Merrimack runs at D-I track meet

Courtesy of three strong relays and some key individual placers, Merrimack High School left the University of New Hampshire in third overall with 36 points.

The Tomahawks came in behind Pinkerton Academy (91 points) and runner-up Londonderry (54). Alvirne was sixth with 24 points, while Bishop Guertin and Nashua North were tied for 10th with 15 points, and Nashua South was 13th with 10 points.

Benjamin Parent and Ryan Barry earned individual points for Merrimack in the 300 meter dash, as Parent was third in 38.01 and Barry was fifth in 38.62. In the 600 meter, Chase Sweeney earned a fourth-place finish with time of 1:26.65, while Blake Williams earned fourth in the 1,000 in (2:38.01) and third in the long jump (19 feet, 9 inches).

Three relay teams earn points for the Tomahawks, as the 4×160 relay team of Barry, Williams, Wesley Notter, and Justin Weiser finished fifth (1:18.20); the 4×400 team of Sweeney, Hersh Rai, Parent and Williams was second (3:39.61); and the 4×800 team of Jake Zannoni, Ben Sweesy, Jarrod Ottman and Rai was fourth (8:53.02).

Individually, Alvirne had some placers, highlighted by Noah Bellomo’s first-place run of 2:37.08 in the 1,000, and third-place finishes from Kyle Saunders in the 600 (1.25.73) and Phillip Demers in the 1,500 (4:10.85). Also placing were Kendall Westhoff in the 3,000 (9:19.63 for sixth) and Cody Coulombe in the shot put (431?2 in sixth).

Other local placers included: Nashua South’s Evan Patterson, who won the shot put (46-41?2); Nashua North’s 4×160 relay team consisting of Edward Vargas, Randell Jenkins, Connor Baldassaro and Samuel Mena (fourth, 1:16.53); Bishop Guertin’s 4×400 relay team consisting of Jack Barowski, Jonathan Sheehan, Jake McMasters and Justin Thompson (fourth, 3:40.78); Nashua North’s 4×800 relay team of Shane Gagnon, Noah Collins, David Vorbach, and Connor Muise (third, 8:44.71); Bishop Guertin’s 4×800 relay team of Joseph Barowski, Jackson Kiernan, Simon Morrier and Christopher Fischer (fifth, 8:57.31); Bishop Guertin’s Nick Lorden high jump (sixth, 5-8); North’s Vargas long jump (sixth, 19-3); and North’s Duncan Holland shot put (fourth, 45-53?4).

GIRLS

Highlighted by a pair of relay titles, Bishop Guertin earned the runner-up spot behind Bedford 103-58 during Saturday’s Division I Girls Indoor Track Championships at the University of New Hampshire.

Pinkerton Academy was third with 46 points, while Merrimack placed fourth with 39 and Londonderry rounded out the top five with 33 points.

Merrimack had a good showing, including two firsts by Julia Perry in the 300 (42.49) and Jen Coffey in the shot put (34-33?4). Other Tomahawks placers were Callie Dwyer in the 600 (second, 1:40.12) and Charlotte Perry in the long jump (fifth, 16-1).

In the relays, Merrimack had three top six finishes. The 4×400 relay team consisting of Brittaney Gravallese, Callie Dwyer, Kathlyn Torrens and Kellie Mathewson took sixth in 4:23.76, while the 4×800 team of Gravallese, Meghan Glisson, Grace Corbett and Allison Stankiewicz was fourth in 10:42.61. The 4x160m team of Perry, Siaoli Wright, Abby Smith, and Dwyer also
took fourth (1:27.41).