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Gocha, Melanson bring home DII titles

by Joshua Spaulding
Sports Editor - Granite State News, Carroll County Independent, Meredith News, Gilford Steamer, Winnisquam Echo, Plymouth Record-Enterprise and Baysider

Malcolm Gocha and Marykate Melanson show off their medals at Sunday's Division II state championships. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
February 03, 2014
HANOVER — It was quite a few minutes for the fledgling Plymouth indoor track team.

Just minutes after junior Malcolm Gocha sprinted to the Division II championships in the 55 meters, senior Marykate Melanson cleared the high jump bar to earn her own Division II title, giving the Bobcats two titles in the Division II State Meet, which was held on Sunday, Feb. 2, at Dartmouth College's Leverone Fieldhouse.

Gocha got the first title for the Bobcats in the 55 meters.

He won the preliminary round in a time of 6.7 seconds to earn a spot in the finals. In the finals, he finished in 6.73 seconds, which was just enough to edge Corey Barrett of Con-Val and bring home the Division II title.

Melanson, who had one eye on her teammate on the track and the other on her own event, the high jump, followed that up moments later by outleaping the competition in the high jump. She cleared five feet, two inches, two inches higher than Kennett's Gracie Ryan, giving her a gold medal of her own.

Gocha wasn't quite done either. He returned to the track in the 300 meters and raced his way to third place overall in the 300 meters, finishing in 36.67 seconds. Barrett got the win in 36.49 seconds.

The Bobcats had one other representative on hand to compete in the Division II championships. Tim Bolan competed in the high jump and cleared five feet, six inches, which placed him eighth overall. John Cioffredi of Lebanon won at six feet, six inches.

Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 569-3126 or sportsgsn@salmonpress.com

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