Moskowitz, Sabers settle for 2nd

PORTSMOUTH – Eli Moskowitz felt so good when he was done running Saturday, he told a reporter he was ready to talk moments after finishing his final race.

But on second thought, the Souhegan High School senior hadn’t quite caught his breath and asked for a few more minutes.

“Sorry,” he said with a smile. “Thought I was invincible for a moment.”

Moskowitz was close to it at the Division II track championships, as he not only ran, but won, the 800-meter, the 1,600-meter and the 3,200-meter races, and also helped the Sabers’ 4×800-relay team to fifth place.

It was all in an attempt to help Souhegan win its third championship in four years, but the Sabers came up a bit short. Portsmouth, which finished second the last two years, took home the boys title for the first time since 1985, recording 98 points to win on its home track and finish ahead of Souhegan, which was second with 81.

Kennett came in third with 54 points and Lebanon was fourth with 52.5 while Pelham rounded out the top five with 42.5. Milford (13 points) came in 14th while Hollis Brookline (10) was 16th.

Coe-Brown won the girls title for the fourth year in a row, scoring 151 points to finish 85 points ahead of runner-up Pelham (66). Milford and Oyster River tied for third with 58 points and Lebanon took fifth with 54.33. Souhegan (28) came in seventh and Hollis Brookline (7) was 13th.

BOYS

Moskowitz turned in the top individual performance of the day, as his four events – he also ran a leg of the 4×800 relay, which came in fifth – totaled four miles. He won the 800 in 2:00.46, finishing less than five-tenths of a second ahead of Kennett’s Nicholas Brown.

The Souhegan senior won the 1,600 in 4:21.76 and took advantage of a slow field to win the 3,200 in 10:03.69.

“I just wanted to do everything I could to help my team win,” Moskowitz said. “This is my last year and I really wanted to see if we could win this championship as a team.

“Before the 800, I had all these blisters on my feet and I thought I’ll just see how I do. I finished and my feet were burning, so I got them taped up and I just decided I’d do what I can. (The 3,200) ended up being kind of slow, so I took advantage.”

The Souhegan 4×100 relay team also finished first, as Matthew Blood, Jon Nogueira, Benjamin Miller and Sebastian Eaton finished in 44.54.

Peter Forster finished second in the long jump and fifth in the high jump while Jerrell Webster came in second in the high jump.

Nogueria came in third in the pole vault, while Eaton was fifth in both the 100 and 200 and Miller finished sixth in the 100. Cameron Behn came in fourth in the 300 hurdles and the 4×400 relay team was third.

Milford got an big performance from Jahir Romney in the long jump. Seeded 15th going in, Romney finished third overall, while Tim Tamulonis finished fourth in the pole vault. Jake Ricca took fifth in the discus and the Spartans’ 4×100 relay was sixth.

GIRLS

Milford got first places from Olivia Rougeau and Nicole McMorrow, while the duo teamed with Amy Arena and Olivia Mabbett to win the 4×100 relay for the second year in a row, finishing in 45.33.

Rougeau also took first in the high jump, clearing 5-2, and was third in the long jump, while McMorrow did a personal-best 36-91?4 to win the triple jump and was fifth in the 100.

“It still hasn’t hit me yet, because usually, I start crying,” McMorrow said. “We won the relay before (the triple jump). It’s great winning the relay because it’s nice to do it as a team.”

Rougeau was frustrated going into the high jump after her performance in the long jump, and at first, it wasn’t getting any better.

“When I finished long jump, I was upset about how I did,” she said. “I had to shake it off and do my best. I went to high jump and missed my first attempt at 4-8. I was like ‘this is not going to go so well.’ Then I just kept clearing my first attempt at each height.”

The Spartans got a second place from in the 100 and a sixth in the 400 from Arena, while Brianna Lippitt came in second in the pole vault. Mabbett tied for fifth in the high jump and Miranda Couture fifth 300 hurdles.

Souhegan’s Mikayla Hickey came in second in the long jump while Jane Leighton came in third in the 400 and Madeleine Hunt was fourth in the 800. Shannon Earley finished sixth in the 3,200 and the Sabers were second in the 4×800 and sixth in the 4×400.