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Relay teams lead Timber Wolves at Dartmouth

by Joshua Spaulding
Sports Editor - Granite State News, Carroll County Independent, Meredith News, Gilford Steamer, Winnisquam Echo, Plymouth Record-Enterprise and Baysider

THE 4X800-METER relay team of (l to r) Cody Symonds, Mike Fife, Mark Jannini and Shane McCartney finished sixth at the Division II State Meet in Hanover on Sunday. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
February 04, 2013
HANOVER — The Prospect Mountain indoor track team capped off its season with some solid performances in the Division II State Meet at Dartmouth College's Leverone Field House on Sunday, Feb. 3.

"It was a great day," coach John Tuttle said. "They ran as good as I expected them to run.

"There was a really high level of competition," the Timber Wolf coach added.

The Timber Wolves had two relay teams in the meet and the 4X800-meter boys came home with the top finish of the day for the squad, as they ran to sixth overall in 8:53.88.

"That was their goal, to get a point, finish in the top six," Tuttle said. "We knew it would be close."

The 4X800-meter team consisted of Cody Symonds, Mike Fife, Mark Jannini and Shane McCartney. For Jannini, the 800 meters was a significant jump from his usual distances, but with Drew Tuttle running the 3,000 meters immediately after the 4X800, coach Tuttle made the choice to substitute.

"Mark really stepped up to run the 4X800," Tuttle said. "That's a long run for him."

The Timber Wolf boys also competed in the 4X400-meter relay, with Matt McGinnis, Symonds, Tuttle and McCartney carrying the baton for the team. In that race, Prospect came home 14th in 3:56.28.

"That was a good experience for them," Tuttle noted, pointing out that out of both relay teams, only McGinnis is a senior, so he expects to see them back in the same spot next year.

On the individual front, Drew Tuttle was 10th overall in the 3,000 meters, crossing in a time of 9:33.11.

Anna Jortikka was the lone female Timber Wolf making the trip to Hanover and she finished eighth in the high jump, clearing four feet, eight inches.

Tuttle was pleased with his team's effort throughout the season and is already looking forward to next year, when he expects more big things from his team.

"It was a great year," Tuttle said. "And we have a lot of underclassmen, so we'll be back next year better than ever."

Joshua Spaulding can be reached at sportsgsn@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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