Lovely’s three wins spark Newport girls to third in state meet

Maddox Lovely, of Newport, left, sprints to the finish as Sydney Schoenbeck, of Rivendell clears the last of the 100 meter hurdles in Lebanon, N.H., on Tuesday, April 24, 2024. They finished first and second with times of  16.37 seconds and 16.67 seconds respectively. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Maddox Lovely, of Newport, left, sprints to the finish as Sydney Schoenbeck, of Rivendell clears the last of the 100 meter hurdles in Lebanon, N.H., on Tuesday, April 24, 2024. They finished first and second with times of 16.37 seconds and 16.67 seconds respectively. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Valley News file — James M. Patterson

By PATRICK O’GRADY

Valley News Correspondent

Published: 05-24-2024 5:59 PM

TILTON, N.H. — Newport High junior Maddox Lovely won three events at the NHIAA Division III state outdoor track meet, pacing the Tiger girls to a third-place finish among 23 teams on Thursday at Winnisquam Regional High School. The Newport boys finished fifth out of 26 teams, led by senior Kyle Ashley’s two first-place finishes.

Hopkinton won the girls meet, with Pelham edging out Newport for second place by one point, 45-44. Trinity was first among the boys.

Lovely won the long jump (16 feet, 7 inches), the 100-meter hurdles (15.55 seconds) and the 300 hurdles (47.49) and was third in the 100 dash. Newport also got scoring contributions from Taylor Fellows (fifth in the 800), Emma O’Connor (fourth, discus) and Callie Dixon (fifth, shot put). The top six finishers in each event receive points.

In the boys meet, Ashley won the shot put (47-4) and the javelin (190-10) and was fourth in the discus, and teammate Kamden Pollari was second in the shot put. Newport’s Aaron Fellows was second and Tyson Diapola sixth in the high jump, and the Tigers’ 4x800 relay team of Christian Forsythe, Cayden Forand, Bryce Palmer and Fellows finished sixth.

“They did incredible. Exceeded expectations,” Newport coach PJ Lovely said Friday. “We had five individual state titles, four school records and Kyle set the meet record in the javelin. Coaches are happy. It is nice to have Newport on the track map.”

Mascoma’s boys had a second-place finish in the discus and sixth in the shot put from Barnaby Diehn and a fifth place in the javelin by Colin Myers. The Royals’ Gunner Currier took second in the 3,200 meter run, and teammate Tanner Moulton was fifth in the 400. For the Mascoma girls, Georgia Kondi won the shot put (38-1) and the discus (119- 7).

Mascoma coach Rick Currier said he was pleased with the improvement of both the boys and girls teams from last year.

“We had a very strong day today,” Currier said in an email. “After finishing in the twenties for both boys and girls last year, we finished 11th in boys and 13th in girls today.”

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Stevens’ Audrina Pelton was third in the discus, teammate Addie Derorsier finished fifth in the javelin and the Cardinals’ 4x100 relay team of Maddy Chambers, Bella Bovell, Faith Norton and Maddy Minckler was fourth.

Newport’s Lovely, Ashley, Pollari and Fellows qualified for the NHIAA Meet of Champions on June 2 at UNH, as did Mascoma’s Currier, Kondi and Diehn.

Boys team scores: Trinity 59, Monadnock 57, Portsmouth Christian 52, Pelham 47, Newport 42, Bishop Brady 38, Inter-Lakes 28, Hopkinton 25, Sanborn 23, Profile 22, Mascoma 19 (11th).

Girls team scores: Hopkinton 55, Pelham 45, Newport 44, Newfound 37, Kearsarge 36, Winnisquam 35, Sanborn 33, Belmont 33, Sunapee 32, Newmarket 32, Mascoma (20, tied for 13th), Stevens 12 (18th).