State’s finest track stars off to New Englands
The hangover from an amazing Super Sunday, which had nothing to do with football, has worn off.
The Souhegan High and Milford High girls track teams, last seen separated by .03 seconds for a state title in early February, have had ample time to recover. The elite athletes from both squads are off to the New England Championships, Saturday at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston.
The event is for boys and girls and both schools will be well-represented as each state sends its top six performers in every event.
On the girls side, Souhegan will have Abby Cranney running in the 300 and Elise Lambert competing in the 600.
Sabers Jane Leighton and Marissa Romano are the lone distance hopes, competing in the 1000.
Lambert will also high jump, while Hannah Rowe qualified in the long jump.
Souhegan will also send a pair of relay teams into the action. The 4×200 team of Kayla Kilcourse, Rowe, Cranney and Katie Noyes is pumped up, as is the 4×800 quartet of Lambert, Romano, Mackenzie Hayden and Jane Leighton.
For Milford, the strength starts in the distances where Rebecca Durham is a threat to win in both the 1500 and 3000. Teammate Lauren Robinson is qualified in both as well.
Look out for Milford in the long jump, where Viankah Williams won the state Division II, just nipping teammate Renee Wilson. Both should be ready Saturday.
The Spartans qualified a relay team as well.
Milford’s 4×400 of Durham, Wilson, Robyn Krafft and Meg Sawyer will compete.
Neither boys team had any qualifiers.