High Schools: Coe-Brown girls make a statement at MV Invitational
Coe-Brown's Hannah Parker leads the pack during the 1600-meter run during the Merrimack Valley Invitational Track and Field meet, April 20, 2013 at Merrimack Valley High School. Parker finished in first.
(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
Hopkinton's Austin Brehio, far left, runs along with the other athletes in the 300-meter hurdle run during the Merrimack Valley Invitational Track and Field meet, April 20, 2013 at Merrimack Valley High School.
(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
The Coe-Brown girls’ track and field team showed the 25 teams at yesterday’s 13th annual Merrimack Valley Invitational that it is a force to be reckoned with in New Hampshire and the team to beat in Division II. No team scores were kept, but the Bears, led by sophomore distance runner Hannah Parker, won six of 18 events, including two of the three relays to dominate the girls’ portion of the meet.
Parker accounted for three of the victories, taking the 800 (2:21.71) and 1,600 (5:12. 57) and helping the 4x400 relay to victory.
“We had some good early-season finishes. We’re looking to build on that,” said Coe-Brown coach Tim Cox, whose team showed its depth by taking second place in the one relay it didn’t win, claiming three of the top six places in the 800, 1,600 and long jump, and grabbing at least one top-six spot in every event except the 100 hurdles and high jump.
Besides Parker, the Bears girls had wins from Kayla Roberts in the pole vault (9-3), Jelesa Nelson in the long jump (15-11) and the 4x800 (10:06) team of Mary Fowler, Brooke Laskowsky, Katelyn Terry and Lindsey Terry. The 4x400 (4:13.28) consisted of Laskowsky, Parker, Katelyn Terry and Roberts
On the boys’ side, the Merrimack Valley and Coe-Brown each won two events. The winners on the host team were Andrew Alicea in the shot put with a monster throw of 46-8, beating his seed by 2 feet, and the 4x400 team of Keegan Hanks, John Lindonen, Bibek Thapa and Brendan Polichronopoulos (3:40.83). For the Bears, Jeremy Brassard won the 800 (2:00.67) and was part of the winning 4x800 team with Drew Yonchak, Noah Macri and Kyle Noel, which posted a meet-record time of 8:30.94.
Other local winners were Juliannah Adejuyigbe in the shot put (38-11) and discus (120-1) and Meredith Ramsey in the 400 (1:01.2) for MV, and Cody Steed of Pembroke in the long jump (18-10). Steed also took third in the triple jump.
The Bears girls did exceptionally well in the distance events, with Laskowsky (second 800), Fowler (fourth 800), Meg Scannell (third 1,600) and Katie Scannell (fifth 1,600) following Parker’s lead. Jessie Carney was fifth in the 3,200. The 4x100 team (Alandra Beaver, Nelson, Ariel Clachar and Samantha Toscano) was second, while Clachar (sixth 100, fourth long jump), Nelson (third 200), Lindsey Terry (sixth 400), Katelyn Terry (third 300 hurdles), Toscano (second long jump and triple jump), Sam Donohoe (second discus and fourth shot put), Alley Savioli (fifth triple jump and sixth javelin) and Megan Rouillard (second javelin and sixth discus) also contributed for Coe-Brown.
The hosts received top finishes from Ramsey (third triple jump), Heidi Gooch (fifth 400), Erin Bresslin (sixth long jump), Madison Irving (third javelin), Maureen Mullen (fourth discus), Mary Mullen (fourth javelin and sixth shot put), the third-place 4x400 (Ramsey, Randee Tatham, Gooch and Hannah Pellerin) and the fourth-place 4x100 (Ramsey, Tatham, Bresslin and Mikayla Godfrey).
Belmont’s Rebecca Drew-Moyer (third shot put), Bishop Brady’s Haley Parent (seventh 800 and eighth triple jump), Hopkinton’s Sarah Nadeau (fourth 1600) placed well. Emma Foss (ninth long jump) led Pembroke and Megan Laramee (10th 800) led John Stark.
Other top finishes on the boys’ side included Alicea (fourth 100) and Polichronopoulos (fifth in 100 and 800), Thapa (third 400), Colin Phillips (third 3,200), Lindonen (third in both 110 hurdles and javelin) and the second-place 4x800 relay (Keegan Hanks, Polichronopoulos, Branden McCoo and Carter Saltmarsh) for MV.
For Coe-Brown, Anthony Toscano (fifth 200 and sixth long jump), Lucas Fisher (seventh 1,600), Macri (third pole vault), the second-place 4x100 (Justin Demers, Jake Habets, David Jenkins and Toscano) and the third-place 4x400 (Brassard, Noel, Yonchak and Stephen Munroe) placed well.
Cam DeBrusk and Dom Repucci were second in the 1,600 and 3,200, respectively, accounting for Hopkinton’s top finishes, while Brandon Cayer was fourth in the javelin and the 4x400 (Ben Thesing, Cody Roberge, Alex Bostic and Aaron Beckwith was fifth. Beckwith was also fifth in the triple jump.
Pembroke’s Drew Harrison (fourth 400, sixth 200), Bishop Brady’s Michael St. Pierre (11th 200), and Belmont’s Joseph Boles (third 800) and Bruce Zimmer (fifth shot put) also did well.
For John Stark, Daniel Caterino (fourth high jump, sixth shot put) had personal bests and Joe Lupi (sixth) did well in the high jump. Justin Clark (11th) broke five minutes for a personal best in the 1,600. The 4x100 (Caleb Drury, Caterino, Patrick Morin and Joe Nelson) was fourth.
BOYS’ TRACK AND FIELD
Concord at Nashua North
The Crimson Tide competed at the Nashua North Invitational, a meet with more than a dozen teams from Division I and II as well as teams from Massachusetts. No team scores were kept, but the Tide had several impressive individual performances, including three individual victories.
Senior B.J. Smith and junior George Feliz “continued to prove they are some of the best in the state at what they do in track,” according to Coach Hayden Daly.
Smith claimed the 1,600 and 3,200 titles with blistering times of 4:33.7 and 9:46.89, respectively. Feliz won the 300 hurdles (42.33) and ran the 110 hurdles (15.31), finishing second only to the defending state champion. Walters Ndi (11.77, 11.45 in prelims) finished second in the 100 and was part of the 4x100 relay with Marc Gaudett, Leo Sudieh and Feliz that also finished second
Other top performances were turned in by Matt Adams, who finished fifth in the freshmen/sophomore mile race, and Harry Gunn, who was sixth in the javelin.
GIRLS’ TRACK AND FIELD
Concord at Nashua North
The Crimson Tide turned in some impressive finishes at the Nashua North Invitational.
The Tide started strong, with the girls 4x800 meter relay team of Erin Waters, Michaella Conery, Katharine Tebbits and Smita Boesch-Dining winning the race with a time of 10:06.19. Conery went directly from the relay to the freshmen/sophomore mile race and finished third. Boesch-Dining won the open mile with a time of 5:20.9. Rebecca Massah placed second in the 100 hurdles (16.65) and went on to win the 300 hurdles (50.15).
Other notable finishes included the 4x100 meter relay team of Skarlet Feliz, Meghan Hall, Megan Reese and Massah, which took fourth with a season-best time of 53.33. Reese took fourth in the pole vault and Feliz qualified for the 100 finals, finishing eighth. Hana Knowles was ninth in the discus.
MV 4, Man. West 3
MV 6, Man. West 0
Excellent pitching made the difference for the Pride (4-1) as they swept a doubleheader on the road against West (0-3).
In the first game, MV took a 4-0 lead thanks to two runs each in the first and fifth innings, but West scored three runs in the sixth to close the deficit to a single run. With the tying run on third base and two outs, David Drouin struck out a West batter to end the rally and then struck out two in the final inning for the win. Drouin finished the game with 11 strikeouts and allowed three hits and two earned runs. Drouin was also a force at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two RBI. Brady Wentworth went 2-for-4 and scored two runs.
The Pride got off to a shaky start in the second game as West loaded the bases in the first inning. But then pitcher Brooks Kimball (seven strikeouts) stole the show, striking out two and inducing an infield popup to end the inning en route to a one-hit complete-game performance. Despite Kimball’s dominate pitching, the Pride still only held a 1-0 lead until the seventh inning when a Scott Schofield two-run single started a rally to put the game out of reach.
Charlie Wright had two hits, while Kimball went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run.
Belmont 7, Somersworth 6
The Red Raiders survived a late Hilltopper comeback as Belmont (1-3) defeated Somersworth (2-3) on Friday for its first win of the season.
Belmont came out strong, scoring four runs in the first inning and adding three more in the fourth for a seven-run lead, but Somersworth responded with four runs in the fifth and two more in the seventh. Defense saved game for the Red Raiders as they threw out the would-be game-tying run at third and tagged out a runner attempting to steal second for the final two outs of the game.
Meghan Prescott pitched a complete game for the win. Cassie Contigiannia went 2-for-2 with a run scored, and Alyssa Woods was 3-for-3. Freshman Courtney Clairmont went 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Monadnock 8, John Stark 7, OT
The Generals (3-1) suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of Monadnock (3-2) in overtime on Friday. John Stark took a penalty early in the game and fell behind 3-0, forcing the Generals to play from behind for most of the game.
Brody Fredricks led the Generals with four goals. Keith Galli had two, including the game-tying goal with 55 seconds left. Matt Richard and Jake Blanchette each had two assists and Colbey Decotis also tallied a goal. August Colburn had 11 saves in net.
Exeter 18, Concord 6
The Crimson Tide (1-4) had no answer for the Blue Hawks’ attack, falling behind 12-3 at halftime.
Grace Orzechowski scored three goals for Concord, while Hannah Bouchard, Adelaide Symmes and Mary Annon scored one each.
Also playing well were Bella Rubin on defense and Lizzie Donlon in goal.