Nashua North boys, Milford girls eye track titles
The Nashua North High boys indoor track team know how to go the distance. They did so one year ago, winning the Division I State Indoor Track title.
Sunday afternoon (3:30) at Dartmouth, the Titans have the stuff to repeat. If seeds mean anything, though, it’s going to take a heck of a performance.
North still has the high-octane distance game.
Telegraph Cross Country Runner of the Year, David Vorbach, is set up to challenge for the distance double, seeded first overall in the 3000 meters and second in the 1500. In both races, his senior classmate Max Ireland should be hot on his trail, with the potential to run on by – just as he did in the fall at the boys Division I meet.
R.J. Jenkins, the North burner, will be mighty dangerous in the dash, where he is seeded second overall.
Another long-distance Titan will be 1000-meter man Joe Curran, and the Titans have a handful of middle seeds who will be counted on to pick up precious points. North is the highest area seed in all three relays as well.
Merrimack will be well-represented on the boys side. Long-jumper Triston Delicema has been atop the league standings all winter, and he’ll take the top seed in the event on Sunday. Hurdler Same Bailey is due for a breakthrough day for the Hawks as well.
South long-jumpers Tyler Mondi and Paul Marchand could find themselves in the chase if Delicema doesn’t have his best.
On the girls side in DI, South, Merrimack and Bishop Guertin all have top seeds, ready to excel in their state championship bids.
South’s Sydney Lewis could rack up her own personal haul of points as she is a threat to win, or at least score big, in the hurdles, the long jump and the high jump, where she is the top seed.
Teammate Julia Zhang is a definite threat in the long jump, where Bishop Guertin’s Grace Jones is the No. 1 seed.
Other Cardinals looking at top-seedings are Caroline Fischer in the 600 and Cameryn Nichols in the hurdles.
South freshman Cali Coffin is set to make a stirring introduction for herself on the Granite State track scene. She’s seeded second in the 1500 and the 3000.
Merrimack’s top threat is Johanna Koroma in the dash, and keep an eye on Bailey Carrillo in the 1000. She’s prepped for a big performance.
In Division II, it is the girls who will be in the spotlight, led by Milford when things kick off Sunday morning at 10 a.m.
“Our girls are favored to win,” said coach Mike Wright. “We’ll be asking a lot from Becca and Lauren.”
Becca and Lauren are distance sensations Becca Durham and Lauren Robinson.
Each is entered in the 1500 and 3000, with top three seedings for both in both. Robinson will also try the 1000, while Durham, who has been a whirlwind in the mile this winter, will also relay in the 4Ã–400.
Spartan teammate Viankah Williams is the top seed in the long jump.
Souhegan will counter the Milford endurance contingent speed, sheer speed.
Abby Cranney might go down as one of the state’s great three-sport winners. She’s a three in the 55 and 300 meters. Elise Lambert is the two-seed in the 600 and the three-seed in the high jump.
The Sabers have a good one going the distance as well in 1000-meter runner Jane Leighton.
Campbell should score some points, especially in the high jump where
Tori Allen and Mercediz Diaz are top six seeds.
The boys in Division II aren’t going to be that busy on Sunday.
Campbell’s Trevor Jones is the top seed in the long jump, but will face plenty of stiff competition in the likes of Hollis Brookline’s Joey Dias and Souhegan’s Victor Garcia.