Track and field: Young ConVal team showing promise early on

  • The ConVal track and field team hosted Souhegan on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal track and field team hosted Souhegan on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal track and field team hosted Souhegan on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal track and field team hosted Souhegan on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal track and field team hosted Souhegan on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal track and field team hosted Souhegan on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal track and field team hosted Souhegan on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal track and field team hosted Souhegan on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal track and field team hosted Souhegan on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal track and field team hosted Souhegan on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal track and field team hosted Souhegan on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal track and field team hosted Souhegan on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal track and field team hosted Souhegan on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal track and field team hosted Souhegan on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal track and field team hosted Souhegan on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal track and field team hosted Souhegan on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal track and field team hosted Souhegan on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal track and field team hosted Souhegan on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal track and field team hosted Souhegan on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal track and field team hosted Souhegan on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal track and field team hosted Souhegan on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal track and field team hosted Souhegan on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal track and field team hosted Souhegan on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal track and field team hosted Souhegan on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal track and field team hosted Souhegan on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal track and field team hosted Souhegan on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 5/3/2021 12:00:59 PM

ConVal’s track and field team is building back toward contention after last year’s pandemic-canceled season delayed their development.

“Even our juniors, it’s at best their second season,” said head coach Lance Flamino, “and with so many freshmen, kids are really kind of learning the ropes, and even our returning athletes don’t have a ton of experience.”

ConVal’s star-studded 2019 spring season is long in the rearview now, with only a handful of student-athletes remaining; more than half Flamino’s team are freshmen. Team championships aren’t likely in the cards this year, but the Cougars should be able to make some improvements as they look toward the future while potentially sending some individual athletes to the state championship.

Senior Grace Shippee is the team’s best thrower; she set a personal record at last Saturday’s Sanborn meet by throwing the discus 82’5” and won the event handily Wednesday’s home meet against Souhegan with a 78’5”.

“She’s picking up where she left off, which is great,” Flamino said.

Freshman Tasha MacNeil is coming along in the javelin throw; she beat all comers by more than 20 feet on Wednesday, tossing a 79’6”.

“With what she’s thrown already, she’s very likely to get in [to the state meet],” Flamino said.

Junior Allison Bull is ConVal’s top girls’ distance runner; she outpaced her teammates for a first-place finish in the 3,200M (13:49.79)Wednesday and won both the 800M and 1,600M at Sanborn last weekend. 

Junior Ian Post and senior August Kotula are ConVal’s premier male runners.

“Both are strong runners and doing well,” Flamino said.

Post made huge strides during his cross-country season and it’s showing this spring; he won both the 3,200M (10:33.39) and 1,600M (4:49.64) Wednesday. Kotula was second in the 1,600M with a PR of 4:51.75 and had another PR in the 800M, winning in 2:12.01.

Junior Tyler Beard is just on their heels and improving steadily, Flamino said. 

In the sprints, junior Elijah Johnson is one to watch; he was ConVal’s top finisher in the 100M and 400M Wednesday.

On the field, converted baseball player Nathan Pimental, a freshman, looks promising in the javelin; he placed second Wednesday. 

ConVal is off until May 15, when they travel to Pelham. 

Conant hosts Mascenic, WLC

The Orioles hosted Wilton-Lyndeborough and Mascenic for a meet Wednesday, winning both the boys’ and girls’ team competitions.

Conant’s girls showed their diversity once again by winning a variety of events to put up a good team score. Kaia Colby won the shot put; Eva Shirey won the 100M hurdles and the girls won the 4x800M relay unopposed.

The WLC girls took second overall, thanks in large part to Sam Boette, who won the 100M and 400M, and Sophia Sistachs, who won the long jump.

The Mascenic girls picked up two wins, as senior Quinn Aldrich won the 1,600M run in 5:53.44 and Olivia Shaw won the javelin throw.

Conant got wins on the boys’ side from Ethan Vitello, who won the 100M and 400M, as well as the long jump; Kaden Colby, who won the 110m hurdles; Matt Bernier, who won the 1,600M; Garrett Somero, who won the shot put, and the unopposed 4x800 relay.

The Mascenic boys’ lone win came from Jimmy Crawford, who won the javelin throw.


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