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Track girls second at Wilderness Meet

Fithian and Cheney lead Timber Wolf boys to seventh place finish

PROSPECT MOUNTAIN athletes Megan Farrell (left) and Caitlin Hussey accept the second place plaque from coach Kristi Hikel following the Wilderness League Championships on Saturday in North Conway. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
May 26, 2009
NORTH CONWAY — The Prospect Mountain girls' track team put together a fine performance at Saturday's Wilderness League Championships in North Conway, but it wasn't quite enough to beat the host Kennett Eagles.

The Timber Wolf girls took second overall while the boys finished seventh among the 20 teams that descended on Kennett's campus for the meet.

"We had some real consistency," said coach Kristi Hikel. "I was really pleased with them."

Junior thrower Caitlin Hussey led the way for the Timber Wolves, picking up victories in two events.

She won the shot put with a toss of 34 feet, one inch and took first in the discus with a throw of 96 feet, two inches.

The Timber Wolf girls also got a first place performance from senior Megan Farrell. She took the top spot in the 800 meters with her time of 2:28.99, just ahead of her teammate, sophomore Kim Sykes, who placed second in 2:30.35.

Freshman Danielle Tidd got the Timber Wolves a first place finish, as she won the high jump, clearing four feet, 10 inches. Teammate Amanda Macaione finished tied for sixth in the same event, clearing four feet, six inches.

The Timber Wolf 4X100-meter relay team, with Tidd, Erica Clemons, Kelsey Meyerhoff and Macaione running, placed fourth overall in 54.37 seconds.

The 4X400-meter team, competing at the end of the day, finished fifth overall in a time of 4:33.01, with Tidd, Meyerhoff, Clemons and Farrell running for the Timber Wolves.

Tidd also picked up a fourth place finish in the pole vault, clearing seven feet.

In the 200 meters, Clemons finished with a sixth place finish overall in 28.50 seconds.

Karalee Jannini ran to a fifth place finish in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 54.31, just ahead of Meyerhoff, who finished sixth in 54.95.

"The girls' team is really starting to click," Hikel said, noting the big wins in the previous weeks as a good sign.

On the boys' side, Isaac Fithian again led the way for the Timber Wolves, claiming victory in two individual events.

The boys were seventh, but were in a field of about six schools that were incredibly close in points, behind the overall winner, Plymouth.

"The boys did what they needed to do," said Hikel. "The team's been a little shorthanded for a few weeks, which could mean a few extra points (next week)."

In the 800 meters, Fithian topped the field with a season best time of 1:58.38 and in the 1,600 meters he was first with a time of 4:37.72. Hikel noted that the turnaround time, as well as the fact that Fithian also ran the 4X400-meter relay in between, made his win in the 800 meters even more impressive.

"That's a tough turnaround," she said.

Adam Cheney picked up a first place finish in the 300-meter hurdles, crossing the line in a time of 43.35 seconds.

The Timber Wolf 4X100-meter relay team claimed third place overall in 46.82, with Fithian, Ben Rogers, Greg Tinkham and Cheney carrying the baton.

The boys' 4X400-meter relay team ran into a bit of trouble, as an Inter-Lakes runner who had finished his heat failed to exit the track in front of Rogers, who was starting his leg of the race. The Timber Wolves did rally to take third place overall with a time of 3:43.39, with Ben McGinnis, Fithian, Cheney and Rogers running. The Inter-Lakes team was disqualified.

The Timber Wolves that qualified will be in action on Saturday, May 30, at the Class M-S Meet at Winnisquam Regional High School in Tilton, with a start time set for 10 a.m. Hikel doesn't know exactly what to expect, but she does figure the Timber Wolves will be competitive on both sides.

"I want them to go out there and put everything they have on the line and when they leave, know they did the best they could," she said. "One of the best things about our sport is you just never know."

She noted that the boys' team has been highly motivated all season and expects that to give them an extra boost in the Class M-S Meet as well.

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