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Track Bobcats compete at Black Bear Invitational

CONOR LOYND, seen in action at Kingswood earlier this season, won the 400 meters at Coe-Brown on Saturday. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
May 02, 2011
PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth Regional High School track and field teams got their first taste of major competition this season, traveling to the Black Bear Invitational on Saturday at Coe-Brown.

The Bobcats turned in some promising performances at the 22-school meet, with each side taking a title as the boys placed seventh place overall and the girls tied for 12th.

Senior Conor Loynd had the biggest finish of the day for the boys, taking the title in the 400-meter dash with a time of 51.8 seconds, 1.67 seconds better than any other sprinter. He'd also score points with a fifth place finish in the 200-meter dash, clocking in at 24.32. Junior Mike Maclean would give the Bobcats one of the top long distance runners of the day, logging a time of four minutes, 36.46 seconds in the 1,600-meter run for a third place finish, just 14 hundredths of a second out of the runner-up spot.

The Bobcats also scored big in the relays. Loynd and Maclean were joined by seniors Matt Sanborn and Byron O'Donnell to take second place in the 4x800-meter relay, clocking in at 8:37.43, while the same quartet scored a fourth place finish in the 4x400, recording a time of 3:46.31.

Sophomore Rob Mills just missed scoring in the 200-meter dash, placing seventh with a time of 24.47, just four hundredths of a second out of sixth. He would also take 11th in the 100-meter dash, just over a tenth of a second out of the top six. O'Donnell and senior Benjamin Miller took 12th and 13th respectively in the 400-meter dash, logging times of 56.61 and 56.63, while freshman Colin Nelson-Peck took 18th in the 1600-meter run with a time of 5:03.38. Notable performances in the field events include junior Keegan Rasmussen's 12th place finish in the triple jump, scoring a total distance of 34 feet, five inches, while junior Cole Brooker took 14th in the long jump with a distance of 17'2.25". Junior Dan Hiltz took 13th in the shot put, getting a top throw of 38'1".

The Bobcats finished with 30 points, good for seventh overall. Milford took the boys' title with 92 points, easily beating runner-up Merrimack Valley (81.5) and Bedford (78).

Senior Abby Clark led the Bobcat girls as she continued to dominate the hurdle events. She had no trouble winning her heat in the preliminaries of the 100-meter hurdles, clocking in at 16.29 seconds, then went on to post a 15.83 in the finals, second only to Sanborn's Ginny Lavallee as she picked up runner-up honors. Clark would have the upper-hand in the 300-meter hurdles though, clocking in at 49.45 to edge Coe-Brown's Dayna Landry (49.67) and Lavallee (49.7) to earn the title.

Other notable performances included junior Tatyana Hoyt, who took seventh in the triple jump with a distance of 29-feet, 8.25-inches, as well as 13th in the long jump with a leap of 14'4.5". Senior Rebecca Travis placed 13th in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 18.85 seconds, while junior Hannah Ingram took 19th in the 400-meter dash, clocking in at one minute, 11.69 seconds, and freshman Delany Chabot placed 20th in the 200-meter dash with a time of 30.15 seconds.

The girls' 18 points were good for a tie with Hollis/Brookline for 12th place. Coe-Brown scored 81 points to edge Londonderry (78.5) for the title, with Bedford (67) placing third.

Plymouth was at Hanover on Tuesday and will have the weekend off before heading to Pembroke for another weekday meet next Tuesday. Their next major event will be Saturday, May 14, at Newfound Regional High School, as the Bears host their annual Bristol Lions Invitation at 10 a.m.

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