Ken Stejbach photo Exeter High School’s Lilly Dovholuk gets the baton from Lauren Camarata for the final leg of the 4x100-meter relay during Tuesday’s season-opening track and field meet.

By Ken Stejbach kstejbach@seacoastonline.com April 15, 2011 2:00 AM

EXETER — That was one slick hand-off Sydney Petersen made to Lauren Camarata during their 4x100-meter relay at Tuesday's track and field meet at Exeter High School.

Camarata, a sophomore on the Exeter High girls track and field team, said that on a scale from 1-10 it was probably an 8½-9, but we've done better.

Yeah, but for the first meet of the year?

It was good for the first one, yeah, agreed Camarata, who with Petersen and teammates Serena Waters and Lilly Dovholuk, sped to victory in the 4x100.

And yeah, it was a good opening meet for both the Exeter girls and boys and girls, the Blue Hawk girls defeating Dover (110-30) and Somersworth (109-32), and the Blue Hawks boys defeating Dover (82-62) and Somersworth (112-40).

When you get a good weather day it's huge when it comes to outdoor track this time of the year, said Exeter coach Jeff Holmes, and we really had a nice day today.We had some really good performances.

Hillary Holmes, Dovholuk and Samantha Folland won multiple events for the girls, and Tyler Houldsworth and Ben Keach won multiple events for the boys.

Holmes, a junior, won the 100-meter hurdles (15.2 seconds), 300-meter hurdles (48.1), long jump (17-4) and triple jump (34-9). Dovholuk, a freshman, won both the 100 (13.1) and 200 (27.3), and anchored the winning 4x100 (52.5), which included Waters, Petersen and Camarata.

Jacque Kurkul, Keiramarie Robertson, Leah Gosselin and Melissa Murray also won for the Blue Hawks. Kurkul won the 800 (2:30.7 seconds); Robertson, the 1,600 (5:47.8); Gosselin, the pole vault (6-0); and Murray, the 3,200 (13:39.3).

Houldsworth won the 100- and 300-meter hurdles in times of 15.5 seconds and 44.3, respectively, and the triple jump (38-8½). He also was second in the high jump (5-6). Keach won both the shot put (50-1/4) and javelin (165-7), and finished third in the discus (129-5).

Also winning events for the Exeter boys were: Brian Walker in the 800 (2:06.5), Tim Stackhouse in the pole vault (10 feet), and Ryan Mills in the discus (148-3).

Walker, a senior, and former basketball player who is only in his second season of track and field, still is unsure about whether he'll continue track and field at the University of New Hampshire. His time in the 800 was a personal best, which bodes well for the future.

Dovholuk, her stride long and fluid, is also and up-and-coming speedster.

Holmes felt it was a breakout performance for the young freshman.

I like winning, said the 5-foot-10 Dovholuk, referring to her powerfully smooth stride.

Her secret?

I always like to look at the finish line, said the 15-year-old from Exeter, noting that when she sees it she's thinking: There it is, so I go.

As for getting back to that great hand-off from Petersen to Camarata ...

It was one of our better hand-offs, said Petersen, another 15-year-old freshmen from Exeter. We usually don't do it well, but this time we got it down.

Also recording top three finishes for the Exeter girls were: Nicole MacAulay (second, 100-meter hurdles, 19.1), Catherine Hodsdon (third, 100-meter hurdles, 19.2 and third, 300-meter hurdles, 57.9), Petersen (second, 100, 13.1 and third, 200, 28.0), Kelsey Smith (second, 1,600, 5:49.6), Murray (third, 1,600, 6:04.3), Kurkul (second, 400, 1:05.8), Jenna Connor (third, 400, 1:08.8 and third, high jump, 4-7), Lauren Eide (third, 800, 2:54.8), Nora McCleary (third, 3,200, 13:55.6), Waters (second, long jump, 14-1), Brianna Harvey (third, discus, 86-5), and Erin Ellison (second, shot put, 29-1/2).

Recording top-three finishes for the Exeter boys were: Conner Bloomer (second, 110-meter hurdles, 18.1, third, 300-meter hurdles, 48.4 and third, triple jump, 38-4 1/2), Peck (third, 400, 55.5 and third, long jump, 18-6 1/2), John Brescia (third, 3,200, 12:23.0), Simon (third, high jump, 5-3), Colin Gagnon (second, pole vault, 9-6), Tim McCain (second, discus, 134-4) and Mills (second, shot put, 42-2).