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Immediately after breaking the Bucksport High School record in shot put, Mavis Taungatu’a runs to hug her father, Sione Taungatu’a, who was working the scoreboard at Saturday’s Eastern Maine Indoor Track League meet at the University of Maine’s New Balance Field House. Mavis Taungatu’a, a junior, threw for 36 feet and 0.25 inches, almost two feet farther than the school record of 34 feet and 5.25 inches set 29 years ago by Frani Hollowell. PHOTO COURTESY OF KARIN BOS OF MERIDEN PHOTOGRAPHYORONO — When Mavis Taungatu’a broke the Bucksport High School record in shot put at Saturday’s Eastern Maine Indoor Track League meet, she immediately ran to the man working the scoreboard and gave him a hug.That man was both her coach and her dad.“Her father is not only a supporting parent, but Mavis’ biggest fan,” said Bucksport coach John Hunt. “He offers very good coaching tips that I appreciate.”Taungatu’a and her dad, Sione Taungatu’a, were all smiles after the junior threw for 36 feet and 0.25 inches, almost 2 feet farther than the 1986 school record of 34 feet and 5.25 inches set 29 years ago by Frani Hollowell.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“It’s very unusual for a throwing record to be broken by that much,” Hunt said. “Mavis is one of the hardest working, dedicated athletes I have coached. Yet she maintains a light-hearted attitude and is very attentive to her teammates.”Hunt said he noticed Mavis Taungatu’a’s potential her freshman year when she set a Penobscot Valley Conference outdoor shot put record.For the past two meets, Hunt said Mavis Taungatu’a has been toying with the indoor record, consistently throwing for 33 feet and hitting 34 feet several times. Her performance on Saturday earned her a first-place finish out of five throwers, with the runner-up Anna Bryan of John Bapst throwing for 28 feet and 6.50 inches.“Mavis deserves all the accolades for this outstanding achievement,” Hunt said. “I am so proud of her.”The meet held at the University of Maine’s New Balance Field House was separated into two competitions classified as Meets A and B.Bucksport’s Skyler Fraga runs in Saturday’s Eastern Maine Indoor Track League meet at the University of Maine’s New Balance Field House. Fraga won the boys’ one-mile run with a time of 5:13.89. PHOTO COURTEY OF KARIN BOX OF MERIDEN PHOTOGRAPHYFor the boys in Meet A, Mount Desert Island won with 106 points, and Ellsworth placed fifth with 10. In Meet B, the Central boys won with 92 points; Sumner placed third with 51; and Bucksport placed fifth with 11.For the girls in Meet A, Old Town won with 116 points; Ellsworth placed third with 43; and MDI placed fourth with 19. In Meet B, the Mattanawcook girls won with 67 points; Bucksport placed fourth with 44; and Sumner placed fifth with 10.Sumner’s Baramee Janla scooped up three first-place finishes. In the boys’ 55-meter dash, Janla won with a time of 6.89 seconds; in the 200-meter dash, 24.50 seconds; and in the 400-meter dash, 54.62 seconds.Bucksport’s Natalie Coleman collected two wins. In the girls’ 800-meter run, she finished first in 2:46.32; and in the two-mile run, 13:34.03.Other winners for the boys included Sumner’s Christian Kimball in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 9.73; and Bucksport’s Skyler Fraga in the boys’ one-mile run with a time of 5:13.89.Bucksport, Ellsworth, Sumner and MDI will compete next on Saturday at the UMO Field House. Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) Latest Posts EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Bio Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013.