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Timber Wolf girls second at Wilderness Meet


Prospect track boys race to third place in league championship



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KARALEE JANNINI clears a hurdle on her way to a scoring finish in the 100-meter event Saturday in North Conway. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
May 25, 2010
NORTH CONWAY — The good news for the Prospect Mountain track kids is that the only teams to finish in front of them at the annual Wilderness League Championships on Saturday will not be competing in the Class M-S Meet this weekend.

The bad news is that a number of the solid Class M squads that will be competing this weekend were not in attendance at the Wilderness League Championships.

The Timber Wolf girls took second overall to host Kennett at Saturday's meet, while the Timber Wolf boys finished third overall, with Plymouth taking first and the host Eagles taking second.

The individual star of the day for the Timber Wolves was senior Caitlin Hussey, who once again placed at or near the top in three different events to lead the scoring for the Prospect girls.

She won the javelin with a toss of 106 feet, 10 inches, more than seven feet further than the closest competitor. That distance set a new course record in an event that the senior hurler wasn't even sure she would compete in. She also won the shot put with a toss of 35 feet, 11 and a half inches. The talented Timber Wolf then added a third place finish in the discus with a throw of 96 feet, 11 inches.

Kim Sykes put up a first place finish for the Timber Wolves as well, as she ran to the top spot in the 800 meters with a time of 2:28.5.

Senior Erica Clemons raced to second in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 50.1 seconds, also a new school record, with teammate Karalee Jannini taking fifth overall in 53.4 seconds. Jannini was also fifth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 18.1 seconds.

"Karalee was running really, really well," coach Kristi Hikel said.

Courtney Bennett took second place in the 3,200 meters, racing to a finish of 12:55.3, behind only Laconia's talented freshman, Samantha Hicks.

Anna Jortikka finished third in the high jump, clearing four feet, four inches, while the 4X100-meter relay team of Sykes, Sarah Carpenter, Clemons and Kelsey Hannafin raced to sixth place in a time of 54.5 seconds.

"I was quite impressed, the girls did what they needed to do," Hikel said.

The day got off to a good start for the Timber Wolf boys, as the team of Tony Ungarelli, Adam Cheney, Greg Tinkham and Isaac Fithian shattered the league and school record in the 4X800-meter relay, clocking in with an impressive time of 8:13.9.

"That team could go to New Englands," Hikel said. "The four of them, they're fun to watch."

The same four boys came back in the 4X400-meter relay to close out the meet and took first place, finishing in 3:32.5.

Cheney picked up an individual win in the 300-meter hurdles, as he raced to a time of 40.2 seconds for a new school record. Tinkham wasn't far behind, finishing sixth overall in 44.7 seconds.

Fithian also added an individual win to the points count, as he won the 800 meters in 2:01.3.

Ungarelli was fifth overall in the 400 meters, crossing the line in a time of 54.7 seconds.

Ryan Soucie added a strong second place finish in the javelin, as he threw 148 feet, four inches to pick up the eight points.

"We don't have massive numbers, but the kids we do have are solid," Hikel said. "They put forth the work, they're fit and they're ready."

She noted that the league rules prohibit kids from participating in more than three events, which hindered a number of Timber Wolves, who excel in numerous events across the board.

The Timber Wolves who have qualified will compete in the Class M-S Meet, which takes place this Saturday, May 29, at 10 a.m. at Winnisquam Regional High School in Tilton.

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