Third Time's a Charm: Hanover’s Bardos Wins 600 Again
Lebanon sophomore Will Merchant, center, races in the 55-meter dash during the NHIAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championship at Leverone Field House yesterday. (Valley News - Libby March) Purchase photo reprints »
Kearsarge’s Gabe Carter leaps to a win in the boys long jump. (Valley News - Libby March) Purchase photo reprints »
Lebanon junior Craig Telfer, left, gets a hug from senior Katie Cole as he talks with coach Andrew Gamble during hurdles action at the NHIAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at Leverone Field House yesterday. Telfer scored points for the Raiders in two events. (Valley News - Libby March) Purchase photo reprints »
Lebanon senior Kelly Ludew competes in a qualifying hurdles race during the NHIAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championship at Leverone Field House. (Valley News - Libby March) Purchase photo reprints »
Melanie Subbiah of Hanover hangs out with teammates between events during the NHIAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championship at Leverone Field House. (Valley News - Libby March) Purchase photo reprints »
Hanover freshman Meredith Ferneau pulls her hair into a ponytail between events. (Valley News - Libby March) Purchase photo reprints »
Hanover — Do good things really come in threes? Just ask Hanover senior Aidan Bardos, who was counting the ways during the NHIAA Division II indoor track championships last night.
After kicking past Windham sophomore Kristen Tilley in the third lap of the 600-meter race to win her third straight title in the event at Dartmouth’s Leverone Field House, Bardos wrapped up the meet by running away with the anchor legs of Marauder four-by relay victories at 800 and 1,600 meters. With those relay wins at evening’s end, Hanover finished — yes — third behind champion Coe-Brown and runner-up Milford in a meet that saw Kearsarge’s Gabe Carter win the long jump title in a boys meet that Souhegan dominated as a team for the second year in a row.
“This was a really exciting state meet,” Bardos said. “I felt good and strong. And we all worked so well together in the relays.”
Not bad for just her third season of track.
“Aidan’s a racer,” said Hanover assistant coach Wes Leuthauser. “She’s the type of athlete, she’s much better when there’s a higher level of competition. In that second lap, she stayed with those girls (Tilley and Hollis-Brookline junior Meghan Philpot), and then just turned it on. She has the will to push herself past the person ahead of her.”
She also pushed past her winning times of the previous two indoor state meets — 1:39.81 in 2012, 1:39.76 in 2011 — with just enough gas in the tank to anchor back-to-back relays.
“My coaches were saying (before the 600), ‘Focus on one race at a time,’ ” Bardos said. “I tried to push everything else out of my head going into the 600. But I was glad that the boys relay (4-by-400) took a while (with four separate heats). I had enough time to recover (for the meet-ending 4-by-200).”
Giving Bardos leads to build on in the relays were Karina Lukovits, Melanie Subbiah, and Meredith Ferneau in the 800 and Katherine Vincellette, Sophie Bartels, and Lindsey White in the 1,600.
Subbiah rounded out the Marauders’ team scoring with finishes of third in the 55-meter hurdles and fifth in the 55 dash.
Among the boys, Kearsarge’s Carter long-jumped 20 feet, 7½ inches to victory, 7½ inches farther than Kennett’s Michael Mason. For the eighth-place Lebanon Raiders, the 800-meter relay team of Will Merchant, Craig Telfer, Walker Tuttle and John Cioffredi ran third; junior Teddy Bessette placed fourth in the 1,500 meters with a clocking of 4:21.14; Telfer took fifth in the 55-meter hurdles; and Josh Fontaine placed sixth in the 3,000.
Meanwhile, Dan Seaman of Stevens finished third in the shot put with a throw of 43-9.25, while fellow Cardinal senior CJ Gosselin placed sixth, accounting for all seven of their team’s points.
Leading the 11th-place Lebanon girls was freshman Lauren Anikis, who high-jumped 4 feet, 10 inches, for a second-place tie with Goffstown senior Brooke Simmons and Souhegan junior Sarah Hurd. In the same event, junior Natasha Goodwin also cleared 4-10 for fifth place. Senior Kelly Ludew hurdled to fourth place in the 55-meter race with a clocking of 9.39 seconds.
The Hanover boys collected their two team points with a fifth-place finish from the 800-meter relay team of Xavier Tchana, Ian Strohbehn, Keegan Hanks and John Lindonen.