Track & Field
Conant’s Tonyai repeats in 100 and 200
Mascenic’s McGurk and Fafard sweep 3,200 meters at D-III meet; WLC’s Litts wins high jump
Conant’s Katie Tonyai proved last year that she was one of the best sprinters in the state.
The senior repeated her dominance on Sunday with a pair of Division III titles in the 100 and 200 meters.
But Tonyai was not the only local athlete to bring home an individual championship from the Division III Championships at Inter-Lakes High School.
Mascenic senior Elizabeth McGurk and sophomore Tim Fafard made it a clean sweep of the 3,200 meters and Wilton-Lyndeborough sophomore Jordan Litts won the high jump, as all four automatically qualified for Meet of Champions on Saturday.
While Tonyai, McGurk and Fafard all ranked No. 1 in their events entering the weekend, Litts made the biggest jump as he was ninth out of 17 qualifiers.
Tonyai was easily the favorite in both the 100 and 200. She earned Division III titles in each of the sprinting events last spring and had posted the fastest regular season times.
And while her time of 12.79 in the 100 was slower than both her winning time a year ago and her best from the season, Tonyai still won by .25 seconds over Bow sophomore Taylor Morrison.
Tonyai ran 26.03 seconds in the 200, almost a second faster than her winning time last year, and defeated Newmarket senior Hannah Wood by .58 seconds.
Last year, she was sixth in the state in the 200 to make the New England Championships.
This was McGurk’s final chance to bring home a state title in the two-mile. She finished seventh in the 3,200 last year and fourth as a sophomore.
Even though McGurk could have run in any of four different events, she chose to concentrate on the longest distance and it paid off. McGurk ran just slightly off the pace of her season best time, but it did not matter. Her time of 11:50.21 was strong enough to outlast the competition. McGurk won by more than 21 seconds over Derryfield sophomore Casey Hecox to win her first individual state title.
Fafard was dominant in his performance on Sunday. Like McGurk, Fafard had qualified for multiple events but decided to focus on the 3,200. It was the right move.
Fafard posted a time of 9:38.99, which was not only 14 seconds faster than his season best performance, but 18 seconds better than Hopkinton freshman Dom Repucci. Last year, Fafard was runner-up in the 3,200, but shaved almost 30 seconds off his time from the 2012 event.
Litts did not compete for WLC last year, but had been making steady progress throughout the season. Litts reached five feet, eight inches in the high jump during the regular season to provisionally qualify and then made the cut for the event at the D-III coaches meeting.
Litts was ninth prior to the meet and among a group of jumpers to reach that height. But on Sunday, no one matched Litts’ performance. Litts was the only one to clear six feet and was two inches better than Kearsarge senior Sam Vanetten and Berlin senior Jesse Martin.
Conant junior Eli Hodgson also qualified for Meet of Champions after placing third in the boys javelin. Hodgson was just 11 inches off his season-best throw, reaching 142 feet on Sunday. Hodgson was ranked fifth entering the weekend and grabbed the final automatic spot for Meet of Champions by eight inches over Inter-Lakes junior Devante Carter.
Conant junior Shannia Aho grabbed the last spot in the 100-meter finals after taking eight in the prelims. Aho then improved her standing by three spots to finish fifth overall in 13.49 seconds. Aho was also fourth in the 200 in 27.64 seconds.
Conant sophomore Justin Haase made his first appearance at the D-III meet and finished the season strong. Hasse took fifth in the boys shot put, reaching 41 feet, 6.5 inches. He was also 14th in the javelin with a distance of 119 feet, two inches.
Conant senior Erika Donovan competed in three events on Sunday. She was seventh in the triple jump with a distance of 32 feet, 0.25 inches, tied for 10th in the pole vault and 16th in the 100-meter hurdles in 19.10 seconds.
Conant senior Margaret Maloy tied Donovan in the pole vault, as the teammates each cleared seven feet.
Mascenic freshman Avery Traffie recorded his personal-best time in the 3,200, finishing 11th in 10:53.62. Conant senior Noah Miller was 14th in the 1,600 in 4:57.90.
The top three finishers from each event in Division III, along with the top five from Division I and top four from D-II, qualify for Saturday’s Meet of Champions.
The state meet will be held at Londonderry High School beginning at 2:30 p.m.