Nashua South girls place second in Division I track meet

Photo by OLLIE LONGO Merrimack High freshman Adele Alexander and Alvirne sophomore Abbey Dubois vie for the lead in their heat of the girls 800 meters.

MERRIMACK – The Nashua South girls were hungry, and it showed brightly out on the track at Friday night’s Division I State Championship Meet.

South had three girls earn the title of “state champion” and delivered amazing point-scoring performances and personal bests up and down the lineup, nearly shocking eventual champ Exeter High.

In the end, it was Exeter at 109 and South at 103, a race that nearly went down to the wire in the final, 4×400 relay.

Junior Sydney Lewis highlighted the day, clearing 5-foot-4 to easily win the high jump. Lewis was a point-scoring juggernaut on the day.

She earned second in the 100 hurdles (16.10) and was also third in the dash in a brisk 13.05.

Panther Amber Hedquist may have only been seeded third in the girls javelin, but the senior peaked at the perfect time, adding 22-feet to her seasonal mark to win the event with a throw of 122-8.

Sprint sensation Crismeily Borg continued her incredible month of May, first winning the 100 meters in 12.65, then placing second in the 200 at 26.27.

For the Panthers, it was all hands on deck.

Freshman distance standout Cali Coffin was second behind Exeter’s Jacqueline Gaughan in both the 1600 and 3200. Junior Hannah Swain was third in the 800 meters, and Kendall Bush was hot on Coffin’s trail for third in the 3200. And junior Julia Zhang was second in the triple jump (34-8.5).

What a team effort!

Nashua North was the next local contender, taking seventh with 29 points.

For one outstanding Titan the night was all about perseverance and resilience.

Senior Alana Choate was running out of time and chances to claim a state title.

“It was not my day at all. I got into finals off of one jump, because I faulted on my first two,” said Choate, who will head to Clemson next year and focus strictly on her studies. “I faulted again in the finals, I finally got it together, and on the last jump I put up the (winning effort of 36-7.5).”

Choate knew she was up against it.

“I was so nervous, this was my last one, and I really wanted to make it count,” she said. “I was just really happy.”

North freshman Victoria Conrad provided a pleasant surprise, taking second in the shot put at 34-8. Emily Sweet added a fourth in the 800.

Bishop Guertin had one individual champ, and also defended its title in the 4×800 relay.

Caroline Fischer, just a sophomore, was again the mark of courage for the Cardinals, winning the 800 meters by a full two seconds over Exeter’s Gaughan, who is a national champion distance talent.

Fischer runs now after being stricken by lyme disease, a malady that causes total collapse by her after the wire.

She attacks the track like it hardly matters.

“There are such great runners in New Hampshire, especially in this race. I was just trying to compete,” she said. “It attacks my central nervous system, and I have some issues as I cross the finish line. It’s perfectly healthy for me to run, and I love it, so I am going to compete.”

Fischer dominated in 2:19.24.

“It just feels so great, a national champion (Gaughan) was in this race,” said Fischer.

Fischer, only an hour or so earlier, anchored the winning 800 meter group, gritting out a tight win over Pinkerton Academy by a mere .1 second.

Katelyn Grise, Caroline Towle, Julie Nigor and Fischer clocked in at 9:35.54 for the victory. Also scoring for BG was Meredith Basta, taking third in the shot put.

Alvirne scored 12 points, with eight coming from Skyler Bomba’s second place in the pole vault. Bomba cleared the same height as the winner, 10-feet, but it took her one extra jump, and that gave the junior the runner-up spot. Fellow Bronco junior Dominique Milinazzo scored a fourth place in the 400 meters (59.86).

Merrimack High scored five points. Johanna Koroma provided one with a sixth-place effort in the 100, while the 4×800 relay team of Bailey Carrillo, Erin Murray, Grace Corbett and freshman Adele Alexander had the rest, scoring a fourth in 9:49.96.

NORTH’S VORBACH WINS TITLE

Nashua North senior Daniel Vorbach came home with the lone area boys state title, and he also made it two.

The Titan tormented the competition in the 3200, pulling away from Concord’s Forrest McKenzie to win in 9:30.66. by a full second.

It took a monster performance by Exeter junior Jacob Winslow to deny Vorbach the double as he settled for second in a photo finish in the 1600 meters. Vorbach closed at 4:19.29, a mere .03 seconds off the victory.

Titan classmate Max Ireland was third in the 1600 (4:23.72) and added a fifth in the 3200.

Merrimack High got a pair of runner-up performances in the throws. Sophomore Jared Dyer was sevond in the shot put at 46-8.25. Junior Adam Thornton heaved the javelin 164-6 for second as well.

Other top performers from the region included North’s Brazden Ellis, who was third in the 400 (50.09), followed closely behind by Alvirne’s Davante Sophes-Mckoy, who was fifth. Merrimack’s Brian Genet was fourth in the long jump at 20-2.5. North’s RJ Jenkins was fifth in the 100 meters. Titan Xavier Provost was fourth in the triple jup at 41-11.75. South got fifth places from Paul Marchand in the long jump and Razz Alkalay in the discus. Bishop Guertin’s Jacob Pacheco was third in the javelin.

Pinkerton won the boys title with 121 points, and North was fourth at 52.