Foes shouldn’t overlook Nashua North boys track

The moment you start to overlook the Nashua North boys track program, you get stung.

And again in 2019, the Titans are certainly a most intriguing bunch as the spring season gets underway this week in New Hampshire.

This is supposed to be a down year for North, which graduated distance dynamos David Vorbach and Max Ireland last spring.

So what did Arthur Kobs’ Titans’ do? They shocked most, taking a dramatic second-place finish at the Division I State Meet.

Is an even better encore coming?

“We’re looking to surprise people,” said Kobs. “We have a few seniors sprinkled in with talented underclassmen to provide leadership.”

Rory Curran, The Telegraph Indoor Track Athlete of the Year, is charging into his own as the next big thing among the Titan distance ranks.

And Triston Delicema is the state record-holder in the triple jump at 48-6. North will be deep in the relays too.

“Our throwers are young and inexperienced but working hard with coaches Rocky Lafort and Pat Cummings,” said Kobs, noting where there is work to be done. Keep an eye on freshmen Jahlen Buckmire, Colin Cantwell and Courtney Miller adding some spice to the Titans’ mix.

Across town, Nashua South is gunning for a breakout year.

“The past few years we have been in a rebuilding era and are hoping that we see some of the rebuilding efforts come forward for what we hope to be a more competitive team,” said Panthers’ coach Doug Booth.

Paul Marchand is as good as it gets in New Hampshire when his long jump game is on.

Marchand is a man on a mission. He went 22-1.25 indoors this winter, which gave him a sniff of the longest held record in Nashua history, 22-8 in the long jump which was done in 1966. Marchand is focussed on ending that reign.

Versatile Brendon Frost is among the premier javelin men around. Sophomore Jason Compoh is healthy and lethal in the sprint events.

At Alvirne, where coach Tom Daigle welcomes 48 athletes into the fold, there is talk of junior quarter-miler Davonte Mckoy-Sophos looking to shatter the 50-second mark in the 400.

The numbers aren’t great, but at Bishop Guertin it’s all about the air time.

Junior Ethan Holt set the tone for a big spring in February by clearing 6-feet in the high jump.

Meanwhile both he and the ultra-versatile Jacob Pacheco are dangerous in any pole vault competition for sure.

Merrimack coach John Snell has a top-heavy group talent-wise that is loaded with newcomers to the program with 40 candidates combined in the freshman and sophomore class among the 72 total.

“We hope to develop our young

athletes with strong leadership from the upperclassmen to have a very competitive squad this season,” said Snell.

You know this group will feed off of Adam Thornton’s example. The senior sprinter dominated indoors and is a consummate worker. And then there’s three-sport stud Jared Dyer setting the tone for the throwers.

If Merrimack matures early, look out late.

Milford High took fifth a year ago and looks to do a bit better with a solid squad back, including discus demon Junior Ughu and seasoned sophomore distance man Caleb Korthals.

Meanwhile, Division II leapers had better be ready for the Hollis Brookline duo of JJ Kennedy and Joey Dias. Each placed at the indoor state meet and go into spring hovering around the 20-foot mark.

Athletes to Watch

Alvirne

Davonte-Mckoy-Sophos, jr., 400; Albert Matrille, jr., sprints; Adam Dufault, sr., sprints; Nick Cardenas, sr., sprints; Justn Broussard, sr., shot put; Paul Balletto, soph., distance

Bishop Guertin

Jacob Pacheco, jr., decathlon, hurdles, pole vault, high jump; Ethan Holt, jr., high jump

Merrimack

Adam Thornton, sr., sprints; Jared Dyer, jr., shot put; Eli Demeo, jr., middle distance; Andrew Peyton, jr., distance; Ryan Fischer, soph., distance; Josh Felo, soph., distance; Sam Bailey, sr., hurdles; Tristan Wood, sr., sprints/jumps; Jon Paulhamus, jt., sprints; Andrew Frothingham, jr., distance; Eric Griffin, jr., throws; Patrick Yudkin, jr., sprints/hurdles; Ben Eichman, sr., sprints/jumps; Adam Ellis, jr., distance

Milford

Victor Garcia, sr., sprints, jumps; Junior Ughu, jr., throws; Colton Burrows, jr., throws; Caleb Korthals, soph., distance; Reggie Hardwick, frosh., sprints; Caden Zalenski, frosh., throws

Nashua North

Austin Ouellette, sr., sprints; Isaac Smith, frosh., sprints/jumps; Colin Miller, jr., middle distance; Bryce Eckenrode, sr., middle distance; Connor Dunning, jr., middle distance/high jump; Vlad Jungkman soph., middle distance; Yassine Jakib, jr., distance; Josh Lentz, jr., distance; Rory Curran, jr., distance; Gediyon Prince, sr., distance; Nasir Perry, jr., hurdles; Xavier Provost, soph., jumps/sprints; Triston Delicema, sr., jumps

Nashua South

Paul Marchand, jr., sprints/long jump; Brendon Frost, sr., sprints/javelin; Jason Compoh, soph., sprints/jumps; Max Merkuryev, jr., middle distance; Eric Carlo, soph., 400