Five area athletes emerged as state champions Saturday after the Division II and Division III outdoor track and field meet at the University of New Hampshire’s Wildcat Stadium in Durham.
ConVal Regional of Peterborough boasted a pair of D-II sprinting champions, in Del Bonsu-Anane and Rachel Hurley. Bonsu-Anane won the boys’ 400-meter dash, finishing in 50.72 seconds; Hurley took first in the girls’ 3,200 with a time of 10:58.27.
In Division III, Conant’s Abigail Drew defended her title in the girls’ long jump, leaping 16 feet even.
Fall Mountain’s Wyatt Lord, a state indoor champion in the high jump this past winter, won the boys’ pole vault title after clearing 12 feet, 3 inches. Monadnock’s Harry Ryan won his title in the boys’ 400, at 51.96.
Drew went on to earn a top-six finish in three other events, scoring points for her team and earning a spot in the June 1 Meet of Champions back at Wildcat Stadium. Drew’s scores helped the Conant girls to a third-place finish out of 25 teams in Division III with 45 total points.
She took third in the 100 (13.58), sixth in the 400 (64.07) and third in the 4x400 relay (4:23.32) alongside Alleigh Lapinsky, Isabella Mormando and her twin sister, Haylie Drew. Haylie Drew also finished second behind her sister in the long jump (15-8.75), second in the triple jump (33-5.5) and third in the 200 (27.71).
The boys’ 4x800 relay team of Trevor Pierce, Matthew Bernier, Chris Taylor and Ethan Vitello finished fourth (8:39.38) to give the Conant boys their only points. They finished 21st out of 26 teams with four points.
For Fall Mountain, Lord also finished fifth in the 110 hurdles (17.04), helping the Wildcat boys to a ninth-place finish with 27 points. George Gowdy finished second in the 3,200 (10:04.01), while Aaron Blair was third in the pole vault (11-6) and Jason Gibbs took sixth in the 300 hurdles (44.18).
The Fall Mountain girls finished seventh with 31 points, led by a runner-up finish by Kyla Eigabroadt in the 300 hurdles (49.59). Zoe Utton took third in the 800 (2:26.22), tied for third in the high jump (4-8) and finished fourth in the 400 (1:02.96), while Ruby Frithsen was fourth in the pole vault (7-0) and Isabel Bushway took sixth in the discus (83-11).
Ryan worked with Monadnock’s boys’ 4x800 relay team of Donovan Lombara, Mitchell Hill and Tyler Hebert, finishing fifth in 8:57.82. The Huskies boys finished 16th with 12 points, while the girls’ team took 19th with five points.
Sadie Lorenz finished fifth in the 300 hurdles (50.45), the girls’ 4x100 relay team of Liliana Chirichella, Alexis Keenan, Haley Ewers and Sydney Eccleston took fifth (54.78) and the 4x400 squad of Eccleston, Keenan, Chirichella and Lorenz finished sixth (4:30.23).
Besides his win, Bonsu-Anane finished fifth in the 200 (23.62), helping the ConVal boys’ team finish eighth out of 21 Division II teams with 30 points. Evan Coyne took second in the 800 (2:00.91), while Harrison Kim was third in the 3,200 (9:57.10) and the 4x400 relay squad of Abe Dreher, Tyler Beard, Thomas Sennett and Haven Deschenes finished fourth (3:35.02).
On the girls’ side, Clare Veverka took second in the 1,600 (5:10.02) and third in the 800 (2:19.76) to help the Cougars tie for eighth out of 20 teams with 24 points.
Hinsdale had one top-six finisher in the Division III contest in Margaret St. John, who took sixth in the girls’ 3,200 (12:22.65).