Area Tracksters set for State Meet Sunday
For some athletes, Sunday’s NHIAA State Track Championships at Dartmouth will serve as a springboard to the outdoor season.
For others, it is title time. State championships are there for the taking, and if past efforts can help predict the future, the area should certainly have its share of prime-time performers.
This year, the Division II meet opens the day at the Leverone Fieldhouse with the action kicking in at 10 a.m. The Division I meet will then commence at 3:30 p.m.
Bishop Guertin senior Caroline Towle delivered an epic performance a year ago in this event, grinding out the toughest of doubles, winning the 1500 and 3000, to help the Cardinals secure the team
Towle is back again in both, hungry to defend.
Speaking of stirring title defenders, Nashua North’s Rory Curran has been an absolute pillar of courage through four years.
The Titan is the current 3000-meter champ, and top seed in the event, too. Like Towle, he will also run in the 1500, a spot where he finished third a year ago, a rousing third.
“(As a team), we are looking for a top-5 finish,” said Titans coach Art Kobs.
To do that, Curran might again need a special performance.
When you think of special, you think of the season that Nashua South’s Paul Marchand has had indoors, most recently setting the school long-jump record with an eye-popping leap of 22-10.25 at the East Coast Invitational Meet.
“I believe Paul Marchand can be a multiple event winner,” said South coach Doug Booth. “He is by far the top long jumper in the state and he is one of the top three 55-meter runners in the state. I also see Paul scoring in the shot put and in the 4 x 400 relay.”
Other city threats to do some damage on the boys side include North hurdler Nasir Perry, while Titans Connor Dunning (300) and Sean Quinlan (high jump) will be shooting for big points.
On the boys side, Bishop Guertin has the No. 1 and 2 seeds in the high jump with Jacob Pacheco and Ethan Holt.
Pacheco is the only jumper in D-I to go higher than 6-feet indoors this winter, having cleared 6-3.
Alvirne’s best chances to score should come from senior Davante Mckoy-Sophos in the 300. Bronco Justin Broussard is the No. 3 seed in the shot put.
Merrimack will look to its 4×200 team of Zach Twardosky, Johnathan Paulhamus, Eli Demeo and Declan Covell for its top chances to hit the podium.
For the girls, Nashua North has a pair of top seeds with shot-putter Tori Conrad and sprinter Abby Coy (55 meters).
In addition, sophomore Olivia Mazerolle is the No. 2 seed in the high jump, having cleared the same height of 5-4 as the top seed.
Coy is also the No. 4 seed in the long jump, where Guertin junior Grace Jones is the No. 1, having flown over 17 feet this winter.
South is banking on the return of Cali Coffin the emergence of freshman Grace Harris to help push its 4×800 meter relay team into a top-three finish.
Nadia Zhecheva (600) and Anai Dominguez (shot put) have high hopes to score big.
Merrimack has endured a tough winter health-wise, but junior Adele Alexander qualified in the 1000, 1500, and 3000. She’ll run only two, the 1500 and 3000, with a chance to rack up some serious points.
Keep an eye on the Tomahawks’ 4×200 team of Mary Vance, Sydney Ogbunamiri, Ally O’Brien and Johanna Koroma, seeded sixth but ready to pop a big one.
When talking about the Division II from the region, the focus is all about the girls.
Defending state long jump champion Renee Wilson heads up a Milford High contingent that was an area-best third a year ago.
The junior is again the top seed in the event, just ahead of teammate Sarah Sawyer.
Classmate Leslie MacGrath is the only girl in Division II to clear 5-4 in the high jump this winter.
Robyn Krafft is the second seed in the shot put, where she was third a year ago.
Milford’s 4×200 sprint team of Wilson, Krafft, Sawyer and Rachel Gizzonio is the top seed.
Souhegan sophomore Chloe Trudel could be ready for a huge day, seeded first in the 3000 and second in the 1500.
Katerina Stuopis (shot put, high jump) will be hunting for the podium in both.
Campbell has its top hopes on Tori Allen in the high jump and hurdles, along with freshman rising star Ava Houle in the long jump.
Division II Girls
55 meters: Katie Noyes, Sr., Souhegan
300: Renee Wilson, Jr., Milford
600: Adrianna Zlotnick, Jr., Souhegan; Emma Herrero, Soph., Souhegan; Sophia Lunati, Jr., Souhegan
1000: Amy Pattelena, Soph., HB; Elisabeth Rodil, Sr., Milford; Abbey Halloran, Soph., Milford
1500: Chloe Trudel, Soph., Souhegan; Masho Primmer, Frosh., Souhegan; Brooke Lane, Soph., Wilton-Lyndeborough; Cassie Hemming, Jr., Campbell
3000: Chloe Trudel, Soph., Souhegan; Cassie Hemming, Jr., Campbell; Megan Whitnell, Jr., Campbell; Lori DeMambro, Sr., Milford
55 hurdles: Tori Allen, Jr., Campbell
4×200: Milford, Souhegan
4×400: Souhegan, Milford
4×800: Souhegan, Milford, Campbell
High jump: Leslie MacGrath, Jr., Milford; Tori Allen, Jr., Campbell; Katerina Stuopis, Jr., Souhegan
Long jump: Renee Wilson, Jr., Milford; Sarah Sawyer, Soph., Milford; Ava Houle, Frosh., Campbell
Shot put: Robyn Krafft, Sr., Milford; Katerina Stuopis, Jr., Souhegan
Division II Boys
55 meters: Michael Curtin, Frosh., HB; JJ Kennedy, Sr., HB
600: Aidan Maguire, Sr., HB
1000: Tyler Scopelites, Sr., Campbell
1500: Caleb Korthals, Jr., Milford
3000: Ryan Burgher, Frosh., HB
55 hurdles: Chase Adams, Sr., HB
4×200: Hollis Brookline, Milford, Souhegan
4×400: Hollis Brookline, Souhegan
Long jump: JJ Kennedy, Sr., HB
Shot put: Joshua Hoffman, Sr., Campbell; Emmanuel Ughu, Sr., Milford
Division I Girls
55 meters: Abby Coy, Sr., North; Mary Vance, Jr., Merrimack; Ally O’Brien, Jr., Merrimack; Adrienne Mckoy-Sophos, Soph., Alvirne; Johanna Koroma, Sr., Merrimack; Iyana Braswell, Frosh., South; Mackenzie Betty, Jr., South
300: Grace Jones, Jr., BG; Adrienne Mckoy-Sophos, Soph., Alvirne; Rosalinda Tavarez, Soph., North; Chantal Finlay, Sr., North
600: Nadia Zhecheva, Jr., South; Elizabeth White, Soph., BG; Mariana Santos, Soph., North
1000: Fiona Doherty, Soph., BG; Mary-Kate Finn, Soph., BG; Marianna Santos, Soph., North
1500: Caroline Towle, Sr., BG; Fiona Doherty, Soph., BG; Adele Alexander, Jr., Merrimack; Dantia Braccio, Soph., North; Paige Boudreau, Frosh., Alvirne
3000: Caroline Towle, Sr., BG; Adele Alexander, Jr., Merrimack; Meghan Conway, Soph., South; Rose Goyette, Jr., BG
55 hurdles: Grace O’Malley, Soph., BG; Kourtney Lopez, Jr., South
4×200: North, BG, Merrimack, South, Alvirne
4×400: BG, North, Merrimack, Alvirne
4×800: BG, South
High jump: Olivia Mazerolle, Soph., North; Molly O’Donnell, Soph., Alvirne; Abby Coy, Sr., North; Kelechi Okorie, Frosh., North; Chloe Tardif, Sr., BG
Long jump: Grace Jones, Jr., BG; Abby Coy, Sr., North; Adaobieze Nwankwo, Sr., North; Molly O’Donnell, Soph., Alvirne; Ally O’Brien, Jr., Merrimack
Shot put: Tori Conrad, Jr., North; Anai Dominguez, Sr., South; Alicia Glasheen, Sr., BG
Division I Boys
55 meters: Paul Marchand, Sr., South; Owen Decosta, Sr., Alvirne; Johnathan Paulhamus, Sr., Merrimack; Jacob Pacheco, Sr., BG; Zach Twardosky, Sr., Merrimack
300: Joey Lupo, Sr., BG; Connor Dunning, Jr., North; Davante Mckoy-Sophos, Sr., Alvirne
600: Chris Keege, Jr., South; Adam Holodowski, Frosh., South; Anthony Santos, Jr., Alvirne
1000: Yassine Jakib, Sr., North; Ryan Fischer, Jr., Merrimack
1500: Rory Curran, Sr., North
3000: Rory Curran, Sr., North
55 hurdles: Nasir Perry, Sr., North; Jacob Pacheco, Sr., BG; Owen Decosta, Sr., Alvirne; Dylan Heiser, Sr., Merrimack
4×200: Merrimack, North, Alvirne, BG, South
4×400: Merrimack, South, North, Alvirne
4×800: Merrimack, North, South
High jump: Jacob Pacheco, Sr., BG; Ethan Holt, Sr., BG; Sean Quinlan, Sr., North; Isaac Smith, Soph., North
Long jump: Paul Marchand, Sr., South; Joey Lupo, Sr., BG; Chris Keefe, Jr., South; Isaac Smith, Soph., North; Davante Mckoy-Sophos, Sr., Alvirne
Shot put: Justin Broussard, Sr., Alvirne; Paul Marchand, Sr., South; Toby Therrien, Sr., BG