Patiently waiting

The Milford and Souhegan high school girls track teams were prepared for big days Sunday afternoon at the Division II indoor championship meet.

Bad news might have been that the Spartans and the Sabers might have been battling each other for second place. Coe-Brown Academy is once again the favorite to take home its third straight indoor crown, as the Black Bears have at least one athlete, or relay team, seeded in the top six of 11 of the 13 events.

Unfortunately for all three programs, the battle for that top spot will have to wait a week. The meet, originally scheduled for Feb. 8 at Dartmouth College’s Leverone Field House, has been postponed along with the Division I meet until Feb. 15. Start times had not yet been announced as of Tuesday evening.

Heading into the Division II meet, Portsmouth appears to be the slight favorite on the boys side, although Souhegan and Lebanon, the defending champion, might have something to say about it.

Elisabeth Danis (seeded No. 1 in the 3,000-meters and third in the 1,500) and Hannah Parker (No. 2 in the 300 and 1,000) will look to lead Coe-Brown to another division title, something they’ve done several times in their high school careers.

Milford will be looking to get a big day from junior Olivia Rougeau, who is seeded second in the high jump and third in the long jump, and is a part of the 4×200 relay team, which is seeded fourth.

Souhegan’s Madeleine Hunt is the second seed in the 1,500, where she’ll battle with Oyster River’s Maegan Doody, the No. 1 seed and the D-II cross
country champion, and Danis. Hunt is also part of the Sabers’ 4×800 relay team, which is seeded second behind Coe-Brown. Esther Johnson, seeded second in the shot put, could also score some big points for Souhegan.

Eli Moskowitz enters the boys meet as the top seed in both the 1,000 and 1,500, and he’ll run a leg of the 4×400 relay (seeded second) and the 4×800 (seeded first).

A big day from Moskowitz, and the rest of the Sabers distance runners, could put Souhegan in a good spot, it’ll need help to win the team’s third title in four years.

Portsmouth has multiple athletes seeded in some events where the Sabers don’t have anyone entered, and the Clippers also are the top seed in the 4×200 and 4×400 relays.

Eddie Carroll (seeded No. 1 in the high jump) and Hunter Maurice (No. 2 in the long jump) could also score some big points for Portsmouth.

Hollis Brookline’s Evan Porter is seeded fourth in the 55 hurdles, and with Guillem Pujadas in the 300, could score some points for the Cavaliers.