There may have been a total of 16 teams competing in the New Hampshire Indoor Track and Field League meets at the University of New Hampshire on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 17. But the two squads from Pinkerton Academy and the two from Londonderry High warranted and received the most attention.
The Astro and Lancer contingents were continuing their schools’ rivalry with points in the winter Ball Family Trophy games up for grabs, not to mention the bragging rights that go along with defeating a rival and further improvement in their 2015-16 indoor league records. And the PA and LHS teams have all also enjoyed strong campaigns so far this winter.
The distinct possibility of having each school walk away from UNH’s Sweet Oval with a victory that day wound up becoming reality after the Lady Lancer tracksters edged out Pinkerton by a 92-88 tally in their eight-team meet, and the defending Division I champion Pinkerton males tallied 73.50 points to outdistance second-place Londonderry (58) and the six other competing squads in their meet.
The victorious Lady Lancers received wins from Yorgelis Ortiz in the 55-meter dash (7.40 seconds) and the high jump (5 feet, 2 inches), Gretchen McGrath in the 1,000-meter run (3 minutes, 08.30 seconds), Kalin Gregoire in the 1,500 meters (5:06.50), Andrea Wooldridge in the long jump (15’8 1/2”), and the 4×160 relay quartet of Jess Brien, Ellie Goodspeed, Kaitlyn Marchant, and McGrath.
The runner-up Lady Astros’ crew got victories from Britney Johnson in the 600-meter run (1:43.20) and the 3,000-meter run (10:44.50), and the 4×400 relay team of Nicole Alves, Johnson, Ariel Vaillancourt, and Madi Smith (4:27.80).
The defending champion PA boys’ squad exhibited its depth by bagging a whole bunch of top-six, point-scoring performances. But the Astros’ lone first place of the day was delivered by the 4×100 relay quartet of Nico Buccieri, Jadyn Ruimswijk, Kaycee Scheibert, and Evan Rodgers (1:16.10).
The Lancers got victories from Cam Dickson in the 1,500 (4:17.30), Trevor Guay in the 55-meter hurdles (8.20), Kyle Foden in the shot put (44’1”), and the 4×400 relay team of Derek Davies, Dickson, Mark Gigliotti, and Guay (3:45.60).