High schools: Belmont track shines at UNH meet

  • Alice Riley pulls ahead halfway through the 3200 meter run on her way to a win during the Wilderness League Championship track and field meet at Belmont High School in Belmont on Saturday, May 21, 2016. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz

Monitor staff
Sunday, January 21, 2018

Teams that compete in Division III for outdoor track often face a crowded D-II field during the indoor season, but Sunday’s evening meet at UNH gave some of the smaller programs a chance to shine.

With four victories and two second-place finishes, the Belmont boys’ team showed they could be a force to be reckoned with in the D-II state meet in two weeks.

Hunter Dupuis picked up a pair of victories in the 55 dash (7.04 seconds) and 300 (38.24), while Nick Randos (won the 1,000 in 2:41) and the 4x160 relay (1:21) also earned wins, leading Belmont to first place as a team.

The Raiders (57.5 points) topped runner-up Campbell (42) and Portsmouth Christian (32), in addition to other local teams Bow (fifth, 26), Winnisquam (sixth, 25), Franklin (ninth, 11.5) and Kearsarge (10th, nine).

Dupuis also ran on the 4x160 with Marc Forgione, Ian Remenar (third 55 hurdles, fourth high jump) and Connor Dupuis. Hunter Dupuis’ victory in the 300 was more than two second faster than the runner-up.

Connor Jackson (second 1,500), Zack Duclos (tied second shot put), Tom Pare (fourth shot put) and the 4x400 relay (third) also scored for Belmont.

Bow was led by Brian Bushnell (fourth 55 dash and long jump), Caleb Olson (fifth 1,000) and the 4x160 (third) and 4x400 (fourth) relays.

Winnisquam was led by strong performances from a trio of freshmen, Andre Cormier (second 300, third high jump), Riley Mann (second 3,000, sixth 1,500) and Dylan Robert (third 3,000, fifth 1,500) and Richard Fournier (third 1,500).

Ben Corbyn’s victory in the high jump (6-0) and Will Del Guidice (fourth 3,000) led Kearsarge while Christian Shepard (second high jump, fifth 55 hurdles) and Kyan Graves (tied second shot put) scored for Franklin.

Gilford’s Michael Wernig (seventh shot put) and Laconia’s Dan Engelsen (ninth 1,500) were the only competitors for their teams.

Belmont also won on the girls’ side, tallying 46 points, with Portsmouth Christian (32) and Bow (31) rounding out the top three. Gilford (tied for sixth, 24 points), Winnisquam (eighth, 16), Laconia (10th, 13), Bishop Brady (11th, nine) and Kearsarge (13th, four) also competed in a field of over 15 teams.

Although the Raiders topped the team standings, it was Gilford’s Natalie Fraser who earned the most individual wins with victories in the 55 dash (8.14) and 300 (45.24). Emma Ramsey (third long jump, fifth shot put) and the 4x160 (fourth) also scored for Gilford.

Sana Syed won the 55 hurdles (9.64) and finished second in the long jump to lead Belmont, which also had contributions from Alice Riley (second 1,500 and 3,000), Gabriel Day (fourth long jump, fifth 55 dash), Jessica Hutchinson (fifth 1,000), Makayla Palmer (sixth 600) and Amber Lemay (sixth long jump). Both the 4x160 and 4x400 relays finished third.

Bow was led Emma Gagne’s victory in the long jump (13-11.25) and the winning 4x160 relay of Shannon Murray, Isabelle Slocum (sixth 55 hurdles), Lindsay Burnham (sixth 55 dash) and Anna Lafreniere (third 300). The Falcons’ 4x400 finished fourth and Amelia Coe finished sixth in the shot put.

Faith Gosselin (third 1,500), Joy Roberts (third high jump), Jasmine Piper (fourth 1,500) and Emily Decormier (fourth 55 dash) scored for Winnisquam .

Skyler Tautkus (second 300, third 55 dash), Victoria Dean (fourth 600) and Delia Cormier (sixth 1,000) led Laconia.

Anna Grafton’s win in the 1,000 (3:21) and Ariel Bergeron (fourth shot put) provided the scoring for Bishop Brady and Lydia Pinard (third shot put) scored for Kearsarge.

Sydney Ericson (11th 55 hurdles) was the lone competitor for Franklin.


Concord third

Key players: Concord – Matt O’Brien (1st 1,000 in 2:38, 4th 1,500), Colin Conery (2nd 1,000), Josh Adams (3rd 600), Eli Boesch-Dining (3rd 1,500), Manny Feliz (3rd 55 hurdles), Nate Hillyer (4th high jump), Jacob Nichol (4th 55 hurdles), Alex Duncan (5th 1,500)

Highlights/key moments: The Tide distance runners and hurdlers provided most of Concord’s 44 points. Nichol, Pat Hall, Sam Orzechowski and Adam Dwight formed the third-place 4x400 relay. Pinkerton (85) and Nashua North (60) were the top two teams in the nine-team field.

Merrimack Valley third, Coe-Brown eighth

Key players: MV – Isaiah Shedd (1st 600 in 1:32), Camden Donovan (1st high jump at 6-0, 5th long jump), Tanna Valliere (2nd shot put), Christian Oglesby (4th 600), Matt Lyle (5th 1,000), David Reynolds (5th 1,500), Dylan Lessard (5th shot put); Coe-Brown – Evan Tanguay (1st 3,000 in 9:37), Luke Tkaczyk (3rd 3,000, 6th 1,500), Gavyn Lewis (4th 1,500), Wyatt Mackey (5th 3,000)

Highlights/key moments: Shedd won the 600 and was on the winning 4x400 relay (3:47) with Oglesby, Lyle and Herman Nixon, and Donovan won the high jump, leading the Pride to third in a 13-team meet. D-II MV scored 40 points, narrowly trailing the winning team, D-I Manchester Memorial (44) and D-II powerhouse Portsmouth (41). Tanguay won the 3,000 to score six of Coe-Brown’s 17 points.

Pembroke 12th

Key players: Pembroke – Josh Crandall (5th 3,000), Tyler Serafin (7th 55 dash, 7th high jump), Josh Dion (9th 300)

Highlights/key moments: Crandall was the lone Spartan to score, accounting for both of Pembroke’s points in a 13-team meet. Serafin and Dion just missed out on scoring points. Winnacunnet (71) and Oyster River (56) were the top two teams.


Concord seventh

Key players: Concord – Grace Devanny (1st 55 dash in 7.63, 2nd 300), Katelyn Jelley (6th long jump), 4x200 (6th)

Highlights/key moments: Devanny finished in the top two in both sprinting events, scoring 11 of the Tide’s 14 points. Pinkerton (72) and Bedford (60) were the top two of the 10 teams that competed.

Merrimack Valley fourth, Coe-Brown eighth

Key players: MV – Kaitlyn Covell (1st 300 in 46.24, 2nd 55 hurdles), Theresa Irving (1st high jump at 4-8), Rebecca Williams (5th 55 hurdles), Addie Hodge (5th long jump), Emma York (6th 1,500); Coe-Brown – Kathleen Collins (1st shot put in 35-10.5), Sarah Dupuis (4th 3,000), 4x160 (4th)

Highlights/key moments: Covell had a pair of top-two finishes and ran on the third-place 4x400 relay with Nicole Considine, Emma York and Addie Hodge, leading the Pride to fourth-place in a 13-team meet. Irving also won an event for the Pride, helping MV tally 30 points. Portsmouth (76) ran away with the meet, with Manchester West (39) and Milford (33) rounding out the top three. Coe-Brown scored 18 points.

Pembroke 13th

Key players: Pembroke – Riley Kennedy (6th 1,500), Julia Valotto (8th high jump)

Highlights/key moments:

Coach’s quote: Kennedy provided the only point for the Spartans in a 13-team meet. Souhegan (60) and Exeter (49) were the top two teams.