County athletes capture State Track and Field titles.
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) -The County has several State track and field champions to brag about.
Conner Michaud of Presque Isle claimed two state titles, Caribou Jordan Duplessie and Caleb Robbins both claimed individual state titles and the Houlton/GHCA Four by 400 relay team captured a Class C title.
Michaud had a first place finish as a sophomore as a member of a relay team and is now very happy to end his career with two titles in the 110 and 300 hurdles.
Conner Michaud:” It just feel incredibly great after losing last year and to be able to come out here and compete again. We can compete at that level here in Presque Isle and being able to bring home championships to the County and give everything back to the community.”
Michaud, Jordan Duplessie and Robbins all competed in very warm temperatures at the State meet in Bath. Duplessie claimed the 1600 meter title in a very close race.
(Jordan Duplessie):” I have been training so long. I ran cross country three years and I did track even in middle school. Putting the hard work in and honestly it paid off because I placed first in the State Championship and I think that is really cool to be honest.”
Robbins claimed the pole vault title. Earlier this year he was mentoring younger members of the team and jumped into high gear about three weeks ago.
(Caleb Robbins):” It’s been something I wanted for the past three years and COVID put a shutdown on it. It felt like it had slipped out of my fingers a little bit. I was really tired going into it and I didn’t think I was going to do as well as I did. As soon as I went over it and the others missed their attempts at 12 6. I ran over to my dad I gave him a hug and started to tear up a little bit. It was an amazing experience.”
The Class C state Championship was in Brewer and the Houlton GHCA four by 400 relay team including three Ardell sisters finished what they just missed two years ago.
(Emma Ardell):” Having my twin sisters and Sam Johnson on the team was really special because previously we had been runners up. I knew that we wanted redemption and to prove that we could win.”
(Samantha Johnson):” It feels really nice because we came up so short in 2019 and being able to finish out with our senior this year was really nice. Having the same team and the chemistry with the three sisters is fun.
(Isabella Ardell):”It feels really special Emma is graduating this year so it’s the last sport we will ever play with her.”
(Elena Ardell):” It was very exciting because we had that runners up in 2019 we worked really hard towards this.”
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