Off and running
Eli Moskowitz watched as an inspiring moment turned into a potentially serious injury.
As the Souhegan High School junior was warming up for the 3,000-meter race at Sunday morning’s Division II Indoor Track Championship, Moskowitz kept an eye on the 4×800 relay.
Teammate Patrick Lynch pushed himself to the limit during his leg of the relay, and at the end, stumbled to the ground. Lynch injured his wrist in his tumble, and at first, coaches feared it was a broken wrist.
In a meet where the Sabers were going to need all the points they could get just to have chance to win a third straight boys title, Moskowitz knew it was time to step up.
“The 4×800 relay was an exciting race to watch and it really got me pumped for the 3,000, especially just watching Pat’s leg,” Moskowitz said. “He gave it everything he had.”
Moskowitz did, too, winning the 3,000 and finishing second in the 1,500, but it wasn’t enough for Souhegan. The Sabers finished third with 53 points, coming in behind Lebanon (69.5) and Portsmouth (65) at Dartmouth College in Hanover. Milford (12 points) tied for 12th and Campbell (10) came in 14th while Hollis Brookline (3) was 22nd.
“I knew it was going to be a close race with me and Brian Reaney (of Portsmouth) and Josh Fontaine (of Lebanon),” said Moskowitz, who won in 9 minutes, 6.3 seconds. “They’re both really good. I thought if it came down to a close race at the finish, I could take it with a good kick.”
Coe-Brown of Northwood won its second girls title in a row, scoring 81 points to finish ahead of second-place Oyster River (42) and third-place Lebanon (36). HB (28) was the top local finisher, coming in fifth, while Souhegan (27.5) was sixth and Milford (26) came in seventh. Campbell (1) finished 21st.
Emma Newton was the top runner for the Cavaliers, also placing first in the 3,000 and second in the 1,500. She also helped the 4×800 team finish second and ran anchor for the 4×400, which won its heat, but didn’t place.
“At first, I wasn’t going to do the 1,500, but then we decided, it’s senior year, just go do everything,” Newton said. “The first couple of laps (of the 3,000) were a little rough, but after that, I felt good.
“I think (the 4×800 relay) was a good warmup. I didn’t think I’d be able to close the gap, but I could hear someone yelling ‘she’s getting tired.’ The last 400 meters was about where I decided to go for it.”
Newton finished the 3,000 in 10:21.74, beating Coe-Brown’s Elisabeth Danis by almost 11 seconds, and she came in second in the 1,500 behind Oyster River’s Maegan Doody by three seconds.
HB also got points from Sarah Cramton, who finished fifth in the 1,500.
Souhegan got a handful of third places, including Madeleine Hunt (1,000), Mikayla Hickey (long jump) and the 4×200 and 4×800 relay teams. Also scoring for the Sabers were Casey Johnson (sixth, 55), Mary Mullen (sixth, shot put) and Brooke Tanguay (tied sixth, high jump).
“We were very pleased with the girls,” Souhegan coach John Eastman said. “They did as they were seeded also, maybe a little higher. Almost all their points were scored by underclassmen.”
Milford was led by Camryn Johnson, who placed second in the shot put, and Nicole McMorrow, who was fourth in the 55 and sixth in the 300 for the Spartans. Olivia Rougeau and Olivia Mabbett also tied for third in the high jump, and Milford was also fifth in the 4×200 and sixth in the 4×400.
After winning the 3,000, Moskowitz regrouped for the 1,500 and was leading the pack most of the way, when Kearsarge’s Shane Corely raced out in front with about three laps to go.
“I didn’t expect him to come up,” Moskowitz said. “I knew that (Belmont’s Joseph) Boles would have a strong finish. I was hoping I could get him.”
Boles ended up finishing first, ahead of Moskowitz by under two seconds.
Souhegan also got a first place from Ben DeForest, who won the 55 hurdles (7.7) for the third year in a row and took second in the high jump. Brady Camplin came in fifth in the 600 and the Sabers were second in the 4×400 and third in the 4×800 after Lynch’s injury.
“That hurt us,” Eastman said. “Instead of being first in that relay, we were third, so that was a swing of four points both ways. (Lynch) had the wrist injury, so he was unable to compete in the 1,500, where he was the third or fourth seed, so we lost points there as well.”
Milford was led by Ian Michaud, who finished third in the high jump and took sixth in the 55 hurdles. The Spartans also got a sixth place from Jacob Drescher in the 3,000 and finished fourth in the 4×400 relay.
The HB boys got a fifth place from Evan Porter in the 55 hurdles and a sixth place from Christian Parenteau in the 600.
The top six finishers in each event advance to the New England Championship, which will be held March 1 at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston.