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Relay Raiders capture win, school record in 4x400

by Jeff Lajoie
Sports Reporter

The Belmont quartet of Kyle Gelinas, Tyler Rolfe, Matt Leclair and Joe Boles, along with head coach Aaron Hayward celebrate after breaking the school record in the 4x400 relay in Saturday's Wilderness League Championship at Gilford High School. The squad won the event with a final time of 3:33.30. Jeff Lajoie. (click for larger version)
May 26, 2014
GILFORD With a final burst down the home stretch from Matt Leclair, history was made at Saturday's Wilderness League Championship.

The Belmont High School senior ran the anchor leg of the 4x400 relay team, the final event of the day, and his late kick held off a charge from Prospect Mountain to give the Red Raiders a victory and a school record time of 3:33.30 in the process to highlight a wild day on the track at Gilford High School.

Leclair teamed with Tyler Rolfe, Joe Boles and Kyle Gelinas to break the school mark, and the quartet's 10 points from the event led to a ninth place showing overall on the boys' side (26 points). Kearsarge won the meet with 81.5 points, while the girls' race was won by Kennett with a whopping 147 points.

The local athletes performed very well in Gilford, and the Winnisquam girls' team was the top squad with a third place finish, tying with Franklin (40 points). The Belmont girls' weren't far behind with 26 points, good enough for a seventh place team finish, while the Winnisquam boys' team took 11th place (24 points).

Several athletes came home with victories on the day, setting themselves up as contenders for this Saturday's NHIAA Division III State Championship in Meredith. Belmont senior Boles won the 400 meters, as he held on with a lean at the finish line for a time of 51 seconds.

Winnisquam's Jaila Remillard showed why she's one of the top all-around athletes on the girls' side, as she won two events and took second in another. Remillard took the top slot in both the 100 hurdles (16.00) and the long jump (16 feet, 3.5 inches), and she was the runner-up in the 400 meters (1:00.10).

Winnisquam junior William Gove also captured an event win, as he was the top finisher by a large margin in the pole vault with a best clearance of 12 feet even.

Gelinas took fourth in the 1,600 meters (4:40) and Leclair was fifth in the 800 meters (2:06) in addition to their roles on the 4x400 relay team, while Winnisquam's Luke Morrison (third, triple jump), Richie Mills (fourth, pole vault) and Mike Roy (fourth, 800) all finished in the top six as well.

Belmont had two runners in the top six in the 800 meters on the girls' side, as freshmen Jasmine Syed (second, 2:37) and Emma Chase (fifth, 2:40) scored points towards the team total. Kylie Donovan was a solid second behind Remillard in the 100 hurdles (16.90) while Talia Sperduto was third in the 3,200 meters (13:07) to cap off an impressive showing by the Raider youngsters.

Winnisquam also received points on the girls' side from Tea Michaloski (long jump, 14-10.5) and Hayley deSousa (triple jump, 31-1) as both nabbed fourth place finishes in their respective events.

The D-III championship is scheduled to kick off at 10 a.m. at Inter-Lakes High School this Saturday.

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