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Hickey leads locals at Division III championships

Carissa Archibald of Winnisquam competes in the high jump during Saturday’s Division III State Championship held in Bristol. Matt Perloff - Record-Enterprise. (click for larger version)
May 30, 2011
BRISTOL – Katherine Hickey's outstanding junior season continued on May 28, as the Belmont High School track and field star took second place in the 400 meters at the Division III State Championship held at Newfound Regional High School.

Hickey's eight points from the event accounted for Belmont's team total, as the Lady Red Raiders finished 17th overall. Hopkinton captured the top spot on the girls' side with 96 points.

For the second week in a row, it was a three-person race in the 400, as Hickey, Raymond's Ashley Lord and Berlin's Shanon O'Neil all crossed the line with sub-60 second times. At the Wilderness League Championship on May 21, O'Neil won the event with Lord second and Hickey third. But this time around, Hickey's personal best time of 59.51 seconds moved her up to second in front of O'Neil with Lord claiming the event in 59.35.

The second place finish earns Hickey an invite to Saturday's Meet of Champions, held in Merrimack.

Belmont had several other solid finishes on the afternoon, as Julia Ashey was eighth in the 800 with a time of 2:35.59. Nina Gordon joined Hickey in the 400, and the freshman claimed 10th place in 64.71.

Chelsea Borden qualified and competed in both hurdles events, and the junior finished eighth in the 100 (18.04) and 14th in the 300 (53.14). Sophomore Rebecca Drew-Moyer was also a double qualifier, and she was eighth in the shot put (30 feet, 0.25 inches) and 13th in the discus (76-10).

While the Winnisquam Regional High School girls' team didn't score points towards the team standings, the Bears had several athletes qualify for the meet. Leading the way for the young Winnisquam team was freshman Carissa Archibald, as her best leap of four feet, 10 inches in the high jump was good enough for eighth place. Sophomore Melissa Mekula also had a top 10 finish for the Bears, as she was ninth in the long jump (14 feet, 5.5 inches).

Other qualifiers include Bree Campbell, who was ninth in the shot put, and Shawna Kilcoyne and Abby Sleeper, who finished 12th and 13th in the javelin, respectively.

Both schools had teams in all three relays, and Belmont's 4x400 squad was the only one to crack the top 10, crossing the line in seventh place. The quartet of Borden, Gordon, Ashey and Hickey combined to finish the event in 4:27.10, a season-best. Hickey had the fastest split of the four in 64.4 seconds while Borden's split of 66.7 seconds was a personal best.

The boys' meet saw Monadnock finish in first with a combined score of 86 points. Both local teams scratched the score sheet, as Winnisquam finished in a tie for 17th with eight points while Belmont's two points put them 22nd overall.

In what's already been a successful rookie campaign, Belmont freshman Joe Boles took home fifth place in the 800 meters with a time of 2:07.54. Boles was fourth at the Wilderness meet the previous week.

Senior Peter Chynoweth capped his track career with a personal best in the 800, as he was ninth in the event with a time of 2:12.82.

Winnisquam junior Eoin Audet had a busy meet yet again, as he had three top 10 finishes on the day, scoring in two events. Audet grabbed two points in the long jump as he was fifth overall thanks to his best leap of 18 feet, one inch. He would add another point in the triple jump, registering a best jump of 39 feet to take sixth place. Audet's day also included an eighth place finish in the 110 hurdles.

Junior Tom Sattler had the best showing of any Winnisquam athlete in Bristol, as he was fourth in the pole vault, clearing 10 feet, six inches to earn four points.

Sean Connor rounded out the scoring for the Bears as he grabbed a sixth place finish in the long jump, just behind Audet with a distance of 17 feet, 10 inches.

Brent Sandstrom was 12th in the high jump for Winnisquam (5-6) while Cullen Robinson qualified and finished 15th in the triple jump (36-0.5).

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