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Archibald leads the way for Winni girls' track


by Jeff Lajoie
Sports Reporter

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Winnisquam junior Melissa Mekula leaps for the Lady Bears during long jump action at the Division III State Championship meet last month. Mekula took seven in the event and added a ninth place finish in the triple jump. Adam Sattler - Courtesy photo. (click for larger version)
June 11, 2012
TILTON – Behind a memorable performance from sophomore standout Carissa Archibald, the Winnisquam Regional High School girls' track and field team closed out their season on a positive note. Archibald was the lone Lady Bear to qualify and compete at the all-state Meet of Champions earlier this month, as the Winnisquam team finished the season off a week earlier, ending up in a tie for 17th-place on the girls' side at the Division III State Championship.

Here are some of the accomplishments and highlights for some top performers on the team this spring.

Carissa Archibald – The sophomore multi-event scorer was impressive down the stretch at the big meets. Qualifying for the MOC in the high jump, Archibald cleared five feet even to take home 11th place with the best in New Hampshire. She also cleared 5-0 at the state championship meet, putting her second overall in Division III.

Archibald cleared 5-0 at the Bristol Lions meet earlier in the season and 4-7 at the Wilderness League Championships. She also qualified and competed in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 4x100 relay at Wilderness, and was a 4x100 member at states.

Bree Campbell – Senior closed out her career with another trip to the state championship meet in the shot put. Campbell's best throw of 30 feet, 11 inches on the day put her seventh overall, just one spot out of the scoring for the Lady Bears. She improved her throw from the Wilderness meet just a week prior (25-4.75) when she was 16th overall.

Katie Ojikutu – The sophomore sprinter showed she's got a fine career ahead of her on the track this spring, as she was 10th overall in the 400 meters at the Wilderness meet (1:07.6) and 15th in the 200 meters (29.80). Ojikutu also ran on the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams at the meet.

Melissa Mekula – The junior was plenty busy at the state championship meet, qualifying in the long and triple jumps to go along with a leg of the 4x100 relay team. Mekula was seventh in the long jump and ninth in the triple jump for a pair of impressive top 10 finishes.

A week earlier at the Wilderness meet, Mekula was fifth in the long jump (15-0) and seventh in the triple jump (31-8.5).

Hannah Willcutt – The busy senior, who played field hockey, basketball and swimming in addition to track during her final year at Winnisquam, qualified for the state championship meet in the discus this spring. Willcutt was eighth at states, her best throw measuring in at 89-7. She was also sixth in the discus at the Wilderness meet and 13th in the 3,200 meters.

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