Koch adds 2 more state titles to resume with wins

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Koch adds 2 more state titles

to resume with wins

By Kevin Sjoberg
Sports Reporter

    Washburn sophomore Carsyn Koch defended her title in the 800-meter run and also won the 1,600 at the Class C state track and field championships held Saturday at Cony High School in Augusta.

Contributed photo/jMavor Photography

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    MATT EAGER of the Wildcats runs close to Morse’s Nate Stover during the early stages of Saturday’s 1,600-meter run at the Class B state track and field championships held in Bar Harbor. Eager placed fifth in 4:37.57 and was also fifth in the 3,200. Eager flew back on an airplane after competing so he could make his senior prom.

 

    Koch has now won seven state championships (two in cross country, two in basketball and three in track and field) during her two-year high school athletic career.

    She was 5.64 seconds faster than last year in the 800 and took the event with a time of 2:21.3. She finished 3.3 seconds ahead of runner-up Fern Morrison of Foxcroft Academy.
    “Last year, I didn’t get out fast enough,” Koch  said. “I got stuck in the back and had to work my way up. I wasn’t going to let that happen this time, so I went out a lot quicker and led the whole way.”
    In the 1,600, Koch defeated last year’s champion Abby Mace of Maranacook by 2.11 seconds to capture the victory. Koch recorded a time of 5:11.63.
    Her race strategy was different in this race.
    “My fastest time this year before Saturday was 5:27 and I knew [Mace] had run a 5:09. I wanted to make her do the work, so I stayed behind her the whole way,” Koch said. “I knew if I could get close toward the end, I’d have a chance to outkick her. I pulled ahead in the final 100 meters.”
    Koch singlehandedly led her team to an 11th-place effort out of 30 scoring teams.
    The Fort Fairfield teams also took part in the Class C meet. Leading the way was junior Andrew Lewis, who won the boys’ discus throw with a distance of 138 feet, 2 inches and also took second place in the high jump by clearing a height of 5 feet, 10 inches. Senior Legeorge Williams of the Tigers was third in the triple jump with a mark of 40 feet, 9-1/2 inches and helped his team to an 11th-place finish in the team results out of 31 teams who scored points.
    On the girls’ side, sophomore Nicole Giberson was fifth in the 400 in 1:05.02, senior Katy Donovan fifth in the discus with a 92 feet, 8 inch mark and sophomore Janae Libby tied for sixth in the pole vault by clearing 6 feet, 9 inches. Fort’s girls team scored 6-3/4 points to place 19th.
    The Sacopee Valley boys and the Orono girls were crowned Class C team champions.
    In the Class B meet, held at Mount Desert Island High School in Bar Harbor, placing for the Presque Isle boys was senior Matt Eager, who was fifth in the 1,600 in 4:37.57 and also fifth in the 3,200 in 10:00.27. Eager took an airplane back to Presque Isle following his events in order to make it to the PIHS senior prom.
    For the girls, the only PI athlete scoring points was Amanda Bennett, who took sixth in the 1,600 race walk in 8:39.17.
    Koch, Lewis and Williams all qualified for the New England Championships, to be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Thornton Academy in Saco.

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    WILDCAT Amanda Bennett placed sixth in the race walk at Saturday’s Class B state meet.