The Foxcroft Academy boys’ track team scored 54 points to finish third out of 41 teams at the 2015 Class C State Championship Meet at Yarmouth High School on Saturday, June 6. Orono High School amassed 88 points to win, and Lisbon High School scored 65 points to take runner-up honors.
“Placing third is a significant accomplishment,” said Coach Robert Weber, who emphasized the number of athletes that contributed this year. “To have so many kids still involved and contributing this late in the season is really impressive. I don’t think we’ve ever entered 26 kids into a State meet before.”
Leading the charge for the Ponies was Hunter Smith, who placed third in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles, second in the long jump, and was crowned state champion in both the 110-meter high hurdles and high jump. Hunter’s time of 15.62 in the hurdles was his best of the year and enough to edge Evan Porter of Traip by just .04 seconds. His jump of 6’4” was four inches better than his closest Class-C competition and second best by any jumper in the state this year.
Other individual medalists for the Ponies were Pete Boyer (seventh in the discus and fifth in the shot put) and Cooper Nelson (fourth in the 1600-meter run).
In relay action, the 4×100-meter relay team of Jason Eubanks, Dylan Richards, Sebastian Zepeda, and Julian Zepeda placed second, and the 4×400-meter relay team of Sebastian, Julian, Jason, and Cooper took fourth place.
In her final track meet, Fern Morrison once again led the girls’ team with a pair of podium finishes. Fern was runner-up in the 400-meter dash and fourth in the 800-meter run. Morrison, who holds records in the indoor 400, 800, and mile, graduates as one of FA’s all-time best middle-distance runners.
Other 2015 graduates and perennial contributors on the senior-laden team were Edison Chen, Annie Rich, Peter Boyer, Justin Diamond, Kelly Erickson, Nate Feleke, Zach Johnson, Dylan Richards, Anna Sedlackova, Alisha Thomas, Julian Zepeda, and Sebastian Zepeda.
“This group of seniors has been involved in track for a long time and have really improved over the years,” said Weber. “They added a lot of character and experience to the team, and they will be greatly missed.”
Photo of Fern Morrison taken by Camille Bozzelli ’17. Click here to see more of her great photos from the meet.