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Bobcat boys dominate Wilderness

Young girls' team comes home solid sixth

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

Malcolm Gocha clears a hurdle during the 300-meter event at the Wilderness Championships on Saturday in North Conway. Dennis Coughlin. (click for larger version)
May 21, 2012
NORTH CONWAY — On a gorgeous Saturday in North Conway, the Plymouth track boys dominated the competition and ran away with the Wilderness League title.

Plymouth picked up wins in five of the six traditional running events, two of the three relays and one field event on the way to sweeping the day. Plymouth scored points in all but four events and more than doubled the points total of the second place team.

The two biggest stars of the day for the Bobcats had to be junior sprinter Rob Mills and senior runner Mike Maclean.

Mills won all three sprint events for the day. In the 100 meters, eh won his preliminary heat in 11.3 seconds and came back with a time of 11.4 seconds to record the win in the finals.

In the 200 meters, Mills ran to first place in a time of 22.8 seconds, while teammate Malcolm Gocha picked up a fourth place finish for his efforts.

In the 400 meters, Mills again was at the top of the field, winning with a time of 51.2 seconds, while teammate Zach Crane was third in 53.9 seconds and Matt Sanborn finished sixth in 55.2 seconds.

Maclean took the win in the 800 meters with a time of 1:59, more than five seconds faster than his closest competitor.

Maclean also picked up the victory in the 1,600 meters, racing to a time of 4:36.1.

The lone running event in which the Bobcats didn't get a win was the 3,200, but Colin Nelson-Peck ran to third place with a time of 10:43.4 and Nat Smyth ran to sixth place in 11:30.7.

On the relay side of things, the team of Crane, Gocha, Maclean and Mills ran to first in the 4X400-meter relay in 3:36.4 and the team of Sanborn, Noah Brown, Crane and Maclean took first in the 4X800-meter relay in 8:39.2. The 4X100-meter team of Smith Merrill, Cole Brooker, Martin Gocha and Malcolm Gocha was second in 47.5 seconds.

Keegan Rasmussen picked up the victory in the high jump, clearing six feet, one inch, while teammates Cole Brooker (third, five feet, seven inches), Crane (fourth, five feet, seven inches) and Tim Bolan (fifth, five feet, five inches) all recorded points in the event.

Brooker also leaped his way to second in the long jump, clearing 19 feet, nine inches and Sang O'Brien threw his way to sixth in the javelin with a toss of 134 feet, seven inches.

Gocha ran to third overall in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 42.4 seconds.

On the girls' side of things, Plymouth raced to a strong sixth place finish despite not having Marykate Melanson, one of the team's top performers on a regular basis. The Bobcats recorded 10 personal records on the day.

Plymouth fared well in the hurdles, as Kat Bishop set a new personal best of 17.5 seconds in the preliminary round of the 100-meter event and then raced to fourth overall in the finals in 17.9 seconds. Anneke Huynen earned a spot in the finals with a time of 18.6 seconds in the qualifying race and finished sixth in the finals in 18.3 seconds. Sarah Ingram just missed out on points, as she qualified in 18.1 seconds and finished seventh in the finals in 18.6 seconds.

In the 300-meter hurdles, however, Ingram came home fourth overall with a time of 51.2 seconds.

The Plymouth team of Delaney Chabot, Tatyana Hoyt, Cate Huynen and Stephanie Prescott ran to a time of 55.1 seconds in the 4X100-meter relay to take fourth overall.

Maggie Gaiero, Sarah Ingram, Hannah Ingram and Charlotte Pitts ran to third in the 4X400-meter relay in 4:40.3 and the team of Erin D'Aleo, Pitts, Hannah Ingram and Jordan Legacy took fifth in the 4X800-meter relay in 11:12.9.

Hoyt picked up a fourth place in the high jump, clearing four feet, seven inches and added a fourth place in the long jump as well, leaping 15 feet. In the triple jump she snagged a sixth place finish with a jump of 31 feet, 9.5 inches.

Plymouth coach Dave Robinson also had the chance to speak in a ceremony honoring longtime Kennett coach Bernie Livingston. The track at the Kennett facility was named after Livingston.

"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 dare I say, cross country," Robinson said as part of his remarks.

The Bobcats who have qualified will be moving on to the Division II State Meet at Milford High School on Saturday, May 26, at 10 a.m.

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

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