St. John Valley youngsters compete at Pine Tree State Track and Field Games

CARIBOU, Maine — Young St. John Valley athletes participating in the Fort Kent Recreation and Parks department track and field program competed in the Pine Tree State Track and Field Games at the Caribou Athletic Complex on June 28. 

The students, entering grades 3 through 8 this fall, competed against other Aroostook County rec department athletes in dozens of events from running and jumping to throwing softballs. 

The Fort Kent rec students included those from Fort Kent, Frenchville and Madawaska. The students met a few times a week for several weeks leading up to the competition. 

Fort Kent rec program athletes who topped the podium were Caleb Saucier in the boys 200-meter dash, Grace Doustou in the girls 200 meter, Eve Berube for the girls 50-meter dash and Griffin Doustou who took first in the boys 50 meter. 

Doustou and Olivia Mulcahy also took first place for their age groups in the softball throwing events. 

The Fort Kent team of Rocky Anoushfar, Joseph Paradis, Curtis CJ Cyr and Solomon Berube took first in the boys 4 x 100 meter relay race. 

The competition was about much more than winning events though, according to Fort Kent rec Coach Sarah Mulcahy, who also coaches the Fort Kent Community High School boys and girls track teams. She also is the coach for the University of Maine at Fort Kent track and field teams. 

“At this age, it’s more about keeping it fun and introducing youth into the sport of track and field,” Mulcahy said. 

Mulcahy said the students were excited to compete at the games and developed a sense of camaraderie.

“Some kids had never been to a meet before so they weren’t sure what to expect. It’s very different from other sports; there’s down time and time where they can watch each other and cheer each other on,” she said. 

Mulcahy said the rec track and field program is also about growing the future high school track and field teams. 

“I hope many of these youths will stick with it for next year and bring friends,” she said. 

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