High Schools: MV, Coe-Brown excel at Pelham Invitational
Merrimack Valley and Coe-Brown are two track and field programs that are used to competing well on a big stage. So it wasn’t a shock that the Pride boys and Bears girls came out on top at yesterday’s Pelham Invitational, but what was surprising was how they did it.
The MV boys won all three relays and tallied three individual victories to top the 12-team field with 100 points. The Coe-Brown girls scored 162.5 points to win the title, nearly doubling runner-up Milford (88.5) and third-place MV (88). And they did so with their elite distance runners competing in only one individual event apiece.
“We have good top athletes, but not a lot of depth,” Pride Coach Dave Irving said, “but when you win all three relays, it really says something about the strength of your team.”
John Lindonen (fifth 300 hurdles), Brendan Polichronopoulos, Mitch Denault and Andrew Alicea were all part of the winning 4x100 relay (46.41 seconds). Polichronopoulos was also on the 4x400 (3:38.12) with Keegan Hanks, Damon Perron and Bibek Thapa and on the winning 4x800 (8:36) with Branden McCoo, Carter Saltmarsh and Hanks.
To top it off, Polichronopoulos also took home an individual victory, winning the 400 in 52.8 seconds. Lindonen used personal bests to take first in the javelin (157-7) and second in the triple jump. Alicea was the third individual winner for the Pride, taking the shot put with a toss of 43-8. He also took home a pair of second-place finishes in the long jump and 100. Colin Phillips (3,200) and Josiah Platte (discus) each had third-place finishes.
Bow took fourth with 65 points behind Milford (91) and Pelham (80). Coe-Brown (56) rounded out the top five. Jordan Birtz sprinted his way to victories in both the 100 (11.62) and the 200 (24.12) to lead the Falcons. Bow also got a lot of points behind its strong distance runners with Alex Evans (sixth 800) finishing second to Coe-Brown’s Jeremy Brassard (4:31.88) as the two pulled away from the pack in the mile. Sam Evans finished third in the 800 and, along with brother Ben Evans, Andrew Attorri and Elias Hatem, came in second in the 4x800. Tim Conklin (second discus, third shot put) and Chris Ketchum (third javelin) had strong performances in the throws.
Brassard won the 800 in 2:01.69 in addition to his mile victory to lead Coe-Brown. Anthony Tosacano (fifth 100, fourth 200, fifth long jump) placed in three events. Toscano was also a part of the second-place 4x100 relay with Jake Habets, Justin Demers and Kyle Sanborn. Brassard, Sanborn, Kyle Noel and Stephen Munroe made up the third-place 4x400 relay.
Pembroke (ninth, 21) was led by Cody Steed’s victory in the triple jump (42-81∕4) and a fourth-place 4x100 relay. Warren Bartlett was fifth in the 3,200 for Bishop Brady (12th, two points).
On the girls’ side, Coe-Brown used both depth and victories to dominate the meet. In the distance events, the Bears had victories from Hannah Parker in the 1,600 (5:15) and Meg Scannell in the 3,200 (11:48). Three Bears placed in the 800 (Mary Fowler was second and Lindsey Terry was third), three Bears placed in the 1,600 (Elisabeth Danis was second) and four placed in the 3,200 (Brooke Laskowsey was second).
Samantha Toscano won both the long jump (16-5), ahead of teammate Ariel Clachar, and the triple jump (32-71∕4). Other individual winners included Katelyn Terry in the 400 (1:02.44, also fifth in the long jump) and Kayla Roberts in the pole vault (9-0, also fifth in the 800). Alley Savioi (second shot put) also had a productive day. The 4x100 (Toscano, Clachar, Lauren Montgomery and Jelesa Nelson) and 4x400 (Sarah Curtin, Mary Fowler, Parker and Terry) were also victorious, posting times of 52.2 seconds and 4:15, respectively.
Julianah Adejuyigbe won both the discus (126-0) and shot put (38-11) to lead MV. The Pride had strong finishes from Meredith Ramsey (second in both the 100 and 200), Mary Mullen (second javelin, third discus, fifth shot put), Molly Mullen (second discus) and Madison Irving (third javelin). Relays were also a strong suit for the Pride with the 4x100 (Ramsey, Mikayla Godfrey, Morgan Walton and Nancy Taban) claiming a runner-up finish and both the 4x400 (Walton, Heidi Gooch, Taban and Ramsey) and 4x800 (Walton, Cassie Owens, Godfrey and Gooch) posting third-place finishes. Walton also was fifth in the 300 hurdles and was called “a key team player” by Coach Irving.
Lebanon (75.5) and Bow (46) rounded out the top five teams on the girls’ side. The Falcons were led by Taylor Morrison, who finished third in the 100 and 200 and ran to second place in the 400. Suzie Barry (third shot put, fourth javelin) also contributed for the Falcons. Both the 4x400 (Brooke Marshall, Christy Vinnenberg, Nora Scanlan and Morrison) and 4x800 (Marshall, Jordan Mylod, Sarah Zecha and Haleigh Garrett) relays finished fourth. Pembroke’s Elizabeth Abbott finished sixth in the 3,200 and Bishop Brady’s 4x100 team (Josie Kliebenstein, Haley Parent, Heather Alterisio and Brooke Solomon) finished sixth.
boys: H-D second, Winnisquam fourth
The Hillcats finished second in a five-team meet hosted by Winnisquam. Prospect Mountain won with 166 points, nearly doubling runner-up Hillsboro-Deering’s 87.5. Somersworth (66), Winnisquam (56) and Mascoma (20) rounded out the team scores. The javelin, triple jump, pole vault and long jump events were not run due to field conditions.
Viktor Montanez won both the 100 (11.44) and 200 (24.0) and was part of the second-place 4x100 team with Sidney Livingston (fourth 200, sixth 100), Reed Erickson and Austin Misiaszek (fifth 100 and 200) to lead H-D. The 4x200 relay of Erickson, Shane Greene, Brandon Cebollero and Joshua Gould and the distance medley relay of Tyler Wing, Gould, Chris Cook (third high jump, fourth 800) and Dominic Downs also placed second.
The hosts were led by third-place finishes from all four relays (4x100, 4x200, 4x400 and distance medley). Sean Connor was the top individual for Winnisquam, finishing second in the high jump and third in the 200. Christian Stock was third in the 100 and Zac Baker was third in the 3,200.
girls: h-D second, winnisquam fourth
The Hillcats finished second with 94 points, behind winner Prospect Mountain (117). Somersworth (65) beat out the hosts Winnisquam (64) by a single point to grab third, ahead of Mascoma (13).
The Hillcats had two winning relays with Dominique Vaillancourt, Breahna Savoy and Morgan Winters (third 200) running on both the distance medley (15:34) and 4x100 (56.44) relay times. Aspen Dubuque was on the DMR and Brianna Cebollero was on the 4x100.
Vaillancourt also won the 800 in 3:02 while Katie White led a 1-2 H-D finish in the shot put. White’s winning toss was 31-2, ahead of teammate Brittany Croatti (also third in 100). Hannah Pepper placed in both throwing events, finishing third in the shot put and fourth in the discus. Hannah Murdough (100 hurdles) and Kysha Negron (3,200) both finished third in their events.
The Bears did well in the high jump with Carissa Archibald winning at 4-8 with teammate Jaila Remillard second. Haley deSousa won the 400 (1:12) and Katie Ojikutu was second in the 100. Both the 4x100 and 4x200 relays were victorious.
Kearsarge 10, John Stark 5
In a battle between two young teams, it was the Cougars (2-0) who came out on top in John Stark’s season opener.
Kearsarge took a 7-3 lead at halftime thanks to a smothering midfield defense. John Stark responded with some great defense of its own in the second half, with goalie Clarissa Foote making 15 saves against a Kearsarge barrage of opportunities. Both coaches credited Foote’s fantastic performance, but the Generals couldn’t close the gap.
Libby Brooks led the Cougars with four goals and an assist. Haley Brook (two goals, one assist), Caitlin Anderson (two goals), Gemma Bready (goal) and Anna Stowell (two assists) led a Kearsarge squad that boasts seven freshmen, including three starters.
Katie Waligura (two goals), Danielle Galli and Liz Neal all scored their first varsity goals for Stark. Samantha Valcourt also scored for the Generals.
Derryfield 15, Kearsarge 2
Derryfield (3-0) continued its torrid start to the season, scoring the first nine goals and dealing Kearsarge its first loss.
Peter Allen and Andrew Van Hooydonk scored for Kearsarge, which fell to 2-1. Goalie Will AuFranc made 22 saves, but was overwhelmed by the potent Derryfield offense, which has scored 52 goals in three games.
“Obviously, Derryfield is in a league of its own right now,” Kearsarge Coach Mike Heffernan said. “But we didn’t give up, that’s what I like about this team.”