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2023 NHIAA D3 State Championships – Recap, Replay, Results! PICS ADDED!

Results Courtesy of LancerTiming


By Mike Smith

So many things happened at the Division 3 track and field state championships this past Wednesday at Sanborn High School (and didn’t happen either!)  We started under warm sunny skies, and just after the running events began on the track, a cold hard rain began to fall, pushing the pole vault to Thursday.  And as the 3200 was finishing on the track, the rain ceased and as the teams left the host site, the sun came out from behind the clouds revealing a gorgeous sunset to close out the evening.  While the conditions didn’t seem to have much of an effect on the track events, it certainly impacted results in the field events, making the implements and runways slippery.  Here are the results.

Hopkinton was the top seed in the girls 4×800 and it didn’t take long to see why.  Jumping out to an early lead, Hopkinton would finish 20 seconds under their seed time in 10:23.46.  Mascenic and Gilford would also finish under Hopkinton’s seed time, running 10:38.40 and 10:44.81.  In the boys race, Pelham would take control over Hopkinton halfway through the race, winning in 8:40.49.  Hopkinton hanging on to second, six seconds in arrears with Winnisquam almost ten seconds back in third.

Pelham would enjoy a great 100 hurdles event with Reece Nicolosi winning over Newport’s Maddox Lovely, 16.11 to 16.23 as the only two to break 17 seconds.  Pelham teammates would also finish 3-4 with Chloe Crear and Ava Milleyin those spots.  Monandock’s Gavin Lombara would be the sole entrant to finish under 16, running 15.99 for the win on the boys’ side.  Pelham would secure the next two spots to put more points on the table with Colby Crear and Antonio Furtado in second and third.

Newfound’s Elle MacDonald would be the sole entrant in the girls 100 to go under 13 in the wet conditions, running 12.89.  Sunapee’s Claire Touhy and Kearsarge’s Juliet Faria would finish 2-3 and under 13.5.  Brady’s Josh Gentchos would win the battle of the big men in the 100, running 11.08 to PCA’s Tim Kelms 11.16.  Trinity’s Nehemiah Oyaronbi and Gilford’s Isaiah Reese would finish 3-4 and under 11.5.

In the girls 1600, Kearsarge would go 1-2 with Molly Ellison winning gun to tape in 5:30.43.  In second was teammate Maelle Jaqcues, beating out Hopkinton’s Hannah Bennett.  In the boys race, Gilford’s Patrick Gandini would start his quest for the triple triple, all three of the meets’ longest races for the third year in a row.  Patrick wasted no time going straight to the front as all the athletes deferring to him. Gandini would rachet the pace down, eventually leaving the rest in his dust, finishing in 4:28.83.  Pelham’s Tripp Williams would be the best of the rest, almost ten seconds back in 4:37.92 with PCA’s Jonas Teeter in third with 4:40.09.

Belmont girls would win the 4×100, dipping under the 52 second barrier with a 51.89.  Newfound would take second over Newmarket for the second and third spots.  Brady would win the boys 4×100, breaking the D3 record in 44.31.  Pelham and Trinity would both break 46 for second and third.

Newmarket would complete the sweep in the 400, with Alanna Hagen breaking 60, winning in 59.72.  Teammates Allison Burke and Holly Fermon would go 2-3.  Host schools Brady Ash would blitz the boys’ race in a 50.54 to put 10 points on the board for Sanborn.  Campbell’s DJ Chaudhry would finish just under a second and a half back, with almost a half second cushion over Raymond’s Joe Harper.

Pelham’s Chloe Crear would be back in the 300 hurdles, winning in 48.87, over Newport’s Lovely.  Newfound’s Stacia Paul would finish third and the last athlete under the 50 second mark.  For the boys, top seed Conant’s Ben Sawyer would win this one, running 41.51 over Pelham’s Crear.  Brady’s Nate Steigmeyer would finish third.

In the girls 800, PCA’s Brianna Malone would lead Newmarkets’ newly minted 400 meter champ Hagen out early.  Hagen, with nothing to lose would try to hold on but Malone would pull away over the second lap to win in 2:16.74 to Hagen’s 2:22.44.  Hopkinton’s Shaylee Murdough would finish third in 2:25.89. In the 800, Gilford’s Gandini would again go straight to the front, towing the field, and finishing in a brilliant sub two, running 1:57.07.  Hopkinton’s Roman Finlayson would finish second, with Pelham’s Williams in third, picking up more valuable points.

Newfound’s MacDonald was back in the 200, winning in 26.77.  Belmont’s Ava Lacasse and Kearsarge’s Juliet Faria would finish 2-3.  Brady’s Gentchos would be back to take the 200 as well, running 22.74 over Gilford’s Reese by one one hundredth of a second in the closest race of the day.  PCA’s Kelm and Sanborn’s Ash would finish 3-4 in another battle of the titans.

In the girls 3200, Kearsarge’s Ellison would win a spirited battle over Hopkinton’s Bennett.  Bennett would lead most of this with Ellison right on her shoulder.  With most of the field intact through 1600, the two would stretch away over the second half before the final straight away battle where Ellison would pull away to win in 11:49.98.  Moultonborough’s Adah Chapman would run the second half alone and stay out from her pursuers to finish third.  Back in the 3200, Gilford’s Gandini would run right at 10 minute pace, whittling the pack down lap after lap until only Belmont’s Will Riley was able to stay in the slipstream.  Gandini would pull away over the final lap, winning in 9:49.87, with Riley dipping under the 10 minute mark in 10:58.62.  Fall Mountain’s Ben Tetu would finish third.

Newmarket girls would show why they were the top seed in the 4×400, winning in 4:19.36.  Kearsarge would be second with Hopkinton third.  The Gandini led Gilford squad would win the boys 4×400, coming from behind on the last lap, with Newport and Sanborn in second and third.

In the field events, where the weather conditions would have their biggest impact, there would be some close contests and event upsets.  In the girls shot, Winnisquam’s Becc Kolengosky would win with a 33-3.5 launch over Steven’s Hailey Knight.  Newfound’s Malina Bohlmann would finish third.  On the boys’ side, top seed Kyle Ashley of Newport would win with a mark of 45-4.75, over Winnisquam’s Carter Fredette.  Campbell’s Justin Edmonds would finish third.  

Discus would be one of the events most heavily impacted by the conditions. Gilford’s Abby Kenyon would surprise Newfound’s Isabelle Laplume in girls disc, winning with a throw of 105-7.  Stevens Alyssa Paquette would finish third. Trinity’s Paul Thibault would win the boys disc, throwing 123-6 to win over Hopkinton’s Max Bishop.  Fall Mountain’s Tyson Patch would finish third.

In javelin, surprise winner Makenna Knapp of Fall Mountain would win with a 105 foot throw, less than a foot over Newfound’s Bohlmann.  Winnisquam’s everything girls Victoria Kelley would finish third.  In the boys javelin, Gilford’s Reese would win the battle of the big throws over Newport’s Ashley, throwing 176-9 to 169-11.  It will be interesting to see these two match up against the other divisions when it’s dry.  Campbell’s Edmonds was third.

Belmont’s Emma Winslow would beat a strong field in long jump, sailing out 16-3 to Newfound’s Bohlmann’s 15-11.5.  Campbell’s Ava Houle would finish third.  Defending champ Ben Sawyer of Conant would win long jump again, leaping 20-4.5 for more than a foot over second place over Trinity’s Edorpoko.  Mount Royal’s Peter Hogan would finish third.  Two time defending champion Grace Hall of Hopkinton would beat the field again in triple jump, clearing 33-6.75 over Somersworth Say MacKay.  Belmont’s Adeline Takantjas would finish third.  Somersworth’s Tayshawn Sheppard would outjump InterLakes David Walker in the triple, 43-2.5 to 42-6.75.  Garrett Emery of Woodsville would break 40 feet with a 40-10.25.

In the high jump, Somersworth’s Savannah Comeau would best the field, jumping 5-0.  Behind her Kearsarge’s Amelia Lefevrbe and Somersworth’s MacKay would finish tied for second on misses.  In boys high jump, Winnisquam’s Aiden Donohue would clear 6-0 to win over Mount Royal’s Hogan at 5-10.  Newfound’s Dalton Dion would finish third at 5-8.

In pole vault delayed until Thursday, Newfound cemented their team title with Taylor Mooney winning by clearing 8’0″.  Conant’s Bella Nero was 2nd with Pelham’s Gabrielle Minuti was 3rd. Newfound swept this event as Dalton Dion won the boys clearing 11’0″. White Mountains Elijah Beaulieu was second clearing 10’6″. Sanborn’s Ben Cardoso was 3rd.

Congratulations to the Gilford boys team as they won the team title with 73 points followed by Pelham just 8 points behind with 65.  The Newfound girls are the 2023 D3 champs as they finished with 86 total points just 11 up on runner-up Kearsarge.

Thanks to Sanborn and is awesome community for hosting another great championships event.


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