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SHELBY ERWIN leaps over a hurdle during the 100-meter event at Kingswood’s home meet April 20 at The Nick. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
April 27, 2010
WOLFEBORO — It was a day to celebrate on Tuesday, April 20, as the Kingswood track team hosted its first meet in years, with Carroll County rival Kennett traveling south to join in the competition.

"For the first meet, I thought it went pretty smoothly," coach Paul Harvey said. "We got some big help from Sally Stewart and her middle school group that usually runs the middle school track meets."

Harvey also thanked assistant coaches Glen Wilson and Jaime Meyers for their assistance in keeping everything moving right along.

"It was a relaxed meet and it gave the kids a chance to compete," Harvey said. "It was nice to see parents get a chance to come down and see their kids and not have to travel."

The Kingswood boys picked up the win on the afternoon, while the Kingswood girls finished second to Kennett.

Martin Orlowicz (19.19 seconds) and Dylan Lovering (19.45 seconds) got things started on the right foot for the Kingswood boys, as they captured first and second in the 110-meter hurdles.

The pair also finished first and second in the 300-meter hurdles, with Orlowicz finishing in a time of 46.11 and Lovering crossing in 46.14.

The Knights swept the top three spots in the 1,600 meters, as Brendan Stackhouse raced to first in 4:45.09, with Dan Cronin in second place in 5:12.69. Ben Donahue took third place.

In the 3,200 meters, Jason Beckwith ran to first place in 12:28, with Tyler Evans picking up a point for his third place finish in 12:39. John Jamieson grabbed third place in the 400 meters in a time of 57.88 seconds.

Nick French tossed his way to first place in the shot put with a throw of 39 feet, six inches and Paul Rainville finished second with a throw of 32 feet, four inches.

Nate Braun won the javelin with a throw of 104 feet, three inches and Chris Brooks took third with a throw of 95 feet, six inches.

The Knight boys swept the triple jump, with Lovering leaping to first place at 36 feet, 10 inches. Stackhouse was second at 34 feet and Ryan Hughes finished third with a leap of 31 feet, two and a half inches.

Lovering and Kevin Smithwood were second and third in the long jump, with Lovering leaping 17 feet, six and a half inches and Smithwood making it 17 feet, three inches.

Rainville picked up second in the discus with a heave of 82 feet, three and a half inches, while AJ Keaton was third at 77 feet, seven and a half inches.

The Knights swept the 800 meters with Stackhouse taking first in 2:11, followed by Brooks in second in 2:23 and Donahue in third in 2:29.

Lovering won the high jump at five feet and Smithwood finished second with a height of four feet, 10 inches.

The Knight 4X400-meter relay team finished second in a time of 3:59.

The Knight girls also had some solid performances across the board.

Hannah Brunton won the 200 meters with a time of 27.66 seconds and Alyssa Nelson raced to third place in 30.1 seconds.

Shelby Erwin won the 1,600 meters in a time of 6:27.92 and Anna Vaughn finished second in 6:41.64. Mariah Kendrick won the 3,200 meters in a time of 16:22.

Erwin also won the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 55.03 seconds. Sarah Tierney was third in the 100-meter hurdles in 18.04 seconds and Hanne Heinrich finished third in the 400 meters in 1:11.44.

Kingswood swept the high jump, with Leah Nepomuceno finishing first at four feet, six inches and Alyssa Nelson and Emily Martin each clearing four feet, four inches.

Britney Newlin won the shot put with a toss of 29 feet, half an inch and also took home third in the javelin with a throw of 77 feet, five and a half inches. Meegan Ellis was third in the discus with a throw of 64 feet, 11 and a half inches.

Tessa Scott was third in the 800 meters in a time of 3:24 and Tierney placed third in the triple jump with a leap of 28 feet, five inches. Erin Hamill was third in the long jump with a jump of 13 feet, five and a half inches. The two Knight relay teams finished second to Kennett, with the 4X100-meter team finishing in 55.69 seconds and the 4X400-meter team in 5:13.

A number of Knight athletes traveled to Merrimack Valley on Saturday, April 24, for an invitational meet featuring some of the top talent in Class I.

The Knights got some great individual performances on a beautiful afternoon in Penacook.

Stackhouse set a new personal best in the 1,600 meters, finishing fifth in a time of 4:39.02, which provisionally qualified him for the Class I Meet.

Newlin automatically qualified for the Class I Meet with her throw of 32 feet, five inches in the shot put, which placed her second overall, first among Class I competitors.

"She's only a sophomore and is throwing 32 feet and better," Harvey said. "In a couple more years, she'll be one of the top throwers in Class I. The potential is there."

The Knight 4X400-meter relay team of Lovering, Jack Bowen, Jamieson and Stackhouse raced to sixth overall in 3:48.63.

Brunton provisionally qualified for the Class I Meet with a time of 27.8 seconds in the 200 meters, which placed her fourth overall.

Lovering leaped to fifth in the triple jump with a distance of 38 feet, seven inches and also provisionally qualified for the Class I Meet.

The boys' 4X800-meter relay team of Stackhouse, Brooks, Cronin and Donahue was fourth overall in 9:01.84.

"When you're competing against some of the top schools and are still able to place in the top six, that's always good," Harvey noted.

The Knights will be at Coe-Brown for the Black Bear Invitational on Saturday, May 1, at 1:30 p.m. before heading to John Stark for a meet at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4.

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