The annual Dartmouth Relays draw a great many talented high school track and field teams from throughout New England, New York, and even Quebec to that renowned New Hampshire college’s Leverone Field House early each year. And some of Pinkerton Academy’s top athletes made the ride to Hanover to test their mettle at the 2018 event held last Friday and Saturday, Jan. 5 and 6.
Both the Astro males and Lady Astros competed among 57 squads in their respective competitions, with the Pinkerton guys finishing tied for 16th place and the PA girls finishing near the back of their pack with just a single point.
The Bishop Hendricken squad from Rhode Island finished first as a team, but coach Ian French’s talented Astros had three point-scoring performances and a bunch of top-20 efforts at the huge event.
Pinkerton snagged a pair of third places thanks to Jadyn Ruimwijk’s individual effort in the 300-meter dash (time of 35.95 seconds) and his teamwork with fellow Astros Adam Spencer, Kayden Baillargeon, and Pat Hanlon in the 4×400 relay (3 minutes, 37.15 seconds).
The academy side also got a point from Spencer in the 55-meter hurdles where he was sixth (8.04).
Other top-20 efforts were delivered by Spencer in the 55 hurdles and the high jump, Hanlon in the 600-meter run, Steve Groulx in the 1,000, Ethan Desmaris in the unseeded mile, Joe Gagnon in the two-mile championship run, Conor Seleny in the 55 hurdles, John King and Jacob Bourassa in the unseeded shot put, and the team’s 4×800 relay quartet.
Coach Mike Karthas’ Lady Astros’ lone team point was tallied by Emily Lesburt with her sixth place in the high jump (effort of 5 feet, 2 inches). But Ciara April collected a fourth place in the unseeded mile with her time of 5:32.50.
Top-10 finishes were delivered by Amelia Graves in the 300 dash, Molly McGaffigan in the unseeded two-mile, Adrianna Buccieri in the shot, and the team’s 4×400 and 4×800 quartets.
Top-20 performances came from Britney Johnson in the championship mile, Meghan Cross and Maison D’Amelio in the championship two-mile, and the Lady Astros’ 4×200 relay quartet.
The PA tracksters will be back at UNH this weekend.