Hanover’s Seigne wins mile at New England Championships

Staff Report
Published: 6/13/2022 1:41:15 PM
Modified: 6/13/2022 1:38:58 PM

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. — After receiving his diploma at Hanover High's graduation Friday evening, Pierce Seigne traveled to the New England Interscholastic Track and Field Championships on Saturday, where he won the 1,600-meter race in a time of 4:07.09.

"In the most compelling race of the day, he dove across the finish line to win the mile by .04 seconds," said Hanover Coach Steve McConnell. "Pierce was seeded 11th coming into the competition, so his winning with an eight-second personal record was a watershed moment."

McConnell said Seigne broke the New England championship meet record by three seconds and also broke the Hanover High School record, which had stood since 1983. Seigne also qualified to compete at Nike nationals in Eugene, Oregon.

Junior Ian Solberg also broke a Hanover High School record, this one in the high jump, clearing 6 feet, 5 inches, which earned him third place in New England. Solberg's jump qualified him to compete at the New Balance nationals, which will be Philadelphia next week.

The Bears’ boys 4x400 relay team of Seigne and sophomores Aidan Bradley, Joaquin Martin, and Lucian Gleiser ran 3:31.88, which was the 19th-best time on the day.

The competition included thousands of athletes from hundreds of private and public schools throughout New England.

Other finishers from Upper Valley schools included Emma Kebler, Hanover (12th, high jump), Aidan Peterson, Hanover, (12th, javelin), Mack Levy, Hanover (19th, 800 meters) and Nyeoti Punni, Lebanon (8th, 200 meters).

Hartford's John Cassell tied the school record in the pole vault, clearing 12 feet, six inches, which was nearly five inches higher than his best height this year and was good for 13th place.

Windsor's Janiah Young, who also graduated Friday, finished 11th in the 200 meters and 14th in the long jump. Teammate Ben Gilbert was 18th in the discus.

Newport's Kyle Ashley was 13th in the javelin, while Madelyn Durkee and Charlize Brown, both of Thetford Academy, were 12th and 15th in the 400 meters, respectively. Tobin Durham of Thetford was 14th in the 1,600.




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