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Nashua South’s Marchand, Lewis sharp after one was of State Decathlon/Heptathlon

Staff file photo Nashua South's Sydney Lewis was third in the State Heptathlon a year ago as a freshman. She's gunning for the top spot this time around with the grueling competition on her home turf at Nashua High School South this weekend.

NASHUA – The 63rd Annual New Hampshire State Decathlon and Heptathlon has reached its halfway point and several local athletes remain in reach of topping the pack upon the completion of events on Sunday.

After four events in the heptathlon, Dominique Biron of Bow holds the lead with 2655 points, just 35 points ahead of Nashua South’s Sydney Lewis.

Lewis finished first in the 100-meter hurdles (15.73“) and also finished in first in the high jump, besting her 2018 state championship setting mark (1.63 m.). She narrowly missed taking the 200-meter race as well, finishing .62 seconds behind Biron’s winning mark of 26.37”.

Biron managed to stay ahead thanks to her 10.02-meter result in the shot put, over two meters better than Lewis.

The heptathlon concludes on Sunday with the long jump, javelin and 800-meter race.

Biron holds the Division III record in the girls’ long jump, a 5.43-meter performance in 2017.

Still in the hunt, Alvirne’s Skyler Bomba (2350 points) finished the day in third, with Olivia Mazzerolle (2257 points) close behind in fourth.

Sunday may also bring a second Panther into the top ten, with Madeline Stevens concluding Saturday in 11th with 1923 points.

Stevens’ best result came in the 200-meter race, where she posted a time of 27.15″, good enough for sixth place.

The pair have long battled for the crown, with Lewis and Biron finishing third and first respectively in 2016, second and first respectively in 2017 and second and third respectively in 2018.

In the decathlon, South’s Paul Marchand leads after five events with a score of 3136 points., followed by Lebanon’s Ryan Sullivan (2945 points) and Portsmouth’s Andrew Kelly (2923 points).

Marchand posted strong finishes through most of Saturday’s events, finishing sixth in the 400-meter race (54.85“) and the high jump (1.73 m), and finishing first in the 100-meter race (11.45”), as well as the long jump (6.39 m).

His worst performance came in the shot put, where his mark of 10.67 meters was only good enough for 12th, just under 3.5 meters behind Jared Dyer of Merrimack.

Dyer finished the day in seventh off that result, a top-five finish in the high jump (1.75 m) and a spot just outside the top ten in the long jump (5.14 m).

Saturday was also a good day fellow Panther Maxim Merkuryev, who finished the day in fifth place overall.

Merkuryev posted top ten finishes in the 100-meters (11.89“) and long jump (5.40 m), but earned his place in the top ten overall thanks to a first-place time in the 400-meter event (52.54”).

The decathlon concludes on Sunday with the 110-meter hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1500-meter race events.