Astro and Lancer Tracksters Split Their Beeman Meet

With the Beeman Trophy up for grabs again this spring, the Pinkerton Academy and Londonderry High boys’ and girls’ track and field squads faced off at LHS on Tuesday, May 6, with potential bragging rights at stake.

And when the meet was completed, the rival schools had to call it a draw, with Pinkerton winning the boys’ competition handily (82-53) and the host Lady Lancers winning their competition even more handily (93-51).


The Astro guys got some great individual performances in handing the rival Lancers the lopsided loss. Isaiah Backels, T.J. Urbanik, and Zach Cicio had their names come up again and again among the listings of event winners.

Backels ended up victorious in three events, taking firsts in the pole vault (12 feet), the long jump (18’) and the triple jump (38’2”). Urbanik was also the victor in three events, grabbing the top spots in the high jump (5’10”), the javelin (138’4”), and the 300-meter hurdles (41.0 seconds). Cicio ended up being tops in the 100-meter dash (11.5) and the 400-meter dash (52.5).

Individual wins were collected by Astros John Davis in the discus (116’7”), Connor Kwiecien in the 1600-meter run (4 minutes, 40.3 seconds), Joe Poggi in the 800 (2:05.5), and Phil Parent in the 3200 run (10:15).

PA also bagged victories in the 4×100 relay (45.4) and the 4×400 (3:37.7).

After enjoying their success in the head-to-head meeting with the Lancers, Pinkerton’s younger boys went on to plow straight through the competition at the annual Salem High School Freshman/Sophomore Meet last Saturday, May 10.

The Astro guys won the team title with a team score of 116, and numerous first places were snagged including ones by Urbanik in the 300 hurdles, Nolan Cooney in the 800, and Tom Hanlon in the 3200.


The Lady Astros only managed to claim three first places, and those came thanks to the efforts of Jacque Greazzo in the triple jump (30’10 1.2”), Haley McMullen in the 1600 (5:48.7), and Veronica Sullivan in the 3200 (13:57.9).

Additionally, the academy girls’ contingent got two second places each from stalwarts Kayla Watson and Hannah Rogers.