Kearsarge boys, Monadnock girls defend titles
MEREDITH - The Kearsarge Regional of Sutton boys doubled up. So too, did the Monadnock Regional of Swanzey girls.
Kearsarge rode its depth and balance and Monadnock Regional took full advantage of its youth on the way to their Division III outdoor track championships under mostly sunny skies at Inter-Lakes High School on Saturday.
For each, it marked a second straight title.
"It took me 40 years to do it and now we've got two straight," said Kearsarge coach Ed Rehor, who had a couple of earlier stops and has coached the Cougars since 1998. "This was a whole team effort. Everyone pitched in."Monadnock coach Tim Pickering thought his team had a shot to repeat.
"But this one's quite different from last year," he said. "We graduated about two-thirds of our points from last year's team and the majority of the athletes on this year's team are sophomores and freshmen."
Division III rivals take note: The Huskies did not have a single senior on the team and they won the title by 36 pints over runner-up Hopkinton.
Monadnock finished with 99 points and Hopkinton had 63 and then things got tighter with White Mountains Regional of Whitefield third with 57, Somersworth fourth with 50 and Fall Mountain of Langdon fifth with 40. The Kearsarge boys won by a comfortable margin as well. They scored 73 points, White Mountains had 57, Prospect Mountain of Alton 50, Monadnock 43 and Campbell of Litchfield 41.5.
Freshman Chloe Page and sophomore Kayla Blair were two of the young standouts for Monadnock.
Page won both the 200 and 400 meter dash, was fourth in the 100 and anchored the 4x100 relay team that turned in a time of 51.59 seconds to break a Division III meet record that had stood since 1978.
"Chloe was a beast," Pickering said "She's a very special athlete."
And that Monadnock youth?
Freshman Nadia Vitous, junior Kate Gross and freshman Claire Russell joined Page on the record-setting 4x100 group.
Blair won the 800, was second in the 1,600 and anchored Monadnock's winning 4x400 relay.
Sophomore Cameron Webster, junior Eric Morin and seniors Reed Bell and Logan Maville were among the leading point getters for Kearsarge, which broke the school record in the 4x100 for the second time in a week with a time of 45.04.
Webster won the 200 meter dash and was third in the 100. Morin was second in the 400 and ran on the 4x100 unit with Bell, Maville and Shane Conley. Bell was first in the 400, second in the 110 meter hurdles and fifth in the 200. Maville was fourth in the 300 hurdles and the triple jump.
Junior Sean Munnelly of Campbell of Litchfield won the 800 meters in a time of 1:55.20 to snap a Division III meet record from 1993 and also was second in the 1,600 to sophomore Cameron Daly of Inter-Lakes.
Monadnock senior Quentin Bazarnicki was a points-machine for the Huskies. He won the 110 and 300 meter hurdles and the triple jump and was second in the pole vault.
Winnisquam of Northfield sophomore Jaila Remillard piled up points on the girls side. She won the long jump and 100 meter hurdles and was second in the 400 meter dash.
Senior Kaley Shepard of Franklin won the triple jump, was second in the high jump and third in the long jump.Hopkinton senior Sabrey Montore was first in the 100 and second in the 200.
Twins Faith and Hope Gardner of Fall Mountain were first and second in the 3,200 in 11:24.7 and 11:29.42. Faith was a couple of seconds off the school record held by distance running standout Heidi Westover, who is now one of their coaches.
"They run real well together," Westover said. "We're looking forward to next week."The top three finishers in each event in Division III qualified for the Meet of Champions next Saturday at Londonderry.
Complete results, Page C8