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Spartan girls earn second place in Division III

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

The White Mountains Regional High School girls' track team earned the second place title at the D-III State Meet in Winnisquam on May 27. Tara Giles. (click for larger version)
June 05, 2017
TILTON — The White Mountains Regional High School girls' track team impressed everyone when just 10 of them scored enough points to place second at the State Meet on May 27 in Winnisquam. The team scored 70 points and placed second to Monadnock, who had 85 points.

The first race on the track was the girls' 4x800-meter relay. The team of Hallie Chancey, Sierra Lamphere, Blayne LaChance and Leah Dutkewych placed second with a time of 10:33. Next up was freshman Taima Ronish, who in her first state meet, placed third with a time of 17.10 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles.

In the 1,600 meters, Payton Giles was ranked fourth but moved up two places finishing second in a personal best of 5:24. Giles barely had time to catch her breath, before lining up for the 800-meter race. She placed sixth in a time of 2:32. Chancey had a great 800-meter race, placing third with a time of 2:28.

In the 300-meter hurdles, Ronish scored one point by placing sixth with a time of 51.3 seconds. Dutkewych placed fourth in the 3,200 meters in a time of 12:34.

The girls 4x400-meter relay team of Giles, LaChance, Lamphere and Chancey were seeded eighth but moved up to a fourth place finish in a time of 4:28.

Lamphere jumped to a personal best in the triple jump with a distance of 31 feet, eight inches, which led to a fifth place finish.

Freshman Kadi Bedell had a great day, placing fourth in the high jump, clearing four feet, six inches.

The team wouldn't be complete without its throwers. Grace Gensamer threw her way to a second place finish with a personal best of 102 feet, nine inches. Senior Shanyce Wungkana placed fourth with a throw of 92 feet, six inches. Wungkana scored more points for the team in the shot put with a throw of 33 feet, five inches. Sadie Bushway placed third with a throw of 32 feet, 11 inches.

Those who placed in the top three in their events moved on to the Meet of Champions.

Head Coach Jon Going said, "Normally at the state meet you have some in the mix to score with others just looking to get a personal record. For the girls, they all scored and most of them pr'd. That is really difficult to do. Every member of the team did exactly what was needed or more to ensure us the runners up trophy."

Going added, "A few specific highlights were Grace and Shanyce taking second in disc and shot with both getting personal bests. Taima, a freshman scored in both hurdles. Hallie's 800, Sierra's triple jump and Payton's 1,600 were all highlights."

The boys' team had the most athletes qualify for the state meet in four years. Zeke Pribbernow started things off by placing sixth in the javelin with a launch of 136 feet, eight inches. Jack Parker placed fourth in the pole vault, clearing 10 feet, six inches, a personal record. Parker placed 10th in the high jump, clearing four feet.

Freshman Kevin Schanlaber placed eighth in the triple jump with a distance of 39 feet. Silas Southworth placed 14th, jumping 36 feet, eight inches. In the long jump, senior Grady Walters placed 10th with a leap of 17 feet, 11 inches. In the discus, Jer Heyliger placed 13th with a throw of 106 feet, 10 inches. Jayce Sanborn placed ninth in the shot put with a throw of 39 feet, 11 inches.

On the track, Sam Call placed third earning him a trip to the Meet of Champions, with a personal best of 4:35 in the 1,600 meters. The boys' 4x400-meter relay team of Call, Elijah Ratliff, Pribbernow and Hunter MacLeod placed just out of scoring with an eighth place finish in a time of 3:45.

Of the boys' team Going said, "Sam, Zeke and Jack all did better than I expected. We will certainly miss our seniors but there is a lot of talent on both sides for next year."

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