Dartmouth track athletes impress at state finals

Feb 22, 2023

As another track season came to a close last week, a number of Dartmouth athletes showed off their skills at the state finals in Boston, where they competed amongst some of the best young athletes in the commonwealth.

Dartmouth’s top athletes included mid-distance runner and Dartmouth High senior Madison Stott, Bishop Stang shot put prodigy Jacob Cookinham, and Dartmouth High senior shot putter Braden Medeiros.

Stott, who ran in the 300-meter dash, 600-meter run, and 4x400 meter relay races, brought home the girls’ team’s only points in the competition with a third-place finish in the 600-meter and eighth in the 300-meter.

Cookinham, a Tiverton resident who earned national championship status last year and committed to the University of Kansas’s NCAA Division I track and field program in the fall, competed in a league of his own in this year’s state finals.

The shot put sensation easily earned the top spot in the Division IV championships with a best throw of 67-feet-one-half-inch, beating the next best throw by over 20 feet. In the seeding for this weekend’s All-State “Meet of Champions,” which includes the best athletes among all divisions, he leads the next best qualifying athlete by more than 10 feet.

Though Medeiros could not compete with Cookinham’s almost-superhuman stats, he still managed to bring home the Dartmouth High boys’ team’s only point of the tournament, finishing in eighth place with a best throw of 43-feet-seven-and-a-quarter-inches.

Only the top eight athletes in each event earn points for their teams in the meets.

Overall, the Dartmouth High girls’ team finished 20th of 33 teams with seven points, the Dartmouth High boys’ team finished in 29th of 29 teams with one point, and the Bishop Stang boys’ team finished ninth of 32 teams with 20 points.

The Bishop Stang girls’ team did not earn any points and was not ranked in the competition.

Among the notable non-points finishers were a number of ninth- and 10th-place results.

Dartmouth High junior Tyler Medeiros finished ninth in the 1000-meter run with a time of 2:38.91.

Dartmouth High junior Will Fairfax finished ninth in the 55-meter hurdles.

The team of Dartmouth high runners Katherine Canniff (sophomore), Haley Zexter (sophomore), Stott, and Makai Vincent (junior) finished ninth in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 4:24.11.

Dartmouth High junior Andre Capataz finished 10th in shot put with a distance of 42-feet-seven-and-three-quarter-inches.

At Bishop Stang, the team of Andrew Fortin (senior), Mike Veegh (sophomore), Andrew Weaver (senior), and Chris Pacheco (senior) finished second in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:35.96, earning the team eight points.

Fortin also took seventh in the 600-meter run with a time of 1:28.54, earning two points for the team.