Astro Tracksters Split with LHS Lancer Contingents

Pinkerton Academy’s boys’ and girls’ outdoor track and field squads came close to claiming a sweep of a meet with the rival Londonderry High Lancers in spring Beeman Trophy action between the two local schools in Derry Tuesday, April 21.

The defending Division I champion boys thumped the Lancer males by an 84-42 score that afternoon, but the Lady Astros were narrowly bested by Londonderry’s Lady Lancers’ in a tight 69-66 decision.


The Astro guys did some exceptional work for coach Carol Quarles in winning their battle with their arch-rival, as the hosts won 11 events en route to their great point total of 84.

T.J. Urbanik and Isaiah Backels each won multiple events, with Urbanik proving unbeatable in the 110-meter hurdles (time of 15.95 seconds) and the 300 intermediate hurdles (41.38) and Backels bagging the wins in the pole vault (12 feet) and the long jump (18 feet, 7 3/4 inches). The Astros swept all three scoring positions in the long jump.

Individual victories were claimed by Nico Buccieri in the 100 dash (12.39), Sam Lanternier in the 400 (53.79), Austin Smith in the 800-meter run (2 minutes, 04.58 seconds), Nate Rees in the 1600 (4:54.90), Nico Sevilla in the 3200 (9:52.83), and Joey Lydick in the discus (117 feet, 8 1/2 inches). Pinkerton also bagged a win in the 4×100 relay (44.86).


Despite being edged by  three points by the visiting Lady Lancers, coach Ed Vaitones’ PA girls put forth some strong work.

First places were collected by Nicole Alves in the 100 dash (13.12), Morgan Sansing in the 1600 (5:22.06), Olivia Tracy in the 3200 (12:56.45), Hannah Rogers in the triple jump (32’11”), and Kayla Watson in the shot put (32’ 3 1/2”).

Both of the academy track and field contingents then made the trip to Nashua High School North last Saturday, April 25, to participate in the North Invitational. And there was good news generated by both PA contingents.

The Astro males saw Isaiah Backels win the pole vault (12’6”) and second places come from the 4×400 relay team of Matt Robinson, Kevin Johnson, Sam Lanternier, and Ryan Lynch as well as Noah Davis in the 800 and Nick Sevilla in the two-mile. Third places were delivered by Josh Johnston in the 100 and T.J. Urbanik in 300 hurdles.

On the girls’ side of things, the Lady Astros saw Kayla Watson win the shot put (33’ 1/2”), Maison D’Amelio snare second place in the freshman/sophomore mile, and their talented 4×100 relay quartet finish third overall.