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Girls take first, boys are second

Rain doesn't hamper Timber Wolves in season's opening meet

KARALEE JANNINI clears a hurdle during Prospect Mountainís first track meet of the season April 6. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
April 12, 2010
ALTON — While the Prospect track girls raced to a victory in the opening meet, the boys failed to earn points in some of the field events and took second place behind Somersworth.

Portsmouth Christian, Wilton-Lyndeborough and Newmarket joined the Timber Wolves and Hilltoppers in Alton on Tuesday, April 6. While rain spit from the sky most of the afternoon, all the scheduled events went off without any problems.

"We handled everything all right," said coach Kristi Hikel.

The girls' team had a particularly impressive day, as there was only one event that the Timber Wolves didn't score in. That event was the javelin, where Somersworth has a grip on the top spots with their team of throwers.

Courtney Bennett was a double winner for the Timber Wolves, as she won the 1,600 meters in a time of 6:22 and came back to capture the top spot in the 3,200 in 13:20.7

Kim Sykes was also a double winner, taking victory in the 400 in a time of 1:05 and in the 800 in a time of 2:48. In both events, a teammate placed second, with Nicole Ouelette taking second in the 400 in 1:18 and Kelly Jones finishing second in the 800 in 3:04.

Caitlin Hussey won the shot put with a toss of 31 feet, two inches and took home second in the discus with a throw of 87 feet, 11 inches.

Erica Clemons raced to first place in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 55.43.

The 4X100-meter team of Danielle Tidd, Clemons, Sarah Carpenter and Kelsey Hannafin was first in 55.2 seconds and the 4X400-meter team of Sykes, Jones, Rebecca Wright and Ouelette was first in 4:54.6.

Karalee Jannini picked up two second place finishes, crossing the line in 19.9 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles and in 57.6 seconds in the 300-meter hurdles.

Hannafin had three second place finishes. She set a new personal record in the 100 meters with a time of 13.6 seconds and set another personal best in the long jump with a leap of 14 feet, three and a quarter inches. She was also second in the triple jump at 29 feet, four inches.

Tidd came home second in the high jump, clearing four feet, 10 inches.

"It was a very nice start to the season," Hikel noted. "We had a lot of happiness that day, the girls did really, really well."

The boys' team, which finished as the Class M-S runners-up last season, took second behind Somersworth, though the boys did have seven first place finishes on the day.

Greg Tinkham won the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 18.8 seconds, a new personal best. He also set a new personal best in the 300-meter hurdles and won with a time of 45.1 seconds. He also won the discus with a toss of 99 feet, eight inches.

Isaac Fithian won the 1,600 meters in 4:34 and came back to win the 3,200 meters in a personal best time of 10:13.

Ben McGinnis picked up the win in the 800 meters with a time of 2:19.

The other win on the day went to the 4X400-meter team of Tony Ungarelli, McGinnis, Fithian and Ben Iannotti, who topped the field in 3:49.

Ungarelli picked up second place in the 400 meters in 55.7 seconds and Ryan Soucie earned second in the shot put with a toss of 34 feet, two inches.

Hikel noted that a number of the younger kids did better than anticipated and the new personal best distances and times were good to see in the first meet.

The Timber Wolves will host a home meet on Saturday, April 17, at 10 a.m. and will host another meet on Tuesday, April 20, at 4 p.m.

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