PA Boy Tracksters Get D-I Trophy Back, Girls Get Eighth

After winning the Division I championship trophy for retiring coach Wally Roberts during the spring of 2012 and then finishing fourth last spring, the Pinkerton Academy boys’ outdoor track and field squad returned to the top of the Division I mountain this past Sunday.

Head coach Carol Quarles’ PA guys showed off both the talent and depth that won them a second straight indoor crown earlier this year in tallying 100 points to comfortably outdistance the other 15 competing teams at the D-I outdoor championship meet at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton. Bedford finished second, 21 points behind the Astros.

In the girls’ D-I title meet, Pinkerton’s Lady Astros finished eighth out of 18 competing teams.

The title meets were originally slated to be run last Friday night, May 30, at Winnacunnet, but they were postponed that morning due to the impending weather. When they were run on Sunday, the events took place in sunny, warm weather.

BOYS

The championship crew got the desired job done in style, snaring 16 scoring performances, with four firsts.

PA snagged 24 points in the 3200-meter run alone, thanks to the 1-2-3 finish of Nick Sevilla (time of 9 minutes, 43.88 seconds) in the top spot, Tom Hanlon in second, and Phil Parent in third.

Other first places were delivered by Isaiah Backels in the pole vault (13 feet, 3 inches), Joe Poggi in the 800-meter run (1:55.78, with teammate Nolan Cooney third), and the 4×400 relay quartet of Zach Cicio, Ryan Lynch, Sam Lanternier, and Connor Kwiecien (3:26.72).

Cicio also snared third places in the 100 dash and the 200 dash, Kwiecien was third in the 400, T.J. Urbanik had thirds in the 300 hurdles and the javelin, and the PA 4×800 quartet also wound up third.

Other top-six, point-scoring efforts came from Erik Goulet in the triple jump, John Davis in the shot put, and Dean Squires in the javelin.

“It was quite a day for us,” said Quarles. “It feels amazing to be on top. After last year’s fourth place, we knew we were better than what our placing showed. The boys made the maximum effort to change that outcome this year. Everyone worked hard during the off-season; as a result, winning cross-country, indoor, and now outdoor track, the trifecta! That has not been done in a long time.

“This team was about family and supporting one another, about heart and pushing through to the end. We started out slow and pushed through to the end.”

GIRLS

The Lady Astros also had several athletes put forth great performances in their meet – which was won by Bedford with Londonderry a close second – with sophomore distance standout Morgan Sansing bagging 12 of her team’s 20 points by placing second in the 3200 and fourth in the 1600.

The girls also got scoring efforts from their 4×100 relay team (third) and Brianna Warnick in the 200 (fifth).