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Nickerson, Candage compete in decathlon


by Jeff Lajoie
Sports Reporter

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Inter-Lakes' Evan Candage was one of two Lakers to compete in the decathlon last weekend, as he and Ryan Nickerson represented the program in the 10-event competition at Nashua South High School. File Photo. (click for larger version)
June 23, 2014
NASHUA The track and field season continued with a unique event for Inter-Lakes High School's Ryan Nickerson and Evan Candage, as the duo competed in the annual New Hampshire Decathlon hosted by Nashua South High School last weekend.

Nickerson led the way for the Lakers, as he scored 3,765 points good enough for a 36th place finish overall. Candage was 51st in the two-day event, as he scored a total of 3,346 points. Londonderry High School's Starlin Ortiz was the decathlon winner, as he totaled 5,836 points in the 10 events.

Nickerson scored 2,287 points in his first day of action to kick things off on Saturday. He ran the 100 meters in 12.50 seconds for 513 points, and his long jump measured in at 17 feet, six inches for 449 points. He threw the shot put 31 feet, three inches for 459 points while capping off the day with 367 points in the high jump (four feet, eight inches) and 499 points in the 400 meters (57.45 seconds).

On day two, Nickerson's best event came in the 1,500 meters, where he ran a time of 5:05.95, scoring 526 points. He added 396 points in the discus (87-0) as well as 265 points in the javelin (90-4) and 291 points in the 110 hurdles (20.53). Nickerson did not register a height in the pole vault.

Candage, fresh off a trip to the New England Championship one week earlier, got his weekend started with two of his strongest events in the 100 meters and long jump. He scored 567 points in the 100 (12.20 seconds) while adding 648 points (high highest total) in the long jump with a leap of 20 feet, six inches.

To cap off Saturday's action where he scored 2,316 points, Candage notched 444 points in the shot put (30-6), 331 in the high jump (4-6) and 326 in the 400 meters (1:02.56).

That set the stage for the second day of competition, where Candage's best total came in the javelin with a toss of 99 feet, seven inches (305 points). He ran the 110 hurdles in 21.89 seconds (200 points), threw the discus 67-6 (284 points) and ran the 1,500 meters in 6:05.81 (241 points), while not registering a height in the pole vault.

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