Area tracksters shine in final tuneup

LONDONDERRY – Just in time.

That was the theme for the Milford High and Souhegan High track teams as they approached this past week’s Londonderry Invitational Track Meet.

Both the Spartans and Sabers had some superb individual performances Saturday, just in time as they tuned up for this week’s Division II State Championship Meet, which will be held Saturday, 2 p.m., at Kennett High School in Conway.

For Milford, it’s just great to senior junior Viankah Williams back on track and doing her thing. A defending state champion, Williams suffered a setback with a hamstring injury just over a month ago at the Nashua North Invitational.

Saturday at Londonderry, Williams scored a victory in the long jump and added a third-place finish in the 200 meters.

“I’ve been trying to take it easy,” said Williams. “I look forward to the big one next week.”

Williams flew 17-11.5 to win the long jump by over a foot. Her clocking in the 200 meters was 26.54.

Per usual, Milford made its presence known in the distance events, paced by Lauren


The junior raced to victory in the 1600 meters, clocking in at 5:06.66, winning by a margin of over eight seconds. She also came back to take second in the 3200 at 11:14.89.

Senior Rebecca Durham, who has missed a ton of training due to illness this season, raced to the win in the 3200 in 11:14.89.

Durham was also sixth in the 1600 and seven in the javelin.

Other Milford girls placing were Robyn Krafft in the discus (second, 107-7); Meg Sawyer in the 400 (fifth, 61.86); Renee Wilson in the long jump (sixth, 16-0) and Rachel Gizzonio in the javelin (sixth, 90-6).

For the boys, sophomore Junior Ughu grabbed second place in the discus (127-3), and Will Shepard was third in the pole vault, clearing 12-6. Also, Mike Boucher was fourth in the shot put (46-0), while Victor Garcia grabbed sixth in the 200 (23.84).

Souhegan girls relay sizzles

The Souhegan girls had one first place in the Londonderry meet, with the 4×400 team putting up a season-best time of 4:10.13. Jane Leighton, Georgia Jones, Marissa Romano and Elise Lambert combined on the win, that will only help improve the team’s seeding in the upcoming state championships.

Lambert continues to rack up the ribbons and placings for her team. The senior cleared 5-feet to take third in the high jump and finished third in the 400 at 60.75.

In the 800 meters, the Sabers had Leighton in second at 2:21.5 and Romano sixth in 2:24.94. Mackenzie Hayden delivered a seasonal best time of 11:54.18 for fifth place in the 3200. The Zlotnick distance sisters had solid days. Arielle finished eighth in the 1600 at 5:21.37, while Adriana’s time of 12:30.35 was a personal best.

Shannon Paquette placed sixth in the shot put at 29-3; Anna Wason was seventh in the discus (87-1); and Ashley Barham ran 52.32 in the 300 meter hurdles,improving her seeding for states.

For the Souhegan boys, Dean Paquette led the way with a third in the discus (123-9).

The Souhegan 4×400 of 400 Bill Drake, Thomas Headington, Christian Hall and Dawson Hamele was fifth in 3:43.91. Drake, Headington, Harrison Masur and Nathan Stine teamed for fifth in the 4×800 at 8:46.82, and Christian Hall, Jason Riggens, Patrick Forster, and John Casey ran 47.47 for seventh in the 4×100.