On an afternoon that did not reflect the cool nature of the Division 1 championships, the Division 3 Championships was a steamy event with the temperatures 30 degrees warmer than the previous evening in Hampton. But hot temperatures were reflected with hot performances in Bristol in both the field and on the track.
In the battle for the top of D3 on the girls side, we stated that if anyone was going to dethrone the Monadnock girls, the likely team would be the Spartans from White Mountains. We also said that this would depend on the weight of multiple events would have to throw off the Huskies, as their strength fell on the backs of a handful of athletes competing in multiple events. In the end it came down to those two teams, but it wasn’t even close as Monadnock scored 137 points to WhiteMountains 73 points. Monadnock got wins in the 3200 and the 4×100 and 4×400 meter relays, along with a bunch of points spread out over almost all the events. The Spartans picked up wins in the 100 hurdles, the 300 hurdles and the triple jump, giving them an 18 point cushion over Bow.
Individually, White Mountains probably had the best day of all female contestants, winning the High Hurdles, 300 Hurdles (D3 Record of 45.13), and Triple Jump. Other strong performances that stick out are Jaila Remillard of Winnisquam, winning the 400 and Long Jump while finishing second in the 100 hurdles and third in the 200. Dominque Biron won the High Jump,100 and 200 meters.
In the Division 3 preview, we identified Kearsarge as the clear favorite, with Inter-Lakes and Hopkinton chasing and Belmont in the dark horse spot. Hopkinton certainly made the attempt to catch the front running Cougars, which vaulted them into the runner up spot over Inter-Lakes. Kearsarge got a big boost in the field to set the pace of the meet, scoring 72 of their 119 points in field events. Hopkinton got a boost in the sprints and jumps, and with some big points on the back of one of the State’s best distance men, Dom Repucci, totaling 99 points. Inter-Lakes scored 75 and Belmont had 45 points.
Individually, the duo of Zach Astle and Troy Davis scored 52 points together for the Cougars, with Davis getting second in the long jump and winning the triple jump and the high jump (D3 record of 6’8.75″). Astle won the shot throwing a foot further than the other divisions, and came in second in the discus and third in the javelin.
Hopkinton saw a dominant athlete in Nick Fleury, who took the wins in the 100, 200, the long jump and the 400, just ahead of teammate Aaron Dobe. As mentioned before, teammate Dom Repucci had a heck of a day, finishing second to Cam Daly in both the 1600 and 800, then winning the 3200 as the rest of the field tried to take it to him in the early laps knowing he had to be tired from the previous efforts.
We certainly do not want to take anything away from Inter-Lakes Cam Daly, who won the 1600 and the 800, along with anchoring the winning 4×400 team and the third place 4×800 team.
Good luck to all the D3 athletes going on to Meet of Champions next week at Winnacunnet!
Video by Chris Gelinas