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Daly, Candage, Morrow close out seasons at NE Championships

by Jeff Lajoie
Sports Reporter

Inter-Lakes junior Charlotte Morrow rises over the bar in the high jump during action at the New England Interscholastic Outdoor Track and Field Championship on Saturday at Bridgewater State University (Mass.). Morrow finished 21st in the competition, clearing five feet even for the Lakers. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
June 16, 2014
BRIDGEWATER, Mass. The rain subsided just in time for the action, as the New England Interscholastic Outdoor Track and Field Championships brought about comfortable conditions on Saturday for the five local athletes that made the trek after a long and successful season of competing for their respective high schools.

The top qualifiers for New Hampshire from the previous week's Meet of Champions sent two Belmont High School and three Inter-Lakes High School competitors to Bridgewater State University, competing on the highest level against the best New England had to offer.

It was a sophomore year to remember for Inter-Lakes High School's Cam Daly, as the D-III state champion in the 1,600 meters posted a top 10 finish at New Englands thanks to a seventh place showing in the event with a time of 4:20.73. Daly improved his time each week during the postseason, as he ran 4:23 during the state meet and 4:22 to finish second at the Meet of Champions.

Coe-Brown's Jeremy Brassard won the 1,600 meters on the day with a whopping time of 4:12.44, though Daly was the second-fastest New Hampshire runner in the event out of six competitors from the Granite State.

Classmate Evan Candage also had an outstanding spring season on the track, and he finished it off with a 12th place showing in the long jump at Bridgewater State. Candage, who was third at the MOC the previous week, saw his best jump measure in at 20 feet, six inches. That put him as the third-best New Hampshire finisher, while Kevin Saccone of Old Rochester Regional High School (Mass.) took home first overall with a leap of 22-7.50.

Rounding out the I-L entourage was junior Charlotte Morrow, who nabbed 21st place in the high jump after clearing five feet even on the afternoon. Morrow was fifth out of six New Hampshire high jumpers that reached the New England meet after tying for sixth position at the MOC. Ellen DiPietro of Marshfield, Mass. captured the New England title after clearing 5-7 at Bridgewater.

The Belmont contingent of senior Joe Boles and junior Bruce Zimmer closed out their seasons in fine fashion at the New England meet. Just one day after graduating from BHS, Boles capped off a record-breaking season with a top 10 finish in the 800 meters in Bridgewater. The speedster, who ran a leg on the school's record-breaking 4x400 meter relay team this season, broke his own school record in the 800 on Saturday for the third time this season. Boles' time of 1:56.22 put him ninth overall in the event, with Lewiston, Maine's Isaiah Harris taking home first place in 1:51.47.

Boles has now taken off over two seconds from the previous school mark that he broke twice before, as Brendan Collins (2004) had set the Belmont record at 1:58.54 before Boles eclipsed that earlier this season. Boles was the second-fastest New Hampshire finisher in the event, behind just Sean Munnelly of Campbell (1:53.02).

In the shot put, Zimmer closed out his season with a 22nd place finish, as his best throw measured in at 45 feet, 7.25 inches. Zimmer's heave put him just behind his best at the MOC the previous week, where he finished third overall (45-8.75). Evan Dombrowski of St. John's Prep (Mass.) won the shot with a toss of 55-1.50, while Zimmer had the second-best showing of the New Hampshire athletes in attendance.

Five New Hampshire athletes won events on the day, with Brassard (1,600), Nashua North's Zakari Jenkins (200 meters), Oyster River's Maegan Doody (800 meters), Lebanon's Corinne Kennedy (300 hurdles) and Coe-Brown's Ariel Clachar (long jump) taking home New England titles.

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