Jumping to a conclusion: Snubbed for all-state, Lebanon’s Sullivan wins twice at N.H. D-II meet

  • Hanover junior Anna Stafford clears the bar in the girls pole vault event at the NHIAA Division II track and field championship at UNH on Saturday, May 25, 2019. (Alan MacRae/Valley News)

  • Lebanon senior Ryan Sullivan clears the bar in the boys high jump during the NHIAA Division II track and field championship at UNH on Saturday, May 25, 2019. (Alan MacRae/Valley News)

  • Hanover sophomore Ella Maclean pushes to the finish in the girls 100 meter dash at the NHIAA Division II track and field championship at UNH on Saturday, May 25, 2019. (Alan MacRae/Valley News)

  • Hanover senior Abigail Feyrer clears the final hurdle in the girls 100 meter hurdles at the NHIAA Division II track and field championship at UNH on Saturday, May 25, 2019. (Alan MacRae/Valley News)

  • Lebanon senior Will Tanski attempts to clear the bar during the NHIAA Division II track and field championship at UNH on Saturday, May 25, 2019. (Alan MacRae/Valley News)

  • Hanover junior Anna Stafford clears the bar in the girls pole vault event at the NHIAA Division II track and field championship at UNH on Saturday, May 25, 2019. (Alan MacRae/Valley News)

  • Lebanon junior Claudia Simione charges down the track in the girls 100 meter dash at the NHIAA Division II track and field championship at UNH on Saturday, May 25, 2019. (Alan MacRae/Valley News)

  • Hanover freshman Olivia Trummel clears the final hurdle in the girls 300 meter hurdles, flanked by Lebanon’s Zoe China at the NHIAA Division II track and field championship at UNH on Saturday, May 25, 2019. Trummel placed second in the event. (Alan MacRae/Valley News)

  • Lebanon senior Ryan Sullivan pushes to the finish in the boys 100 meter dash at the NHIAA Division II track and field championship at UNH on Saturday, May 25, 2019. (Alan MacRae/Valley News)

  • Lebanon freshman Justin Decarlo, right, passes the baton to junior Will Foreman in the boys 4 X 800 relay in the NHIAA Division II track and field championship at UNH on Saturday, May 25, 2019. (Alan MacRae/Valley News)

  • Hanover junior Anna Stafford clears the high jump bar during the NHIAA Division II track and field championship at UNH on Saturday, May 25, 2019. (Alan MacRae/Valley News)

Valley News Correspondent
Published: 5/25/2019 9:47:41 PM

DURHAM, N.H. — The NHIAA handed out all-state track and field awards prior to Saturday’s Division II state championships at the University of New Hampshire. Lebanon High School’s Ryan Sullivan was disappointed he didn’t receive one, so the senior used the perceived slight as extra motivation.

The end result was a pair of state jumping titles.

“To not be considered one of the best athletes and to place so good in the state meet, it kind of feels like I got that stolen or taken away from me,” Sullivan said after winning both the high and long jumps at Wildcat Stadium. “So I just took that to the heart and said, ‘I got to show them what I’m made of,’ and that’s what I did today.”

Sullivan, who won the same two state titles along with an indoor long jump title as a sophomore, claimed Saturday’s high jump with a mark of 6 feet, 2 inches, then decided to increase the challenge.

“I figured just go for it if you’re gonna go for it, so I went up to 6-6,” he said. “I got right up over 6-6, but my calf hit (the bar) on the way down, so it just means I’ve got to work on that for next week. (I’m) working on getting my kick up.”

The NHIAA Meet of Champions, which is set for Saturday back at UNH, will feature the top three state-meet finishers for each event among all three NHIAAA divisions.

Sullivan’s big day at UNH helped Lebanon’s boys to 10th place with 25 points. Coe-Brown was victorious with 65 points, followed by Hollis-Brookline (58) and Merrimack Valley (47). The Hanover boys took 14th place with 18 points.

Portsmouth won the girls team championship with 91.5 points, followed by Oyster River (87) and Milford (69.5). Hanover’s girls finished in a three-way tie for eighth place (24) and Lebanon was 17th (7).

Anna Stafford led the Marauders with a state title in the pole vault. Stafford was matched by Portsmouth’s Sarah Morin at 9-6, but she won due to fewer overall missed jumps. Stafford won the pole vault at last year’s MOC, but Saturday marked her first individual state title.

“Last year, I kind of was upset with myself that I didn’t win just states,” Stafford said. “So coming in and kind of redeeming myself feels really good.”

Hanover coach Steve McConnell seemed impressed with the second-seeded junior’s effort.

“She’s such a competitor,” McConnell said. “Her form wasn’t great at times today, but she’s so competitive that she wills herself over the bar.”

McConnell’s boys squad was without senior standout Kyle Doucette (pneumonia) on Saturday, but that didn’t stop the 4x100 team from winning a title. Quincy McBride, Moe Kado, Deveon Martin and Eli Stack entered the race as the top seed and won it with a time of 44.82.

“We had an alternate, so we were very worried about that,” Martin said. “Quincy McBride took (Doucette’s) place and did a really good job. We were seeded first, so there was a lot of pressure, especially with (Doucette) not being here.”

McBride fulfilled the vacated anchor position.

“I’m so proud of (McBride),” Martin said. “The handoff wasn’t great over there, but I’m definitely proud of him because we told him, ‘It doesn’t matter; just run like there’s no tomorrow,’ and that’s what he did. And he actually leaned at the finish line, which was something else we told him to do, especially how close it got.”

Hanover also got points from Colm Seigne, who took second in the 1,600-meter run. Christine Aman took fourth in the 1,600, and and the girls 4x400 relay team of Aman, Leila Trummel, Ella Maclean and Kira Smith took fourth.

Cody Davis and Claudia Simione both contributed to the Raiders’ scoresheet by taking fourth in the 1,600 and fifth in the 100, respectively.




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