track and field
Ready to run
Conant, ConVal, Mascenic and WLC athletes prepare for this weekend’s state championships
Mascenic's Tim Fafard placed 14th overall at the New England Cross-Country Championships at Derryfield Park in Manchester on Nov. 9, 2013. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »
Track and field standouts from around the state will compete in the division championships this Saturday. Athletes who met the qualifying standards from Conant, Wilton-Lyndeborough, and Mascenic will compete in the Division III championships held at Inter-Lakes High School in Meredith; while ConVal athletes that have met the standards will travel to Pelham High School for the Division II championships.
For the Conant Orioles, Justin Haase will be throwing the discus and the shot put. Haase finished fifth last year in the shot put, throwing 41 feet, six and a half inches.
Eli Hodgson will be throwing the javelin along with teammate Tyler Sands. Sands will also run the 100 and 200, as well as the 4x100 with teammates Austin Goulet, Derek Williams and Aaron Bresnick. Bresnick will also compete in the 100, 200 and 400.
In the boys 4x800, the Orioles will run the team of Tyler Desmarais, Austin Stacey, Colby Whitcomb and Dane Seppala. Seppala will also compete in the 1600.
For the ladies, the 4x100 team of Alysha Smith, Jessie Mascetti, Jammie Mascetti and Shannia Aho will toe the line. Brandi Pugh will be the teams alternate, and will also do the long jump along with Jammie Mascetti. Mascetti will also compete in the Pole vault. Alysha Smith will compete in the 100 and 200.
For the Wilton-Lyndeborough Warriors, senior Adam Teger will travel as the team’s lone qualifier. Teger will run the 400 during his first trip to the state championships.
Rounding out local athletes competing at the Division III championships are the qualifiers from the Mascenic Vikings. The programs dominance in the distance events continued this spring, with many athletes having to chose which events to compete in after qualifying for multiple distances for Saturday’s track meet.
Distance standout Tim Fafard qualified in the 800, 1600, and 3200 distances, but has chosen to focus on the 3200. Fafard will look to repeat as the 3200 meter champion, having won the race last year as a sophomore.
“We’re hoping for Tim to repeat. Cam Daly and Dom Repucci are the real deal though. So it won’t come easy,” said Vikings head coach Mike Smith.
Teammate Avery Traffie found himself in a similar situation, having qualified for both the 1600 and 3200 distances. Traffie has also chosen to focus solely on the 3200 and has a chance to make the Meet of Champions with a good race.
Jake Movsessian and Jackson Whitehouse both qualified in the 1600 and 3200 distances. Whitehouse will compete in the 1600 and 3200, while Movessian has chosen to focus on the 3200.
The Vikings will also have a boys 4x400 relay team competing at the event comprised of Sam Main, Jimmy Thompson, Jake Hayes, and Brandon Kuusisto.
The Vikings are ranked will also have a boys 4x800 relay team made up of Tristan Kazo, Sam Main, Jimmy Thompson and Patrick Seelig.
An hour and a half south, the ConVal Cougars will be competing at the Division II championships. Senior sprinting standout Cory Barrett has qualified in the 100, 200, 400, and 4x400 relay.
Barrett goes into the weekend following a school record- tying performance in the 100 at the Monadnock Invitational. The school record of 11.10 was set back in 1994 by John Voymas. At the same meet, Barrett then ran 22.60 in the 200, less than a second away from the school record and just four tenths of a second away from the New Hampshire State record.
Dalton Coyne will run the 400, 4x400 relay, and 4x800 relay. Nick Orr will run the 800, and 4x800 relay. Riley Henry will run the 800, 4x400 relay, and 4x800 relay. Dan Kashulines will run a pair of 400s in the 400 and 4x400 relay. Kyle Murray will throw the shot putt and discus. Duke Ammon will compete in the triple jump.
For the ladies, Haley Zanga will compete in the 100 hurdles and the 4x100 relay. Zanga is peaking at the right time as she just recently tied her own school record in the 100 hurdles last weekend at the Monadnock Invitational, running 16.30. Zanga finished fifth at last year’s Division II championships, running 17.06.
Teammate Teresa Moreno will have herself a busy afternoon, participating in the 400, 800, 4x400 relay, and 4x800 relay. Lara Mathias will run the 400, 4x400 relay, and 4x800 relay. Mei Buzzell will run the 1600, and 4x800 relay. Bailey Guinn will run the 300m hurdles, and 4x100 relay. Grace Bowman will run the 400, 4x100 relay, and 4x400 relay.
Megan Hardwick will throw the shot put, and discus. Selina Baldwin will throw the Javelin and discus, while teammate Ally Boyd will throw the discus. Jamie Ammon will compete in the triple jump.
Dylan Fisher can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235, or firstname.lastname@example.org.