Astro Boy Tracksters Aim to Get Back to the Top of D-I

It’s often difficult to tell if a pattern is going to continue. But if a pattern connected to the Pinkerton Academy boys’ outdoor track and field squad does continue this spring, the Astros will win the Division I championship in a few months.

The academy boy tracksters won the D-I title in 2012, missed out on it in 2013. won it again in 2014, but then missed out on collecting the crown last spring. With that pattern in mind, they’re due.

The Astros’ 2015-16 boys’ indoor track and field crew tallied its fifth straight D-I championship earlier this year, and a bunch of the standouts from that impressive contingent are in the spring fold for coach Carol Quarles. So climbing back up to the top of the D-I outdoor mountain is well within the realm of possibilities for the academy bunch.

Pinkerton’s impressive and large crew of returning standouts from the spring 2015 season includes senior distance men Tom Hanlon, Sam Lanternier, Jeff Reddy, and Nico Sevilla, and their fellow 12th graders Noah Davis (middle distances) and T.J. Urbanik (sprints and throws).

The latter stalwart is coming off a knee injury that cost him both his senior football season and his indoor track campaign, so saying he is raring to get back to competition is an understatement.

Other important returning standouts are juniors Nico Buccieri (sprints) and Evan Rodgers (sprints) and sophomores Jadyn Ruimwijk (sprints) and Kaycee Scheibert (sprints).

Other returning letter-winners from the 2015 outdoor team include seniors Kevin Johnson (sprints) and Zach Sullivan (throws), juniors Matt Anzivino (sprints), Pat Bastek (distances), Calvin Graves (distances), and Trevor Hajj (sprints), and sophomore Cam Phelps (middle-distances).

The Astros’ promising newcomers include freshmen John Brooks (sprints), Ethan Desmarais (distances), Joseph Gagnon (distances), and Adam Spencer (jumps).

When thinking in terms of her squad’s keys to success this spring, Quarles said, “Hard work and dedication, and always striving for excellence are our keys.”

The Pinkerton males get their 2016 season started officially this Friday, April 8, at home against the Souhegan High Sabers from Amherst.