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Merkwan, McKinley finish second to lead I-L, MA track at states

Inter-Lakes senior Adam Merkwan competes in the 1,600 meters during the Division III State Championship held in Bristol. Merkwan took second place in the event. Matt Perloff - Record-Enterprise. (click for larger version)
May 30, 2011
BRISTOL While both teams sent small contingents of athletes, the Inter-Lakes High School and Moultonboro Academy track and field teams still received standout performances as the squads competed in the Division III State Championship meet held at Newfound Regional High School on Saturday.

I-L senior Adam Merkwan led the Lakers boys' team to a 16th-place finish, as he accounted for all nine of the team's points. Merkwan's day was highlighted by his second place finish in the 1,600 meters behind winner Jonathan Vinnenberg of Bow. Merkwan's time of 4:35.49 earned him eight points and qualified him for the Meet of Champions Saturday in Merrimack. Despite not even competing in the 1,600 at last week's Wilderness League Championship, Merkwan's time was over four seconds faster than the winning time of last year's 1,600 at the championship meet.

The 1,600 wasn't his only scoring event however, as Merkwan captured sixth place in the 800 meters with a time of 2:07.64. He finished off his busy day with a 16th place finish in the 3,200 (12:20.11).

The Lakers also had a pair of jumpers qualify for the state meet on the boys' side, as seniors Chad Clive and Matt Otis competed in both the long and triple jumps. Clive finished just one spot out of scoring in the triple, as his distance of 38 feet, nine inches was good enough for seventh. Otis was close behind in the event, as he took eighth with a jump of 37 feet, 11.5 inches. Otis was 11th in the long jump (17-5.75) to pace I-L in the event, while Clive took home 15th place (17-1.5).

The Moultonboro Academy boys' team sent just one individual qualifier to Bristol, but junior Richard Galipeault made his presence felt in the meet. Galipeault had a pair of top 10 finishes, as he was seventh in the long jump (17-10) and ninth in the javelin (135-10). His javelin toss was almost 10 feet better than last week's performance at the Wilderness.

After winning the triple jump at the Wilderness meet, MA junior Brianna McKinley qualified for the Meet of Champions thanks to her second place finish in the event at states. McKinley jumped 33 feet, 0.25 inches to take home all eight MA points, finishing behind only Jessica Phillips of Fall Mountain.

MA's eight points from McKinley put the team 17th overall, with Hopkinton High School claiming the top spot with 96 points.

While McKinley was the only MA individual qualifier, Inter-Lakes sent a pair of qualified athletes to the meet. Leading the way was junior Kira Goodheart, who finished eighth in the triple jump with a leap of 30 feet, 7.5 inches. Goodheart also added a 15th place performance in the long jump (13-5.5).

Freshman Natalie Duffield competed in her first state championship meet in the 200 meters, and her time of 28.91 seconds was good enough for 16th place.

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