Local athletes punch New England tickets at state track championship

  • ConVal High junior Rachel Hurley competes in the girls 1000 meter run during the NHIAA Division II track and field championship meet on Sunday, at Leverone Field House in Hanover. Carly Geraci / Valley news

  • Ryan Murray, of ConVal High School, throws a shot during the NHIAA Division II track and field championship meet on Feb. 4, 2018, at Leverone Field House in Hanover, N.H. (Valley News - Carly Geraci) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Carly Geraci

Monday, February 05, 2018 5:49PM

ConVal’s Evan Coyne took home the highest place of any local competitors at the NHIAA Division II track and field championships at Dartmouth’s Leverone Field House on Sunday.

The junior runner was second in the 1,000M in 2:41.10, behind Windham senior Spenser Sawyer, who won the event in 2:38.58. Windham won the boys’ team competition as well. Coyne’s time was the second-fastest of both the DII and DI meets and punched his ticket to the New England championships. The top six times across both divisions qualify for the New England meet.

Junior Clare Veverka took fourth in the 3,000M run, where there was no catching Manchester West’s Julia Robitaille. Robitaille broke a 10-year-old state record to win the race in 9:58.10, the first sub-10-minute finish in DII history. Veverka came in at 10:30.88, good for a New England berth. Veverka also took fifth in the 1,500M in 4:59.85.

Junior Rachel Hurley finished fourth in the 1,000M in 3:10.25, also earning a trip to New Englands.

Senior Ryan Murray was fourth in shotput with a New England-qualifying heave of 44’5,” his longest throw of the season.

Senior Rhiannon Bell tossed her shotput 31’.5,” good for eighth.

Sophomore Harrison Kim came into the 3,000M seeded at 12th, but came out of nowhere to take sixth in 9:31.85. 

ConVal also ran the 4x400M relays, where the girls’ team of Hurley, Veverka, Sarah Newell and Anna Taylor finished 14th in 4:40.68, and the boys’ team of Coyne, Finn Wegmueller, George Shiarella and Carter Hunt was 8th in 3:50.23.

For Mascenic, freshman Landen Vaillancourt was the lone representative. He’d finish fourth in the 1,500M run in 4:19.49. 

Souhegan won the girls’ team competition.

Senior Jordan Banish of Conant was the only Oriole in action. She took seventh in the 55M hurdles in 9.65.