track and field
Vikings, Cougars, Orioles all take home wins
Despite unforgiving spring conditions, local track standouts were out in force this past weekend. Mascenic hosted a home meet against Sunapee and Hinsdale on Saturday the 26th, while ConVal and Conant attended the Merrimack Valley Invitational.
At Mascenic, the always-strong distance runners had a successful showing. In the boys 3200m run, Logan Traffie took first place overall in 12:26.4.
In the girls 1600m run, Brier Haigh was victorious, posting a time of 7:19.1. Teammate Briana Boulerice took third in 8:39.2. On the mens side, Mascenic swept the top 3 spots in the 1600m run. Tim Fafard took first in 5:10.7, Avery traffie finished second in 5:19.4, and Jacob Movsessian was third in 5:27.5.
In the boys 800m run, Jackson Whitehouse took the win in 2:26.2, while teammate Avery Traffie was second in 2:28.1 and Movsessian was third in 2:28.9.
Vikings thrower Jimmy Thompson won the boys discus throw by almost 20 feet, throwing 61 feet, 9 inches.
Meanwhile at Merrimack Valley high school, the ConVal and Conant track teams were competing in similarly cold conditions.
ConVal sprinting standout Cory Barrett won the 100m and 200m dash with times of 11.57 and 23.76 respectively.
Conant sprinter Aaron Bresnick placed 12th overall in the 200m dash with a time of 25.66. Teammate Kyle Moreau finished 8th in the 800m run in 2:12.57. Colby Whitcomb placed 19th in the 3200m run in 11:10.82.
The Orioles had success in the field events as well. Alex Tenney placed 16th in the long jump, jumping 16 feet, 4 inches. Tenney also placed 14th in the javelin throw with a distance of 113 feet, 11 inches. Austin Goulet came in right behind Tenney in the long jump with a jump of 16 feet, 2.25 inches.
Conant shotput ace Justin Haase took 2nd, throwing 44 feet, 9 inches. Teammates Tyler Sands and Eli Hodgson finished 15th and 16th in the javelin throw with throws of 112 feet, 6 inches, and 110 feet, 8 inches.
On the womens side, both Conant and ConVal found success. Conant’s Alysha Smith and Shannia Aho placed 18th and 20th in the 100m dash with times of 14.42 and 14.58. Smith and Aho faced off again in the 200m dash, finishing 12th and 18th with Smith running 29.85 and Aho running 30.57.
ConVal’s Lara Mattias, Grace Bowman and Sarah Hurley all ran the 400m dash,crossing the line in 1:05.87, 1:06.09 and 1:10.92, good for 6th, 7th, and 15th place finishes.
ConVal’s Mei Buzzell finished 18th in the 1600m run with a time of 6:02.41.
Haley Zanga of ConVal and Jessie Mascetti of Conant faced off in the 100m hurdles. Zanga finished 6th overall with a time of 18.29, while Mascetti finished 18th with a time of 19.68.
ConVal’s Megan Foley and Bailey Guinn both competed in the long jump. Foley jumped 12 feet, 11 inches, good for 16th. Guinn jumped 13 feet, 3 inches, good for 13th.
Genevieve Weider of ConVal placed 20th in the shotput, throwing 23 feet, 4 inches. Weider also threw the discus 60 feet, good for 15th place.
Teammate Ally Boyd threw the discus a distance of 58 feet, 7 inches, good for 20th place.
The Cougars, Vikings, and Orioles should enjoy more success in the coming weeks as the weather begins to resemble the spring season. Mascenic’s head coach, Mike Smith, is fed up with the shaky weather.
“I wondered this morning as I set up the timing tents in the frozen rain whether we would be able to get it in,” Smith said. “But we did — and we all know we don’t need to lose anymore meets to the weather.”