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Local teams face challenges at Division II, III track meets

There could be a lot of local high school athletes taking home some hardware from Saturday’s Division II and III outdoor track championships.

As for the team competition, well, that’s more of a stretch.

While Souhegan, Milford and Hollis Brookline should have some of the top performers on the boys and girls side in D-II, it will be hard for anyone to come close to the Coe-Brown girls, who are looking for their third title in a row.

On the boys side, the Sabers have also won the last two D-II titles, and should still be in the mix for another championship, along with Lebanon and Portsmouth.

In D-III, Campbell should get a big day from distance runner Sean Munnelly, along with pole vaulters Ben Billings and Keegan Tanguay.

DIVISION II

One of the best events of the meet, which will be held at Pelham High School starting at 10 a.m., should be the boys, 1,600-meter run, where Souhegan’s Eli Moskowitz and Coe-Brown’s Jeremy Brassard are seeded first and second, respectively. The pair battled back and forth all season for the top time in the event, and both are also the top seed in another race – Moskowitz in the 800 and Brassard in the 3,200.

Ben DeForest could also have a big day for the Sabers, as he’s the top seed in the 110 hurdles, and second in the 300 hurdles and the high jump. Souhegan also has the top seeded relay teams in the 4×400 and the 4×800.

Milford’s Alex Tamulonis will look to make some history as the top seed in the pole vault. Last year’s division champion in the event has a season-best vault of 14-feet, 6 inches, which is one inch off the division record. The Spartans could take the top two spots in vault, as Jimmy Spalding is seeded second, while Aaron Ladeu is the top seed in the triple jump.

For the girls, Milford will be in the mix for second as a team, which would be the Spartans second straight runner-up finish.

Amy Arena, Nicole McMorrow, Olivia Rougeau and Camryn Johnson are all seeded in the top six in their respective events, and the Spartans’ enter with the top seeded 4×100 relay team, as well. Milford’s trio of pole vaulters – Emily Wood, Brianna Lippitt and Hanna Hembrow – could score big points as well.

Souhegan’s strength is in the relays, as it has a team seeded in the top six of all three races. The Sabers could also get some points from junior Esther Johnson in all three of the throwing events.

Hollis Brookline’s Emma Newton is only entered in one race, the 3,200, where she is seeded third. The Cavaliers will also look to get points from Lindsey Beauregard, who is the top seed in the triple jump and will also compete in the long jump and javelin.

DIVISION III

Munnelly will try to bring home a pair of division titles in Saturday’s meet, which starts at 10 a.m. at Inter-Lakes High School in Meredith. The Campbell junior us the top seed in the 800 and is second in the 1,600, his best time just 3.1 seconds behind Cameron Daly of Inter-Lakes.

Billings and Tanguay are seeded second and third, respectively, in the vault, and teammate Kian Fuertes is sixth, giving the Cougars a chance at a lot of points in the event.

Savannah Cavanaugh is seeded high in both the girls 100 and 200, and should run a leg of Campbell’s 4×100 relay, which is seeded second.

The top performers from both meets will advance to the Meet of Champions, which will be held June 7 at Londonderry High School.