinn Bedell — took another five seconds off their school record and qualified for New England championships to be held in Burlington, Vt. this Saturday. The Raiders were second in 4:14.23 behind Waterville at 4:09.28.

Bedell and Hennessy (who scored in all three events — sixth in the 100 meters at 12.94) both qualified for New England’s in the 400 meters, while Gulllikson earned a ticket in the pole vault. Bedell ran a 59.88 in the 400 meters to place second overall, while Hennessy was third at 1:00.02.

The Raider boys’ 4x100 Relay came out of the third slow heat to place seventh for a medal. The Relay included Fred and Forrest Stearns, Milos Mijokov and Stefan Sjekloca.

Silas Eastman set a new school record in the 3200 meters and scored 16 of the team’s 17 points. He was second in the 3200 at 9:56.67, behind Waterville senior Jeff Hale at 9:56.10.

“I only wanted him to run the 3200, but he insisted on running the 4x800, 1600 and 3200 ‘for the team,’” Coach Bill Reilly said.

Of the 15 girls’ teams, the Raiders placed seventh with 34 points. Waterville won the title with 145.5 points. On the boys’ side, the Raiders were tied for 10th with Hampden Academy. Waterville won the boys’ title with 111 points.

For Lake Region, the top performance was the shattering of the school record in the 100-meter hurdles by Doe Leckie, who ran a 15.77 seconds in the trials, which beat her school record by 0.27 seconds — “an eternity for a sprint race,” LR Coach Mark Snow said.

Unfortunately, Leckie was disqualified in the finals when she needed to intentionally knock down a hurdle after losing her balance on the previous hurdle.

“It was disappointing, but hurdlers know wacky things can happen in a race and there’s not much you can do about it,” Coach Snow added. “Her school record race was phenomenal, and I’m sure that is what most of us will remember from the day.”

Leckie had a busy State Meet. She anchored the 4x100m relay and the 4x400m relay.  She also nearly missed her personal record in the 300-meter hurdles when she finished fifth in the event at 48.78 seconds.

The other Laker scorer was Hannah Perkins, who finished sixth in the 400 meters with a seasonal best time of 1:02.60.

“Hannah looked very determined in her races and that paid off,” Coach Snow said. Perkins again lowered her 200 meter personal record (27.93 seconds from 28.37 seconds) and ran very strong legs on the 4x100m relay and the 4x400m relay.

“I think Hannah gained great confidence at this meet, which will lead to strong indoor and outdoor seasons next year,” Coach Snow said.

Another personal record was set by Dillon Knudsen in the 800 meters (2:05.89) when he led the first heat from start to finish.

“Dillon put the pressure on those other guys and none of them were able to catch him.  It was a great close to the boys’ season,” Coach Snow said. “I think Dillon may have been inspired by Jacqui Black.  Jacqui took the pace out in the first heat of the girls’ 1600 meters with a first lap of 76 seconds. She kept up a strong pace for the entire race. Only the top seed from that heat was able to catch her, and that was just before the finish. Her time was a seasonal best 5:42.71. She also had a seasonal best time in the 3200 meters (12:41.34).”

Coaches Kevin Floster and Dana Caron talked up the opportunity for athletes to take control of their outcomes. “It was great to see how many Lakers took that advice and performed well,” Coach Snow said.

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