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More BHS athletes honored by NHIAA


May 20, 2020
BELMONT – This week, we salute Nicholas Miles and Mercede McIntyre for being two more of the 11 students from Belmont High School to receive the 2019-2020 New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Award, presented each year to students who not only participated in two sports but maintained a B-plus average in academics at the same time.

Nicholas Miles of Canterbury is a senior at Belmont High School who was among those recognized this spring. Throughout his years in high school he has participated in JV baseball, Cross Country, Track and Indoor Track, and served as a captain of the Cross Country team in his senior year. Miles said he that while he was also a member of the baseball team for one year and participated in three other three sports during his high school athletic career, he loved the challenges and rewards of cross country running the most.

"It was one big family and everyone was always happy to help. I really enjoyed the bus rides; they always had the most team spirit and always brought a lot of hype before a big meet," he said.

After graduation from BHS, Miles has committed to the University of New England for Biological Sciences and potentially the 4+4 program in dentistry in the fall. Through the University of New England, he also has an offer to join the Cross Country team but hasn't yet decided if he will run in college.

"Winning this award is truly an honor, and something I am proud to receive," said Miles. "I loved being an athlete through all of my years of schooling. I have been a very busy person through all four years of high school, and at times, juggling sports with every other extracurricular was very exhausting, but in the end all of this has shaped me to become the person I am today."

Mercede McIntyre is another running enthusiast from Belmont High School who received an NHIAA recognition this year. Beginning in middle school she continued running through her four years of high school through participation in outdoor track in the 400-, 800- and 4x800-meter events. During her high school athletic career, she also competed in the 600-meter and 800-meter races and was a member of the Cross Country team for three years, serving as a captain of that team for two of them.

"My favorite sport was cross country because of how many connections I made from the sport, making lifelong friends with students on my team and from other schools. I also had some of my best running times from cross country," McIntyre said.

She said she has so many memories that stand out as she competed in school sports but one that stands out the most in her mind came from climbing, yet another athletic sport she grew to love and participate in outside of her academics and interscholastic competitions.

McIntyre said she had been training everyday at the gym, striving to complete a 5.10b (a difficult and steeply pitched climb), which was a challenge for her at the time. During a competition she finally climbed not only one but two of those difficult routes and finished fourth out of twelve in her age category.

"It might not seem like much but all the hard work and training had finally got me to my goal," said McIntyre.

In the fall she plans to attend University of Arizona where she will study Environmental and Water Resource Economics. Although she will not be running or climbing on a collegiate team next year, she does still plan to join a running club and do other outdoor activities such as climbing, hiking and surfing.

"Winning this distinction means that all of my hard work during those long runs or finishing up my tenth hill rotation had paid off," she said, as she also thanked everyone who helped her throughout her athletic and academic career. "I am so grateful. For anyone playing sports and also getting through high school, it can definitely be hard at times, but just think about how all that hard work that will pay off in the end when you ace that test and get first in that race."

Varney Smith
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