High schools: MV track teams get off on right foot
The boys did it will depth. The girls did it with skill. But at the end of the day, both the boys’ and girls’ indoor track teams from Merrimack Valley could look back and be proud of their opening meet results.
The Pride boys scored in 10 of the 11 events contested at the Paul Sweet Oval to win a 15-team meet with 66 points, with Oyster River (49), Sanborn (41), Pelham (38.5) and Pembroke (31) rounding out the top five. Only six girls traveled to UNH to represent MV, but they had four victories, including two from freshman Kristie Schoffield, to finish second with 46 points, behind Pelham (89 points), but ahead of Oyster River (38), Newmarket (28) and Campbell (27). Sant Bani (eighth, 14 points) and Pembroke (ninth, 10 points) were the other local teams that competed.
The MV boys had only one win, the 4x200 relay team (3:49) made up of Keegan Hanks, Devon McGrath, Brendan Polichronopoulos and Carter Saltmarsh (fifth 1,000), but had five second-place finishes and had top-six finishes in several events. Hanks (second 1,000), Polichronopoulos (1,500) and Walker John (3,000) competed well in runner-up efforts, while Trevor Parsons (tied-second high jump, third 55 hurdles, fifth 600) and Devon McGrath (second 55 dash, sixth long jump) scored in multiple events. Josiah Platte was fourth in the shot put. Parsons and McGrath stood out in particular; Parsons for scoring in three different disciplines and McGrath for showing the most improvement in his times and distances from last season.
The results “really speaks to the depth on the boys’ side,” Pride Coach Bob Mullen said.
While depth is an issue on the girls’ side, Mullen had just as much to be excited about. In her first indoor competition since an ACL injury two years ago, senior Nancy Taban won the 55 hurdles in a blistering 8.8 seconds, in addition to finishing fourth in the 55 dash and fifth in both the 300 and shot put. In her first ever indoor meet, freshman Schoffield won the 300 (46.4 seconds) and the 3,000 (11:14), showing her versatility in the sprints and distance events, a promising sign, according to Mullen.
“She’s an athlete,” Mullen said of the freshman phenom. “She’s not just a sprinter or a distance runner. We’re going to try to find her specialization. We’re just starting to see what she can do.”
The Pride also got solid performances out of returning athletes, with Mary Mullen winning the shot put with a toss of 31-3 and Randee Tatham finishing second in the 300, just half a second behind Schoffield.
“Many positives came out of today,” said Mullen, commenting that seeing these results after only two weeks of practice also bodes well for the rest of the season.
Drew Harrison (second 600), John Sanborn (tied-second high jump, third 3,000), Ryan Jacques (fourth 300) and Kam Anderson (fourth shot put) led Pembroke to its fifth-place finish on the boys’ side, while Jayla Decker (fourth 3,000), Mariah Mitchell (fifth 1,500), Emma Foss (sixth 55) and Allison Fischer (sixth 600) paced the girls. Joyce Hamel (second 600) and Sarah Steenbergen (third 3,000) scored for Sant Bani.
BOYS’ INDOOR TRACK
Meet at Dartmouth
Several local teams competed at a meet at Dartmouth, won by Nashua North (65 points). Belmont (six points) and Kearsarge (three points) finished 12th and 13th, respectively. Winnisquam and Hillsboro-Deering competed, but did not score.
Joseph Boles of Belmont won the 1,500 with a time of 4:24.9. Bobby Blais (300), Kyle Patten (300) and Michael Sanborn (shot put) also set personal records. Shane Corley finished fourth in the 1,500 for Kearsarge’s points.
UNH afternoon meet
Warren Bartlett won the 1,000 with a time of 2:48.4 and was the Green Giants’ lone scorer in Bishop Brady’s season-opening meet. The Green Giants were eighth of nine teams behind Bartlett’s 10 points.
GIRLS’ INDOOR TRACK
Meet at Dartmouth
Several local teams competed at a meet at Dartmouth narrowly won by Mt. Anthony, Vt. (44.5 points) over Nashua North (44) and Milford (42). Winnisquam was the only local team to score, behind freshman Allyson McGuire’s fourth-place finish in the 1,500. Hillsboro-Deering and Belmont also competed, but did not score.
UNH afternoon meet
Brooke Solomon was the lone competitor for the Green Giants in a meet held at UNH. Solomon was tied for eighth in the 300 with a time of 48.4, less than a second away from scoring points.
Concord first at Salem Invite
The Tide bounced back from a season-opening loss to win the 12-team Salem Invitational. Concord’s 196 points topped runner-up Pinkerton (167) and third-place Windham (159). All 14 of Concord’s wrestlers won at least two matches to score points and 11 wrestlers placed.
Walters Ndi was the Tide’s individual champion, winning the 195-pound weight class. Connor Stadnicki (120), Ian Wagner (152), Calvin Crowell (170) and George Tarwo (182) all finished second in their respective classes. Stadnicki gave an “inspirational” effort in his semifinal, according to Coach Ham Munnell, while Tarwo narrowly lost to Pinkerton’s Hunter Morse, 7-5, to finish runner-up.
Mark Hoyt (106), Brandon Simpson (126) and Chris Munnell (138) finished third and Nate Engel (113), Clay Spencer (145) and Dylan Nador (285) finished fourth.
“It was a great team effort and good win for us. Everybody contributed,” Coach Munnell said.
Winnisquam, John Stark at Con-Val
Winnisquam and John Stark both placed several wrestlers at a tournament hosted by Con-Val. Bellows Falls, Vt., won the tournament and was joined in the top three by Keene and Plymouth.
Richey Mills won the 170-pound class, while Logan Patten (113), DJ Aldridge (195) and Dakota Vantassel (220) finished third. Kyle Bolduc (132) finished fourth for the Bears.
John Stark’s Nick Widmann was John Stark’s only champion, winning his final match, 16-0, to claim the 132-pound title. Eric Loc finished second at 195. Deric Farris (106) and Kellen Brien (170) finished third to also place for the Generals. Farris avenged last Wednesday’s loss to Winnisquam’s Tristan Mulleavey in yesterday’s consolation final and Brien was down 7-0 before pinning his opponent to claim third.
Bow goes 2-2
Louis Miyara won the 100 fly and was second in the 100 backstroke for Bow, which beat Kearsarge, 69-11, and also defeated Stevens, which doesn’t have a boys’ team. The Falcons lost to Hanover, 85-50, and Lebanon, 54-50, in a meet Friday.
Nick Weckstein was second in the 100 breaststroke and third in the 50 free for Bow, and Ross Cook was fourth in both the 50 and 100 free. Miyara, Weckstein, Jackson Podis and Ben Maurer teamed to win the 200 free relay.
Bow goes 1-3
The Falcons earned a 73-31 win over Kearsarge, but fell to Lebanon (88-43), Stevens (84-45) and Hanover (122-31).
Riley Hicks was fourth in the 50 freestyle and fifth in the 100 backstroke to lead Bow. Audrey Reed was third in the 100 breaststroke and Jillian DeLand was fifth in the 100 backstroke. Hicks, Reed, DeLand and Haley Parker teamed to place fourth in the 200 medley relay.