Track stars look for repeat performances

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  • jaffrey, conant, track, monadnock invitational with ConVal, Mascenic, WLC
  • jaffrey, conant, track, monadnock invitational with ConVal, Mascenic, WLC

The track and field season is set to kick off this week and the area is full of strong athletes looking to improve upon last year’s finish.

The four local teams return a number of runners and throwers that not only qualified for the divisional meet, but also for states and New Englands.

The excitement is building as the snow starts to melt and teams finally get to hit the track for some real workouts.


The Cougars had 10 athletes qualify for individual events at the Division II Championships last May and with eight returning for 2013, it could be another strong showing at the postseason meets for ConVal.

Over the past few years, the team has been strong in certain areas, but not as well rounded in others. But that is not the case this season.

The Cougars have depth and experience in the sprinting events. A couple additions to the team bolsters ConVal in the distance running events and the throwing team is stacked.

Senior Tom Hughes won the Division II title in the discus last spring and the shot put this winter during the indoor season, putting him as a threat to win multiple D-II titles and advance well into the postseason. But he will have a lot of competition, including on his own team.

Senior Nawyn Meas and junior Coty Cadorette will battle Hughes all year long. Meas competes in the discus and qualified for the D-II meet last year and Cadorette went to the divisional meet in both.

Juniors Megan Hardwick and Selina Baldwin headline the girls throwing team, as both try to return to the D-II meet.

Junior Haley Zanga is coming off an impressive winter and is looking to have a breakout spring in not only the 100-meter hurdles, an event she competed in at the D-II meet last year, but also the 100- and 200-meter sprints. Sophomores Lara Matthias and Megan Stanley also should do quite well in the sprints.

Junior Corey Barrett, who qualified for the D-II meet in the 200, and senior Stas Maksimikhin will headline the boys sprinting squad.

Junior Riley Henry, who is coming off an injury, will look to be back in the mix in the 800 and 1,600 come late May.

Juniors Sydney Michalak and Rowan Wilson immediately make the girls distance team that much better. Both did quite well in cross-country and Nordic Skiing and will team with junior Shannon Glidden to give the Cougars a number of options.

Sophomores Andrew Hunt and Nick Orr have both improved since last year and should have much better times this spring.

ConVal opens the season at Souhegan on Friday.


The Orioles had a decent showing at the Division III meet last year and with number of those athletes returning it should be another good season.

Senior Katie Tonyai won two D-III titles last year in the 100- and 200-meter sprints and was second in the 400. She made it all the way to New Englands in the 200 and 400 after choosing to compete in just the two events at the state meet.

Senior Erika Donovan made it to the D-III meet in three events last year, including the pole vault, triple jump and hurdles, and could do the same in her final season. Senior Margaret Maloy also competed in both the pole vault and the 1,600 at the D-III Championships.

Senior Lianne Vaillancourt and juniors Shannia Aho and Kaleigh Johnson should also do quite well in the running events.

The boys team is distance heavy with the likes of senior Noah Miller, juniors Colby Whitcomb and Conner Hahnl leading the way.

The Orioles travel to Kearsarge on Thursday.


The Vikings are young, but it is still a welcomed sight.

After going through last season with just three athletes, Mascenic has 13 on the roster for 2013 and a few that should be in line to qualify for the Division III Championships.

Senior Elizabeth McGurk, who was seventh in the 3,200 meters, is having the best year of her high school career and should translate that into the spring season. She will run anything from the 800 to the 3,200 and maybe even take a few shots at the 400 meters.

Sophomore Tim Fafard had an impressive track debut last spring, finishing second in the 3,200 in D-III, and should do even better this time around. He can run anything from the 800 to the 3,200 and should do well enough to qualify in a few events. Freshman Avery Traffie had a strong cross-country season and will be among the best first-year runners in the distance events.

Sophomore Kailey Allen and freshman Briana Boulerice will tackle the middle distance events for the girls, while the boys team has a number of athletes who can compete in multiple events.

Mascenic opens the season today at Campbell.


The Warriors have a big team this season and it should bode well in team scoring.

While a number of the athletes are new to the team, WLC still has plenty of returners and ones that will hopefully help the team improve its overall scoring.

On the boys side, senior Ramy Koudsi, junior Isaiah Ray and sophomore Matt Guyotte will lead the sprinters, while junior Meghan McClure will do the same for the girls.

Senior Robert Hayden brings quite a bit of experience to the throwing team and sophomore Kelsey Randlett returns to lead the girls distance events.

The Warriors will open the season on April 13 at Conant after the season opener set for today was cancelled.

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