ConVal, Mascenic, Conant compete at UNH
ConVal senior Haley Zanga started the winter indoor track season out with a bang last weekend, placing first in the 55 meter hurdles at a multi-team meet held at UNH. Zanga, who is ConVal’s school record holder in the 100-meter hurdles, finished with a time of 9.5 seconds, well ahead of her closest competitors. It was a good start in what could be a great year for Zanga on the track.
“Haley has a very good opportunity to qualify for New Englands this season,” ConVal indoor track coach Thomas Mbungo said. Sophomore Bailey Guinn placed 10th in the 55 meter hurdles in what was her first time running that race.
“Bailey has a lot of potential and works very hard,” Mbungo said. “She will certainly keep getting better at this event.”
Sophomore Grace Bowman, who is new to indoor track, had a strong start with a sixth place finish in the 55 meter dash at 7.9 seconds.
“Grace is primarily a long sprint event specialist,” Mbungo said. “However, the 55 dash work will certainly help her when she transitions to her main event, the 300 meter dash and 4x200 relay.”
Junior Lara Matthias placed seventh in the girls 300 meter dash in 48 seconds.
“This is good early prep for the 4x200 and her 300 hurdles in the spring,” Mbungo said. “Another encouraging sign is Lara’s ability to start this season with her personal record time from last season.”
ConVal heads back to UNH on Saturday for another meet.
Conant also sent a team to UNH last weekend and saw a handful of athletes take home solid finishes. Most notably, junior Justin Haase took second in the boys shot put; senior Austin Goulet took eighth in the same event.
Three Orioles made their way into the top 10 in the long jump. Junior Cody Martin came in fourth, Goulet placed seventh and freshman Tyler Sands took ninth.
For the Oriole girls, sophomore Colby Snow landed at 12 in the 300 meter dash with her time of 51.2 seconds.
Sophomores Autumn Lewis and Courtney Millette placed sixth and seventh, respectively, in the girls shot put.
Conant will also return to UNH for another indoor meet on Saturday morning.
Mascenic was only able to send three runners to last weekend’s meet, with mixed results. Junior Sam Main placed 24th in the boys 55 meter dash as well as 25th in the 300 meter dash. Junior Jimmy Thompson was right behind him in the 300 meter, finishing at 30th. The two Mascenic juniors also competed in the long jump, with Main placing 19th and Thompson at 21.
“They were able to ‘bust some rust,’ Mascenic indoor track co-coach Michael Smith said, but if you asked Sam and Jimmy, I think they would tell you they underperformed by their standards.”
Sophomore Tristan Kazo had an eventful 1500 meter run; his shoe came off on the second lap of the eight-lap race, but he still managed to finish in 17th.