Conference track and field championship crowns will be on the line Saturday as high school teams compete in the Penobscot Valley Conference championships at Cameron Stadium in Bangor, the Penquis League championships at Stearns High School in Millinocket, or the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference meet at Bowdoin College in Brunswick.
In the PVC girls meet, both Brewer and Hampden will be going for second straight titles. The two teams tied for the title with 105 points apiece.
Judging by the seedings, the Brewer and Hampden girls will again be the favored teams. The overwhelming boys team favorite is Old Town, seeded to win the meet by 50 points. Another favorite is Bangor.
The top returning individual athlete in the PVC is Brewer’s Amy Winchester. Winchester won in four events last year – the javelin, shot put, discus, and the 400-meter relay as the second leg runner.
A repeat performance is possible as she’s the top seed in the shot put, javelin, and discus, and Brewer’s 400 relay team is seeded first.
Other girls multiple top seeds include freshman Amy Taylor of Orono in the 100, 200, and long jump; Ellsworth’s Kerry Ackerman in the 800 and 1600; and Brewer’s Kristi Sevigny in the 100 and 300 hurdles.
The rest of the top seeds are Julie Sprague from Nokomis of Newport in the 3200, Amy Volock of Old Town in the triple jump, Nokomis’ Kate Acheson and Old Town’s Jessica Sidell in the high jump, Hampden’s Lilly Haggerty in the 400, and Hampden’s 1600 relay team.
The PVC boys meet is also chock full of individual athletes seeded first in more than one event. These include Bangor’s Josh Mishou in the 100 and 200, Old Town’s John L’Heureux in the discus and javelin, Ron Lamie of Hampden in the 110 and 300 hurdles, and Adam Baldwin from Nokomis of Newport in the 400 and long jump.
Other top seeds are Bucksport’s Eric Peddle in the shot put and Rory Kimberlin in the high jump, Orono’s Ethan Wardwell in the triple jump, both Aaron Sevigny of Mount Desert Island and Bangor’s Ben Conrad in the pole vault, Old Town’s Dereck Treadwell in the 800 and Awani Love in the 1600, Bangor’s Scott Butterfield in the 3200, Old Town’s 400 relay team, and Nokomis’ 1600 relay team.
At the Penquis League meet, pre-meet seedings suggest that the teams to beat are the Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln and Foxcroft Academy boys teams and the Foxcroft girls.
Leading the charge for the Foxcroft Ponies are top seeds Sydney Mackey in the 100 and 300 hurdles, Mary Fessenden in the 400, and Kristin Stezmok in the 200.
Other girls top seeds are Dexter’s Angie Haven and Tammy Moscrip in the 100, and Lee Randall in the 800; Cheri Lemieux from Piscataquis of Guilford in the 1600; Anita Pai from Stearns of Millinocket in the 3200; the Foxcroft 1600 relay team; and the Mattanawcook 400 relay team.
Top boys seeds from Foxcroft are Jason Frederick in the 800, Tim Caldwell in the 1600, Adam Thurlow in the 100, and the 1600 relay team. Mattanawcook’s No. 1 seeds are Joe Erskine in the 110 hurdles, Steve Victory in the 400, and the 400 relay team.
Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield’s Colin Ingraham is the top seed in the 200 and Chuck Norris is No. 1 in the 300 hurdles. Piscataquis’s James Emrich is the 3200’s top seed.
The PVC and Penquis meets begin with field events at 10 a.m. and running events at 10:30 a.m. The Kennebec Valley meet’s field events begin at 9:30 a.m. and running events at 10 a.m.