Track & Field

5 ready for last meet of season

Area athletes set for New Englands

  • 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)

Every high school track and field athlete wants to compete on the biggest stage.

But only a few get the opportunity to reach that level.

So when Conant senior Katie Tonyai, ConVal’s Tom Hughes and Coty Cadorette, Mascenic sophomore Tim Fafard and Wilton-Lyndeborough’s Jordan Litts, travel to Willow Brook Park in New Britain, CT on Saturday for the 68th annual New England Interscholastic Outdoor Track & Field Championships, they will have reached the top for a New Hampshire athlete.

And to get there is not easy. First they had to meet the qualifying time, distance or height for the divisional meets. To make Meet of Champions, Division II athletes had to finish in the top four in their division, while the top three in D-III advanced.

Once at the state meet level, with athletes from all three divisions competing, only the top six move on to New Englands. So these five are among the best at their craft in the state.

Tonyai is the only one to be making a return trip to the regional meet and qualified in two events. Tonyai ran in the 200 and 400 meters last June, but this year focused on the 100 and 200. Tonyai swept the events at the Division III meet on May 25 and then was less than a second from winning both at Meet of Champions, finishing second in the 100 and third in the 200 meters. Entering Saturday, Tonyai is ranked eighth in the 100 and ninth in the 200. This will be her third straight year competing in the 200 meters

Fafard won his first Division III title in the 3,200 meters on May 25 after finishing second as a freshman.

Fafard posted his best time of the season at the D-III meet and followed it up with a runner-up finish last Saturday at Meet of Champions, improving from ninth in 2012. Fafard is ranked 20th going into Saturday.

Litts was ranked ninth entering the D-III meet, but reached a personal best of six feet in the high jump to win the event. At Meet of Champions, Litts earned the second to last qualifying spot for New Englands by leaping six feet, one inch and is ranked 22nd in the event.

Cadorette, a junior, finished second in the shot put at the Division II Championships and went on to place fourth in New Hampshire with a season best throw of 46 feet, 1.5 inches. He is ranked 23rd going into the weekend and also went to New Englands in the shot put during indoor track.

Hughes ranked first in both the discus and shot put entering the D-II meet, but was only able to advance in the discus after placing second.

He qualified for New Englands with his fifth place finish at Meet of Champions. Hughes is seeded 31st in the discus entering Saturday.

The field events begin at 10 a.m. with the running events starting at 10:30 a.m.

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