By James Anderson
FRYEBURG — The Fryeburg Academy track team traveled to the Class B State Championships in Brewer, Maine. After a challenging season weather-wise, the day of the State Meet was a mild overcast day with a slight comforting breeze, just what the Coach Kevin Mcdonald and his Raiders were looking for.
Overall the competition was fierce, as the girls 4x100-meter and 4x800 relay teams ran personal best times of 54.61 and 11:47.62 to finish, eighth and 18th overall, respectively. Belfast won the 4X100 in 51.97, while Cony took honors in the 4x800 in 10:01.37.
Senior Jess Frum competed strongly in the 1,600-meter race/walk, and although she has been making steady improvements as of late she did not medal, finishing 16th in 10:08.26 (won by Old Town’s Izabelle Trefts in 7:26.07. For Frum it was a great finish to her high school career.
Fellow senior Casey Kniessler, a two-year captain for the Raiders, made the finals in the shot put but just missed the podium, placing eighth with a toss of 32’2.5” (won by Emma Hargreaves of Old Town, 38’10.5”. She was also 17th in the discus with a throw of 87’8” (won by Hargreaves, 108’01”).
Coach Mcdonald, said of Kniessler, “She was a dream to work with. A genuine person” and added,
“Once in a lifetime. Casey has set the standard for what it means to be a high school student athlete.”
Sophomore Jenn L’Hommedieu was 24th in the 100-meter dash prelims in 13.82 (won by Belfast’s Junne Robertson-Mcintire in 12.61.
For the boys, senior Alfie Walker ran a time 2:02.47 to finish third overall in the 800 meters and taking his place on the podium (won by Greely’s Matthew Todd in 2:00.52. For Walker it was the completion of a much heralded career.
Coach Mcdonald said of Walker after the competition, “He is full of life. Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. Always concerned with others in victory and defeat.”
In communicating with Mcdonald it comes through loud and clear how much respect he has for his track team. He was proud that 15 athletes qualified for the State Meet, which represented half the entire team.