MILFORD — Backed by three victories from freshman Hannah Parker, Coe-Brown of Northwood's 118 points overtook Bedford's 93 to earn the girls' Division II track and field crown on Saturday at Milford High School.
The Bulldogs were runners-up on the boys' side, finishing 15 points shy of Souhegan of Amherst's 80.
It was the Bears' second Division II title, the previous one coming in 2000. Coe-Brown also had Division I wins in 1997 and 1998.
“We've been doing this a long time. Coach (Tim) Cox and myself have been together for 12 years we've come up second a lot, so for us to be able to pull this off is pretty amazing,” said Coe-Brown head coach Brent Tkaczyk. “Today was obviously the Hannah Parker show, winning three events. We got other people that did a lot. We scored in almost every event today, which is more than we expected and to be able to come out here and do this is a dream come true.”
Parker took first place in the 400-, 800- and 1,600-meter dashes, with times of 57.71, 2:19.66, and 4:59.54, respectively.
“Four individual state champions today and I don't think we've ever had one so it's a pretty amazing day for us,” said Tkacyk. “There's just so many things involved in a state championship and every little thing went our way today. Sometimes it goes that way and today it did for us.”
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It also went that way for the Souhegan boys, who earned their first state championship in outdoor track.
“It feels very good. Considering the hot weather, I thought they did really well,” said Sabers head coach John Eastman. “We were strong in middle distance but we also had a lot of help from hurdlers and our spinner and our field events. We got points in high jump and pole vault and once you put it all together we lucked out.”
While no state records fell at the meet, a few Division II ones were overcome.
Bedford's 4-by-100 boys relay of Cameron Levenstein, Mackenzie Turgeon, Dylan York and Joseph Thibeault finished in 43.18, eclipsing the record of 43.62 that Levenstein, York and Thibeault set last year along with Christopher Giraldi.
The state record is 43.02, set in 2005 by Manchester Central
“We set the record last year at the Meet of Champions, so we're hoping to break the state record there this year,” said Bulldogs head coach Derek Stank. “We jumped down six-tenths from our PR this year so there's a solid possibility, but they're going to have to put everything together. In any sort of relay there's so many finite little things that will make or break it. So if the stars align and they do that, they have the tools to do it its just a matter of can we get everything from handoffs to exchanges and the running to get it to come together.”
Merrimack Valley's Julianah Adejuyigbe broke a 15-year-old Division II record in shot put with a mark of 41 feet. She broke Anne Huber-Richards' record of 40 feet, 10½ inches set in 1997.
The junior also took first in the discus with a throw of 128 feet, 5 inches, beating Coe-Brown's Sam Donohue (106 feet, 7 inches).
“Julianah is a unique athlete. She also placed fifth in the 100,” said Pride coach Bob Mullen. “She's worked real hard and to be honest she's stronger now that she's become a technician in the event. She's learned to do things right. We've had a hard time with coming through her glide in the opening phase of her throw, turning and kind of looking where she wants it to go but she's getting it. She's just an awesome athlete and fun to work with. She deserves everything she gets.”
“I worked really hard to get to where I was,” said Adejuyigbe. “It was a lot harder in discus because I hadn't thrown since middle school until this year but with shot I was just so focused. I thought I could have done better but I had just finished running the 100 then had to get over to throw. I hope to do so much better at Meet of Champions.”
In addition to winning the 200 meter dash with a time of 22.72, Lebanon's Mike Cyphers broke his brother's Division II pole vault record by one inch, getting over the bar at 14 feet, 6 inches.