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Wernig captures discus to pace Eagles at Wilderness

by Jeff Lajoie
Sports Reporter

Gilford senior Emily Wernig tosses the shot put en route to a fourth place finish during Saturday's Wilderness League Championship at Gilford High School. Wernig also won the discus, and she'll now turn her attention to this weekend's NHIAA Division III state championship. Jeff Lajoie. (click for larger version)
May 26, 2014
GILFORD The Gilford High School girls' track and field team felt right at home on Saturday, as the Golden Eagles finished fifth overall in a loaded field on their home turf at the annual Wilderness League Championship.

Gilford's 33.5 points were good enough for fifth place, with Kennett breezing to a team victory with 147 points. Kearsarge won the boys' race with 81.5 points, while the Gilford boys' team managed three points for a 17th place showing. The meet was the final tune-up for this weekend's NHIAA Division III State Championship, slated to be held on Saturday at Inter-Lakes High School in Meredith (10 a.m.).

Senior Emily Wernig led the way for the Eagles, as she won the discus to kick off the morning with a best heave of 111 feet to score 10 points towards the team total. Wernig would follow that up with a fourth place showing in the afternoon shot put (30 feet, 11 inches) for four more points.

Fellow senior Becky Zakorchemny had a busy day, as she scored in three different events, finishing just outside the top six in a fourth one. Zakorchemny was third in the long jump with a leap of 15-0, and she added a fourth place finish in the 300 hurdles (51.60) and a fifth place showing in the javelin (95-6). She nearly scored in a fourth event when she took seventh in the shot put (28-5).

Freshman Marina Baer notched points in a pair of events, as she nabbed fifth place in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.20 seconds. She also finished sixth in the shot put, recording a best throw of 29 feet, 0.5 inches.

Anna Malek rounded out the scorers for Gilford on the day, as she took sixth overall in the 100 hurdles with a time of 18.30 seconds. Junior Lauren Mercuri nearly added to the point total in the triple jump, finishing just outside the scoring in seventh place with a leap of 29 feet, 11.75 inches.

The boys' team scored their three points in two events, as Jacob Baer's fifth place finish in the 110 Hurdles (17.30 seconds) was good enough for two points. Ryan LaFrance added the other point, as he took sixth place in the 3200 meters (10:32).

Matthew Young finished just outside the scoring in the 3,200, as he was seventh in the event, just two seconds behind LaFrance in 10:34. Baer had two more top 10 finishes on the day, taking eighth in the 300 Hurdles (45.20) and ninth in the high jump (5-4).

The weather at the Wilderness meet didn't look promising as the day kicked off, with rain showers overtaking the area the night before and into the morning. But the skies eventually cleared, and bright sunshine made for a very pleasant afternoon for the hundreds of athletes and spectators in attendance. Medals were given to the top three finishers in each event, with the meet flying by and coming to a close before 2 p.m. despite the huge field participating.

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