Busy PA Track and Field Squads Keep Enjoying Big Successes

The Pinkerton Academy track and field squads’ 2016 successes continued to pile up last week when the Astro male and Lady Astro contingents excelled at their home Forsaith Track and Field facility early in the week, and the males made big news several days later on the seacoast.

The younger members of both Pinkerton crews then closed out the busy week with strong showings at the annual Salem Kiwanis Freshman-Sophomore Meet at Salem High last Saturday.

The academy teams both collected lopsided wins from the Alvirne High crews from Hudson Tuesday, May 3, and the Astro guys followed up that fine bit of work with a strong performance at the annual Clipper Relays at Portsmouth High two days later.

In the May 3 trouncings of the Alvirne Broncos, the Pinkerton females tallied a 108-36 victory and the Astro males won 82-59.

Girls’ event wins were bagged by Nicole Alves in the 200-meter dash (time of 27.68 seconds) and the 400 dash (1 minute, 03.27 seconds), Sara Muller in the 800-meter run (2:35.34), Ciara April in the 1,600-meter run (5:30.33), Morgan Sansing in the 3,200 (11:56.27), Maria Virga in both the 100-meter hurdles (16.33) and the 300 intermediate hurdles (49.89), Hannah Rogers in the long jump (15 feet, 3/4 inches) and the triple jump (33’10 1/2″), Veronica Sullivan in the pole vault (7′), and Brooke Kane in the high jump (5’2″).

The Lady Astros also tallied wins in the 4×100 relay (53.33), thanks to the work of Virga, Alves, Catherine Goodwin, and Madison Smith, and in the 4×400 (4:45.10), thanks to the running of Veronica Sullivan, Megan Qualters, Bella Fast, and Kane.

In the boys’ 23-point victory that day, first-place performances were posted by Jadyn Ruimwijk in the 100 (11.54) and the 200 (23.41), Matt Anzivino in the 400 (53.69), Evan Rodgers in the 110 hurdles (16.87) and the 300 hurdles (44.29), Adam Spencer in the high jump (5’6″), Ben Clough in the pole vault (10’6″), T.J. Urbanik in the shot put (43’3″) and the discus (117’2″), Kyle Hajj in the long jump (19’8″), Joron Harrell in the triple jump (36′ 1/2″), and Zach Sullivan in the javelin (160’11”).

Relay victories were tallied by the talented teams of Rodgers, Urbanik, Ruimwijk, and Nico Buccieri in the 4×100 (44.90) and Pat Hanlon, Youssef Hassan, Ruimwijk, and Noah Woodman in the 4×400 (3:50.90).

Then on Thursday, May 5 in Portsmouth, the Astro guys proved unbeatable in an 18-team field at the Clipper Relays.

The locals notched a winning overall score of 75.98, with the runner-up host team from Portsmouth finishing a distant second with a 47.92.

Event wins were snared in the 4×400 (3:33.70), 4×800 (8:10.60), 4,000 medley (10:56.10), and by Urbanik in the javelin (146’5″). PA also took second and third in the javelin, thanks to the performances of Zach Sullivan and Colin Bigelow.

And at the Kiwanis event on Saturday, May 7, the Pinkerton males and females both finished third.

The boys bagged wins in the 200, thanks to Ruimwijk (23.12) and the shot, thanks to Kaleal Cerafici (39’4″), as well as in the 4×400 (3:43.48).

The girls’ squad was paced by wins from Ciara April in the 1,600 (5:25.72) and its 4×200 quartet (1:55.21).