High School Highlights: Local track athletes shine
Saturday was all about the relays and Sunday the individuals took center stage at the Dartmouth Relays in Hanover, where top track athletes from all over New England, Canada and the Mid-Atlantic states convened.
The region was well-represented.
On the boys side, Nashua South’s Paul Marchand ripped off a huge 21-6 long jump to claim second place. Another of the region’s runner-ups was Bishop Guertin’s Jacob Pacheco, who skied 13-feet in the pole vault. Pacheco cleared 6-0 in the high jump for sixth place as well.
Nashua North senior Rory Curran placed third in the mile with an excellent 4:22.96 clocking.
Fifth places were delivered by Merrimack’s Eli Demeo in the 600 (1:26.06) and Samuel Epstein in the pole vault (10-6) along with North’s Connor Dunning in the 300 (36.67) and Nasir Perry in the hurdles (7.70).
For the girls, there were three area second-place finishers. Nashua North’s Victoria Conrad was second in the shot put with a heave of 37-6.5.
Souhegan’s Chloe Trudel placed secnd in the two mile, the sophomore racing home in 11:03.03. And Milford junior Leslie MacGrath soared 5-4 for second in the high jump.
Milford’s Renee Wilson took fourth in the long jump at 17-0.75 and North sprinter Abby Coy was fourth in the 55 meters at 7.55.
UNH Sunday morning meet
Both the Spartan boys and girls tracksters were fourth as nine teams convened at the Sweet Oval.
Abbey Halloran won the 1000 with a time of 3:24.21. Freshman Marissa Sage won the 1500 in 5:36.13. Senior Lori DeMambro added a second in the 3000 in 12:21.16.
Caeleb Fortunato was fourth in the 3000 with a time of 10:17.64 to lead the Milford boys.
Brooke Lane was third in the 1000 at 3:27.30 and fourth in the 300 meters (48.24).
Senior Dylan Heiser won the boys hurdles in a time of 8.36 seconds. Freshmen Owen Clever and Lucas Stimeling each cleared 5-feet to place in the high jump.
For the girls, Stephanie McLaughlin was fourth in the 600, 2:02.33.
Plymouth State Track meet
The Campbell and Hollis Brookline girls and boys teams traveled to Plymouth State. Hollis Brookline’s boys took second.
Campbell’s girls team came was third out of 12 teams. The boys team came in fifth of 11 teams.
Tori Allen was immense for the Cougar girls, winning the high jump at 5-1 and scoring a hurdles win with a time of 9.60 seconds. Allen’s high jump was a new school record.
Freshman Ava Houle captured the long jump at 15-2.25 and added a fifth in the 300. Other girls scoring points were Brooke Sullivan (600, sixth), Megan Whitnell (1000, fourth) Michelle Freeman (1500, fourth), Tavia Almeida (1500, sixth) and Cassie Hemming (3000, third).
For the Cougar boys, Josh Hoffman set the second new school mark on the day, winning the shot put at 45-3. Senior Tyler St. Onge won the 300 meters in 38.69. In the 1500, senior brothers Tyler and Trevor Scopelites came in third and fourth. Junior Drew Adamakas added a sixth in the shot.
Freshman Michael Curtin sizzling, winning the 55 meters in 6.96. Senior teammate JJ Kennedy added a third in 6.96.
Aidan Maguire won the 600 in 1:32.144, and Chase Adams sprinted to victory in the 55 hurdles with an 8.37 clocking.
Kennedy took the long jump as well, soaring 20-3. Carson Bottomley ran 4:25.92 for second in the 1500. The Cavaliers got a win from Amy Pattelena in the 1500 at 5:27.94. Teammate Carolyn Hultz was third.
The Bobcat Invitational was held at UNH on Sunday with both Milford High and Wilton-Lyndeborough competing.
For Milford, Andrew Bartolomucci delivered three runner-up efforts. He was second in the 100 butterfly, the 100 freestyle and the 100 breaststroke, making state meet cuts in all three events.
Josh Anderson was 10th in the 100 back, 18th in the 100 freestyle and 21st in the 50 free. Cam Mitchell was 18th in the 100 breaststroke.
For the Milford girls, Lily Chappell was fifth in the 100 backstroke, ninth in the 200 freestyle and 11th in the 200 IM. Elaine Danas, like Lily, made state cuts in three events, the 200 IM (13th), the 100 breaststroke (13th) and the 100 butterfly (15th).
Calista Chappell was 16 th in the 200 free with a state cut and is closing in on cuts in 200 IM and 100 free.
Erica Faucher, Brady Mitchell, Kat Raiano and Sabrina Smith all had significant time drops in their events.
For Wilton-Lyndeborough, Ava Rondeau picked up two additional state meet cuts in the 50 freestyle and 500 freestyle and placed third in the 100 backstroke.
Madeline Straw had three swims with personal best times.