Lambert, Williams crush competition at Meet of Champs

MERRIMACK- The Granite State’s top track and field athletes converged on Merrimack High School Saturday for the Meet of Champions, and the area’s top guns did not disappoint.

Souhegan’s Elise Lambert continued her amazing season with a victory in the 300 hurdles. The senior clocked in at 47.42 for the victory. She also qualified in the high jump for this week’s New England Championships at the University of New Hampshire. The top six in each event advance, and Lambert was also fifth inthe high jump at 5-feet.

Lambert won’t be trekking to Durham alone.

For the third straight year, the Sabers’ 4×800 team won the Meet of Champions title, an this time around it was an absolute romp.

Lambert broke open to a sizeable lead on the opening lap and her teammates, Georgia Jones, Marissa Romano and Jane Leighton just piled it on, scoring in 9:37.34 and topping the nearest competition by over five seconds.

Leighton will also race at New Englands in the 800 meters, after taking sixth place on Saturday in 2:20.14.

Other MOC competitors for Souhegan included: the girls 4×400 team of Lambert, Leighton, Georgia Jones and India Jones, who were 12th in 4:16.64. Romano was ninth in the 800 meters (2:23.56) and Arielle Zlotnick was tenth in the 3200 (11:36.11). The Saber boys’ team had one individual compete in the discus, Dean Paquette threw the disc 121-8 for 12th overall. The boys 4×800 team of Bill Drake, Thomas Headington, Nathan Stine, and Ethan McFee ran 8:38.68 for 13th.

For Milford High, there was triumph and also some tough news when Viankah Williams dominated the long jump but pulled up with an injury in the 200.

Williams had little time to celebrate the state title, in which the junior flew 17-6.25.

The Spartans again were all over the placings in the distance runs.

Lauren Robinson and Rebecca Durham could not get away from each other. Robinson finished second in the 1600 meter run (5:05.33) and Durham finished third (5:08.36). In the 3200 meter run Durham finished second with Robinson placing third.