High Schools: Track athletes tuning up for state meet
With the state meet just a week away, high school track teams began tweaking and fine-tuning in yesterday’s final open meets of the season.
For Merrimack Valley, that meant trying some athletes in new events.
Andrew Alicea, normally a jumper, tried his hand at the shot put and threw 41 feet, 6 1∕2 inches, among the top throws in Division II this season and good for seventh in the meet, which included some of Division I’s top teams.
All three of the Pride’s relay teams placed in the top four, even with a little shuffling. The 4x160 team of Alicea, Mitchell Denault, Brendan Polichronopoulos and Keegan Hanks took third; the 4x400 team of Denault, Bibek Thapa, Hanks and Polichronopoulos took fourth; and the 4x800 team of Hanks, Thapa, Branden McCoo and Carter Saltmarsh took second. Polichronopoulos also had a runner-up finish in the 600.
Coe-Brown’s Jeremy Brassard won the 600 in 1:26.1, and teammate Anthony Toscano was sixth in the 300. The Bears’ 4x400 team of Brassard, Toscano, Drew Yonchek and Kyle Noel took second, while the 4x800 squad of Cam Watson, Stephen Munroe, Josh Conrad and Lucas Fisher was fourth.
On the girls’ side, Coe-Brown’s Jelesa Nelson won the 55 dash in 7.5 seconds and Alley Savioli won the shot put with a throw of 35-7. Also earning top-six finishes for the Bears were Lauren Montgomery (fourth 55, third long jump), Lindsay Terry (fourth 600), Katie Scannell (third 1,000), Katelyn Terry (fourth 1,000), Elisabeth Danis (second 1,500), Brooke Laskowsky (third 1,500), Samantha Toscano (fifth long jump) and the 4x400 relay team of Lindsay Terry, Scannell, Mary Fowler and Katelyn Terry (fourth).
MV’s Cindy Fanny was third in the 300 in a season-best 44.7, Maureen Mullen was sixth in the shot put, and the 4x160 relay team of Morgan Walton, Heidi Gooch, Fanny and Nancy Taban took fifth.
Winnisquam’s Jaila Remillard was fourth in the long jump and seventh in the high jump.
No team scores were kept.
Meet at Southern Maine
With one week to go before the state meet, the Concord boys’ and girls’ indoor track teams sent athletes to a meet at the University of Southern Maine.
No team scores were kept, but the Tide had some impressive finishes and a few athletes improved their qualifying times.
Rebecca Massah won the 55 hurdles in 9.21 seconds and Smita Boesch-Dining won the 1,500 in 4:55.77 and improved her qualifying time by two seconds.
Hannah Orzechowski also improved her qualifying time with a fourth-place finish in the 600. The relay teams performed well with the 4x400 relay team finishing in fourth and the 4x200 relay recording a fifth-place finish.
On the boys’ side, Tolbert Nemo was the top finisher for the Tide, winning the 55 dash in 6.75 seconds. Teammate Angel Feliz also qualified for the 55 finals, finishing in eighth. George Felix tied for second in the 55 hurdles and the 4x200 relay came in fifth.
Afternoon meet at UNH
Several local schools competed in a meet at UNH for a final tune-up before the upcoming state championships.
For the boys, Bow’s Alex Evans won the 1,500 in a time of 4:15.2, seven seconds ahead of Sant Bani’s Colby Clark, who finished second with a state meet qualifying performance. Jordan Birtz (fourth in 55 dash) also ran well for the Falcons.
Bishop Brady’s Conor Harrison came in second in the 300, ahead of teammate Chandler Robinson, who finished sixth.
Hopkinton’s highest finish came from the 4x800 relay team, which took third and improved its qualifying time by 7.5 seconds.
Cody Steed was Pembroke’s best performer with a third-place finish in the long jump; the 4x160 relay finished third in its fastest time of the season.
On the girls’ side, the 600 featured several local athletes, with Victoria Flood of Hopkinton (fourth) and Haleigh Garrett (sixth) from Bow finishing in the top six.
In other events, Belmont’s Rebecca Drew-Moyer (fifth shot put) and Pembroke’s Elizabeth Abbott (sixth 1,500) also excelled.