DURHAM — The Keene High boys’ 4x800-meter relay squad of Nico Ramirez, Sergio Sartini, Torin Kindopp and Aidan Kindopp finished as a state runner-up at Saturday’s Meet of Champions. Running at the University of New Hampshire’s Wildcat Stadium, the group turned in a time of eight minutes, 2.87 seconds.
The relay squad’s performance highlighted a day in which 12 area athletes or relay teams turned in top-six performances to qualify for the New England Championships, which are June 8 at 10 a.m. at Thornton Academy in Maine.
Among Keene’s other qualifiers were the girls’ 4x800 relay of Isabelle Fleuette, Hannah Shepard, Mia Brown and Mikayla Randall (third, 9:49.15); the girls’ 4x100 relay of Marie Prock, Claire O’Connor, Ava Dellogono and Justine Coulborn (fifth, 51.82); Aidan Kindopp alone in the boys’ 800 (fifth, 1:59.98); and Jake Velazquez in the boys’ 3,200 (sixth, 9:27.62).
ConVal’s Del Bonsu-Anane finished third in the boys’ 400 at 50.48 seconds, and also took third in the boys’ 4x400 alongside Nicholas Drummond, Carter Hunt and Evan Coyne (3:30.87). Other ConVal qualifiers were Rachel Hurley in the girls’ 3,200 (third, 11:04.12) and Clare Veverka in both the girls’ 800 (fourth, 2:18.92) and 1,600 (fourth, 5:02.41).
Fall Mountain had two qualifiers: Zoe Utton in the girls’ 800 (fifth, 2:19.26) and Wyatt Lord in the boys’ pole vault (tied for sixth, 12 feet even).
Conant’s Haylie Drew rounded out the local qualifiers with a fifth-place finish in the girls’ long jump (16 feet, 5 inches).
In other results:
Looking for a win in the 3,200 meters, Exeter senior Jacob Winslow seemed to have a comfortable lead entering the final 100 meters. But instead, he had to fight off a furious late charge by Merrimack Valley senior David Reynolds.
Winslow’s winning time in the 3,200 was 9 minutes, 19.60 seconds. He also claimed victory earlier in the day in the 1,600, crossing the finish line in 4:14.82.
Newport hurdlers Mason Martell and Eliza Bates both hit the top six in their events. Martell was third in the boys 110 (15.16) and sixth in the 300 (40.88). Bates crossed the line in the girls 300 in fifth (47.01).
Stevens freshman surprise Janiah Young was eighth in the girls 200 (26.99), 11th in the high jump (5-0) and 12th in the 100 prelims (13.37). She also anchored a 14th-place effort in the 4x100 (52.03) with Julia Tursky, Leann McCarthy and Audrey Puksta.