Boys Track Explodes for 184 Points
The Foxcroft boys track team amassed 184 points behind eight first-place, six second-place, and four third-place finishes to cruise to victory at their ten-team home meet on April 30. Fort Fairfield was second with 78 points.
Hunter Smith, who won all four of his events (110 hurdles, 200, high jump, and long jump), led the Ponies. Also winning events were Evan Chadbourne (100), Cooper Nelson (1600), Brandon Brock (shot put), and the 4×400-meter relay team of Paul Birtwistle, Jason Eubanks, Gabe Piquette, and Nelson.
Placing in the top-three were Zach Caron (2nd in high jump, triple jump, and pole vault), Brock (2nd in javelin and 3rd in discus), Chadbourne (2nd in 400), Cody Strout (2nd in shot put), and Piquette (third in 1600 and 800).
Baseball Proves They Can Compete with Conference’s Best
“Pitching, defense, and close games continue to define the first half of our season,” said Coach Miller when referencing the Ponies’ four-game stretch that featured 7-6 and 3-2 wins over Ellsworth and MDI, as well as two losses to second-ranked Old Town–one in extra innings and the other by a single run. “[Through it all,] we found out that we could compete and give ourselves a chance to win against the top teams in our conference.”
Through eight games, the Ponies are 5-3 and sit eighth in the Class B North heal point standings–their only three losses coming from Old Town and Hermon, the conference’s top-ranked teams.
Girls Tennis Sweeps Old Town
On May 9, the Foxcroft Ponies left the city of Old Town victorious, defeating the Coyotes 5-0. Madison Fadley, Lexi Raymond, and Alice Russo all picked up singles victories while the teams of Elena Russo-Sophia Kurzius and Hannah Vainio-Maria Cedeno won their doubles matches.
After their win in Old Town, the Ponies improved to 3-5 and remain in the Class B North playoff picture.
Senior Jen Clawson Scores 28 Points to Lead Girls Track to Year’s Best Team Performance
At home on April 30, senior Jen Clawson won the 3200-meter run, was second in the 1600-meter run, and anchored the Ponies’ victorious 4×400-meter relay team to contribute 28 points to the Foxcroft girls track team’s best performance of the year.
Joining Clawson on the winning 4×400-meter relay team were Jordan Thomas, Renee Smith, and Jacalyn Pelletier.
Also scoring points were Avery Nelson in the javelin and discus throws, Smith in the discus, and Emily Sprecher, Nelson, Pelletier, and Brigid Casey teamed up to score six points in the 4×100-meter relay.
As a team, the Ponies scored 54 points to finish fifth out of ten teams.
Boys Tennis Wins Close Match with Presque Isle
The Foxcroft boys tennis team defeated Presque Isle 3-2 to move ahead of the Wildcats into eighth place in the Class B North heal point standings. Kazu Kawashima and Tobias Hogfeldt won singles matches, and the doubles team of Griffin Loomis and Brandon Weston won their match to give the Ponies a hard-fought victory over ninth-ranked Presque Isle.
Freshman Mackenzie Beaudry strikes out 10 in 8-1 softball victory
Facing MDI at home, Mackenzie Beaudry struck out 10 batters and held the Trojans to just three hits to lead the Ponies to an 8-1 victory on May 7. Beaudry, who has stepped admirably onto the mound as a freshman, has pitched every game for the Ponies and has led Foxcroft to a 4-3 record and a top-ten ranking in the Class B North heal-point standings.
Church and Allen Continue to Shine on the Mound for Foxcroft Baseball
Through four games, senior Nate Church has pitched 22 innings, allowed just 13 hits, and posted an impressive 1.27 ERA for the Ponies. Most impressively, his stats reflect his work against one of the toughest lineups in Class B North–Old Town, who he has faced twice.
Senior Noah Allen, who transferred to Foxcroft Academy in the fall, is proving to be an impressive pitcher for the Pony baseball team as well, as he has pitched 20 innings, allowed just 11 hits, and posted a 1.40 ERA.
Senior Gabe Piquette Breaks 5:00, Qualifies in Three Events
First-team all-conference cross-country runner Gabe Piquette is proving this outdoor track season that he also has what it takes for success on the oval. Over the course of two meets, Piquette has shattered several personal bests to qualify for the Large School PVC Conference Meet in three events. At home on April 30, Piquette destroyed the five-minute barrier in the 1600, running 4:53, his first time sub-5. At the Ponies’ next competition in Hampden, Piquette backed up his previous stellar performance with yet another, running a PR of 2:10 in the 800 and a PVC-qualifying 11:17 in 3200-meter run.
Piquette joins a talented group of Foxcroft athletes–Cooper Nelson, Hunter Smith, Zach Caron, and Evan Chadbourne–who have qualified for PVCs in three or more events.