Sanborn Last Chance Meet
May 18th, 2022
The Cougars stepped onto the track last night for their last regular season meet at Sanborn Regional High School. Teams from all three divisions attended, as it is one of the last opportunities for NH track athletes to hit a qualifying mark or time for the Divisional Championships next weekend.
It is one of our most competitive meets of the season, with strict entry requirements and some challenging competition. The Cougars held their own and the competition brought them amazing success!
A few highlights from our evening:
We started off the competition with the field events. Sarah Murphy came in 3rd in discus and set a new personal record of 83 feet, putting her in a strong position among other Division III throwers.
First up on the track was the 4x800 meter relay. Jon Flinkfelt, Matthew Farah, Ben LaFlamme, and Nate Barrett set a lofty but achievable goal of breaking the 10 minute barrier to squeeze into a qualifying spot for the Divisional Championships. All four boys hit their goal 800 splits (and a few even went under their goal time!) to finish with a time of 9:58.92. They are now ranked 10th in the 4x800 meter relay in our division - 12 relay teams will qualify for the championships next weekend...we are all keeping our fingers crossed that we can hold our place for the next few days as we wait for final entries!
Next up on the track was junior Ben Roy in the 1600. Ben has been working to earn a PR in this event all season, and as many runners know - as you approach junior and senior year, those PR's do not come easily. Ben went through his 800 meter mark right on pace, and had to make a conscious decision to push hard through the third lap (a place during the race where he tended to lose focus). He came through lap 3 and 4 on pace and cruised through the finish with a 3 second PR in a time of 5:13.8!
Our evening on the track concluded with the 3200, with Skylar Wagner, Ben Roy, and Nate Barrett toeing the line. Skylar also had her sights set on a PR yesterday. Her first mile split was fast, but she didn't back off in her second mile - she pushed through the "tunnel of pain" (as the distance runners like to call it), and came across the finish with a time of 14:55, earning a 6 second PR!
Ben Roy and Nate Barrett pushed through fatigued legs in the 3200, holding onto competitors from DI and DII, and their strength and perseverance was extremely admirable. Ben managed to earn a second PR of the evening in this event, breaking the 12 minute mark with a time of 11:59.
The Division III Coaches' Seeding Meeting will be held on Sunday night. During this meeting, all of the track coaches in the division meet to fill the field in every event to 16 athletes. If a coach signifies that an athlete will be scratching from an event, they move down the list to the next fastest time or farthest mark.
We will officially know by Monday morning which athletes have qualified for the Divisional Meet. I will be sure to send out any updates next week.
We are so incredibly proud of all of the hard work our athletes have put in this season. We saw PRs in almost every event. We couldn't ask for a better group of people to coach!
- Coach Sam & Coach Katie