Tomahawk track teams focused on Division I meet
MERRIMACK – Next stop for the Merrimack High School track teams, the Division I State Championship outdoor track meet, Friday night, May 24, at the University of New Hampshire.
The Tomahawks hosted the Merrimack Invitational last week with the boys taking second place
The Tomahawk boys upset PA in the 4×100 relay with the team of Johnathan Paulhamus, Ben Eichman, Zach Twardosky and Adam Thornton rolling in 44.18.
Thornton added thirds in the 100 and javelin, while Eichman (40-10) and Jameson Savickas went 2-3 in the triple jump.
Jared Dyer was third in the shot put and discus.
On the girls side, sophomore Adele Alexander won the 1600 in 5:21.26. Johanna Koroma placed fifth in the 100.
Merrimack competed at the Londonderry Invitational this past weekend as one final prep for the state meet at UNH.
Emma Camberlain went the distance giving up three hits and striking out two in the Tomahawks’ (7-5) 3-1 win over Manchester Central this week.
Brenna Davenport had a hot bat, smacking two doubles including her 100th career hit. Jess Trahan added a RBI and a run, with Ashley Turcott hitting a RBI double.
With the regular season closing this week, the Tomahawk girls face four key games as they scramble for position in the 15-team Division I playoff field.
The Tomahawk girls (5-6) made it five straight after losing their first six earlier in the week with a 6-0 win over Manchester Memorial.
They won five singles and a doubles match, with the rest rained out.
Singles winners were Liann Grosso (8-0), Abby Fay (8-1), Alyssa Jones (8-4), Mady Curran (8-3), and Vitalia Brock (8-2).
The doubles team of Grosso/Fay won as well, 8-2.
With two matches left, an opportunity for a .500 plus season, once thought to be unthinkable was a possibility.
After dropping seven straight to open the year, the Merrimack boys have kicked their game up a notch, going 2-3 in the last five, including a 5-4 win over Manchester Memorial.
Merrimack was slated to close out the year, weather permitting, with matches vs. Spaulding and Alvirne.
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The Merrimack boys knocked off ConVal, 13-3, this week and improved to 7-5 behind four goals from Jay Lanigan and three from Jordan Petrocelli.
TJ Fasano and Steven Petz each scored twice, while Matt Todd and Ian Covell had singles. Garrett Murray and Aiden Award each made 3 saves for Merrimack.
Lacrosse fans might think about a road trip here on Sunday as the Tomahawks travel to undefeated Hollis Brookline for a 2 p.m. collision.
Despite three straight losses to fall to 6-7, the Merrimack girls are playoff bound in Division I with a pair of home games remaining. Tuesday at 4:30 p.m., Merrimack hosts Dover, and that will be followed by the regular-season finale on Friday night at 6 p.m.
The Merrimack High baseball team fell to 3-11 overall with its fifth loss in six games, 15-7, to Manchester Central. The Tomahawks face two more games this week with a night game (7 p.m.) at Concord on Monday and a Friday afternoon at Salem.