Track boys run to fourth at USM



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DREW TUTTLE set two new personal bests during Sunday’s meet at the University of Southern Maine. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
January 24, 2011
GORHAM, Maine — The Prospect Mountain indoor track team fared fairly well at the unofficial Class M-S state meet at the University of Southern Maine on Sunday afternoon.

The Timber Wolf boys raced to fourth overall behind solid performances from Greg Tinkham, Ben McGinnis, Drew Tuttle and Jesse Brown, as well a the 4X400-meter relay team.

"We had a really good meet," said coach John Tuttle. "Overall we had a really good day."

Brown picked up the team's only win, running to first overall in the 1,000 meters with a time of 2:54.

Tinkham and McGinnis again were near the top in the 600 meters and Tinkham set a new school record in the process. He finished second in a time of 1:28, which also qualified him for the state meet. McGinnis ran to third overall in 1:30, a new personal best.

Tuttle also picked up points for the team with his second place finish in the 3,000 meters, crossing the line in 9:57, a new personal best.

The 4X400-meter team of Brown, Tinkham, Ben McGinnis and Matt McGinnis raced to a second place finish in a season-best time of 3:44.

The Timber Wolves also had other results on the day.

Matt McGinnis took 12th in the 55 meters, running to a time of 7.44 seconds. He also nabbed 10th in the 300 meters with a time of 42.10 seconds.

Mark Jannini took 16th overall in the 600 meters, crossing the line in a time of 1:58.

Tuttle placed seventh in the 1,500 meters in 4:43, which qualified him for the state meet and was also a new personal best. Teammate Mike Fife ran to 13th place in 5:08.

Tinkham was ninth in the 55-meter hurdle preliminaries with a time of 10.17 seconds.

Teddy Pruyne was 13th in the shot put with a toss of 24 feet, four and a quarter inches.

The Prospect girls raced to ninth place overall, with senior Courtney Bennett again leading the way.

Bennett picked up a second place finish in the 1,500 meters with a time of 5:26 and then grabbed second in the 3,000 meters with a time of 11:28.

Anna Jortikka also picked up points for the Timber Wolves, as she leaped four feet, six inches in the high jump to grab second place overall.

Ashlee Roy (17th, 8.55 seconds), Dagny Brown (19th, 8.61 seconds) and Savanna Decoff (23rd, 8.94 seconds) all competed in the 55 meters.

Roy also took 24th in the 300 meters with a time of 53.6 seconds, with Maggie Everhart running to 26th in 55.56 seconds.

The Timber Wolf 4X200-meter relay team of Jortikka, Brown, Roy and Decoff set a new school record with a time of 2:11, which placed them eighth overall.

Jortikka was 11th in the long jump at 13 feet, one and a quarter inches, while teammate Jen Crawley was 17th at eight feet, six and three quarters inches. Crawley also placed 24th in the shot put with a throw of 16 feet, 10 inches.

"I am real happy with how we competed," Tuttle said of his squad.

The Timber Wolves will send a limited number of athletes to the final qualifying event for the state meet, which will be held at the University of New Hampshire on Sunday, Jan. 30, at 4:30 p.m.

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