While many students in the Monadnock Region will be attending their graduation ceremonies Saturday, a few won’t even be in the state, instead competing at one of the biggest events of the year.
That event is the Outdoor Track and Field New England Championship, which takes place at Thornton Academy in Saco, Maine. The field events begin at 10 a.m., with the first running events commencing at 10:30 a.m.
Eleven athletes and relay squads represent the Monadnock Region at this year’s championship.
Coming out of Division I, Keene High’s top representative is the boys’ 4x800-meter relay team of juniors Nico Ramirez and Sergio Sartini, freshman Torin Kindopp and senior Aidan Kindopp — a group that won a state title in the Division I meet and finished runner-up in the Meet of Champions. The group’s seed time of eight minutes, 2.87 seconds is ranked second in New Hampshire and 14th in New England.
Aidan Kindopp will also be competing alone in the 800, where his time of 1:59.98 is ranked fifth in N.H. and 29th in New England. Junior Jake Velazquez rounds out the Keene boys in the 3200, where his 9:27.62 mark ranks sixth in N.H. and 16th in New England.
The Blackbirds’ lone female competitors are in the girls’ 4x800 — a Division I runner-up group featuring junior Isabelle Fleuette, freshmen Hannah Shepard and Mia Brown and junior Mikayla Randall. Their 9:49.15 time is ranked third in N.H. and 17th in New England.
Both of ConVal’s Division II state champions enter the New England competition as well. Junior Del Bonsu-Anane comes into the boys’ 400 ranked third in N.H. and 20th in New England (50.48), while senior Rachel Hurley enters the girls’ 3200 third in N.H. 14th in New England (11:04.12).
Senior Clare Veverka qualified in both the girls’ 800 and 1600 — the latter of which she earned a Division II runner-up in. In the 800, she is ranked fourth in N.H. and 19th in New England (2:18.92); in the 1600, she ranks fourth in N.H. and 17th in New England (5:02.41).
The Cougars are rounded out by the boys’ 4x800 relay team of junior Nicholas Drummond, seniors Carter Hunt and Evan Coyne and Bonsu-Anane. The squad is ranked third in N.H. and 21st in New England (3:30.87).
In Division III, Conant junior Haylie Drew finished as a runner-up behind her twin sister, Abigail Drew, in the girls’ long jump at the division meet, but leaped ahead in the Meet of Champions for a fifth-place finish and a spot in the New England meet. Haylie Drew’s distance of 16 feet, 5 inches ranks fifth in N.H. and 28th in New England.
From Fall Mountain, Division III champion boys’ pole vaulter Wyatt Lord enters the fray, ranked sixth in N.H. and 24th in New England (12-00).
Also representing the Wildcats is senior Zoe Utton in the girls’ 800. She ranks fifth in N.H. and 21st in New England (2:19.26).