Here is a preview of the Lewiston High School boys Track and Field Team.
The below preview was provided by coach Heather French
This should be a big season for the guys team. We are able to fill most of the event with some fantastic athletes.
In the throws we have returning senior Rudy Pandora, who threw 49′ 5.5″ in the shot indoors, Rudy placed second during Indoor States and we’re hoping to gain some momentum off that.
Returning senior, Leo Gaghan who is coming back from a shoulder injury but threw very well in indoor with a throw of 44′ 8″. Last year during outdoor he was throwing the discus just under 100 feet and he should be able to break that.
Returning senior, John Peters is also a name to look for in the shot. During indoor he threw 41′ 1″ in the shot. Last year John threw 114-7.5 in the Discus at KVAC Championship, placing 4th. We are also hoping that he can take the next step in the Javelin. Last year he was throwing about 115 feet.
In the distance we have some great returners. Junior Mohamed Barre is expected to lead the distance team in the 800, mile and 2 mile. Barre was on the 4 x 800 team that placed 5th at the indoor state meet. He also placed 3rd in the mile (with a time 4:35) and 2nd in the 2 mile (with a time of 10:02) at States. He then went onto New Englands and broke both of those times running a 4:32 and a 9:55.
Senior Kevin Lavertu is expected to continue his improvements in the mile and 800. Kevin was part of the 4 x 800 relay team that qualified to run at New Englands.
A new comer to outdoor track is Mohamed Awil. He did indoor and had a great season. He started running the 2 mile at 11 minutes but got his time down to 10:26 by the end of the season and we know he has much more to show us.
In the jumps we have newcomer Mostafa Elfaham. He did indoor track and took to the jumping events very well. He jumped 39-10.25 in the Triple Jump at KVAC Championship, placing 6th. He jumped 20-3.75 in the Long Jump at Class A Indoor State Championship, placing third. We also hope to use him in the high jump this season.
Senior Jake Dumas will also be a big help to us in the triple jump, last year he jumped 41-7.75 in the Triple Jump at Maine Class A State Championship, placing 7th. He’s stayed active during the indoor season by playing basketball and is ready to go.
Jakes brother whos a sophmore this year, Jared Dumas, is improving very well in the triple. He started his indoor season jumping 30 feet and ended jumping 35 feet, I am hoping that he can continue that momentum in outdoor. Christian Labonte should lead our polevault team. He jumped 11 feet during indoor track but had an injury early in the season.
In the sprints we are looking forward to having the Olehowski twins back from injury. Luke Olehowski, who broke his foot during soccer in the fall, has a PR in the 200 of 23.53 and a 100 PR of 11.71.
Drew Olehowski did indoor track this year and had a very successful season dropping a full second off his 200 time, but had to cut his season short with a pull to his hamstring.
Senior Dahir Muktar led our 400 team during indoor track and we’re hoping that he can continue his success during outdoor. Returning senior Matt Chouinard will be our top returning hurdler.