On a warm Memorial weekend the New Hampshire notebook traveled to Milford to cover the D2 New Hampshire State Track and Field Championships. Earlier in the season the Notebook covered the Merrimack Valley Invitational. That meet was a non team scoring event but what was noticeable on that day is that the Coe-Brown girls track team was deep and talented. That depth and talent showed itself once again along with a break through performance by the next superstar in New Hampshire girls track and field. This was the difference that lead the Bears to the team Championships.
Coe-Brown finished with a team high 118 points followed by Bedford with 93 Merrimack Valley 69 Lebanon 55, host Milford with 44.5, Oyster River 29, Hollis-Brookline 28, Kennett 24, Souhegan 24 and Hanover 22.
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Division 2 is very competitive and has several athletes that will be in the running to bring home individual honors next week in the Meet of Champions. The performance that carried the day was the young freshman from Coe-Brown Hannah Parker. She performed a triple that is a very rare feat winning the 1600, then the 400, followed by the 800 and topped it with anchoring Coe-Brown's 4X400 team to 2nd place finish that put the icing on the cake for her teams victory. Her time of 4:59.54 in the 1600 and 57.71 in the 400 will make her a heavy favorite for next week's Meet of Champions. Both of those times are exceptional for any grade but take into consideration she is only a freshman the label superstar is fitting. Hannah has the build of a elite runner. She has a very long effortless stride that allows her to float down the track barely touching down with each step. The next four years will be fun to watch how far this young lady can go but for right now she is off to a great start.
Hannah wasn't the only star for Coe-Brown. They picked up valuable points in many events. Alex Archambault won the 3200 with a time of 11:17.89. Samantha Toscano took first in the long jump with a jump of 16-11.5 and a second in the triple jump. They scored in all 3 throwing events with Alley Savioli taking a third in the shot, Sam Donohue second in the discus, Megan Rouillard second in the javelin. Jelesa Nelson was fourth in the 100 and Kayla Roberts took third in the pole vault. They also picked up points in all 3 relays. Add everything up and coach Brent Tkaczk had the balance and star power to bring home his first state title as Coe-Brown's head coach.
Parker was definitely the big star of the meet but there were others that had stand out days. Julianah Adejuyigbe of Merrimack Valley had a great day battling her main competitor from Souhegan Isabella Stuopis. Stuopis was the number one seed in both the shot put and the discus going into the meet. But it was Adejuyigbe's day by not only winning but also setting a new meet record throw in the shot of 41-00 and a personal best winning throw in the discus of 128-05. Just to show you what kind of athlete Adeyuyigbe is, during the shot competition she ran over to the finals of the 100 and finished 5th. This is not a misprint she went from the shot to the dash in a 5 minute span. This young lady is a special athlete. Stuopis who finished second in the shot and 4th in the discus will get a chance for revenge next week at the meet of champions. Both of these young ladies have had a great competition against each other all year exchanging wins in each meeting. Next week should be fun to watch!
Natalie Bilynsky of Oyster River is hands down the fastest girl in Division 2. She tore up the track running into the wind with excellent winning times of 12.43 in the 100 and 25.68 in the 200. Natalie was a bridesmaid at last year's Meet of Champions, but this year she will be the number one seed it is her event to lose. She will be facing some tough competition from sprinters in other divisions plus 2 youngsters from division two in 2nd place finisher Johanna Celli of Bedford and 3rd place Meredith Ramsey of Merrimack Valley.
Celli of Bedford had a good day by taking a 2nd in the 100, 200, and 400, and she was the lead off leg for the winning 4x100 team with a time of 49.76. Celli and her teammates Brooke Hoople, Jenny Mara, and Brenna Williams will be the team to beat next week. Mara also took first in the high jump with a leap of 5-02. Bedford 4x400 team of Brenna Wiiliams,Gwenyth Winship, Brooke Hoople, and Katie Hosang brought home a victory with a time of 4:04.58.
Lebanon's Moriah Morton broke the meet record in the Javelin with a throw of 125-01 and teammate Kelly Ludew was king of the hurdles winning the 100 hurdles in a time of 15.34 and the 300 hurdles at 45.69.The other winners on the day were the 4x800 team of Raleigh McElvery,Sarah Hurd,Kelly-Durham, and Angela Blume from Souhegan winning with a time of 9:50.02. Sarah Muse of Portsmouth in the pole vault with a jump of 9-06 and Gracie Ryan of Kennett with a tripe jump of 35-04.
Overall a great day of competition with congratulations to the Coe-Brown girls for the victory. All the head coaches in Division 2 take notice the next 3 years the state meet starts with Coe-Brown having a 30 point lead!
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