Concord’s Devanny wins 2 Meet of Champions titles, sets 400 state record

Monitor staff
Published: 6/1/2019 11:48:03 PM

She has dominated the 400 meters for the last four years, so it only made sense that Concord senior Grace Devanny, in her final high school track meet in New Hampshire, set the 400 record.

One week after winning her fourth Division I 400 title, Devanny secured her third straight Meet of Champions 400 title on Saturday at the University of New Hampshire’s Wildcat Stadium, setting the state record with a time of 55.42 seconds and followed that up with a win in the 200 (25.52 seconds).

“I am just incredibly excited to end my last New Hampshire high school meet on such a great note,” Devanny said.

Devanny bested the previous mark of 55.59, set by Lebanon’s Anna Cioffredi in 2007, and finished off her New Hampshire high school outdoor track career with a near-perfect record in the event. The only blemish on her 400 record is a second-place finish at the MOC her freshman year to – a 0.01 second loss to Pelham’s Morgan Walsh.

Devanny’s two wins also punch her ticket to next Saturday’s New England Championships, held at Thornton Academy in Saco, Maine.

She finished third in the 400 and 11th in the 200 last year at the regional event.

Kearsarge junior Mya Dube (first place 1,600 in 4:53.59) and Merrimack Valley freshman Sophia Reynolds (first place 3,200 in 10:57.99) were the other area champions on the girls’ side, while Coe-Brown senior Jonathan Thorn won the boys’ shot put with a toss of 53 feet, 9 inches.

Several other area athletes qualified for next weekend’s New Englands by finishing in the top six of their respective events.

The Coe-Brown girls’ 4x800 relay of Abby O’Connor, Samantha Lemay, Olivia Noni and Sophie Laird finished second to Souhegan to 1.67 seconds to advance, while Concord’s Sarah Waite (sixth 100) and Kearsarge’s Avril Prak (sixth 400) also qualified.

Merrimack Valley’s David Reynolds nearly pulled off a victory in the boys’ 3,200, but crossed the line 0.01 seconds behind Exeter’s Jacob Winslow to finish second.

The distance events were well-represented by Capital Area runners with Concord’s Forest MacKenzie and Eli Boesch-Dining going 3-4 in the 3,200, Coe-Brown’s Porter Heigis finishing third in the 800, and Concord’s Aidan O’Hern and Brayden Kearns, Bow’s Kirpal Demian and Coe-Brown’s Dawson Dubois going 3-4-5-6 in the 1,600.

Concord’s Manny Feliz (fifth 110 hurdles), third-place 4x800 (Fisto Ndayishimiye, Martin O’Sulivan, Eben Bragg and Ryan Devine) and sixth-place 4x400 (Nick Richards, Tom Dean, Ndayishimiye and Jackson Wilkes) also qualified, as did Coe-Brown’s sixth-place 4x800 (Colby Hoffman, Gavyn Lewis, Patrick Hill and Heigis).

Bow’s Tyler Bennett (fifth pole vault) and John Stark’s Joseph Wegman (sixth high jump) rounded out the local qualifiers.

Singles tennis tournament

Concord junior Liam Grennon made a run to the quarterfinals, but fell one match shy of advancing to Tuesday’s final four in the NHIAA boys’ singles state tennis tournament at Pinkerton Academy.

Grennon, the tournament’s No. 5 seed, started the day with an 8-5 victory over Portsmouth Christian’s Bill Shao and followed that up with another 8-5 victory over Pinkerton’s John Marineau in the round of 16.

Souhegan’s Sam Goddard, the third-seed, topped Grennon, 8-4, in the quarterfinals to bring Grennon’s tournament run to an end – at least in singles.

Greenon will return to Pinkerton Academy on Sunday with teammate Anders Norton as the fourth-seeded doubles team. Another Tide pairing, Jon Shamash and Winsor Bean, will also be taking part in the tournament.

The early rounds of the doubles tourney will be played on Sunday, while the semifinals and final round will be played at Pinkerton on Thursday.

Goddard, Bedford’s Jason Bouch (No. 1), Alvirne’s Peyton Meuse (No. 6) and Pinkerton’s Seb Tonini will played in Tuesday’s boys’ singles semifinals and finals at Pinkerton.

The girls’ singles tournament took place at Southern New Hampshire University on Saturday, but results were unavailable by Monitor press time.

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