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High schools: Track teams tuning up for states

  • Franklin's Alex Hildreth launches his javelin while competing at the Bristol Lions Meet at Newfound Regional High School on Saturday, May 17, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Franklin's Alex Hildreth launches his javelin while competing at the Bristol Lions Meet at Newfound Regional High School on Saturday, May 17, 2014.

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  • Belmont's Jasmine Syed runs in the 100-meter race during the Bristol Lions Meet at Newfound Regional High School on Saturday, May 17, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Belmont's Jasmine Syed runs in the 100-meter race during the Bristol Lions Meet at Newfound Regional High School on Saturday, May 17, 2014.

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  • Franklin's Dillon Sylvester completes the high jump during the Bristol Lions Meet at Newfound Regional High School on Saturday, May 17, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Franklin's Dillon Sylvester completes the high jump during the Bristol Lions Meet at Newfound Regional High School on Saturday, May 17, 2014.

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  • Belmont's Emma Chase runs in the 100-meter race during the Bristol Lions Meet at Newfound Regional High School on Saturday, May 17, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Belmont's Emma Chase runs in the 100-meter race during the Bristol Lions Meet at Newfound Regional High School on Saturday, May 17, 2014.

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  • Franklin's Alex Hildreth launches his javelin while competing at the Bristol Lions Meet at Newfound Regional High School on Saturday, May 17, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Belmont's Jasmine Syed runs in the 100-meter race during the Bristol Lions Meet at Newfound Regional High School on Saturday, May 17, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Franklin's Dillon Sylvester completes the high jump during the Bristol Lions Meet at Newfound Regional High School on Saturday, May 17, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Belmont's Emma Chase runs in the 100-meter race during the Bristol Lions Meet at Newfound Regional High School on Saturday, May 17, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

With two weeks to go before the state meets, several area teams competed in the Bristol Lions Nike Invitational, a non-scoring meet featuring mostly Lakes Region schools, in an attempt to qualify or improve their qualifying marks. And the locals took advantage of that opportunity, especially on the girls’ side, with Sadie Kaplan and Kaley Shepard of Franklin, Gianna Celenza and Sarah Lane of Bow and Carissa Archibald of Winnisquam winning events. Bruce Zimmer of Belmont was the only local winner on the boys’ side, winning the shot put with a throw of 44-6¾.

Celenza won the 400 (1:04.4) and Lane won the 1,600 (5:47) and finished third in the 800 to lead a Falcon squad that had the most top-six finishes of any local team. Celenza also ran on the 4x400 relay with Crista Alfano, Saara Bliss (third 400, fifth 200) and Haleigh Garrett, who passed a Kennett runner on the anchor leg to move the Bow relay into second. Garrett also finished second in the 800. Sarah Bailey came in second in the shot put and cracked the top 10 in two other events (sixth discus, ninth triple jump). Rebecca Rotman (sixth long and triple jumps), Sohani Demian (sixth 1,600) and Lindsey Vogt (seventh 300 hurdles) also had strong days.

“There were a lot of strong performances today,” Falcons Coach Amelia Boyd said, adding that freshmen Celenza and Bliss had particularly standout days.

Franklin had strong days in the jumps and throws behind Shepard’s win in the long jump (15-3½) and Kaplan’s win in the shot put (33-3¾). Shepard finished in the top three in the other jumping events, finishing second in the triple jump and tying for third in the high jump. Kaplan placed second in the discus and eighth in the javelin and Rachel Lindley (sixth shot put, seventh discus) was also strong in the throws.

Winnisquam was led by Archibald’s win in the high jump (5-2) and runner-up finish in the 200. Tea Michaloski (second long jump, fourth triple jump), Caitlin Dumont (fourth javelin), Haley Poirier (sixth javelin) and Monica Raymond (seventh triple jump) also placed well.

Kylie Donovan (third 100 hurdles), Talia Sperduto (second 3,200, seventh 400) and Jasmine Syed (fifth 800, eighth 100) led Belmont; Joyce Hamel (fourth 1,600) and Teresa Dancewicz-Helmers (fourth shot put) led Sant Bani and Emma Logue (fourth 300 hurdles) and Lauren Abbott (sixth 400) were the top finishers for Bishop Brady.

On the boys’ side, Belmont was led by Zimmer and Kyle Gelinas, who couldn’t quite hang on to Cameron Daly of Inter-Lakes (who also won the 800) to finish second in the 1,600 with a fast time of 4:47. Matt LeClair (fifth 800) also had a good day for the Raiders.

For Bow, David Merchan qualified for the 110 hurdles finals for the first time in his career and finished third; he finished ninth in the 300 hurdles and javelin, as well. Jordan Birtz (fourth 100) and Andrew Attorri (seventh 800 and 1,600) ran on the fourth place 4x400 relay with Dylan Wheeler.

Just like the girls’ team, Franklin did well in the throwing events with Lucas Gagne’s toss in the discus (128-11) finishing just six inches short of the win; he also came in fourth in the javelin and seventh in the shot put. Zach Cote (third shot put, fifth discus) also did well in the throws, with his toss of 41-3 in the shot put a personal best. Dillon Sylvester (second 110 hurdles, fifth 300 hurdles, sixth high jump) had top finishes in both track and field events and Kyle Sims (sixth 200 and 400) ran well.

Winnisquam was led by Luke Morrison (third triple jump), JJ Inman (fifth 200), Henry Stock (sixth discus, seventh javelin) and Zac Baker (sixth 3,200), with Inman, Christian Stock, Connor Audet and Morrison finishing fifth in the 4x100. Giacomo Dario (third javelin) and Connor Lemay (sixth 800) led Sant Bani, and Michael St. Pierre (fourth 200) and Sean Sullivan (eighth discus) led Bishop Brady.

BOYS’ TRACK & FIELD

Kearsarge Second

Reed Bell won the 400 (52.93) and finished fourth in the 110 hurdles and 200 and Cameron Webster (second 100, second 200, sixth 110 hurdles) also did well in the dashes and hurdles to help the Cougars tally 84 points to finish second only to Lebanon (122.5) at the 14-team Connecticut Valley Championships at Fall Mountain for the third year in a row. Keene (68.50), Monadnock (58) and White Mountains (54.5) rounded out the top five.

“It’s a neat meet,” Kearsarge Coach Ed Rehor said. “It’s fun to compete against other schools from other divisions and Vermont.”

The Cougars also were helped by strong showings in the relays with the 4x100 (Elliot Lukaitis, Eric Morin, Webster and Alex Akpan) finishing first in 45.35, the 4x400 (Shane Corley, Logan Maville, Tim Cunningham and Bell) coming in third and the 4x800 (Cunningham, Carter Noordsij, Aidan Tehune and Corley) finishing fifth.

Other individual scorers for the Kearsarge were Akpan (third 100) and Morin (fifth 100, sixth 200), Zach Astle (second shot put, fourth javelin), Noordsij (fourth triple jump), Maville (fifth 300 hurdles, sixth triple jump, fifth discus) and Ian Bready (sixth long jump).

Hopkinton third, Hillsboro-Deering Fifth

A short-handed Hawks squad still managed to earn 77 points to finish third in a six-team meet at Conant. Campbell (164) handily beat the hosts (99), Hopkinton and Mascenic (67), who bested the Hillcats (66) by a single point for fourth place. Hinsdale (22) finished sixth.

Doug Fluery won the 100 (11.3) and 200 (24.5), Dom Repucci won the 1,600 (4:33) and finished second in the 800 and Eric Hauschild won the 300 hurdles (53.2) and finished second in the 110 hurdles to lead Hopkinton. Evan Schindewolf (second triple jump, fourth discus) and Aaron Dobe (third 800) also scored well.

Ian Robie won the discus (124-9) and javelin (133-2) and finished second in the shot put to lead H-D’s scoring with Jake Lamothe (second 400, sixth 200), Brandon Cebellero (third javelin, fourth long jump), Matt Otten (fourth 400, fifth long jump), Arthur Tuttle (fifth 400 and discus) and Brandon Rodier (third long jump, fifth 200) contributing in a balanced effort.

GIRLS’ TRACK & FIELD

Kearsarge 12th

Hayley Joseph’s time was fifth in the 100 hurdles preliminary round but she finished third in the finals to score the majority of the Cougars’ points at the Connecticut Valley Conference championships hosted by Fall Mountain. Monadnock (121) narrowly topped Lebanon (118.5) for the title with White Mountains (74), Keene (61) and the hosts (50) rounding out the top five teams. Kearsarge finished with eight points, six from Joseph and the other two coming from the fifth-place 4x100 relay made up of Merecedes Gorman, Tess Donahue, Joseph and Savannah Bell.

HOpkinton Second, Hillsboro-Deering Sixth

A limited Hawks squad still won eight events and put up 126 points, behind only Campbell (136), in a six-team meet at Conant. The hosts (92), Hinsdale (85), Mascenic (14) and the Hillcats (12) were the other teams to compete.

Brittany Marshall won the 400 (1:07), shot put (25-6½), discus (93-5) and pole vault (8-0) and Maddie Clark won the 300 hurdles (50.1). Emily Calder and Aaliyah Curley finished 1-2 in the 1,600 and 800, with Calder winning with times of 5:52 and 2:41, respectively. Melissa Irwin (third 800, sixth 1,600) and the 4x800 (first) also scored points in the distance runs. Amy Sharpe (tied second pole vault) and Jordan Rose Mack (second triple jump) also did well.

Hannah Pepper (tied second discus) and Khysha Negron (fourth shot put) scored for H-D.

BOYS’ LACROSSE

Hollis-Brookline 17, John Stark 7

The Generals (8-2) were stymied by an undefeated Cavaliers team (10-0) in Hollis for John Stark’s second loss of the season. Brody Fredericks led all Stark scorers with three goals. Colbey Decotis, Matt Richard, Dan Medvetz and Drew McQuarrie tallied a goal each for the Generals, with Jake Blanchette adding two assists and James Smugereski adding one. August Colburn was strong in goal with 19 saves.

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