Deep Coe-Brown girls’ team captures Division II track title
Merrimack Valley's Andrew Alicea and Bow's Jordan Birtz race in the 55 meter dash at the Division II Indoor Track and Field championships at Dartmouth College on February 3, 2013. Alicea came in first with a time of 6.76 seconds. Birtz came in fourth with 6.94.
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Coe-Brown's Elisabeth Danis, left, and Brooke Laskowsky, right, race in the 3000 meter run during the Division II Indoor Track and Field championships at Dartmouth College on February 3, 2013. Danis came in second and Laskowsky came in fourth. Their contributions helped the Coe-Brown girls team win the meet overall.
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Elisabeth Danis of Coe-Brown and Courtney Hawkins of Milford pulled away from the pack with six laps to go in the girls’ 3,000-meter race. Danis finished second with a time of 10 minutes, 44 seconds as she and Hawkins battled it out over the final few laps. This race indicated what would continue to happen all evening, a battle between Coe-Brown and Milford for the Division II girls’ indoor track and field title. In the end, however, it was Coe-Brown that came away with the team championship, finishing with 65 points to Milford’s 53.
The Black Bears won the title through an all-around team effort that included only one individual winner, but four second-place finishes, two thirds and scoring from all three of the relay teams.
“It’s hard to single out one person. They all came together,” Coe-Brown Coach David Zink-Mailloux said, surrounded by a very excited Black Bear squad. “It came down to a handful of points; if anyone wasn’t able to run as fast, throw as far or jump as far as they did, things could have been a lot different.”
Coe-Brown started things off on a high note with a third-place finish in 4x800 relay from Mary Fowler, Kayla Roberts, Katie Scannell and Lindsey Terry. Then freshman Danis finished second in the 3,000 with teammate and fellow freshman Brooke Laskowsky finishing fourth.
The score was still close with only one point separating Coe-Brown and Monadnock at the top and with Milford only seven points behind with only four events remaining.
Then Danis stepped up again, finishing second to Hawkins in the 1,500 in 5:03.36 and Scannell outperformed her seventh seed, finishing fifth, and Laskowsky ran a gutsy race, finishing eighth.
“I definitely felt tired (after the 3,000) and also a little scared since I’m a freshman and I’ve never (run the 1,500 and 3,000) before, but when it started, I felt as good as I would be able to feel,” a smiling Danis said after her second runner-up run.
Coe-Brown also had great performances from athletes in the other events. Alley Savioli dominated the shot put just as she has all season long, winning with a throw of 36 feet, 6 1∕4 inches and teammate Sam Donohoe finished sixth.
“It feels good to be up there,” said Savioli, adding that the win felt especially good after finishing behind so many strong throwers last year.
Jelesa Nelson finished second in the 55 dash with a run of 7.42 seconds and anchored the second-place 4x200 relay team that included Lauren Montgomery, Katelyn Terry (third 1,000, seeded eighth) and Samantha Toscano (sixth long jump). The sixth-place 4x400 relay of Fowler, Roberts and the Terry sisters rounded out the scoring.
“I’m just so excited right now,” Zink-Mailloux said. “This is our third consecutive season with a victory (the Coe-Brown girls won the 2012 outdoor track and cross country titles, as well). The girls are very experienced and very confident in their abilities.”
Hanover (38), Monadnock (37), Hollis-Brookline and Portsmouth (30) rounded out the top six team scores. Merrimack Valley tied for 14th with six points, Hopkinton tied for 19th with 2 and Bow finished 21st with a point.
MV was led by shot putters Maureen Mullen and Mary Mullen (fourth and sixth, respectively) and the sixth-place 4x200 relay of Nancy Taban, Morgan Walton, Randee Tatham and Heidi Gooch.
Victoria Flood (fifth 300) scored for Hopkinton and Haleigh Garrett (sixth 600) scored for Bow.
The boys’ side was just as entertaining with Jeremy Brassard of Coe-Brown winning both the 1,500 (4:14.16) and 3,000 (9:05.28) while anchoring the fifth-place 4x400 relay. Several other local athletes won individual events, including Andrew Alicea of MV in the 55 (6.76), Belmont’s Joseph Boles in the 1,000 (school-record time of 2:37.38) and Gabe Carter of Kearsarge, who won the long jump with a leap of 20-7 1∕2.
Brassard was the only male athlete to win two individual events at the meet.
Brassard was in the lead pack of five runners for the majority of the 3,000 before pulling away in a huge final-lap kick. Brassard had some competition in the 1,500 from Bow’s Alex Evans and Souhegan’s Eli Moskowitz, who ran as a pack of three for the majority of the race. Evans (third) took the lead with two laps to go before yet another final kick from Brassard in the last lap gave him the win.
“I was beat (after the 3,000),” Brassard said after his second victory, “When (Evans) took the lead it was unbelievable. I just tried to hang on … They made me earn it. It’s a strong group of runners out there.”
Souhegan ran away with the boys’ team title with 100 points, doubling runner-up Portsmouth’s 50. MV was the top local team after an impressive showing with 34 points to finish third. Oyster River (26) and Coe-Brown (24) rounded out the top five.
Alicea, who finished fifth in the shot put in addition to his dash victory, led the Pride along with Brendan Polichronopoulos, who took third in the 600 and ran the anchor legs of the fourth-place 4x400 (Keegan Hanks, Mitch Denault and Bibek Thapa) and second-place 4x800 relay (with Carter Saltmarsh, Brenden McCoo and Hanks).
“Polichronopoulos put the team on his back,” said MV Coach Bob Mullen, adding that “the boys stepped up” and that “everybody did what they had to do.”
Polichronopoulos also ran the leadoff leg of the fourth-place 4x200 relay with Hanks, Denault and Thapa.
Coe-Brown also had successful relays, with fifth-place finishes from both the 4x400 and 4x800 team (Drew Yonchak, Kyle Noel, Lucas Fischer and Stephen Munroe).
Belmont, Kearsarge and Bow tied for 10th with 10 points each. Boles and Carter scored all of their teams’ points with their individual victories, while Evans and Jordan Birtz (fourth 55) scored for Bow. Bishop Brady and Pembroke tied for 23rd with 2 points. Conor Harrison was sixth in the 55 and also ran on the sixth-place 4x200 relay with Devon Sheehan, Nick Feltham and Chandler Robinson to lead Brady, while Cody Steed was fifth in the long jump for Pembroke.