Flynn, Wright win Division I crowns

HAMPTON – Kathryn Flynn and Siaoli Wright were crowned champions on Friday night at the NHIAA Division I Track and Field Championships at Winnacunnet High School.

Flynn, a senior, was the top performer in the javelin with a throw of 121 feet, 7 inches. Her effort was 5 feet clear of second-place Amelia Graves of Pinkerton.

Wright, a junior, won the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 46.61 seconds. She edged Pinkerton’s Maria Virga (46.87) and Nashua South’s Alanna Murphy (47.87) for the title.

The Bedford girls ran away with the title with 96 points, but Nashua South took second with 67. Londonderry (61), Bishop Guertin (45), Pinkerton (43), Merrimack (42.5), Concord (37), Exeter (34), Nashua North (31.5) and Manchester Central (28) rounded out the top 10. Alvirne (3) finished 16th among the 18 teams in the standings.

The Panthers were certainly a pleasant surprise.

"It was not quite expected," South girls coach Catrina Lougee said. "We had a lot of people who were (seeded) 15th or 16th place who ended up scoring for us today."

The Concord boys won the 4×400 to claim the championship with 91 points. Pinkerton followed at 85 and North was third at 51.

Londonderry (38), Timberlane (37), Keene (35), Manchester Central (30), Nashua South (27), Exeter (25), and Winnacunnet (21) and Bishop Guertin (21) were also in the top 10. Alvirne was 13th with 18 points and Merrimack placed 14th with 16 points among the 19 teams that scored.

The Tomahawk boys were highlighted by Chase Sweeney’s fourth-place showing in the long jump.

Each of the Merrimack boys relay teams also scored a top-five finish.

It’s on to the Meet of Champions for the elite of New Hampshire on Saturday at Winnacunnet. The top five from each D-I event Friday secured their spot in the MOCs.

Complete results for the Division I Championships can be found at lancertiming.com