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Second sweet for Marauders

  • Hanover's Ella Maclean (5) finishes the prelim of the girls 55-meter dash between Devan McClain of Oyster River, right, and Hannah Rowe of Souhegan at the NHIAA Division II State Indoor Track & Field Championships in Hanover, N.H., on Feb. 3, 2019. (Rob Strong photograph)

  • Hanover's Quincy McBride competes in the long jump at the NHIAA Division II State Indoor Track & Field Championships in Hanover, NH on Feb. 3, 2019. (Rob Strong photograph)

  • Newport's Jagger Lovely, left, competes in the first heat of the boys 55-meter hurdles at the NHIAA Division II State Indoor Track & Field Championships in Hanover, N.H., on Feb. 3, 2019. (Rob Strong photograph)

  • Hanover's Macy Lawson competes in the high jump at the NHIAA Division II State Indoor Track & Field Championships in Hanover, N.H., on Feb. 3, 2019. (Rob Strong photograph)

  • Hanover's Zoe Onyango competes in the long jump at the NHIAA Division II State Indoor Track & Field Championships in Hanover, N.H., on Feb. 3, 2019. (Rob Strong photograph)

  • Hanover's Mary Hedrick competes in shotput at the NHIAA Division II State Indoor Track & Field Championships in Hanover, N.H., on Feb. 3, 2019. (Rob Strong photograph)



Valley News Correspondent
Sunday, February 03, 2019

HANOVER — Kyle Doucette sprinted his way to a pair of individual state championships, helping the Hanover High boys to a second-place finish at Sunday’s NHIAA Division II track and field championship.

“I’m so excited right now,” Doucette said after his busy evening at Dartmouth’s Leverone Field House. “I can’t even put it into words. Just coming in today, I really wanted to set a PR (personal record), which I did in both of my events, and it just feels so great to win.”

Doucette won the 55- and 300-meter races and was a member of the 4x400 relay team — along with Deveon Martin, Quincy McBride and Colm Seigne — that finished second for Hanover.

“I felt really good,” said Doucette, a junior who entered the event as the top seed in the 300. “Our coach had us kind of taper this week, so not as much workouts, not really pushing ourselves at all. … Most of the athletes on our team ended up PR-ing today. It was great across the board.”

Seigne also had a big day for the Marauders, finishing second in the 600 and third as part of the 4x800 relay team. The senior appreciated his team’s result, but also pondered what could have been.

“It’s like good, but the team that came first is Portsmouth,” Seigne said. “They edged me out in the 600 by like a second, and then they beat us in the 4x4. So it’s sort of like frustrating that there were so many chances.

For me too, they were in front of me both times, they were just like right there, but I couldn’t catch them. But I mean Portsmouth has always been a strong team; they have really good guys.”

Seigne, who was joined on the 4x800 relay team by John Lynch, Daniel Frost and Matt Bonner, is nonetheless looking forward to the upcoming New England meet.

“Just being there as a team means a lot,” he said. “I think it’s really cool that we’re sending kids there.”

Martin took fourth in the 55, producing four points for the Marauders (the top six finishers in each event score).

Portsmouth’s boys finished with 52 points ahead of Hanover (46) and Oyster River (41). Lebanon ended up in a three-way tie for 16th place (6 points), thanks to a third-place finish in the 1,500 by Cody Davis. Newport also shared 16th place due to a third-place finish by the 4x200 relay team of Jagger Lovely, Ryder Lovely, Mason Martell and Sean Moody.

“This is a very pleasant surprise,” said Hanover coach Steve McConnell. “We have some quality but no depth, really, and so to be able to score that many points off of just a few kids scoring shows the quality of those kids. They had great days and they performed well and they prepared well.”

The Marauder boys’ runner-up finish was the best result they’ve had during McConnell’s six-year tenure.

The Hanover girls team finished in eighth place with 17 points. Oyster River was victorious with 78 points, followed by Portsmouth (71) and Milford (54).

Ella Maclean finished second in the 55-meter dash for the Marauders.

“Last year during outdoor (track and field season), I did really well,” Maclean said. “And I went to New Englands in the the 100, so (the 55) is much harder for me because I’m not good at my start, which is like this whole race. But I feel really happy; I PR’d by a lot.”

Hanover also got points from Christine Aman (third in the 600) and Zoe Onyango (fifth in the long jump and sixth in the 55).

The Lebanon girls were unable to score on Sunday.

The New England meet is set for March 3 at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Roxbury Crossing, Mass.