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Track & Field

Athletes participate in final tune-up

Hughes, Tonyai dominate way to multiple wins

  • The Conant track team hosted ConVal and WLC as part of the annual Monadnock Invitational on Saturday, May 18, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant track team hosted ConVal and WLC as part of the annual Monadnock Invitational on Saturday, May 18, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant track team hosted ConVal and WLC as part of the annual Monadnock Invitational on Saturday, May 18, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant track team hosted ConVal and WLC as part of the annual Monadnock Invitational on Saturday, May 18, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant track team hosted ConVal and WLC as part of the annual Monadnock Invitational on Saturday, May 18, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant track team hosted ConVal and WLC as part of the annual Monadnock Invitational on Saturday, May 18, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant track team hosted ConVal and WLC as part of the annual Monadnock Invitational on Saturday, May 18, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant track team hosted ConVal and WLC as part of the annual Monadnock Invitational on Saturday, May 18, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant track team hosted ConVal and WLC as part of the annual Monadnock Invitational on Saturday, May 18, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant track team hosted ConVal and WLC as part of the annual Monadnock Invitational on Saturday, May 18, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant track team hosted ConVal and WLC as part of the annual Monadnock Invitational on Saturday, May 18, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant track team hosted ConVal and WLC as part of the annual Monadnock Invitational on Saturday, May 18, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant track team hosted ConVal and WLC as part of the annual Monadnock Invitational on Saturday, May 18, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant track team hosted ConVal and WLC as part of the annual Monadnock Invitational on Saturday, May 18, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant track team hosted ConVal and WLC as part of the annual Monadnock Invitational on Saturday, May 18, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant track team hosted ConVal and WLC as part of the annual Monadnock Invitational on Saturday, May 18, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant track team hosted ConVal and WLC as part of the annual Monadnock Invitational on Saturday, May 18, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant track team hosted ConVal and WLC as part of the annual Monadnock Invitational on Saturday, May 18, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant track team hosted ConVal and WLC as part of the annual Monadnock Invitational on Saturday, May 18, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant track team hosted ConVal and WLC as part of the annual Monadnock Invitational on Saturday, May 18, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant track team hosted ConVal and WLC as part of the annual Monadnock Invitational on Saturday, May 18, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant track team hosted ConVal and WLC as part of the annual Monadnock Invitational on Saturday, May 18, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant track team hosted ConVal and WLC as part of the annual Monadnock Invitational on Saturday, May 18, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant track team hosted ConVal and WLC as part of the annual Monadnock Invitational on Saturday, May 18, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant track team hosted ConVal and WLC as part of the annual Monadnock Invitational on Saturday, May 18, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant track team hosted ConVal and WLC as part of the annual Monadnock Invitational on Saturday, May 18, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant track team hosted ConVal and WLC as part of the annual Monadnock Invitational on Saturday, May 18, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • Recent Conant graduate Katie Tonyai, right, dominated the competition this year. She won all but one regular season race in the 100, 200 and 400 meters and went on to capture her second straight Division III titles in the 100 and 200. Tonyai was also second in the 100 and third in the 200 at Meet of Champions.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • In addition to her success on the outdoor track, Tonyai also had quite the winter season. She won the 55-meter title at the D-II meet and finished second in the 300.(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • Recent Conant graduate Katie Tonyai, right, dominated the competition this year. She won all but one regular season race in the 100, 200 and 400 meters and went on to capture her second straight Division III titles in the 100 and 200. Tonyai was also second in the 100 and third in the 200 at Meet of Champions.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant track team hosted ConVal and WLC as part of the annual Monadnock Invitational on Saturday, May 18, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

For many, Saturday’s Monadnock Invitational presented the final opportunity to compete in a track and field event this spring. For other local athletes, it was their last chance to reach the qualifying standards for the upcoming state meet.

And for those who had already qualified, the regular season finale at Conant was the final tune-up for Saturday’s divisional championships where a season’s worth of work can truly pay off.

Under blue skies and bright sunshine, athletes from ConVal, Conant and Wilton-Lyndeborough competed against seven other teams for the right to be called this year’s invitational winner. Monadnock took home the team titles for the boys and girls, while ConVal placed second for both. Conant was third on the girls side and fourth for the boys and the WLC boys finished seventh, while the girls were 10th.

Conant senior Katie Tonyai, who will be looking to add a few more state titles to her resume this weekend, made it a clean sweep of the sprinting events. Tonyai won the 100 meters in 12.58 seconds, the 200 in 26.19 and the 400 in 59.31 and is eligible to run in all three races on Saturday.

ConVal senior Tom Hughes had his usual day at the track with wins in the shot put and discus. Hughes threw for 44 feet, 2.8 inches in the shot put despite fouling twice and his first throw of 137 feet, seven inches in the discus held up against the 10 other competitors.

But Hughes’ teammates gave him plenty of company in the throwing events. Coty Cadorette was second in the shot put and third in the discus. Nawyn Meas placed second in the discus and also placed runner-up in the javelin.

Conant junior Eli Hodgson won the javelin with a distance of 142 feet and 11 inches, while classmate Justin Haase finished third in the shot put and javelin.

WLC’s Justin Litts captured the only win for the Warriors by leaping five feet, eight inches in the high jump, four inches ahead of Conant’s Nathan Wheeler. Etta Popek of WLC, finished fourth in the girls high jump.

ConVal’s Rowan Wilson won the girls 1,600 in 5:38 and also took first in the high jump, reaching four feet, eight inches.

Megan Hardwick, a junior at ConVal, also did quite well in the throwing events. She was the winner of the discus with a distance of 95 feet, 10 inches and runner-up in the shot put. Conant’s Brittany Rich came in second in the discus.

Conant senior Erika Donovan took home the triple jump title, finishing with a distance of 31 feet, eight inches.

ConVal sophomore Andrew Hunt won the 3,200 meters by 27 seconds over Conant’s Colby Whitcomb. Kyle Moreau of Conant was third. ConVal’s Corey Barrett took runner-up in the 200 meters, Riley Henry placed second in the 1,600 and Stas Maksimikhin finished second in the 400.

Conant senior Margaret Maloy was second in the pole vault, reaching seven feet, six inches.

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