DURHAM — As he crossed the finish line to win the 200, Pinkerton’s Conor Seleny collapsed in a heap of exhaustion near the trainer’s table, where he stayed for several moments collecting himself.
After the day he had just delivered, the Astro senior more than earned the rest.
Seleny won the 200 (22.94) and the 300 hurdles (39.53) titles and ran a leg on the winning 4x100 relay (43.01), to walk away with three Meet of Champion gold medals.
“I gave it my all,” said a worn-out Seleny. “I really pushed myself. But winning feels so good.”
Seleny first won the 300 hurdles, holding off a hard-charging Adrian Sutton of Spaulding (39.71).
“The 300 I was kind of surprised about,” Seleny said. “I had to get out as hard as I could because it was a fast field. Once I got past the turn I saw Sutton on me and (teammate Adam Spencer) screamed at me to just move. I pushed myself as hard as I could.”
He then added a second individual gold in the 200, edging teammate John Brooks (23.27).
“I really wanted to be a state champion in the 200 because I was the top seed,” Seleny said. “Around the 100 mark I saw a kid, so I knew I had to find whatever I had left and give it. To be a state champ feels pretty great.”
HAGEARTY LANDS PAIR OF SECONDS
Londonderry senior Patrick Hagearty ended his high school throwing career on a high note.
He started his day with a second in the shot put (52-9.50) then followed with a second in the discus (146-5) to lead the Lancers. Justin Cassidy added a sixth in the 200 (23.51) and a seventh in the 100 (11.89).
On the girls side for the Lancers, Suzie Moore took second in the pole vault (10-6), Ashley Griffin took sixth in the pole vault (10-0) and Nikki Longua took sixth in the 100 hurdles (16.69).
SPENCER ROLLS TO WIN
As Adam Spencer closed in on the finish line of the 110 hurdles, the Pinkerton senior knew he had it.
“Every race I feel like everyone looks a little ahead of me,” he said. “But today, they were all a little behind me. So I knew I was going to take it.”
Spencer won the 110 hurdles in 14.85, while also taking fourth in the 300 hurdles (39.99) and running the anchor leg of the winning 4x100.
“Most of the guys in the (110 hurdle) finals I know,” he said. “So I knew it was going to be a close race.”
GARAFANO’S GREAT DAY
For one of the smaller schools at the meet, Windham certainly had a big day.
Senior Matthew Garafano led the way for the Jaguars. He took a second in the 100 meters (11.62), ran a leg on the third-place 4x100 relay and also took a seventh in the 200 (23.61).
Quinn Cerami was also a standout for Windham. The stellar sophomore also ran on the 4x100, took fourth in the 200 (23.43) and took sixth in the 100 (11.85).
FROM FRENCH FRIES TO FIRST
Pinkerton’s Pat Cotnoir, believing his day was done, enjoyed a large order of French fries as Saturday’s meet was about to end.
Then, however, he received the call. The Astros needed him to run the 4x400.
“I was the fourth option to run,” he said. “But they all couldn’t run. I was the last pick. I was eating French fries and a few granola bars when they told me I had to go out there.”
With his stomach churning, Cotnoir delivered a stellar opening leg of the 4x400 won in 3:27.95.
“I didn’t really want to go out there,” he joked. “My legs and stomach hurt pretty bad. After every turn I just thought, ‘One more straightaway.’ I gave it all that I had.”
Zach Plaza — who also won the individual title in the 800 (1:57.34) — gave the Astros the lead and Ben Fleming and Alex Gibeau finished off the win.
“It was crazy!” Cotnoir said.
NH boys Meet of Champions
Area top-8 placers:
Shot put: 2. Patrick Hagearty (Lond) 52-9.50; Discus: 2. Hagearty (Lond) 146-5; Long jump: 3. Colton Boursier (Pink) 20-6.25, 6. Curtis Shattuck (Wind) 20-4; Triple jump: 2. Joron Harrell (Pink) 42-7; 110 hurdles: 1. Adam Spencer (Pink) 14.85; 100 meters: 2. Matt Garafano (Wind) 11.62, 6. Quinn Cerami (Wind) 11.85, 7. Justin Cassidy (Lond) 11.89; 4x100 relay: 1. Pinkerton (John Brooks, Conor Seleney, Patrick Cotnoir, Spencer) 43.01, 3. Windham (Curtis Shattuck, Landon Neal, Garafano, Cerami) 43.77
300 hurdles: 1. Seleney (Pink) 39.53, 4. Spencer (Pink) 39.99; 800: 1. Zach Plaza (Pink) 1:57.34; 200: 1. Seleny (Pink) 22.94, 2. Brooks (Pink) 23.27, 4. Cerami (Wind) 23.43, 6. Cassidy (Lond) 23.51, 7. Garafano (Wind) 23.61; 4x400 relay: 1. Pinkerton (Cotnoir, Plaza, Ben Fleming, Alexander Gibeau) 3:27.95, 8. Londonderry (Cassidy, Kerry Daley, Matthew Griffin, Damon MacLeod) 3:32.61
NH girls Meet of Champions
Area top-8 placers:
Pole Vault: 2. Suzie Moore (Lond) 10-6, 6. Ashley Griffin (Lond) 10-0; Javelin: 3. Hannah Frazier (Pinkerton) 104-10, 4. Samantha Franks (Pink) 103-11; 100 hurdles: 6. Nikki Longua (Lond) 16.69; 4x100 relay: 3. Windham (Ashley Phillippe, Taylor Sawyer, Ava Gravell, Hannah Monahan) 50.59, 7. Pinkerton (Megan O’Brien, Sierra Edgecomb, Frazier, Amelia Graves) 50.91; 300 hurdles: 4. O’Brien (Pink) 46.67, 7. A. Graves (Pink) 47.42; 3,200: 4. Meghan Cross (Pink) 11:17.52; 4x400 relay: 4. Pinkerton (Macy Graves, Edgecomb, O’Brien, A. Graves) 4:04.77