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Bobcat boys, Bear girls grab wins

Local squads get victories in Corneliusen Relays

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

Victoria Spencer clears a hurdle during relay action on Saturday in Bristol. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
April 16, 2012
BRISTOL — The Newfound Bears and Plymouth Bobcats were among the seven teams taking part in the 19th annual Corneliusen Relays.

The relays are in honor of Pete Corneliusen, who helped found the track program at Newfound in 1978. The day features the traditional 4X100-meter, 4X400-meter and 4X800-meter relays, as well as a shot put relay and high jump relay that feature the top throws or jumps of three different throwers or jumpers. There is a hurdle relay in which one hurdler runs up the front stretch, tagging a teammate at the end, who runs back in the other direction.

The day began, however, with the distance medley relay, which featured one athlete running 1,200 meters, another for 400 meters, another for 800 meters and finally one for 1,600 meters.

When all was said and done, the Plymouth boys and the Newfound girls captured the overall wins, with the Bear girls edging out Laconia by just two points and the Bobcat boys besting Berlin by eight points. The Plymouth girls finished fourth and the Newfound boys were third.

Out of the gate, the Newfound girls finished second in the distance medley, with the "A Team" of Abbey Symonds, Amber Plummer, Allison Dorey and Andrea Shinn combining to finish in 14:54. The Plymouth girls were third in 14:57, with Jordan Legacy, Hannah Ingram, Charlotte Pitts and Sarah Uhlman doing the honors.

For the boys, the Plymouth quartet of Colin Nelson-Peck, Robbie Mills, Matt Sanborn and Mike Maclean led the way, finishing in 11:39, while Newfound ran to third place in 12:25. Parker Bergholm, RJ Silva, Oscar Tsao and Jesse Mitchell did the running for the Bears.

The Plymouth boys got victories in the 4X100-meter relay, (Martin Goscha, Mills, Ryan Milton and Malcolm Goscha) the 4X400-meter relay (Sanborn, Maclean, Mills and Milton), the 4X800-meter relay (Maclean, Zach Crane, Nelson-Peck and Nat Smyth) and the high jump relay, which Keegan Rasmussen won with a height of six feet, two inches.

The 4X100-meter team finished in 46.8 seconds, while the 4X400 team came home in 3:36.8 and the 4X800 team came home in 9:04. The high jump squad came in with a combined height of 16 feet, eight inches.

The shot put team of Dan Hiltz, Dan Bond and Xavier Hahn also competed for the Bobcats.

The Newfound boys won the shot put relay, took second in the 120-meter hurdle relay, the 4X100, the 4X400 and the high jump and were third in the 4X800 meters.

The winning shot put team of Fisher Bourbeau (43 feet, two inches), Jake Dearborn (30 feet, three inches) and Eddie O'Malley (31 feet, four inches) combined to throw 104 feet, nine inches.

The 120-meter hurdle combo of Dearborn and Brendan Adair finished in 37.7 seconds to snag second place. The 4X100-meter team of Adair, Carl Berridge, Tyler Maviki and Matt Blake finished in 47.8 seconds. The 4X400-meter team of Adair, Berridge, Mitchell and Blake finished in a time of 3:44.6, while the high jump team of Silva (five feet, four inches), Kyle Mertz (five feet, two inches) and Dearborn (five feet, two inches) combined to clear 15 feet, eight inches.

The Newfound girls won the meet on the strength of second place finishes in the distance medley and the 4X800-meter relay and third in the 4X100-meter relay, shot put and high jump, as well as a fourth place in the hurdle relay and the 4X400 meters.

In the 4X800, Dorey, Jordan Phinney, Yerim Yoo and Allie Symonds combined to finish in 11:45. In the 4X100, the team of Meaghan Lavin, Plummer, Alex Jewell and Victoria Spencer teamed to finish in 55.3 seconds, while the Bears finished with a distance of 71 feet, three inches in the shot put. The Bears finished at a height of 13 feet in the high jump.

Plummer, Dorey, Lavin and Kelly Gallagher finished in 4:36 for the 4X400-meter relay and the hurdle duo finished the 120-meter hurdle relay in fourth.

Coach Earl Mills noted that Dorey won the Iron Lady Award for competing in the distance medley relay, the 4X400, the 4X800 and the 4X100.

For the Plymouth girls, the combination of Kat Bishop and Sarah Ingram combined to take home first place.

The high jump pairing of Tatyana Hoyt, Colleen Healey and Olyvia Van Loon finished second at 13 feet, four inches, while the 4X800-meter team of Uhlman, Rachel Goyette, Hannah Ingram and Pitts finished third in 12:32.

The 4X100-meter team of Delaney Chabot, Hoyt, Sarah Ingram and Stephanie Prescott came home fourth in 55.8 seconds and the shot put combination of Kelly Wang, Alexys Terman and Kelsey Matthews combined for a distance of 70 feet, three inches for fourth place. The 4X400-meter team of Maggie Gaiero, Legacy, Sarah Ingram and Hannah Ingram were sixth in 4:43.

On Thursday, April 12, the Bears traveled to Sant Bani, where the boys got six wins on the day.

Adair won the 110-meter hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles, while Bourbeau was first in the shot put and discus and finished second in the javelin. The 4X100-meter team of Adair, Berridge, Dearborn and Blake was first and the same team finished first in the 4X400-meter relay.

For the girls, Gallagher jumped four feet, 11 inches in the high jump to qualify for the state meet. She also ran the 100 meters in 14.3 seconds and ran in both relays, earning the Iron Lady Award. Phinney won the javelin and Jewell won the triple jump.

Newfound will be hosting another meet on Saturday, April 21, at 10 a.m. before taking vacation week off. The Bobcats will be at Merrimack Valley on Saturday, April 21, at 10 a.m.

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

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