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Fast wheels give BHS's Riley and Allman All-State honors

by Bob Martin
Sports Reporter - Gilford Steamer, WInnisquam Echo, Meredith News

Eli Allman was named to the Division 3 All-State track team in his senior season. It was his second straight selection to the team. Bob Martin. (click for larger version)
June 26, 2017
BELMONT — Eli Allman and Alice Riley set personal records and school records throughout the track and field season for Belmont High School, and their exceptional performances gave them All-State nods as voted by coaches around the league.

Eli Allman

Allman had a fantastic senior season for Belmont High School. He said he is most proud of his performance at the Division 3 State Championship located at Winnisquam High School, where he set a personal record and beat his own school record in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.53 seconds.

The 110-meter hurdles is a favorite race of Allman, and he said he prefers the short races in general. He also participates in the 300-meter hurdles and the 4X100-meter relay. He set a school record in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 43.11, good for fifth place. The 4X100 team placed second just behind Bow with a time of 45.29.

Allman said that he has put a lot of work into getting to the level he has today. He said during practice and in the off season he and his teammates rev each other up and push each other to be great. He said he works on his overall strength, as well as burst training to improve his speed.

"Hurdling takes a lot of skill and not just speed," Allman said.

Allman has been running for three years and is the second season in a row he was named to the All-State team for track. He also plays soccer and indoor track.

Allman admitted that he didn't expect to be named this season.

"It's a great honor," said Allman. "I wasn't expecting to get it twice but that is pretty great."

Allman will be attending St. Lawrence University in New York next fall to study conservation biology, and he plans to continue his track and field career.

Alice Riley

It was a terrific season from beginning to end for Riley, but when thinking about the race where she felt the best she knew the immediate answer: Wilderness League Championship at Gilford High School.

"I just absolutely loved Wilderness this year," Riley said. "I felt the joy of running that day. It reminded me why I keep running."

Riley ran the 3,200 meters that day and led right from the beginning, coming away with a personal record time of 11:45.90. Riley won by a landslide with the Jenna Bears of Kearsarge closest behind with a time of 12:24.91.

She also won the 1,600 meters with a time of 5:26.40, which was nearly four seconds ahead of Moultonborough's Rebeca Velie.

Riley also did very well in the Division 3 Championship with a first place finish in the 3,200 meters with a time of 11:54.59. This was another big win, with Joelle Lafreniere closest behind with a time of 12:15.03. Riley placed third in the 1,600 meters with a time of 5:26.65, as well.

Riley was exceptionally proud to be named to the All-State team this season for the first time as a sophomore. She said she is happy now to be training for cross country, a sport she loves because of being outside in the elements where anything can happen. She also participates in indoor track, so her constant activity keeps her in incredible running shape.

"It's not easy to get to All-State and it is a real privilege to be named along with so many other great runners," said Riley. "I want to keep working hard and continue to improve. Hopefully I will get better and better."

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