EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

May 25, 2013

Pinkerton's Poggi repeats in 800

Salem's Magoon repeats, Pelham's Garnick dominates

By Christopher Smith

---- — 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.”

Magoon hurt the shoulder while snowboarding.

“Caught an edge and separated it,” said Magoon, a defensive end in football. “It was horrible.” Interestingly, Magoon, who used to play baseball, holds the javelin like a baseball. He uses the fork grip instead of the more common American grip in which one finger is used.

“I hold it with two fingers on the grip,” Magoon said. “It’s a different feel, different release. I started freshman year using the regular grip, the American grip. And then sophomore year I switched it over.”

He actually used both grips his sophomore year before switching full-time last year.

Driscoll’s dazzling day

Londonderry junior Patty Driscoll had quite a day, winning the shot put (35-2) and finishing second in the discus (101-2). It was the first time she has been able to reach 100 in her high school career.

Driscoll entered yesterday the favorite in the shot put.

“Over here (at the discus field) there was a large gust, like head winds,” she said when asked about the tough weather conditions. “Over at shot, the weather was good, but the circle was a little bit slippery.”

Driscoll is looking forward to All-States next week.

“I don’t really go in thinking first or second or any numbers,” she said. “I just hope to improve. If I improve, then I’m happy.”

Lancers edged out in last race

Londonderry girls finished in second place with 94 points, just behind Bedford (97.5). It came down to the final event, the 4x400, which Bedford won in 4:00.61.

The Lancers (4:03.06) took second.

“It was pretty intense because it was down to us and Bedford,” Londonderry junior Kristen Bourque said. “It was really intense. I’m so proud of the team. We tried our hardest and we couldn’t have done anything better.”

Bourque won the 200 after entering as the second seed. She finished in 26.13.

“I’m really excited about my 200,” she said. “Our coach prepared for this the whole season so I was prepared.”

Incomparable Garnick

It was another memorable day for Bishop Guertin senior Betsy Garnick of Pelham. She won the 100 hurdles (14.43), the 300 hurdles (45.64) and the long jump (17-11 3/4). She ran the top time in the prelims in the 100 but settled for third in 12.82.

agateHed:N.H. Division 1 Boys Track

agateText:Team results (15 scored): 1. Nashua North 108; 2 Concord 63; 3. Bedford 62; 4. Pinkerton 54; 8. Salem 24; 10. Londonderry 22

agateText:Area placers:

agateText:Javelin: 1. Alex Magoon (Salem) 164-4; 4. Dean Squires (Pink) 150-5; Long jump: 1. Jordan Bowman (Salem) 21-2; High jump: 2. Starlin Ortiz (Lond) 6-2; 3. Mark Franklin (Pink) 6-0; 100 meters: 4. James Toohey (Pink) 11:48; 1,600: 6. Patrick Chabot (Pink) 4:32.92; 4x100 relay: 4. Londonderry (Zachary Joy, Zachary, Joel Rodriguez, David Sharkey, Starlin Ortiz) 45.31; 6. Pinkerton (James Toohey, T.J. Urbanik, Jason Rodgers, Zach Cicio) 45.73;

agateText:400: 2. Connor Kwiecien (Pink) 51.38; 800: 1. Chris Poggi (Pink 1:57.10; 200: 3. Zach Cicio (Pink) 23.16; 4. Starlin Ortiz (Lond) 23.17; 6. James Toohey (Pink) 23.42; 3,200: 2. Phillip Parent (Pink) 9:47.17; 4. Mitchell Dutton (Salem) 9:47.23; 4x800: 2. Pinkerton (Nathan Rees, Ryan Lynch, Nolan Cooney, Noah Davis 8:23.15; 3. Londonderry (Alex Horton, Matthew Selinka, Keith Perry, Josh Leahy) 8:23.78

agateHed:N.H. Division 1 Girls Track

agateText:Team results (18 scored): 1. Bedford 97.50; 2. Londonderry 94; 3. Bishop Guertin 72; 7. Salem 21; 9. Pinkerton 18; 13. Timberlane 12.50

agateText:Area placers:

agateText:Pole vault: 4. Melanie Packard (Lond) 10-6; 6. Natalie Howe (Lond) 9-6; Shot put: 1. Patty Driscoll (Lond) 35-2; Discus: Patty Driscoll (Lond) 101-2; 4. Kayla Watson (Pink) 97-3; Javelin: 2. Natalie Howes (Lond) 116-3.5; 4. Sandy Guenther (Lond) 111-5; 6. Danielle Donovan (Salem) 104-5; Long jump: 1. Betsy Garnick (BG/Pelham) 17-11.75, 5. Lauren MacGregor (Salem) 16-5; Triple jump: 2. Lauren MacGregor (Salem) 34-3.25; 4. Emily Swanson (Timb) 33-2.75; 5. Naisha LeFort (Salem) 33-0.25;

agateText:High jump: 3. Olivia Burke (Salem) 5-0; 100 meters: 2. Kristen Bourque (Lond) 12.66; 3. Garnick (BG/Pelham) 12.82; 6. Torgelis Ortiz (Lond) 12.93; 1,600: 2. Amanda Szymanski (Lond) 5:16.45; 3. Morgan Sansing (Pink) 5:18.44; 5. Alissa Rogers (Lond) 5:23.51; 6. Sydney Lagueux (Lond) 5:27.97; 4x100 relay: 2. Londonderry (Bourque, Hannah Brownstein, Katie Mullett, Yorgelis Ortiz) 50.55; 6. Salem (Christina El Khoury, Mikaela Gauvain, Lauren MacGregor, Naisha LeFort) 52.09), 52.09; 400: 4. Danielle Gajewski (Timberlane) 59.46;

agateText:300 hurdles: 1. Garnick (BG/Pelham) 45.64; 6. Crystal Peatfield (Salem) 47.99; 100 hurdles: 1. Garnick (BG/Pelham) 14.43; 800: 4. Amanda Szymanski (Lond) 2:21.69; 200: 1. Kristen Bourque (Lond) 26.13; 3,200: 2. Morgan Sansing (Pink) 11:15.05; 5. Alissa Rogers (Lond) 11:39.35; 4x400 relay: 2. Londonderry (Bourque, Makayla D’Urso, Morgan McGrath, Madison McKivergan) 4:03.06; 4x800: 3. Londonderry (D’Urso, Lagueux, McGrath, Madison McKivergan) 9:54.31; 4. Timberlane (Meghan Tarr, Katherine Estep, Kailey Ross, Hannah Kimball), 10:00.31