HAMPTON, N.H. — A couple of weeks ago, Pinkerton senior Chris Poggi’s goal was to break the Division 1 meet record of 1:53.42 for the 800 run.
But he then sprained his ankle while running and his goal quickly changed.
“I’ve haven’t run (much) in the past two weeks,” said Poggi who just returned to practice Wednesday. “So I was just trying to win it.”
He did win yesterday. Poggi finished in 1:57.10 here at the Division 1 meet, winning the 800 for the second straight year. He finished more than 2 seconds ahead of runner-up Seamus Cullinane of Winnacunnet.
Poggi helped Pinkerton boys to a fourth-place finish with 54 points. Nashua North won with 108 points. Concord finished second (63) and Bedford finished third (62).
Poggi was the top seed while his brother, junior Joe Poggi, entered with the second best seed time. But the younger Poggi didn’t fare as well, finishing eighth in 2:03.84.
“It’s a blast (competing against him),” Chris said. “I’m so happy for him. He ran a great PR last meet, 1:58. We were coming in seeded 1-2, but it didn’t work out.”
The Poggi brothers train together almost every day.
“Even when we’re at home and we need to go for an easy run or we need to go up to the track and do a workout by ourselves,” said Chris, who will be running at UNH. “We have a great relationship.”
Magoon wins javelin
For the second straight year, Salem senior Alex Magoon is the Division 1 javelin champion. He threw 164-0 to win by seven feet.
Magoon, who will throw and study business at Keene State next year, threw 172-4 at All-States last year. He is hoping to surpass that next week.
“I had a shoulder injury (this) winter so that’s been holding me back a little bit,” Magoon said. “I haven’t been able to lift. But I’m hoping to get into the 170s.”