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Eagle boys and girls win track opener



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DUSTIN STEWART clears a hurdle during the Eagles’ first meet at Newfound April 7. Matt Perloff - Record-Enterprise. (click for larger version)
April 12, 2010
BRISTOL — The 2010 track season got off to a great start for the Kennett squad, as the Eagle girls and boys both picked up wins in a meet at Newfound on Wednesday, April 7.

The meet featured mostly running events, with the lone exception being the high jump.

The Eagle boys ran away from the competition, netting 80 points to best the host Bears by 27 points. Sanborn and Woodsville followed.

In the 100-meter hurdles, Dustin Stewart ran to victory with a time of 18.95 seconds. Stewart also ran to second in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 47.46. Teammate Seth Davison, a newcomer to the track program, ran to first place in 46.99.

"That's a strong one-two punch for the next three years in the 300-meter hurdles," coach Bernie Livingston pointed out.

In the 400 meters, Zach Switaj raced to first place with a time of 54.51 seconds, with teammate Graham Rioux taking second place in 58.15 seconds.

Switaj also took third in the 3,200 meters, finishing in 11:17. Teammate Peter Haine was the winner in that event, as he crossed the line in 10:48.

"Peter's really on top of his game in the distances," Livingston remarked.

The Eagles placed three runners in the top five in the 200 meters, with Chris Oktavec taking first place in 24.75 seconds and Ryan Goodson running to second place in 24.77 seconds. Tristan McCloud took fourth place in a time of 25.99 seconds.

In the 100 meters, Mike Albert was tops with a time of 11.95 seconds, with Goodson running to second in 12.07 and Oktavec taking third in 12.08 seconds.

Dalton L'Heureux was second in the 1,600 meters with a time of 5:10, with teammate Nick Janis in third place in 5:11 and Ryan Kasianchuk fourth in 5:29.

In the high jump, Jordan Cruz leaped to third place by clearing five feet, four inches on his first career leap.

Livingston divided up his runners into two different teams for the 4X400-meter race and both teams did well, with one team finishing in 3:48.98 and the other in 3:49.62.

In the 4X100-meters, the team of Goodson, Oktavec, Albert and Beto Alvez finished first in 47.84 seconds.

"All in all, I was happy with the boys' team," Livingston noted.

The Eagle coach didn't know what to expect with the girls, being as the team lost a lot to graduation. However, the Eagles looked strong in besting Newfound 64-47. Sanborn and Woodsville followed.

Maddy Smith had a terrific day for the Eagles. In the 100-meter hurdles, she finished second in 17.85, just one spot ahead of teammate Liza Townsend, who was third in 18.16.

Smith took second in the 200 meters, an event she normally doesn't compete in, with a time of 28.8 seconds. Teammate Vicky Weigold won the event in 28.35 seconds. Chantelle Allard ran to fourth in 30.21 seconds.

Smith took fourth place in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 1:00.3.

Quin Schreiber won the 400 meters in 1:08.17, with teammate Hannah Wright taking second place in 1:08.4.

Weigold also took second place in the 100 meters with a time of 13.4 seconds.

Wright was tops in the 3,200 meters with her time of 13:26, while Danielle Mason and Sarah Hernandez took fourth and fifth in the 1,600 meters in 6:44 and 6:45 respectively.

Megan McDonald was third in the 800 meters in 2:57.34, with Kate Taylor fourth in 2:57.87 and Alexis Smith fifth in 3:02.

Townsend won the high jump with a height of four feet, three inches.

The girls' 4X100-meter team of Smith, Liz Major, Weigold and Townsend was second in 54.74 and the 4X400-meter team of Schreiber, Mason, Smith and Emiline Ashe was second in 4:52.5.

The Eagles will be back at Newfound on Saturday for a 10 a.m. meet before heading to Wolfeboro for a meet hosted by Kingswood on Tuesday, April 20, at 4 p.m.

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