KENNETT CAPTAINS Emmaline Ashe (left) and Peter Haine (right) flank coach Bernie Livingston (center) and his wife Eileen (second from left) and former coach Don Trimble (second from right) after a ceremony honoring the two coaches by naming areas of the track facility in their honor. The Livingston Oval and the Donald A. Trimble Family Field Event Area were officially unveiled with new signs. Dennis Coughlin. (click for larger version)
May 21, 2012NORTH CONWAY — The Kennett track girls came up just four points short in their bid to claim a portion of the Wilderness League title in front of their home fans on Saturday.
The Eagles scored 117 points, just four behind White Mountains and finished second overall despite some impressive performances.
The day was also marked with the honoring of two legends of Kennett track. The oval was named Livingston Oval after longtime coach Bernie Livingston and the field events area was named the Donald A. Trimble Family Field Events Area after the original Kennett High School track coach.
Plymouth coach Dave Robinson made a speech to the crowd assembled for the ceremony honoring his colleague.
"On a personal level, Bernie you are my role model for what a coach should be," Robinson said. "The passion you pour into your trade, how you conduct yourself and the values you impart to your team are second to none in the coaching fraternity.
"Many congrats on this well-deserved occasion that is a mere expression of your tremendous commitment to all that is great about Kennett track and field and I dare say, cross country.
Gigi Miller snagged the win in the 100 meters with a time of 113 seconds after winning her preliminary heat in the exact same time.
Teammate Gracie Ryan won the 200 meters in 26.4 seconds, with Miller close behind in second place in 27.8 seconds and Cassie Doucet taking home sixth place in 28.7 seconds.
Kennett also picked up points in the 400 meters, with Maggie LaRoche coming home fifth in 1:05.2 and Katie Taylor snagged sixth in the 800 meters with her time of 2:44.
Sarah Hernandez ran to third in the 1,600 meters in 5:37.8, followed closely by Hannah Benson in 5:43.7. Benson came right back with a third place in the 3,200 meters in 12:53.8 and Gillian Wilcox finished fifth in 13:13.2.
The Eagles grabbed a win in the 4X100-meter relay, with the team of Emmaline Ashe, Doucet, Ryan and Miller racing to a time of 51.4 seconds, more than two seconds faster than the closest competition.
The Eagle team of Ashe, Miller, Ryan and LaRoche finished second in the 4X400-meter relay in 4:35.5 and the team of Ashe, Benson, Eliza Burke and Hernandez won the 4X800-meter relay in 10:50.2
Kennett had four girls place in the pole vault, with Elyse Clancy taking third at six feet, seven inches, while Kacie Stewart was fourth at six feet, one inch and Danielle Vizard was fifth at the same height. Charlotte Kennett finished sixth at five feet, seven inches.
Ryan took home the victory in the long jump with a leap of 16 feet, seven inches and was also second in the triple jump at 34 feet, 2.75 inches.
Maggie Perkins threw her way to third in the discus with a toss of 93 feet, five inches and Christine Fournier reached 91 feet, seven inches in the javelin to take fifth place.
On the boys' side, Kennett came home in fourth place, just 5.75 points behind third place Newfound. Plymouth ran away with the title and Kearsarge was a distant second.
Mike Albert won his preliminary heat of the 100 meters in 11.5 seconds and Thomas Chant won his heat in 11.8 seconds and both advanced to the finals. Albert finished second overall in 11.5 seconds and Chant was fourth in 11.8 seconds.
In the 200 meters, Albert again came home second, this time finishing in 23.1 seconds.
Peter Haine snagged third place in the 1,600 meters with a time of 4:44.3 and bounced back to finish fifth in the 3,200 meters with a time of 10:53.7.
The Eagle 4X100-meter team of Mike Mason, Brian Caputo, Albert and Chant finished first in 46 seconds, while the 4X400-meter team of Albert, Seth Davison, Caputo and Henry Gotjen took third in 3:48.4. The team of Ben Zimmer, David Mays, Tyrus Parker and Scott Winters finished fourth in the 4X800-meter relay in 9:08.4
Davison raced to fourth overall in the 300-meter hurdle in a time of 43.8 seconds and also took fourth in the long jump at 19 feet, 1.25 inches and sixth in the triple jump at 38 feet, seven inches.
The Eagles who have qualified will now move on to the Division II State Meet at Milford High School on Saturday, May 26, at 10 a.m.
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