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High schools: Kearsarge boys third in ‘Division III’ indoor track

While the state crowns champions in only two divisions in indoor track, those involved in the sport have a de facto Division III championship. Yesterday at the University of Southern Maine, Kearsarge proved its worth among the smaller schools in New Hampshire, finishing third for boys and fifth for girls in a meet involving only the schools who compete at the Division III level in spring track.

Monadnock took both titles, with the boys edging Prospect Mountain, 56.5-53, with Kearsarge just behind with 44 points, while the girls racked up 96 points to more than double up runner-up Campbell (43). Kearsarge was the top area team with 18 points.

Reed Bell led the way for the Cougars, winning both the 300 (38.06) and the high jump (5-4), taking fifth in the 55 hurdles, and running on the victorious 4x200 relay team (1:42.36) with Ian Bready, Alex Akpan and Danny Laughlin.

Akpan took third in the 55 and fifth in the shot put; Shane Corley was fourth in the 1,500; Aidan Terhune was fourth in the high jump; and Zach Astle took third in the shot put. Kearsarge’s 4x400 relay team of Roudy Rehor, William Anderson, Bready and Philip Whiting placed sixth.

Belmont, which placed eighth with 16 points, had a trio of top finishes. Joseph Boles won the 1,500 in a school record time of 4:19.44, Kyle Patten took second in the 55 in a PR of 7.12, and Bruce Zimmer was second in the shot put. All three have qualified to compete Saturday at the Pre-State Meet at UNH.

Hillsboro-Deering (4) placed 11th behind Seth Johnson (sixth 55 hurdles), Tristan Brooks (sixth shot put) and the sixth-place 4x200 relay of Sidney Livingston, Dominic Downs, Lucas Charcalis and Reed Erickson.

For the girls, Kearsarge’s Savannah Bell took fourth in the shot put and sixth in both the 55 and 300. Hayley Joseph was third in the 55 hurdles, Mercedes Gorman was fourth in the high jump, and the Cougars’ 4x200 relay of Bell, Joseph, Gorman and Brittney Wallace took fourth.

Sant Bani placed eighth with 13 points behind the scoring of Joyce Hamel (sixth 600, third 1,500), Sarah Steenbergen (third 1,000, fourth 1,500) and Gretchen Dancewics-Helmers (sixth long jump).

Breahna Savoy was fourth in the 600 as H-D (3) placed 11th, and Winnisquam’s Alyssa Clogston placed sixth in the shot put for the Bears’ one point, placing them 12th.

Belmont didn’t score, but Sabrina Robinson set a PR in the 300.

GIRLS’ INDOOR TRACK

Morning meet at UNH

Merrimack Valley’s Nancy Taban placed in three events – second in the 55 hurdles, third in the 55 and sixth in the 300 – in a non-scoring meet, with athletes trying to make the qualifying standards with the state meets just two weeks away.

MV had a pair of individual winners, as well: Kristie Schoffield won the 3,000 (10:59.6) and Mary Mullen won the shot put (32-1).

Coe-Brown’s Hannah Parker won the 300 (41.9), while Mary Fowler (third 600), Alli Pratt (fifth 1,500), Jessie Carney (second 3,000) and Brooke Laskowsky (fourth 3,000) also took top-six finishes.

Afternoon meet at UNH

Concord’s Rebecca Massah won the 55 hurdles in 9 seconds flat, Smita Boesch-Dining took second in the 1,000, and Hana Knowles was sixth in the shot put in a non-scoring meet at UNH.

Franklin’s Sadie Kaplan took fifth in the shot put.

BOYS’ INDOOR TRACK

Morning meet at UNH

In a non-scoring meet at UNH, Merrimack Valley placed in the top three in both relays and had three individuals finish in the top six: Brendan Polichronopoulos (third 600), Walker John (third 3,000) and Trevor Parsons (sixth high jump).

The 4x400 relay of Cody Gilbert, Parsons, Devon McGrath and Polichronopoulos took second, while the 4x160 squad of Polichronopoulos, McGrath, Josiah Platte and Gilbert was third.

Drew Harrison (fourth 600) and Kam Anderson (sixth 1,500) placed for Pembroke.

Afternoon meet at UNH

George and Angel Feliz earned top-six finishes for Concord in a non-scoring meet at UNH. George Feliz was second in the 55 hurdles, while Angel was sixth in the 300.

Franklin’s Dillon Sylvester tied for sixth in the high jump.

SWIMMING

John Stark at Portsmouth

Three John Stark swimmers placed in the top 10 of their respective events in a meter pool at Portsmouth on Saturday.

Maddie Ishak came in second in the 200 individual medley and fourth in the 100 freestyle, while Hailey Nase was fourth in the 200 freestyle and seventh in the 100 breaststroke, and Becky Kuzma was eighth in the 100 backstroke.

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