Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Track & Field State Championships – Boys D-II Recap

By: DC
The Souhegan Saber boys track and field brought home the team championship in Division 2 with a balanced attack. It's nice to have a superstar who can score you 30 points but Souhegan championship was truly a team effort. Souhegan was able to get a lot of contributions from several athletes to total 80 points beating out Bedford with 65, Lebanon 53, Oyster River 48, Merrimack Valley 46, Portsmouth 43, Milford 36, Pelham 31, Plymouth 29, Hanover 28, Windham 24, and Coe-Brown 17.

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The Sabers picked up 16 points in the 400 with Tanner Kent finishing first with a time of 49.84 and Bert Deforest finishing third coming in at 50.72. Deforest had a solid day winning the 110 hurdles in a time of 15.18, a 3rd in the the 300 hurdles, and he anchored Souhegan's 4x400 team to a 2nd place finish. The only other 1st place finish for Souhegan was their 4x800 team of Sam Ballard, Tanner Kent, Jacob Kittredge, and Ben Platt with a time of 8:16.18. The key to their victory was the contributions of many different athletes and points scored by Brian Dworkin in the 200, Jacob and Nathan Kitteredge in the 800, Patrick Lynch 3200, Andrew Coates high jump, Alex Hodsdon pole vault and the 4x400 team of Kittredge, Kitteredge, Kent, and Deforest.

Mike Cyphers of Lebanon is in a class by himself in the pole vault. He will be the heavy favorite next week at the Meet of Champions. His winning vault was 14-7, and he was also able to add to that with a winning performance and a first place finish in the 200 with a time of 22.72. It will be interesting to see if Mike does both events next week or if he concentrates just on the pole vault trying to go over the elite 15 foot vault. Lebanon also picked up points from John Cioffredi with a high jump of 6-4 and UNH bound football lineman Zander Morrill in the shot put with a throw of 50-04.

Bedford dominated two of the relay's taking a first in both the 4x100 and the 4x400. The 4x100 team of Cameron Levenstein, Jack Terzian, Dylan York, and Joseph Thibeault had a winning time of 43.18 and the 4x400 team of Levenstein, Jon Reeks, Thomas Brigham, and Scott Johnson won with a time of 3:31.23. Bedford also got points from York’s 3rd place in the 100 and 2nd place in the 200. Joseph Thibeault and Roger Larrivee picked up points in the throwing events.

Oyster River's big performer of the day was Ethan Druskat who won the 100 with a time of 11.07, took 3rd in the 200, a 3rd in the long jump, and was the lead leg in a 4x100 team that finished 4th. Chris Boli lead the group from Merrimack Valley winning the javelin with a throw of 166-03, he took 2nd in the pole vault and a 6th in the discus. Boli’s MV teammate Colton Ham ran 2nd in the 1600 and also placed in the 800 and 3200.

Hanover had 2 winners Isiah Fariel with an excellent long jump of 21-08.75 and Noah Williams in the 3200 with a winning time of 9:51.02. Portsmouth also had double winners with Jack Chace jumping 42-02.5 in the triple jump and Shawn Swist bring home gold in the 300 hurdles with a time of 41.47. Tommy Hughes of Con Val had an excellent day taking 1st in the discus with a throw of 128-07 and finishing 4th in the shot put. Other individual winners were Mike Maclean in the 800 running 1:57.24 and the young sophomore from Coe-Brown Jeremy Brassard running 4:26.16 in the 1600.

Many of these athletes move on to next week’s Meet of Champions to be held at Londonderry High School. The top finishers in all 3 divisions come together to see who is the best of the best in the state. Listening to a couple of the D2 coaches talking yesterday there is a common opinion that D2 is the best division in the state when comes to track and field. No disrespect meant to the other divisions the numbers are out there and Division 2 is planning to bring home more than their share of state champions next week.

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