Mike Maclean runs to the victory in the 800 meters at the Division II State Meet on Saturday in Milford. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
May 28, 2012MILFORD — The Plymouth track team had athletes on both sides qualify for the Meet of Champions with their strong performances in Saturday's Division II State Meet at Milford High School.
Leading the way was senior Mike Maclean, who raced to the Division II championship in the 800 meters in a time of 1:57.24.
Sophomore Rob Mills earned an automatic bid to the Meet of Champions in the 400 meters, as he ran to fourth place in a time of 50.77 seconds.
Freshman Malcolm Gocha finished fourth overall in the 300-meter hurdles to claim his first Meet of Champions berth with a time of 42.18 seconds.
Maclean, Gocha and Mills also teamed with Zach Crane to finish third in the 4X400-meter relay, the final event of the day, as the Bobcats earned a time of 3:33.76 in at what that point was the sweltering sun.
The other automatic Meet of Champions qualifier came on the girls' side, where sophomore Marykate Melanson leaped to a new season best of five feet, two inches in the high jump to clinch third place overall.
In Division II, the top four finishers in each event automatically move on to compete against the top five in each event from Division I and the top three in each event from Division III, as well as the next four best finishers amongst all classes, leaving the chance open for other Bobcats to move on.
On the boys' side of things, the Bobcats picked up a few more points throughout the day.
Mills raced to sixth overall in the 200 meters with his time of 23.47 seconds.
The Bobcat 4X800-meter team of Matt Sanborn, Crane, Mills and Maclean opened the day with a fifth place finish in a time of 8:27.86
Keegan Rasmussen claimed fifth place overall in the high jump, clearing six feet. Cole Brooker was just out of the points in the long jump, finishing ninth with a leap of 19 feet, seven inches.
The Bobcat 4X100-meter relay team of Noah Brown, Malcolm and Martin Gocha and Brooker finished in a time of 47.59 seconds.
While Melanson was the lone Bobcat athlete to score points on the girls' side, Plymouth still had plenty of strong performances on the day.
Melanson also competed in the 400 meters and finished in a time of 1:05.29.
Kat Bishop advanced to the finals of the 100-meter hurdles with a preliminary time of 19.39 seconds and finished in 18.36 seconds in the finals to take eighth place overall. Teammates Sarah Ingram (18.51 seconds) and Melanson (18.65 seconds) also competed in the preliminary rounds.
Ingram also raced in the 300-meter hurdles, finishing in a time of 51.5 seconds.
In the 4X100-meter relay, the Bobcat team of Delaney Chabot, Tatyana Hoyt, Cate Huynen and Stephanie Prescott came home with a time of 54.84 seconds, while the 4X400-meter team of Maggie Gaiero, Hannah Ingram, Sarah Ingram and Charlotte Pitts finished in 4:31.53. In the 4X800-meter relay, Jordan Legacy, Erin D'Aleo, Pitts and Hannah Ingram finished in a time of 11:16.12.
Hoyt just missed out on putting up points in the high jump, a she cleared four feet, 10 inches like the sixth place finishers, but needed more tries and finished eighth overall. Hoyt was also ninth in the triple jump with a best leap of 32 feet, eight inches.
Mills was also named to the Division II All-State team prior to the start of the meet.
Maclean, Mills, Melanson, Malcolm Gocha and the boys' 4X400-meter relay team have all earned automatic berths to the Meet of Champions, which will be held on Saturday, June 2, at 2:30 p.m. at Londonderry High School.
Joshua Spaulding can be reached at email@example.com or 569-3126