Bulldogs dominate on track

Noah Pion knew the Bedford High School girls track team had the chance to run away with the Division I meet on Friday, but he wasn’t confident the Bulldogs could win their third title in a row from the start.

But when scores were announced before the high jump had been completed – and Bedford was close to first – Pion felt good about the Bulldogs’ chances.

“I started to feel pretty good about the meet when we were close to leading without the high jump scored,” he said. “I knew how well we were doing in high jump. After the 300 hurdles, I felt good about the meet. In triple jump, we scored high.

“I knew Londonderry did a great job, and their star, (Yorgelis) Ortiz, she did a great job getting 30 points herself, but I knew she was done at the 200. They only had a few points left to get.”

Bedford scored 22.5 points in the high jump to vault ahead of Londonderry for good, and the Bulldogs capped it with a win in the 4×400 relay.

Bedford finished with 116.5 points while Londonderry took second with 75.

The relay team of Olivia CoCo, Mollie Redman, Rebecca Rooney and Gwenyth Winship came up short of their goal of a division record, but bested the time set by last year’s first-place relay team.

“They went out and fought for it,” Pion said. “They did exactly what they do in every race. They want to win, and we like breaking records. They went for it and they were close. They left it on the track, regardless of us winning this meet or not.”

CoCo, Winship, Rooney and Danielle Angelini also combined to win the 4×800 (9:40.25) and Winship won the 400 (57.44) and was second in the 200. CoCo also came in fourth in the 400.

Letti and Anika Hibbard also had big days for Bedford. Letti Hibbard was first in the 100 hurdles (15.28), second in the high jump and the long jump, while Anika Hibbard was first in the high jump (5-4) and third in the long jump.

Also placing in the high jump were Emma Bzik, who tied for third, and Heather Morrison and Molly McCoole, who were part of a four-way tie for fifth. McCoole was also fifth in the 100 hurdles.

Redman was also third in the triple jump and teamed with Tyler Schiappa, Rebecca Rooney and Kathlyn Rooney came in sixth in the 4×100 relay.

Shanna Scribner took third in the discus, fourth in the javelin and fifth in the shot put while Megan Poremba was fourth in the discus.

BOYS

The Bedford boys scored 49 points to finish fifth behind first-place Nashua North (81).

Michael Giraldi won the 400 (50.97) while teammate Ryan Wittenberg took second and Shay Evans was fourth in the same event.

Wittenberg teamed with Ty Benson, Matt Gould and Scott Daly to win the 4×800 relay (8:12.36) while Wittenberg, Evan, Giraldi and Theodore Sarette also teamed up to take second in the 4×400 relay.

Sarette was also fourth in the 300 hurdles and Matt Dyer came in fifth in the 110 hurdles. Daly was sixth in the 1,600 and Brandon Levenstein came in sixth in the 100. David Norfleet, Mackenzie Turgeon, Nick Leahy and Joseph Aiello came in sixth in the 4×100 relay.