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CV’s Hughes places 13th at New Englands

Three local track and field athletes traveled to the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Roxbury, Mass. on Saturday for the New England Indoor Track and Field Championships.

ConVal senior Tom Hughes and junior Coty Cadorette both qualified for the boys shot put, while Conant senior Katie Tonyai was eligible to run in the 55-meter dash and the 300 meters.

To qualify for New Englands, Hughes, Tonyai and Cadorette were among the top six in their events between Division I and II. They competed against athletes from the other five New England states on Saturday.

Hughes had the best finish of the day. The ConVal senior threw for a career-best 49 feet and 3.25 inches, breaking his own school record. Hughes was first among the six NH competitors and less than a foot out of a top 10 finish.

Tonyai decided to run only in the 300 meters and finished 19th overall in the event with a time of 42.61 seconds.

Cadorette did not place after fouling out.

Hughes entered the day ranked third from the state, but easily surpassed the two Division I throwers ahead of them. He threw more than a foot farther than the next best NH competitor.

Hughes won his first indoor title on Feb. 3 at the Division II meet at Dartmouth College with a throw of 48 feet and 0.75 inches. Saturday’s performance was the third time Hughes broke the school record this season — the last two times replacing his own throws. He was ranked first in Division II.

This was Tonyai’s second straight year qualifying for New Englands in both the 55-meter dash and the 300 meters. But unlike last year when she ran in both, Tonyai competed only in the 300.

Her time of 42.61 seconds was less than a second off her season best of 41.86 achieved at the D-II meet. She was ranked 19th in New England and fourth from NH entering Saturday and improved upon her state placing by finishing third. Tonyai was ranked 16th in the 55.

At the Division II meet, Tonyai won the 55-meter dash and finished runner-up in the 300 meters. It was her sixth win of the year in the 55, adding to a perfect 5-for-5 during the regular season. Last year, Tonyai was 17th in the 300 and 23rd in the 55 at New Englands.

Cadorette was not able to register a distance in his three throws, the only one of the 29 shot put competitors. Cadorette entered the day ranked fourth from NH and 28th in New England.

It was Cadorette’s first trip to New Englands after placing second at the Division II meet with a personal-best throw of 45 feet and 11.25 inches. He finished only behind Hughes.

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