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Prospect track boys and girls take third in first meet


by Joshua Spaulding
Sports Editor - Granite State News, Carroll County Independent, Meredith News, Gilford Steamer, Winnisquam Echo, Plymouth Record-Enterprise and Baysider

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SAHARA BROWN fires the shot put during the Timber Wolves’ first meet of the season on Saturday. Brown won the shot put and the javelin in her first meet. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
April 09, 2012
ALTON — For openers, it wasn't too bad.

The Prospect Mountain track girls and boys both finished third in the opening meet of the season Saturday in Alton.

Despite a bit of wind, the day went off without a hitch and athletes, coaches and fans were on their way home by 1 p.m. as all events had come to a conclusion.

"This is the first first meet where we've run everything," Prospect coach Kristi Hikel said. "Usually at this point, the field events are still off limits."

She praised the smoothness of the event to the parents and other volunteers that stepped up to help out and noted there's always room for a few more people.

"This went very smoothly," she said. "Everything went really well."

On the track, the Timber Wolves were fairly competitive as well, as the both teams finished behind Berlin and Newfound in the final standings. On the girls' side, Berlin won with 128 points, Newfound put up 107 and Prospect had 80, while Berlin squeaked by Newfound on the boys' side 151-149 and Prospect had 108 points.

On the girls' side, the Timber Wolves got wins in three events.

Kathryn McGinnis took home first place in the 800 meters, while teammate Kelcey Marsan finished fifth in 3:02.5 and Abbey McMahon came home sixth in 3:06.4.

Senior Sahara Brown, in her first track meet, won both the shot put and the javelin. She tossed the shot put 27 feet, one and a half inches to take the win and then fired the javelin 109 feet, five and a half inches, besting the closest competition by more than 30 feet.

Natie Kendall brought home second place in the long jump, leaping 13 feet, nine inches and also took home fifth in the 400 meters in 1:11.2.

Amanda Zaino also brought home a second place finish, as she tossed the discus 79 feet, eight and a half inches.

Savannah DeCoff finished third in the high jump, clearing four feet, fur inches, while teammate Karie Bilodeau was fourth at four feet, two inches.

Brandy Teets was fourth in the 400 meters in a time of 1:11, just ahead of Kendall's time. She also finished fourth in the long jump at 12 feet, one-quarter of an inch, while Bilodeau finished sixth at 11 feet, two inches.

Lexi Normandin ran to fifth in the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 19.14 seconds.

The Prospect girls took fourth in both relays, finishing the 4X100-meter relay in 57.3 seconds and finishing the 4X400-meter relay, the final running event of the day, in a time of 4:55.

On the boys' side of things, Prospect picked up wins in four events.

Drew Tuttle won the 3,200 meters in a time of 10:48. He also came home second in the 1,600 meters in a time of 4:58.1.

Matt McGinnis grabbed the win in the 200 meters with a time of 26.2 seconds. He also grabbed fifth place in the 100 meters in 12.14 seconds.

Alex Rayno finished with a time for first place in the 100 meters, as he raced to a time of 11.84 seconds. He was also second in the long jump at 17 feet, 10 inches.

Dylan Tuttle was the lone competitor in the pole vault and cleared seven feet, six inches to close out the day. He also tied for third in the high jump at five feet and was sixth in the 300-meter hurdles in 55.4 seconds.

Mike Fife took second behind Drew Tuttle in the 3,200 meters, finishing in 11:13.7 and was fourth in the 1,600 meters in 5:12.9.

Mark Jannini jumped to second in the triple jump with a leap of 34 feet, six and a quarter inches and he also nabbed fourth in the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 49.2 seconds.

Rich Zaino tossed his way to fourth in the shot put with a throw off 31 feet, 11 and a half inches and Ben Drury was sixth in the javelin at 102 feet, seven inches.

Shane McCartney took fifth in the 800 meters in 2:19.8.

The Prospect 4X100-meter relay team came home second and the 4X400-meter relay team raced to third overall.

The Timber Wolves will be back in action on Saturday when they head to Winnisquam for a 10 a.m. meet. On Tuesday, April 17, they visit Moultonborough for a 4 p.m. meet.

Joshua Spaulding can be reached at sportsgsn@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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