June 22. 2018 12:48AM

Gaughan, Powers honored as track athletes of the year


Exeter’s Jackie Gaughan and Billy Powers of Winnacunnet of Hampton have been named the Gatorade Track & Field Athletes of the Year.

Powers, a 5-foot-9, 145-pound senior, repeats as the Gatorade boys’ athlete of the year. He broke the tape in the 110-meter high hurdles in a state-record 13.93 seconds at the state Meet of Champions this past season, and also captured the 300 intermediate hurdles crown in 38.30 seconds. He swept both hurdle events at the New England Championships and the Division I championships. He placed fifth in the 110 hurdles at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor.

A talented musician, Powers has volunteered locally on behalf of the Interact Club, a community service arm of Rotary International.

Powers has maintained a 3.33 GPA in the classroom. He will attend Cornell University this fall, where he will compete in track and field.

Gaughan, a 5-foot-1 senior, won the 1600-meter run with a time of 4:58.37 and the 3200-meter run in a meet-record 10:14.35 at the Division I championships this past season, leading the Blue Hawks to the state title. The state’s two-time Gatorade Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year, Gaughan also placed second in the 800. She followed up with her third consecutive Meet of Champions title in the 3200, clocking a 10:15.5, and also became the first New Hampshire girls prep runner in history to break 10 minutes in the two-mile run, crossing the line in 9:59.40 at the Brooks PR Invitational.

A member of the Outing Club at her school, Gaughan has volunteered extensively for St. Michael’s Parish Service Organization to benefit the needy.

Gaughan has maintained a 3.91 GPA in the classroom. She has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in cross country and track and field on scholarship at Notre Dame.