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July 3, 2013

Girls Track All-Stars: Londonderry's Bourque wowed the state


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Girls Track All-Stars

*Kristen Bourque Londonderry Jr. 100

Jenna Smolag North Andover Soph. 200

Danielle Gajewski Timberlane Jr. 400

Amanda Szymanski Londonderry Sr. 800

Riley Gilmore Haverhill Jr. Mile

Morgan Sansing Pinkerton Frosh. 3,200

Cole Godzinski North Reading Soph. 100 HH

Katie Equi Central Jr. 400 LH

Natalie Howes Londonderry Soph. Jav.

Erika Johnson Central Soph. Discus

Cassie Kobelski Andover Sr. SP

Madison Arndt Central Jr. PV

Catherine Flaherty North Andover Frosh. HJ

Olivia Burke Salem Jr. LJ

Hannah Chapman Andover Soph. TJ

McKenna Kilian Pentucket Soph. Heptathlon

Ali Attenasio Pentucket Jr. Utility

Emily Murray North Reading Jr. Throws

* Eagle-Tribune MVP

Honorable Mention

Andover: Ryan MacRae, Sr., discus; Rachel Annino, Sr., 100 Lizzie Kobelski, Frosh., 100 hurdles

Central Catholic: Melissa Mackey, Sr., 100; Kylie Regan, Jr., 800; Tiffany Simione, Soph., 2-mile

Greater Lawrence: Jasmine Santiago, Sr., discus

Haverhill: Jackie Solimine, Sr., mile; Andrea Blanchard, Jr., javelin; Erin Connolly, Sr., 100

Lawrence: Aneisha Berrios, Sr., discus; Meaghan Belton, Sr., 200; Leanna Pham, Jr., 800

Londonderry: Katie Mullett, Sr., 100; Melanie Packard, Sr., pole vault; Patty Driscoll, Jr., shot put

Methuen: Brittany Cayer, Sr., 800; Courtney Zacharias, Sr., triple jump

North Andover: Brianna Coviello, Sr., 100; Eleni Coufos, Sr., 400; Danielle Voke, Jr., 2-mile

North Reading: Julia Valenti, Frosh., pole vault; Nicole Roberts, Jr., 800; Emily Visconti, Jr., long jump

Pelham: Skyler Goss, Frosh., triple jump; Katelyn Surprenant, Soph., 300 hurdles; Shaylynn Harrington, Frosh., 800

Pentucket: Marissa Porter, Sr., mile; Paige Wesolowski, Soph., 400

Pinkerton: Kayla Watson, Soph., discus; Carli Davis, Sr., 100

PMA: Amari King, Soph., 100; Mallory Frerichs, Soph., javelin

Salem: Lauren MacGregor, Jr., long jump

Timberlane: Hannah Kimball Sr., 400; Emily Swanson, Sr., high jump

Windham: Kristen Tilley, Soph., 800

Whittier: Norma Bachman, Sr., shot put

JENNA SMOLAG

North Andover Soph.

200

Placed third at EMass. Division 2 Meet (26.38) and MVC Meet (26.46) and was sixth at Andover Boosters (26.52). Ran 26.35 to place 15th at All-States, the second best time for a local this season, behind MVP Kristen Bourque. Ran on 4x100 relay which was second at MVCs (51.09). Clocked a 42.04 in 300 at Mass. Coaches Meet in the winter and was fifth at Division 2 state meet. Freshman year did gymnastics.

DANIELLE GAJEWSKI

Timberlane Jr.

400

Took fourth at Division 1 Meet (59.46) and was sixth at Meet of Champions in area-best 58.76, breaking the school record. Placed 11th at New Englands (59.09). Won 100 (13.37) at SENH Championships. Ran on 4x400 relay which was seventh at Division 1 Meet (4:12.57) and ninth at Meet of Champions (4:07.86, third best in area). Eagle-Tribune All-Star in 55 meters in winter track. Soccer player in fall.

AMANDA SZYMANSKI

Londonderry Sr.

800

Ran 2:16.31, ranking her fourth best in area history, at Loucks Games. Took second in 1,600 at Division 1 meet (5:16.45). Ran anchor leg on 4x800 team which set area record of 9:19.84. Helped 4x400 team place third (3:59.45, 6th all-time in area) at Meet of Champions. Took third in 400 (1:01.92) at Black Bear Invitational. Eagle-Tribune girls track MVP in winter. Will run at UNH.

RILEY GILMOR

Haverhill Jr.

Mile

Took sixth at Andover Boosters in 5:15.16, third best in area this season. In 2-mile won MVC title (11:21.57), was fourth at EMass. Division 1 Meet (11:20.29), second at Haverhill Invitational (11:29.3) and 14th at All-States. Ran 11:09.84 at Weston Twilight, placing fourth at the meet and ranking her 17th on area’s all-time list. Eagle-Tribune All-Star 2-miler in winter.

MORGAN SANSING

Pinkerton Frosh.

3,200

Exciting young talent. Placed second at Meet of Champions in 11:12.18 and second at Division 1 Meet in 11:15.05. Placed third at Merrimack Invitational (11:29.78) and 11th at New Englands (11:21.03). Also took third in 1,600 (5:18.44) at Division 1 Meet. Ran on 4x800 team. Eagle-Tribune All-Star in cross country despite being diagnosed with anemia and thyroid problem. Chester resident.

COLE GODZINSKI

North Reading Soph.

100 HH

Placed first at CAL Meet (15.66), second at EMass. Division 4 Meet (16.00), third at Andover Boosters (15.28, 8th on area’s all-time list) and seventh at All-States (15.52). Runner-up at North Sectional Heptathlon (3,610 points, 21st on area’s all-time list). Uncommonly versatile. Took fourth in 400 hurdles at Division 4 Meet (67.37). Triple jumped 33-2. Pole vaulted 8-6. Captain-elect.

KATIE EQUI

Central Catholic Jr.

400 LH

Took third at MVC Meet (1:08.12) and fifth at EMass. Division 2 Meet (area-best 1:06.91). Ran on 4x400 relay which was first at MVC Meet (4:06.72) and second at EMass. Division 2 Meet (4:08.69). In triple jump was seventh at Andover Boosters (32-7.75) and had a best of 34-6.5. Placed seventh at North Sectional Heptathlon (3,370 points). Repeat Eagle-Tribune All-Star. North Andover resident.

NATALIE HOWES

Londonderry Soph.

Javelin

Took second at Division 1 Meet with area-best 116-7. Won at Londonderry Invitational (112-1) and Kiwanis Meet (103-0). Runner-up at Nashua North Invitational (100-4.5). In pole vault placed fifth at Meet of Champions (9-3), sixth at Division 1 Meet (9-6) and fourth at Londonderry Invitational (9-0). Ran on 4x100 team which was second at Kiwanis Meet (53.27). Also runs cross country.

ERIKA JOHNSON

Central Catholic Soph.

Discus

Took second at Andover Boosters (101-6), third at MVC Meet (100-2), third at EMass. Division 2 Meet (106-10), second at Haverhill Invitational (98-2) and 12th at All-States (105-6). Threw area-high 109-0 in regular season. Had best of 30-5 in shot put. Plays varsity soccer. “We knew she had potential. So we were excited to see her really take off,” said coach Katie Andrade. Windham resident.

CASSIE KOBELSKI

Andover Sr.

Shot Put

Three-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star. Won Andover Boosters (37-7) and MVC Meet (38-3 1/2), was fourth at EMass. Division 1 Meet (38-0) and eighth at All-States (37-4). Top throw was 39-2 (9th all-time in area). Took sixth in discus at Andover Invitational (98-5) and EMass. Division 1 (97-5). Will throw at Holy Cross. Her brother (Greg Jr.), father (Greg) and several uncles are/were local football stars.

MADISON ARNDT

Central Catholic Jr.

Pole Vault

Soared area and personal best 11-6 to place fourth at New Englands. That was second best in area history and broke sister Mackenzie’s school record. Won at EMass. Division 2 Meet (10-6), placed third at All-States (11-0) and took second at MVC Meet (10-6). Repeat Eagle-Tribune All-Star. Merrimac resident. Varsity gymnast. Sister stars at Holy Cross and volunteered as coach for Raiders.

CATHERINE FLAHERTY

North Andover Frosh.

High Jump

Won at MVC Meet (5-1), was second at Andover Boosters (5-1) and tied for third at EMass. Division 2 Meet (5-2, tied for area best). Placed ninth at All-States (5-2). Took fifth at MVCs in long jump (15-5.5). Eagle-Tribune All-Star in winter. At 6-feet tall, also a top volleyball player. Father Bob was a talented sprinter at Andover High. “It’s only a matter of time until she hits 5-4,” said coach Rick DelleChiaie.

OLIVIA BURKE

Salem Jr.

Long Jump

Jumped 16-8 in dual meet vs. Bedford, third best in area this season. Also scored jump of 16-5.5 for victory against Londonderry. Took third in high jump at Division 1 Meet (5-0), sixth at Nashua North Meet (5-0) and seventh at Meet of Champions (4-11). Tied for area-best jump (5-2) against Bedford and jumped 5-1 vs. Concord. Triple jumped 34-5 in dual meet and placed fourth at Division 1 Meet.

HANNAH CHAPMAN

Andover Soph.

Triple Jump

Soared to school-record with 37-2 for victory at EMass. Division 1 Meet. That ranks fifth all-time in area. Won MVC Meet (36-6) and Haverhill Invitational (35-10) and was second at Andover Boosters (34-9) and Weston Twilight (35-4.25). Took sixth at All-States (35-11.5). In long jump was sixth at Division 1 (16-11) and jumped area-best 17-1 during regular season. Ran 16.06 in 100 hurdles.

MCKENNA KILIAN

Pentucket Soph.

Heptathlon

Took third at North Sectional Heptathlon with 3,543 points, which ranks her 22nd all-time in area. At CAL Meet won 400 (59.30, second best in area) and was third in high jump (4-10). Placed fifth in 400 at EMass. Division 3 Meet (60.64). High-jumped 5-0. Member of Sachems’ 2012 state champion basketball team and started for North champs this season. Scored seven points at TD Garden.

ALI ATTENASIO

Pentucket Jr.

Utility

Shattered school record in pole vault with a 10-6, tied for fourth best in area history. Victorious at CAL Meet (10-6), EMass. Division 3 meet (9-6) and Weston Twilight (10-0). Placed ninth at All-States (10-1). Second in 110 hurdles at CALs (16.44) and sixth at EMass. Division 3 meet (16.62). Placed 12th at North Heptathlon (3,237). Talented singer and plays mandolin, ukulele and banjo.

EMILY MURRAY

North Reading Jr.

Throws

Won shot put (38-1.5) and discus (103-4) at CAL Meet. Placed fourth in shot at All-States (39-0.5) and second at EMass. Division 4 Meet (37-4). Also took fourth in discus at Division 4 Meet (99-7). Had a personal best 106-9 in discus. Threw shot 39-4.5 indoors, good for seventh all-time in the area. “She was at her best when it mattered,” said coach Sotirios Pintzopoulos. All-CAL volleyball player.

Londonderry’s Bourque wows New Hampshire

As the season rolled on and Londonderry’s Kristen Bourque continued to post eye-popping times, Lancers coach Suzanne Johnson kept receiving the same question.

“People would walk over to me and say, ‘Do you know how fast that is?’” said Johnson. “I would look at them and say, ‘Yeah!’ A lot of people started taking notice.”

It was impossible not to notice.

The junior broke Dianne Mowatt of Methuen’s 19-year-old area record of 25.03 in the 200 with her 24.97 victory at Meet of Champions. She ran the top local time in the 100 (12.58), which is tied for 10th all-time in the area.

She won the 200 (26.13) and placed second in the 100 (12.66) at the Division 1 Meet.

When she wasn’t starring in individual events, Bourque — whose cousin was the late Central Catholic basketball player Ryan Bourque — was helping dominate in relays.

She was a member of the 4x100 team which won at Meet of Champions (49.39, 7th all-time) and the 4x400 quartet which was third at Meet of Champions (3:59.45, 6th all-time).

“You could see as a freshman she had the natural speed and all the traits,” said Johnson. “But it took her time to figure it out. She buckled down and transformed herself into a star.”

Former Eagle-Tribune MVPs

2012: Lanie Jowett, Central Catholic; 2011: Lyssa Winslow, Londonderry; 2010: Becca Parascandola, Londonderry; 2009: Kirsten Kasper, North Andover; 2008: Bree Robinson, Pinkerton; 2006-07: Camille Quarles, Pinkerton; 2005: Meghan Keefe, Andover; 2004: Kiah Quarles, Pinkerton; 2003: Jessica Cegarra, Timberlane; 2002: Esia Johnson, Lawrence; 2001: Courtney MacLaren, Londonderry;

2000: Melissa Donais, Phillips (Bradford); 1999: Amy Mannarini, Londonderry; 1998: Courtney Walker, Pinkerton; 1997: Krista Nelson, Londonderry; 1996: Susan Ashlock, Andover; 1994-95: Helena Kimball, Londonderry; 1993: Andi Robinson, Masconomet; 1992: Kirsten Johnson, Masconomet; 1991: Heather Weldon, Timberlane; 1990: Jen Kotce, Pinkerton