South’s Marchand sixth at New Englands

Telegraph photo by HECTOR LONGO Nashua South's Paul Marchand followed up this second-place effort the New Hampshire State Meet with a sixth-place performance on Saturday at the New Englands.

The ground around us may not look like it, but the outdoor track season is now upon us.

The indoor season for the region’s elite track athletes concluded Saturday at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston with the New England Championships.

Nashua South’s Paul Marchand delivered the top performance of the weekend locally, scoring a sixth-place finish in the long jump.

The junior leaped 21-10.5, the top New Hampshire performer in the event. Nashua North’s Triston Delicema also cracked the top-10, claiming eighth at 21-6.5. Milford’s Victor Garcia was 23rd in the tight field at 19-9.25.

Chloe Trudel of Souhegan ran a personal best, earning ninth place in the two-mile with a time of 11:12.17.

Trudel was the first Granite Stater to cross the line, the fastest freshman in the race with a time that is 55th best nationally and fourth among high school freshmen.

Milford’s Leslie MacGrath plaxed 11th in the high jump at 5-3, while South’s Sydney Lewis was right behind in 17th at 5-1.

Spartan distance specialist Lauren Robinson was 12th in the mile with a 5:15.74 clocking.

Milford teammate Renee Wilson went 16-10 in the long jump, giving the sophomore a 17th placing. Nashua South’s Julia Zhang was 28th at 15-8.5.

Hollis Brookline saw Jordin Stone earn a 15th place in the 600 at 1:25.52, while Cavalier sprinter JJ Kennedy was 27th in the dash at 6.88.

North’s Rory Curran placed 19th in the two-mile with a time of 10:07.84, and state champion shot-putter Kathryn Lynn was 27th with a toss of 29-7.75.

The South 4×200 relay team of Vanessa Norton, Madeline Stevens, Kourtney Lopez and the aforementioned Lewis placed 22nd at 1:51.58.