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Timber Wolves young and old shine in Claremont

KARALEE JANNINI won the 100-meter hurdles at Stevens Saturday and finished second in the 300-meter event. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
April 18, 2011
CLAREMONT — Despite the longest bus ride ever for a "home" meet, the Prospect Mountain track team got some great performances from both newcomers and veterans at Stevens High School on Saturday.

The meet was originally slated to be in Alton, but because of the Rotary Home Show at the school, Stevens agreed to host the meet and Prospect made the trip to Claremont. The boys came out with a third place finish and the girls came home with a second place finish on the afternoon.

Prospect Mountain took three of the top five positions in the 100 meters and the 200 meters to get things going nicely in the speed events.

Kelsey Hannafin finished second in the 100 meters in 14.8 seconds, with Dagny Brown grabbing third place in 14.84 and Taylor Dwyer taking fifth place in 15.41 seconds. The top five finishers scored points for their team.

Coach Kristi Hikel noted that the girl who beat Hannafin actually cut the Timber Wolf senior off, running in the wrong lane, but the Prospect senior captain was very gracious.

"Kelsey was really nice about it," Hikel said, as Hannafin went up to the girl after the race and explained her mistake. "It was cool to watch the senior captain do what she needed to do."

In the 200 meters, Brown was second in 30.6 seconds, with Dwyer racing to fourth in 32.44 seconds and Natie Kendall taking fifth in 32.48 seconds.

Freshman Mikayla Cauler came up with a strong time in the 400 meters, finishing second in 1:09.75.

At the other end of the experience spectrum, senior Courtney Bennett ran to second in both the 1,600 meters and the 3,200 meters, finishing second to Mascenic star Jacy Christiansen in both events. She clocked a 5:45.92 in the 1,600 meters and a 12:11.06 in the 3,200 meters.

"Courtney has been running really, really well," Hikel said. "Her times have dropped from last year."

The Timber Wolves were also strong in the hurdle events, taking the top two spots in both races.

In the 100-meter hurdles, Karalee Jannini took first place in 20.12, while freshman Jamie Dwyer raced to second in 20.64.

In the 300-meter race, Dwyer took the top spot, running in the second heat and taking a time of 55.23 seconds. Jannini easily won her heat to take second overall in 56.84.

"Jamie had never run the 300-meter hurdles before, so she sprinted them," Hikel said. "And Karalee didn't push it because she was so far ahead in her heat. But she did really well in the 100 meters.

In the 4X100-meter relay, the team of Anna Jortikka, Hannafin, Brown and Sarah Simoneau took first place in 56.55 seconds. The team of Cauler, Jannini, Julia Carter and Simoneau ran to second in a time of 5:08.97 in the 4X400-meter relay.

Jortikka won the high jump with a height of four feet, four inches. Brown was second in the long jump at 13 feet, five inches, with Kendall taking third at 13 feet, three and three-quarters inches. Hannafin was fourth at 12 feet, 11 inches.

Hannafin won the triple jump at 29 feet, eight inches and Jortikka was third at 26 feet, seven and a half inches.

Amanda Zaino finished fifth in the shot put at 20 feet, seven inches and was fourth in the discus at 68 feet, two inches.

On the boys' side, Ryan Soucie was the big winner, as he took the top spot in two events.

The senior won the shot put with a toss of 39 feet, two inches, with teammate Nick Bachelder finishing fourth at 34 feet, 11 inches. Soucie then won the javelin with a throw of 167 feet, three inches.

"Ryan's looking pretty solid," Hikel noted.

Prospect also got plenty of other solid performances along the way.

Alex Raino raced to fourth in the 100 meters in 13.70, followed by Bachelder in fifth place in 13.91 seconds.

Matt Feinberg took fourth in the 400 meters, crossing the line in a time of 1:09.83. Michael Fife was fourth in the 1,600 meters, finishing in a time of 5:29.11.

Drew Tuttle took second in the 3,200 meters with a time of 11:05.11, while Greg Tinkham raced to third in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 49.34 seconds.

The 4X100-meter relay team of Harvey Beck, Raino, Jason Houghton and Bachelder finished third in 50.31 seconds, despite it being Beck's first time running the event.

"Harvey substituted in and he held his own," Hikel said.

The Prospect 4X800-meter team of Tuttle, Fife, Tinkham and Ben McGinnis raced to first overall with a dominating time of 9:19.9, which was more than 30 seconds ahead of the second place team.

"They had quite a run," Hikel said. "We kind of knew they would."

Beck won the long jump with a leap of 17 feet, three and a half inches and Tinkham took fourth in the discus with a toss of 70 feet, four inches.

"The freshmen, some of they are quicker and faster and working really hard," Hikel said of her young team. "John (fellow coach John Tuttle) and I are definitely impressed.

"We didn't have a full crew, but it was a good time," Hikel said, noting that the change of venue kept some athletes from competing. "It will be nice to see what they can do when they're warmer."

A number of the Prospect kids will be competing in the Merrimack Valley Invitational on Saturday in Penacook, the lone scheduled meet of the week.

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