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Local athletes excel at Nashua North Invitational track meet

Photo by OLLIE LONGO Nashua North's Abby Coy gives it all she has in the long jump competition at Saturday's Nashua North Invitational Track Meet. The Titans sophomore soared 15-9.5, good enough for fourth place overall.

NASHUA – If there was any doubt where the strength on the girls track scene lies, it was unleashed Saturday at the Nashua North Invitational Meet.

Local runners dominated the distance events here, and that’s with University of Pittsburgh-bound sensation Rebecca Durham of Milford still nursing her way back to health.

Nashua South standout Cali Coffin started things with a win in the mile run. Coffin continued her fantastic freshman campaign, racing home for the win in 5:20.28.

The host team was next to chime in with Nashua North senior Emily Sweet crushing a talented 800-meter field for the win. Sweet raced home in 2:26.03 to delight the home fans.

Not to be outdone, Nashua’s third entrant, Bishop Guertin High School, claimed the two-mile, with another of the superb underclassmen in the region, Caroline Fischer ripping up the track. The Cardinals sophomore was pushed hard by Souhegan’s Arielle Zlotnick, but took home a comfortable victory in 11:31.70.

The last individual winner from the region came in the field events, with Alvirne leaper Skyler Bomba taking the high jump. The junior was the lone girl to clear 5-2, earning the victory over a deep group.

A state placer in the javelin a year ago, South’s Amber Hedquist showed off her versatility with a leap of 5-0 for second. Also clearing the bar there for the second straight week was Souhegan’s Elise Lambert, who took third. North’s Sarah St. Pierre and Merrimack’s Mary Vance were fifth and sixth at 4-10.

The Saber senior Lambert added a runner-up effort in the 300 meter hurdles.

In the two-mile, Souhegan’s Zlotnick held the runner-up spot over Guertin’s Caroline Towle. Milford’s Lauren Robinson earned second in the mile with South’s Kendall Bush grabbing fourth.

Panther Sydney Lewis was fourth in the 200, an event that Milford’s amazing Viankah Williams suffer what looked to be another hamstring injury.

Guertin’s Meredith Basta flung the shot 34-0.5 for third place, just ahead of North’s Victoria Conrad and Milford’s Bre DeGroot.

Durham, of Milford, was fourth in the javelin at 99-7, while BG’s Julie Nigro and Souhegan’s Marissa Romano were fifth and sixth in the 800.

It was Nashua South taking the 4–800 relay with Coffin, Bush, Hannah Swain and Lydia Mathson clocking in at 10:16.26.

Souhegan earned the 4–400 win, in 4:26.96, with Lambert, Romano, Georgia Jones and Kayla Kilcrease delivering the victory.

Taking second, Milford was the top finisher from the region in the 4–100 with four freshmen: Samantha Sullivan, Rachel Gizzonio, Meg Williams and Renee Wilson hitting the line in 54.59.

NORTH’S VORBACH CHURNS IT UP

In an Invitational field this load, David Vorbach set his sights pretty high.

The Columbia-bound Nashua North senior’s bid for a distance double came up just short, taking home the mile win and placing second in the two-mile.

Only a monster effort from Brookline (Mass.) standout Lucas Arumburu (9:37.05) could thwart the incomparable Vorbach, who took the mile in 4:29.16 and timed in at 9:44.96 in the deuce.

He was the lone area winner on the boys side Saturday.

A wild five-way tie for second at 5-7 in the high jump included North’s Connor Dunning and Andre Ostendelafont, along with Souhegan’s Dawson Hamele.

Merrimack’s Adam Thornton enjoyed an impressive runner-up effort in the javelin with a 150-0 throw.

North’s Brazden Ellis was third in the 400 (51.70), and teammate RJ Jenkins was fourth in the 100 meters at 11.60.

South’s Tyler Mondi grabbed fourth in the long jump (19-8.75) with Hollis Brookline’s JJ Kennedy and Milford’s Victor Garcia right behind him.

Spartan Billy Cook cleared 10-feet for fourth in the pole vault, and Souhegan’s Dean Paquette was fourth in the discus at 130-3.

North’s Rory Curran was fifth in the 800 meters, and Titan Jordan Smith was sixth in the shot put at 40-7.5.

South’s Brendon Frost closed out the individual scoring with a sixth in the 200 at 23.87.

North was the top area entrant in all three relays.

Jenkins, Ellis, Samuel Nicholls and Andrew Teris combined for second in the 4–100 at 45.73.

Ellis, Dunning, Bryce Eckenrode and Colin Miller were second in the 4–400 at 3:37.64.

In the 4–800, it was Curran, Miller, Eckenrode and Yassine Jakib hooking up for third place in 8:40.32.