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Gocha wins Division II 100 title

Melanson also earns bid to Meet of Champions

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

Malcolm Gocha roars around the corner in the 200 meters at Pelham on Saturday. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
June 02, 2014
PELHAM — Despite not being at 100 percent, Plymouth junior Malcolm Gocha put on a heck of a show at the Division II State Meet on Saturday, May 31, at Pelham High School.

The Bobcat star took home a first, a second and a ninth in his three events, earning himself a pair of invitations to the Meet of Champions.

Gocha took the top spot in the 100 meters with a time of 11.24 seconds, which followed up on his preliminary round run of 11.36 seconds, which was also the fastest time.

The Bobcat junior then took second place overall in the 400 meters, finishing in a time of 51.54 seconds. He missed out on points in the 200 meters, finishing in ninth overall in a time of 23.91 seconds.

Gocha's 18 points were the lone points picked up on the day for the Bobcat boys, as they finished 12th overall. Lebanon won the title with Portsmouth in second place.

Colin Nelson-Peck capped off his Plymouth career with a 10th place finish in the 1,600 meters, crossing the line in 4:48.58. Tim Bolan, the other Bobcat boy to qualify for the State Meet, didn't clear the opening height in the high jump.

In the 4X100-meter relay, the Plymouth team of Connor Mersch, Bolan, Kyle Cox and Aaron McCormack raced to 17th overall in 48.8 seconds. The 4X400-meter team of Jot Sandhu, Michael Lambrecht, McCormack and Nick Kulig finished in 18th place overall in 3:48.21.

On the girls' side of things, the top finisher for the Bobcats was Marykate Melanson, who placed fourth overall in the high jump with a height of four feet, 10 inches. Teammate Colleen Healey also competed in the high jump but missed out on the opening height.

Candice Lundquist had a solid ending to her Plymouth career, as she earned a seventh place finish in the javelin, tossing a distance of 96 feet, three inches.

Aisha Burnham earned a 10th place finish in the discus with a throw of 76 feet, nine inches.

Sophomore Nora Healey finished 12th in the 300-meter hurdles, crossing the line in a time of 51.72 seconds.

The Bobcat girls competed in all three relay events. In the 4X100-meter relay, the team of Tori Baumeister, Delaney Chabot, Janessa Terry and Gabby Robbins finished 16th overall in 55.57 seconds. The 4X400-meter team of Sheyenne Lester, Nora Healey, Jordan Legacy and Melanson raced to 14th overall in 4:31.95. The 4X800-meter team of Cullen Bunker, Samantha Wisniewski, Kelsie Lewis and Legacy finished in ninth place overall in 11:46.76.

Melanson and Gocha, by virtue of their top-four finishes on the day, both earned bids to the Meet of Champions, which will take place at Londonderry High School on Saturday, June 7, at 2:30 p.m.

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

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