PA Boy Tracksters Roll to Another Crown, Girls Fourth

The Pinkerton Academy boys’ indoor track and field team powered its way past the competition again on the way to its fifth consecutive Division I state championship at Dartmouth College on Sunday. And the Lady Astros were no slouches either, finishing fourth out of 14 teams in their title meet.

The Astro guys collected a stunning 108 points to dominate the 16-team meet, with Nashua North finishing a distant second with 46 points.

The Lady Astros tallied a total of 46 points to finish behind only the D-I champs from Bedford High (90), the runner-up Bishop Guertin crew from Nashua (53), and Londonderry (50).


The now five-time state champs won a total of three events, thanks to the performances of Jadyn Ruimwijk in the 300-meter dash (36.36 seconds), Nick Sevilla in the 3,000-meter run (8 minutes, 47.80 seconds), and the 4×200 relay quartet of Nico Buccieri, Evan Rodgers, Ruimwijk, and Kaycee Scheibert (1:33.92).

But those were far from being the only point-scoring events for the champs, who snared a whole bunch of top-six finishes.

“The team had points come from many different events in what was an all-around team effort,” said coach Ian French. “It was an incredible team effort that, as a coach, you hope to see every year. Some of the runners will now look ahead to New Englands in a few weeks, where they get a chance to run against the best of the Northeast.”

The Astros got second places from Scheibert in the 55-meter dash (6.71), Sam Lanternier in the 600-meter run (1:25.64), Tom Hanlon in the 1,000 (2:36.09), Jeff Reddy in the 1,500 (4:05.46), Ben Curry in the high jump (6 feet), and the 4×400 quartet (3:36.14).

A third place was also snagged by Reddy in the 3,000 (9:04.13).


The Lady Astros got impressive efforts from standout Britney Johnson, who took a second on her own in the 1,000 (3:04), helped the 4×800 relay team to a second along with teammates Annie Sullivan, Ariel Vaillancourt, and Veronica Sullivan (9:53.10), and tallied a third on her own in the 1,500 (4:57.67).

Morgan Sansing contributed a second in the 3,000 (10:41.83), and other third places came from Jordan Vaillancourt in the 1,000 (3:05.40) and Maison D’Amelio in the 3,000 (10:42.81).