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Spartans collect personal records in Pelham

by Tara Giles
Sports reporter - Coos County Democrat and Berlin Reporter

The WMRHS 4x800 meter relay teams warm up in Pelham on April 15. Tara Giles. (click for larger version)
April 17, 2017
PELHAM — The White Mountains Regional track team traveled to Pelham on April 15, where several athletes qualified for the state meet and banked personal records. The weather was perfect, leaving parents, athletes and coaches pleased with how the day went.

"The team showed a lot of promise this week," said coach Jon Going. "April meets are really about training through, but our athletes are really performing well. We are excited for the next chance to compete."

The boys' team had a great day with Sam Call taking fifth place in the 1,600 meters with a personal best time of 4:44. Call raced the 3,200 meters as well, placing fifth with a time of 10:46.

In the 100-meter dash, Sean Farrell placed 36th with a time of 13.03. Teammate Nick Travers placed 41st in a time of 13.33. In the 200 meters, Kevin Schanlaber ran a 26.47, placing 26th. Ethan Giles ran the race in 28.23, placing 44th. Travers finished the race in 28.75, taking 46th.

Hunter MacLeod was the only Spartan in the boys' 400-meter race. Finding his strong suit, he placed 12th overall with a time of 58.14. In the 1,600 meters, Elijah Ratliff, in his first track race ever, placed 28th with a time of 5:31.

Senior Grady Walters ran fast in the 110-meter high hurdles, placing seventh in a time of 48.25. Giles placed 15th, crossing in 51.14. Sam Heyliger placed 17th in 53.05 and Silas Southworth placed 19th in 56.44.

The boys' 4x800-meter team (Ratliff, Heyliger, Call, MacLeod) placed eighth in a time of 9:32. The 4x400-meter team (Ratliff, Giles, MacLeod, Heyliger) placed 11th with a 4:16.

In the high jump, freshman Jack Parker tied for second place, clearing five feet, eight inches. Parker then went on to place fourth in the pole vault, clearing eight feet, six inches.

In the long jump Walters placed 11th, leaping 18 feet, 3.5 inches. Schanlaber placed 14th with a jump of 17 feet, 10.5 inches. Farrell placed 21st at 16 feet, seven inches.

Southworth found his event in the triple jump, placing eighth with a jump of 36 feet, two inches.

Jayce Sanborn threw the shot put 36 feet, two inches, placing 15th. Spencer Lurvey placed 26th with a throw of 32 feet, six inches.

Zeke Pribbernow placed eighth in the discus with a launch of 106 feet, seven inches. Senior Rob Randall placed 26th, throwing the discus 75 feet even.

Pribbernow placed third in the javelin with a personal best of 139 feet, six inches. Connor Quigley placed 14th with a throw of 123 feet, eight inches. Kevin Curnane took 38th place with a toss of 79 feet, 10 inches.

The girls' team had a solid day with some great performances. Payton Giles led the distance crew by placing fourth overall in the 1,600 meters with a time of 5:39. Leah Dutkewych placed sixth with a great early season time of 5:44. Hannah O'Neil, in her first 1,600-meter race of the season, placed 11th with a 6:16.

In the 800-meter race Giles placed sixth with an impressive 2:29. Teammate Hallie Chancey had a great race, placing seventh with a 2:31.

Leah Dutkewych had a strong two-mile race, placing seventh with a 12:46. In the 100-meter dash, Tricia Foster placed 68th with a 16.78. Kelsee Chase placed 61st with a 16.14. Jaycee Murray placed 51st in 15.40. Murray placed 45th in the 200-meter dash with a time of 32.26. Freshman Kadi Bedell placed 39th with a 31.78. Chase placed 50th with a 34.24.

In the 400-meter race, Taima Ronish placed 26th overall with a 1:12. Blayne LaChance placed 17th in a time of 1:09.

In the 100-meter hurdles, Annie Kopp had a great race, placing 24th with a 22.02. Foster placed 29th in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 1:05. Murray placed 21st with a 58.94. Kopp took 26th in 1:02.15. Sierra Lamphere placed 12th, crossing in 55.88.

The 4x400-meter relay (Giles, Lamphere, LaChance, Chancey) placed eighth with a time of 4:40. In the 4x800-meter relay (LaChance, O'Neil, Chancey, Ronish) the girls placed fourth in a time of 10:48.

Bedell placed 16th in the long jump with a leap of 12 feet, 11 inches. Courtney Patterson placed 38th, jumping 10 feet, one inch. Delaney Hannah placed 41st with a nine-foot jump.

Lamphere placed sixth in the triple jump with a leap of 30 feet, 10 inches. O'Neil placed 14th with a jump of 26 feet, four inches.

The Spartan girls found great success in the throwing events. Sadie Bushway placed fifth in the shot put with a toss of 32 feet, four inches. Shanyce Wungkana placed eighth with a throw of 31 feet, 1.5 inches. Grace Gensamer placed 19th with 26 feet, 3.5 inches.

Wungkana placed fifth in the discus with a throw of 91 feet, four inches. Gensamer placed sixth with a throw of 89 feet, nine inches. Bushway placed 12th at 77 feet, five inches.

In the javelin Wungkana placed 28th at 56 feet, three inches. Patterson placed 36th with a throw of 38 feet, 11 inches.

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