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Eagle girls take first at Kris Fox Invitational

KIM THEOPHELAKES clears a hurdle during the 100-meter event on Saturday at Winnisquam Regional High School. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
May 05, 2009
TILTON — The Kennett track team took part in the Kris Fox Invitational at Winnisquam Regional High School on Saturday, May 2, and came away with a slew of solid results.

The Eagle girls took first place overall out of nine teams.

"That was kind of surprising because we were missing a number of people," said coach Bernie Livingston.

The top eight places scored points for their team in the meet, and the Eagles had a number of different athletes pick up points.

Kim Theophelakes had a strong day for Kennett, as she took first in the javelin with a throw of 102 feet, eight inches. She also finished second in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.9 seconds.

The senior then teamed with Liza Townsend, Maddy Smith and Megan Darcy to take second in the 4X100-meter relay with a time of 55.17 seconds.

The Eagles took the top three spots in the pole vault. Darcy was the winner, clearing a personal best seven feet, while Kaitlin Burton and Emily Leich followed behind, each clearing six feet, six inches for second and third place.

"We've got a good, strong pole vaulting team," said Livingston, noting it should pay off down the road at the Wilderness Championships.

Townsend leaped to second place in the triple jump with a distance of 30 feet, one and a half inches, while Kalin Billert added a second place in the javelin with a throw of 93 feet.

Smith was third in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing in 18.2 seconds, while Brianna Moore ran to second overall in the 3,200 meters with a personal best time of 12:25.

Patti Malone scored in three events for the Eagles, picking up third in the discus with a toss of 84 feet, two inches. She was sixth in the shot put at 25 feet, seven inches and came home eighth in the javelin with a distance of 73 feet.

Liz Major was third overall in the long jump, leaping 13 feet, one inch.

The 4X800-meter team of Billert, Danielle Mason, Sadie Miller and Hannah Wright took second in a time of 11:16, while the 4X400-meter team of Megan MacDonald, Mason, Miller and Wright ran to a third place finish in 4:44.

Emiline Ashe took sixth place in the 100 meters with a time of 14.4 seconds and Dani Wilbur added a sixth place in the discus with a toss of 76 feet, five inches.

The Eagle boys placed fifth overall, but were just more than 20 points out of first place.

"They've been doing a lot better this year as a team scoring points," Livingston said.

The 4X400-meter relay team of Dalton L'Heureux, Graham Rioux, Ryan MacDonald and Zach Switaj took second overall in a personal best 3:43.8.

The 4X800-meter team of Peter Haine, L'Heureux, Kevin Leahy and Switaj also picked up a second place finish with a strong showing in 9:15.8.

The 4X100-meter team of Ryan Goodson, Mike Anderson, Chris Octavec and Mike Albert was third overall in 48.5 seconds.

In the 110-meter hurdles, Dustin Stewart came home second in 19.2 seconds, with teammate Duncan Cromwell finishing sixth in 20.5 seconds.

MacDonald added a second place finish in the pole vault, clearing nine feet.

In the 300-meter hurdles, Stewart came home third in 46.6 seconds, and fellow freshman Matt Wilmont was fourth in 47.06 seconds.

Anderson was sixth in the 100 meters in 12.0 seconds and Octavec was seventh in 12.03 seconds. Albert was seventh in the 200 meters in a time of 25.3 seconds.

Haine picked up a sixth place in the 3,200 meters with a personal best time of 11:17 and Rioux was fifth in the 400 meters in 57.3 seconds.

"All in all it was a good meet," said Livingston. "We had a good time."

The Eagles will be hosting their second meet of the season today, May 7, at 4 p.m. The team will then head to Berlin for a meet on Tuesday, May 12, beginning at 4 p.m.

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