Track & field: Concord’s Sam Hilts, Coe-Brown’s Makena Lee crowned New England champions

  • Concord’s Sam Hilts reacts after crossing the finish line to win the New England championship in the 3,200 meters on Saturday at Veterans Stadium in New Britan, Conn. Hilts set a Concord High school record with a time of 9:04.51. Jay Smith / NewHampshireTrackandField.com

  • Concord’s Sam Hilts charges down the final 100 meters to secure the New England championship in the 3,200 meters on Saturday at Veterans Stadium in New Britan, Conn. Hilts set a Concord High school record with a time of 9:04.51. Jay Smith / NewHampshireTrackandField.com

  • Coe-Brown’s Makena Lee goes up for an attempt in the pole vault at the New England Interscholastic Track & Field Championship on Saturday at Veterans Stadium in New Britan, Conn. Lee cleared 11 feet, 9 inches to be crowned New England's champion. Jay Smith / NewHampshireTrackandField.com

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Published: 6/12/2022 6:44:21 PM
Modified: 6/12/2022 6:42:04 PM

The best track and field athletes from New Hampshire competed in the 75th New England Interscholastic Track & Field Championship at Veterans Stadium in New Britain, Conn., on Saturday, and two local athletes were crowned the region’s best.

Concord High senior Sam Hilts ran a school-record time of 9 minutes, 4.51 second – smashing his best time by 11 seconds – to win the New England title in the boys’ 3,200 meters, while Coe-Brown Northwood Academy senior Makena Lee won the girls’ pole vault by clearing 11 feet, 9 inches.

Hanover’s Pierce Seigne was the other Granite State champion from Saturday’s meet, setting a state record in the 1,600 meters in 4:07.09.

Several other area athletes came away with strong performances. Pembroke Academy junior Lillian Corbitt was seeded 24th in the javelin, but broke her own PA record by nearly 9 feet with a throw of 121-4 to finish third in New England in her first season competing in the sport.

Concord sophomore Ayva Mullen finished seventh in the girls’ triple jump (36-0) and ninth in the long jump (17-0.25), the top N.H. competitor in both events.

Tide senior John Murphy finished ninth in the boys’ 1,600 (4:17.81) and 23rd in the 800, and the boys’ 4x100 relay of senior Nate Mullen, juniors Jacque Tunguru and Quinn Marino, and sophomore Ben Hughes finished 16th.

Sophomore Kelley Mikelson (tied 10th high jump), freshmen Shelly Smith (17th 3,200) and Ella Goulas (18th triple jump), senior Katherine Kennedy (23rd 3,200), sophomore Kendall Barton (22nd pole vault), and the 10th-place 4x800 (senior Abby Goulas, junior Molly Nyhan, sophomores Alina Pincoske and Whitney Vaillant) also competed for the Tide girls.

Coe-Brown senior Natalie Riley brought home a top-five finish the discus (119-3) and also finished 18th in the shot put.

Coe-Brown had several other representatives – juniors Anushka Chavda (13th 200, 16th 100), Sheldyn Fisher (16th 3,200) and Josephine Malloy (21st long jump and triple jump), and the 16th 4x100 relay (Malloy, Chavda, Lee and junior Alexis Cowan) for the girls; and senior Anders Larson (tied 13th pole vault, 20th long jump, 27th triple jump), senior Jacob Cowan (24th triple jump) and junior Zachary Bistany (27th discus) for the boys.

CBNA junior Gavin Demas finished 18th in the boys’ 400 and also ran a leg of the 4x400 with classmates Carl Peters, Benjamin Robinson and Matthew Corriveau.

Bow junior Susanna Zahn set a school record in the girls’ 3,200 in 10:58 to finish ninth (just two seconds behind Souhegan’s Chloe Trudel, the top N.H. finisher) and fellow junior Maya Brochu finished 12th in 11:08.

Bow senior Sarah Guerrette finished 20th in the girls’ pole vault.

Max Bishop (22nd boys’ javelin) and Grace Hall (27th girls’ triple jump) represented Hopkinton.




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