Hyde’s Indoor Track program competed in its first meet of the season on Friday, January 6th at the University of Southern Maine. This year, Hyde is a member of the Western Maine Conference Indoor Track League (a public school conference). Full meet results are attached.
Our anxious group of 16 athletes walked in the field house at USM and witnessed 400 other high school track athletes warming up and preparing for the evening’s competition. For all but three, this was their first-ever indoor track meet and I could see they were nervous and a little intimidated.
While there was some confusion at the scorer’s table whether Hyde was a league member or competing guest, we were warmly welcomed and embraced. Unfortunately for this meet, we did not qualify for team points… a situation that will be cleared up before our next meet.
Our men’s 4 x 800m relay team (Cody Mitchell `13, Griffin Palola-Harriman `14, Alexi Philippoussis `15, and Isaac Pfosi `12) started things off with a bag by winning the event with a time of 9:40.41. That relay quickly inspired the team and inspired a very solid evening of individual performances. Also earning scoring honors in this huge meet were Dexie Cercos `12 in the 55m hurdles (6th place… 10.76) and Mady Preece `13 in the 400m dash (5th place… 70.89… a personal best). Dexie also long jumped for the first-ever time finishing 10th out of 37 competitors with a jump of 13’ 03”.
Other highlights included…
Dexie Cercos `12 – 10th out of 32 in the 200m (30.69)
Erika Corley `13 – 10th out of 15 in the mile (7:18.34)
Griffin Palola-Harriman `14 – 10th out of 19 in the 9/10 grade 400m (1:02.11)
Alexi Philippoussis `15 – 8th out of 16 in the 9/10 grade shot put (25’ 7¾”)
Cassius Grenot `13 – 16th out of 41 in the 55m dash (7.36) and 25th out of 49 in the 200m dash (26,78)
Isaac Pfosi `12 – 12th out of 36 in the 800m (2:25.95)
Cody Mitchell `13 – 12th out of 46 in the mile (5:30.94)
It was a very exciting and inspiring evening of track and field for Hyde. Our next meet is Wednesday at Phillips Andover (Andover, MA… 3:30PM), followed by another Friday meet at USM at 3:30PM).
Coach Ken Grant