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Champion, again

by Jeff Lajoie
Sports Reporter

Belmont's Joe Boles, wearing number five, rounds a corner at Dartmouth's Leverone Field House on Sunday during the NHIAA Division II state championship meet. Boles captured the state title in the 1500 meteres, his second championship in two years. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
February 03, 2014
HANOVER New year. New event. Same result.

For the second year in a row, Joe Boles found himself on the top of the podium Sunday afternoon. The Belmont High School senior claimed another NHIAA Division II state championship, this time coming in the 1,500 meters at Dartmouth College's Leverone Field House.

One year after winning the state title in the 1,000 meters, Boles moved up a distance to the 1,500, and the results were impressive. After winning consistently during the regular season, he made his mark when it mattered most on Sunday. Boles took first place in the event, crossing the line with a time of 4:17.97. That put him over a full second ahead of runner-up Eli Moskowitz of Souhegan (4:19.25) and third place finisher Drew Tuttle of Prospect Mountain (4:25.38). Boles' time was a new school record for the Red Raiders.

"Seeded fifth entering the race, (Boles) utilized perfect tactics in kicking past his opponents with 250 meters remaining in the race to give him the victory," said veteran BHS coach John Goegel.

Boles wasn't the only Belmont athlete to score points for his team on Sunday however, as junior Bruce Zimmer earned a fifth place showing in the shot put at Dartmouth. Zimmer's best throw of 43 feet, 3.5 inches earned him two team points, giving the Raiders 12 as a team, good enough for 12th place in Division II. Lebanon was the winner with 69.5 points.

Portsmouth's Nick Ritzo won the shot put in front of Zimmer with a heave of 49-8.5, while Lebanon's John Cioffredi (48-6.5) and Conant's Justin Haase (45-4.5) rounded out the top three.

"Also seeded fifth entering the competition, his consistency in the preliminary and final rounds insured his state medalist position," Goegel explained.

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