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Bears, Bobcats bring home wins


Newfound plays host to annual Bristol Lions Invitational


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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Jade McLaughlin competes in the long jump at the Bristol Lions Invitational on Saturday. RC Greenwood. (click for larger version)
May 14, 2012
BRISTOL — The Plymouth Bobcats and Newfound Bears both put up impressive showings at the Bristol Lions Invitational on Saturday, May 12, at Newfound.

On the girls' side of things, the lone win for the local girls came in the triple jump, where Newfound's Alex Jewell leaped 33 feet, 2.5 inches to take home top honors. Tatyana Hoyt of Plymouth finished fourth at 31 feet, 10.5 inches and Meaghan Lavin of Newfound took sixth with a jump of 31 feet.

The local girls also fared well in the hurdles. In the 100-meter preliminaries, Newfound's Victoria Spencer (19 seconds) and Plymouth's Sarah Ingram (19 seconds) and Kat Bishop (18.4 seconds) all qualified for the finals.

In the finals, Ingram took second overall in 18.1 seconds, with Spencer in fourth in 18.3 seconds and Bishop in fifth in 18.7 seconds.

In the 300-meter hurdles, Newfound's Allison Dorey ran to fourth in 52.4 seconds and Ingram took fifth place in 53.1 seconds.

Newfound's Andrea Shinn had a good run in the 3,200 meters and came home fourth overall in a time of 13:25. Amber Plummer added a sixth place finish in the 800 meters in 2:40.9.

In the 4X100-meter relay, Newfound took third, while the Bears were fifth in the 4X400-meter relay and the Bobcats ran to sixth.

In addition to her win in the triple jump, Jewell came home fifth in the long jump with a leap of 14 feet, three inches.

Jordan Phinney added a third place finish in the javelin at 88 feet.

On the boys' side, Plymouth and Newfound athletes were near the top in almost every event.

Plymouth's Mike Maclean had a good day, picking up wins in the 800 meters (2:01.3) and the 1,600 meters (4:44.5). Newfound's Jesse Mitchell came home second in the 800 meters in a time of 2:03.9.

Newfound's Brendan Adair also had a double win day. After finishing second in the 110-meter hurdle preliminaries in 16.6 seconds, with teammate Jake Dearborn third in 17.2 seconds, Adair ran to first in the finals in 16.4 seconds and Dearborn took fourth in 17.4 seconds. Adair won the 300-meter hurdles in 43.2 seconds, with Plymouth's Malcolm Gocha in second in 43.9 seconds and Dearborn coming home third in 44.2 seconds.

Gocha ran to third in the 100 meter preliminaries in 11.9 seconds and finished fourth in the finals in 12 seconds.

Plymouth's Rob Mills won the 200 meter preliminaries with his time of 23.6 seconds and teammate Smith Merrill was sixth in 25.6 seconds. In the finals, Mills was first in the same exact time of 23.6 seconds and Merrill was sixth in 26 seconds.

Zach Crane of Plymouth ran to the victory in the 400 meters, finishing in 54.2 seconds and teammate Ryan Milton was sixth in 57.8 seconds.

The Bobcat 4X400-meter team finished first in 3:39.1, with Newfound taking fourth in 3:49.1. Plymouth took second in the 4X100-meter relay in 47.1 seconds and Newfound was third in 47.5 seconds.

Cole Brooker of Plymouth was the winner in the long jump, leaping 18 feet, eight inches and he also took fourth in the triple jump with a distance of 37 feet.

Newfound's Fisher Bourbeau won the discus with his throw of 127 feet and he came home second in the shot put with a toss of 43 feet, six inches.

Plymouth's Keegan Rasmussen won the high jump at six feet, while teammate Colton Hyde was third at five feet, six inches. Newfound's Kyle Mertz was fourth at five feet, four inches and Plymouth's Noah Crane finished sixth at five feet, two inches.

Plymouth's Colin Nelson-Peck took home the second spot in the 3,200 meters in a time of 11:03.7.

Both the Bobcats and Bears will be in action on Saturday, May 19, as they head to Kennett in North Conway for the Wilderness Championships, set for a 9 a.m. start.

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

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