Saber Invitational: North girls, Merrimack boys speed home with titles
By MARC BRETON
Familiar stars shined bright and fresh, new ones rose as Souhegan High School hosted the Saber Invitational Track Meet on Saturday.
For an area track contingent just getting into the season, with the first major event of the year, many excellent performances were turned in. Here’s a look at the top performers on the day.
The boys team finished seventh overall with 42 points. Ethan Holt was able to win the high jump (6’0“) and place third in the pole vault (9’0”). Jacob Pacheco won the pole vault (12’0“) and javelin (146’0”), while placing third in high jump.
The girls finished runner up with 94 points.
Julie Nigro won the 400m dash with a time of 1:02.45 for the lone individual win. Kathleen Messer had two runner up finishes in the 100m hurdles and 300m hurdles. Grace Jones had a pair of second place finishes in the long jump and the triple jump, while finishing third in the 200m dash.
Winning the 4×400 relay was Mary-Kate Finn, Messer, Caroline Fischer and Nigro.
The team of Katelyn Grise, Fiona Doherty, Towle and Finn were runner up in the 4×800 relay.
Jeffrey Allen won the 800 run (2:04.37) and the 1600 run (4:36.00), to help the Cougars to a fifth place finish.
Luke Gomes ended the 800 run in fourth place and Joshua Hoffman finished runner up in the discus throw. The team of Tyler St.Onge, Trevor Carty, Michael Abelson, Pedro Blanco Mourenzo finished third in the 4×100 relay.
The girls finished seventh with 35 points. Tori Allen won the high jump (5’0″) and placed third in the 300m hurdles. Cassie Hemming placed third in the 1600 run and fourth in the 800 run. Allen, Sydney Sanchez, Isabel Geno and Vanessa Mangiafio were third in the 4×100 relay.
JJ Kennedy took two second place finishes in the 100m dash and the long jump.
Joey Dias (long jump, 19’1.25) and Chase Adams (300m hurdles, 44.24) took home the lone wins for the third place finishers.
Isaiah Velez placed third in the 100m dash and Rob Bardani finished third in the 200m dash.
The team of Kyle Simpson, Kenny Corsetti, John Kotelly, and Aidan Maguire were runner up in the 4×800 relay. Maguire, Nathan Maloney, Simpson and Jordin Stone finished third in the 4×400 relay.
The girls ended the day in eighth place with 20 points. Lily Jackson paved the way with a runner up in discus throw (115’3″) and third in javelin.
The Tomahawks finished with the win and 154.5 points. Individual wins for Merrimack were Adam Thornton (100m dash, 11.51), Elijah Demeo (400m dash, 53.06) and Jared Dyer (shot put, 46’9.5″).
Johnathan Paulhamus was runner up in the 200m dash, John Felo was second in the 800m run, Andrew Peyton finished second in the 1600 run, Patrick Yudkin was second in the 110m hurdles and Tristan Wood was runner up in the 300m hurdles. Winning the 4×100 relay was Thornton, Ben Eichman, Zach Twardosky, and Wood (45.60). Peyton, Demeo, Paulhamus and Wood finished second on the 4×400 relay.
Placing third in the 4×800 relay was Farai Mutambarika, Scott Peyton, Connor Safstrom and Demeo. Twardosky placed third in the long jump, Eichan was runner up in triple jump and Jameson Savickas was third in the triple jump.
The girls finished third with 90.5 points. Violet Davey picked up a pair of wins in the 100m dash (13.63) and 100m hurdles (17.21). Johanna Koroma won the 200 dash (28.15) with Mary Vance coming in second (28.62). Sydney Ogbunamiri was a runner up in the 100 dash.
Adele Alexander finished second in the 800 run and Natalie Desilets was third in the triple jump. Davey, Vance, Melanie Hutchinson and Koroma won the 4×100 relay (51.59).
The Spartan boys finished fourth with 61 points.
Emmanuel Ughu won the discus throw (140’9“) and finished runner up in shot put. Billy Cook was runner up in the pole vault (11’6”) and Colton Burrows was third in shot put. Caleb Korthals (1600 run) and Jake Williams (110m hurdles) each took fourth place finishes.
Lauren Robinson picked up a win in the 1600 run (5:26.00), Leslie MacGrath won the high jump (5’0“), Renee Wilson won the long jump (16’1.75”) and Robyn Krafft won the discus throw (130’11”).
Rachel Gizzonio finished runner up in the javelin, while Olivia Vogel (pole vault) and Sarah Sawyer (long jump) had third place finishes.
Gizzonio, Sawyer, Ashleigh Matsis and Wilson were runner up in the 4×100 relay. the girls finished fourth with 88 points.
The Titans were runner up on the boys side with 104 points.
Nasir Perry (110m hurdles, 15.71) and Xavier Provost (triple jump, 40’9.25″) took individual wins.
The team of Justin Edwards, Colin Miller, Vladomir Jungkman and Connor Dunning won the 4×400 relay (3:39.21). Jungkman (400m dash), Gediyon Prince (3200 run) and Dunning (high jump) took runner up finishes.
Grabbing third place finishes were Bryce Eckenrode (400m dash), Joseph Curran (1600m run), Provost (300m hurdles) and Tyler Griffin (javelin).
The girls won the event with 108.5 points. Picking up wins for the Titans were Aliana Mercado (javelin, 105’0“), Olivia Mazerolle (300m hurdles, 50.37), Sarah St. Pierre (triple jump, 34′.5”; high jump 5’0“) and Victoria Conrad (shot put, 37′.5”).
Maggie Pare and Julia Hoprich tied for the win in the pole vault at 7’0″. Abby Coy placed third in the 100 dash.
The Sabers finished in eighth place with 22.5 points.
Bill Drake, Nathan Stine, Thomas Headington and Ethan McFee won the 4×800 relay (8:41.81).
Dawson Hamele finished fourth in the high jump.
Chloe Trudel was the winner in the 3200 run with a time of 11:25.84. Winning the 4×800 relay was Trudel, India Jones, Arielle Zlotnick and Georgia Jones (8:41.99).
India Jones, Emma Herrero, Jenny Ladd and Georgia Jones finished runner up in the 4×400 relay. Georgia Jones was runner up in the 400 dash, India Jones placed third in the 400 dash and Ladd finished third in the 800 run.