Last Saturday, the division three high school track and field championships took place at Newfound Regional High School in Bristol.
Kearsarge was the favorite going into the meet and they did not disappoint. The Cougars boys’ team took first at the DIII State Meet on a scorching hot 90 degree Saturday afternoon. Kearsarge held the title in 2014, but narrowly lost to Interlakes last year so they were happy to be back on top in 2016.
The Cougars had individual wins from Troy Davis in the high jump with a Division III record jump of 6″-8″ 3/4″ and the triple jump. Davis also placed 2nd in the Long Jump.
Zach Astle of Kearsarge won in the shot put, placed 2nd in discus and 3rd in Javelin.
Ian Bready placed first in the 300 hurdles and third in the 100 Hurdles and was part of the winning 4×100 relay.
The Cougars scored 119 points and held off their biggest challenge, Hopkinton (99), which had four individual wins from Nick Fleury in the 100 (11.24), 200 (23.3), 400 (51.43) and long jump (20-10), and two with Dom Repucci in the 3×200 (9:47) and the 4×800 (8:24).
The Cougars showed depth, scoring in 15 of 18 events (including all three relays). The 4 x 800 relay started out the meet with a bang, placing 2nd and besting their own school record by 4 seconds.
Kearsarge coach Ernie Brake gave YCN his thoughts on his team’s championship victory.
Unexpected 2nd and 3rd place finishes in the pole vault by Grant Croft and John Cunningham insured a few more points in the spread to win against 2nd place Hopkinton.
Some other local athletes with notable finishes included Matthew Gobin and Parker Smith both from Stevens. Gobin finished second in the 100 meter hurdles and Smith finished fourth in high jump. Aly Lizotte also from Stevens placed second in the 400 meter and 5th in the 100 meter.
Peter TeeBow from Newport placed third in discus and fifth in shot put. Sunapee and Mount Royal Academy, the two smallest schools in division three, all had athletes placing in the top 10 as well.