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March 10, 2013

Around the Horn with Betsy Garnick, Bishop Guertin track great

Betsy Garnick comes from quite the track family.

Pelham High’s Harris Family Track and Field Complex is named after her family and her aunt has held the UNH 100 meters record for 34 years.

Unfortunately for Pelham, Garnick isn’t running at the Harris Track. She’s a senior at Bishop Guertin in Nashua, where she has become one of the most dominant track athletes in recent state history.

She has won one New England title and six Division 1 state titles (5 in individual events) indoors and the last two years has won the Division 1 state and Meet of Champions titles in the 100 hurdles.

In her final jump at Division 1 states this winter, she went 17-6 1/2 to win the long jump by a half-inch. That proved to be the difference as the Cardinals edged Londonderry, 76-75, for their 11th straight championship.

In this week’s Around the Horn, Garnick talks about her most recent state hurdles record, where she will run in college, competing in two sports simultaneously and working at the family’s historic business.

What’s your favorite personal track achievement? “Getting fifth at Outdoor Nationals. My goal was All-American which is top 6.”

How did you get into track? “Originally, I loved gymnastics. My mother’s side of the family were huge runners growing up. In middle school, she persuaded me into running. I found running was my talent.”

How good were you at gymnastics? “I was a competitive gymnast. I was level 8.”

Do you do any other sports? “Not this year.”

Didn’t you dive? “I always wanted to try diving. It’s a good sport that goes hand in hand with gymnastics. It was a good experience.”

How did you do? “I did good, second at (Division 1) States.”

Did you ever do a fall sport? “Field hockey freshman year. I played varsity and JV.”

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