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Eagle girls soar to Wilderness title

Kennett track boys take second place overall

LIZA TOWNSEND leaps to second in the long jump at Saturday’s Wilderness Meet in North Conway. Dennis Coughlin. (click for larger version)
May 25, 2010
NORTH CONWAY — The Kennett girls dominated the competition at the annual Wilderness League Championships on Saturday, running away with the league title with an impressive 127 points.

"I didn't think we'd do quite as well as what we did," said coach Bernie Livingston. "I figured we'd get about 85 points, but the girls really came through and put out some really good performances."

The Eagle boys didn't fare too badly either, as they finished second only to a strong Plymouth squad on a gorgeous Saturday in the Mount Washington Valley.

The Eagle girls picked up significant points in the pole vault, relay events and the sprints, but also picked up points in a number of other events on their way to the win.

Junior Vicky Weigold had a banner day on the track for the Eagles, as she took first place in the 100 meters in a time of 12.8 seconds, which tied the school record. She also picked up the win in the 200 meters with a time of 27.2 seconds.

In the opening event of the day, the Kennett girls outpaced the field in the 4X800-meter relay. The team of Danielle Mason, Emmaline Ashe, Sianna Streeter and Hannah Wright cruised to victory in 10:33, 13 seconds ahead of their nearest competition.

The 4X400-meter team of Quin Schreiber, Ashe, Streeter and Wright also took home first place, racing to a time of 4:22.8.

The 4X100-meter team of Maddy Smith, Christine Fournier, Shantell Allard and Weigold took fifth place overall in 54.5 seconds.

The Eagle girls swept the top three podium spots in the pole vault. Emily Leich cleared eight feet, six inches to take home first place and set a new school record. Megan Darcy and Kaitlin Burton each cleared seven feet, with Darcy getting second place and Burton taking third.

Fournier threw her way to second place in the javelin, tossing a distance of 99 feet, two inches.

Liza Townsend leaped to second place in the triple jump with a distance of 32 feet, three and a quarter inches, while Smith was close behind, finishing fourth at 31 feet, 10 inches.

Townsend also picked up a second place finish in the long jump, where she leaped 16 feet, six inches.

Townsend and Smith picked up solid points in the 100-meter hurdles as well. Townsend was second overall in 16.4 seconds and Smith was one spot back in 16.9 seconds.

Sarah Hernandez raced to fourth overall in the 3,200 meters, clocking in with a time of 13:44, while Wright was solid in the 800 meters, finishing second in a time of 2:29.10. Schreiber also nabbed a second place finish, crossing the finish line in the 400 meters in a time of 1:04.8, two seconds better than her previous best.

"I was really proud of the girls," Livingston said.

For the Eagle boys, the lone win of the day came in the pole vault, where Duncan Cromwell propelled himself to victory, clearing 10 feet, six inches.

The 4X800-meter relay team of Dalton L'Heureux, Nick Jenis, Peter Haine and Zach Switaj got the meet started in style, smashing the school record with a time of 8:28, but it was good enough for only second place, as Prospect Mountain shattered the league record in 8:13.9.

"Our boys really got overshadowed by how Prospect Mountain ran," Livingston said. "I had no idea they were that good."

The Eagle team of L'Heureux, Jordan Cruz, Graham Rioux and Switaj raced in the 4X400-meter relay and came home second in a time of 3:35.6, again trailing only Prospect Mountain.

The 4X100-meter team of Ryan Goodson, Cruz, Chris Oktavec and Mike Albert also took second place, finishing in 45.7 seconds.

Dustin Stewart raced to fifth in the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 44.4 seconds and also took fourth in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 17.5 seconds.

L'Heureux ran to third place in the 800 meters with a time of 2:05.3, while Switaj picked up second place in the 400 meters in 52.1 seconds. Albert was fifth overall in the 100 meters with his time of 24.5 seconds. Albert was also third in the 100 meters in 11.8 seconds.

"Our guys really came through," the veteran coach noted, pointing out that the finish was the best Wilderness League Championship team finish for the boys since 1987. "I was really happy for the boys."

The Eagle mentor was also pleased with the efficiency of the meet, which was finished before 2 p.m.

"The league runs the meet and they were really on top of that," Livingston said. "It just went really well."

He noted that the Eagles have put in to host the Wilderness Championships again in the next cycle after two successful runs the last couple of years.

The Eagles that have qualified will move on to the Class I Meet, which takes place at 10 a.m. at Coe-Brown on Saturday, May 29.

Klumb Environmenta;
Varney Smith
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