Eagle boys take top honors at first two meets


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by Joshua Spaulding
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THE 4X400 team of (l to r) Todd Desmarais, Thomas Chant, Cam Labrie and Garrett Fortin won their race on Saturday in Bristol. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
April 20, 2015
BRISTOL — It was a strong opening week for the Kennett track team, as the boys came away with a pair of wins and the girls came away with a pair of second place finishes.

The week ended with a trip to Bristol for the Corneliusen Relays, a unique event run each year by Newfound Regional High School.

The teams compete in the traditional 4X400, 4X100 and 4X800-meter relays, as well as in a shuttle hurdle relay (2X110 or 2X100) and a distance medley relay (1,200, 400, 800 and 1,600) and shot put and high jump relays, where the top three competitors' scores are added up.

The Kennett boys took the win by 10 points over Plymouth, while the girls finished four points behind Hollis-Brookline.

In the 4X400-meter relay (medal event) for the boys, Kennett took top honors overall with the team of Todd Desmarais, Thomas Chant, Cam Labrie and Garrett Fortin running to a time of 3:43.

In the 4X100-meter relay, the Eagles were the first team to finish but they were disqualified for a line violation. Coach Bernie Livingston, noting that three of the members of that team were also in the 4X400-meter relay late, was eager to see how they bounced back and he came away pleased.

In the shuttle hurdle relay, one team member runs in one direction and when he or she reaches the end, the other teammate starts back in the other direction. The Kennett team of Desmarais and Jimmy Curran finished in first place overall with a time of 8:36.12.

In the distance medley relay, the Eagles sent Chant, Fortin, Tristan Anderson and Nick Brown out and they won the event in a time of 11:23.24.

In the 4X800-meter relay, the final event of the day, the team of Thomas Welch, Brown, Anderson and Nick Whitley finished in first place in 9:05.14.

The Eagles won the high jump as well with a combined height of 16 feet, five inches, led by Nick Roberts, who cleared six feet, one inch. Curran and Nate Higgins each cleared five feet, two inches.

In the shot put, Kennett wasn't able to get a place. Taylor Mathieu led the Eagles at 31 feet, 8.5 inches, while Ben Swett threw 28 feet, eight inches and Jared Carr threw 25 feet, 10.5 inches.

For the girls in the 4X400-metet relay, the Eagles finished in third place overall, with the team of Ashley Vajentic, Chloe Van Dyne, Melissa Brown and Lisa Carper finishing in 4:41.89.

In the 4X100-meter relay, the team of Tessa Greenhalgh, Cassie Docuet, Julianna Livingston and Rhiannon Hacking finished in third place overall in 56.09 seconds.

In the shuttle hurdles, the Kennett pair of Karli Boothby and Doucet finished in 37.64 seconds for first place overall.

In the distance medley relay, the team of Van Dyne, Vajentic, Carper and Brown finished in second place in 14:09.29.

The team of Carper, Van Dyne, Brown and Vajentic finished in second place in the 4X800-meter relay in a time of 11:18.

In the high jump, Kennett took second place overall, with India Drummond leading the way at four feet, eight inches, followed by Greenhalgh at four feet, two inches and Boothby at four feet for a total of 12 feet, 10 inches.

Kennett wasn't able to score in the shot put, totaling 57 feet, 4.5 inches. Livingston threw 25 feet, two inches, Lilly Lash threw 15 feet, half an inch and Kate Davison threw 17 feet, two inches.

The Eagle boys rolled past Coe-Brown in Northwood in the opening meet of the season on Tuesday, April 14.

In the 100 meters, Chant took the win in 10.93 seconds, with Kyle O'Keefe in fourth in 12.11 and Michael Welch in fifth in 12.15 seconds.

Chant also won the 200 in 22.97 with Drew MacDonald in fifth in 25.01 seconds. Fortin was second overall in the 400 in 53.62 seconds and Labrie followed in third in 53.94 seconds.

Brown won the 800 in 2:05.14 and Thomas Welch was fifth in the 1,600 in 4:56.26. In the 3,200, Whitley was second in 11:26, Darren Piotrow was third in 11:35, Logan Hagerty was fourth in 11:48 and Malcolm Badger was fifth in 11:54.

Desmarais won the 110-meter hurdles in 17.83, with Curran in second in 18.29 and Ben Zimmer in fourth in 21.62. Desmarais also won the 300 hurdles in 45.83, with Zimmer second in 49.9 seconds.

The Eagles won the 4X100-meter relay in 45.66 seconds and the 4X400-meter relay in 3:42.6.

Roberts won the high jump at six feet, while Curran was third in the long jump at 16 feet, 10 inches and Roberts took fifth at 16 feet, one inch.

Curran won the triple jump at 36 feet, nine inches, with Sam Cawley in second at 29 feet, one inch. Mathieu was second in the shot put at 34 feet, 3.5 inches. MacDonald was second in the discus at 96 feet, three inches, with Swett finishing fifth at 89 feet, 11 inches.

Josh Kondrat won the javelin at 119 feet six inches, with Anderson in second at 118 feet, five inches and Labrie in third at 116 feet, one inch.

For the girls, Boothby won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 19.8 seconds, with Allie Lawson running to third in 20.62 seconds. Jillian Castaldo was fourth in the 100 meters in 13.94 seconds, with Zoe McKinney in fifth in the 400 in 1:08.33. Kennett was second in the 4X400-meter relay in 4:38.68. Greenhalgh was second in the high jump and Boothby was fourth, both clearing four feet, two inches. Courtney O'Keefe finished second in the pole vault at six feet, six inches.

Dejana Rios-Peterson won the triple jump at 27 feet, 10 inches and finished fifth in the long jump at 12 feet, three inches.

Livingston won the javelin with a toss of 92 feet and finished second in the discus with a distance of 81 feet, 10 inches.

The Eagles will be back at it on Saturday, April 25, at Merrimack Valley at 10 a.m. and will be hosting a meet on Tuesday, April 28, at 4 p.m.

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

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