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Track boys nab runner-up plaque

Timber Wolf girls finish fourth, numerous athletes qualify for Meet of Champions

ADAM CHENEY clears a hurdle on his way to a win in the 300-meter event at Saturday’s Class M-S Meet at Winnisquam. Matt Perloff - Record-Enterprise. (click for larger version)
May 31, 2010
TILTON — There wasn't much doubt that the Prospect Mountain boys' track team had a ton of talent at the top of the lineup.

The question heading into Saturday's Class M-S Meet was whether or not the Timber Wolves would have enough horses to overtake a strong Campbell squad for the Class M-S title.

In the end, the Cougars had the numbers, pulling out an 18-point win over the Timber Wolves, while Prospect took home its second runner-up plaque in a row.

"The boys were a little bummed because they wanted the win," said coach Kristi Hikel. "But we told them, they couldn't have gone any higher than they did."

The Timber Wolf girls were also impressive on the day, grabbing fourth place behind Hopkinton, Somersworth and Fall Mountain.

The star of the day for the boys was easily Isaac Fithian, who put in a workmanlike effort in winning two individual events, finishing second in another and helping a relay team to first place.

Fithian won the 800 meters with a time of 2:03.99, besting his winning time from a year earlier by almost three seconds.

He won the 1,600 meters again, this time crossing the finish line in 4:39.83.

He then raced to second overall in the 3,200 meters with a time of 10:05.87.

The day started for the senior star with a turn in the 4X800-meter relay, which Prospect Mountain won with a time of 8:32.29. Fithian teamed with Adam Cheney, Tony Ungarelli and Greg Tinkham to take the top spot.

Those finishes earned Fithian four spots in the Meet of Champions this coming Saturday. Coach Kristi Hikel noted that the senior was unlikely to compete in all the events at the Meet of Champions.

And the rest of the Timber Wolves weren't too shabby either.

Cheney placed seventh in the preliminaries for the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 16.7 seconds and them improved on his finish in the finals, racing to fifth place in a time of 16.37 seconds.

Cheney followed that up with a first place finish in the 300-meter hurdles, running to a time of 41.81 seconds, a new school record. Tinkham was third in the same event, crossing the line in 42.84, a personal best. Both athletes qualified for the Meet of Champions with their finishes (the top three in each event earn automatic bids).

The Timber Wolf 4X400-meter relay team of Cheney, Tinkham, Ungarelli and Ben McGinnis raced to second place overall in a time of 3:37.56, also earning a spot in the Meet of Champions. Hikel noted that Fithian would likely sub in for McGinnis at the Meet of Champions, as the 4X800-meter team is unlikely to compete at that event.

Ryan Soucie was the final Timber Wolf to earn an automatic bid to Saturday's prestigious event. He placed third in the javelin with a throw of 157 feet, eight inches, a new school record.

Ungarelli picked up a point for his team in the 400 meters, running to sixth place overall in a time of 54.53 seconds.

The Timber Wolf 4X100-meter relay team of Harvey Beck, Ben McGinnis, Matt McGinnis and Matt Feinberg was 17th in 50.67 seconds.

Soucie was 10th in the shot put, setting a new school record with a throw of 37 feet, nine inches and Tinkham was 10th in the discus with a throw of 100 feet, eight inches.

"Ryan and Greg came up big," said Hikel of the two juniors' performances in the discus and 300-meter hurdles, respectively. "They did as much as they could possibly do.

"We told them, you need to leave here with your heads high," Hikel continued. "They left everything out on that field.

"They were physically, emotionally and mentally exhausted," she added. "And we are so proud of them. They definitely represented our school very, very well."

The Timber Wolf girls had a solid day against some very good competition. Hopkinton outpaced the field by 90 points, with Somersworth besting third place Fall Mountain by 20 points. The Timber Wolves were six points out of third place.

"Hopkinton, they just have way too many girls," Hikel said. "You can't do anything with that."

Kim Sykes and Caitlin Hussey earned automatic bids for the Meet of Champions, as did the Timber Wolf 4X400-meter relay team.

Sykes ran to second place in the 800 meters with a time of 2:28.46.

"Kim had a really nice race, she almost held her off," Hikel said.

She then teamed with Danielle Tidd, Becky Wright and Erica Clemons to take third in the 4X400-meter relay with a time of 4:29.58. The Timber Wolves were in the second heat and were basically running by themselves for much of the race.

"That 4X400, that was really cool for us," Hikel noted. "We really wanted them to have another shot."

Hussey won the shot put with a throw of 34 feet, three inches. She was fourth in the discus with a throw of 96 feet, eight inches, putting her in contention for a Meet of Champions bid. She was also sixth in the javelin with a toss of 99 feet, six inches.

"She wanted to prevent Somersworth from taking the top six spots, and she did," Hikel said. The 'Toppers had the top five finishers and also had a girl take seventh.

Clemons picked up points for the team and put herself in contention for a Meet of Champions bid with a fourth place finish in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 50.16 seconds, a new school record.

"Erica ran very well," Hikel praised.

Tidd also picked up a point for the team in the high jump, clearing four feet, eight inches to take sixth place. She just missed out on five feet, as her heel grazed the bar.

The Timber Wolf 4X100-meter relay team of Sarah Carpenter, Kelsey Hannafin, Tidd and Clemons was seventh overall in 54.88 seconds.

Tidd was 11th in the 100-meter hurdle preliminaries in a time of 18.58 seconds, while Courtney Bennett placed eighth in the 3,200 meters with a time of 12:55.35. Hannafin was 14th in the triple jump with a leap of 29 feet, eight and a half inches.

Cheney, Fithian, Hussey and the 4X800-meter team of Cheney, Fithian, Ungarelli and Tinkham all earned All-State honors and Cheney, Fithian and Hussey were invited to compete on Team New Hampshire in a NH-Vermont meet on June 26 in Hanover.

The Timber Wolves who qualified will be competing in Saturday's Meet of Champions, which begins at 2:30 p.m. at Merrimack High School.

Klumb Environmenta;
Varney Smith
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