Jun. 6—Host Sanborn Regional had a strong showing and four local tracksters won Meet of Champions track and field individual titles Saturday afternoon.
The area All-State champions are Sanborn senior Max Lussier (6-4, high jump), Windham senior Rohan Rai (4:17.05, 1,600), Windham senior Abby Hughes (2:19.42, 800) and Pinkerton sophomore Briana Danis (124-11, discus).
Lussier and Merrimack High’s Samuel Epstein were competing about 90 minutes after everyone else as thunder delayed the completion of the pole vault.
Lussier took second with a 13-0 to Epstein’s 13-6. Earlier in the season, Lussier, a Merrimack College recruit, cleared 14-1, moving him to seventh all-time in the area.His teammate Kaylen LaChapelle (long jump/high jump) also was a double placer on her home track.
Danis’ winning throw was on her first attempt. She couldn’t quite match her school record 127-5 to win Division 1 States last week.
Rai, who will be running for the Naval Academy, sliced over a second off his career-best runner-up time at Division 2 States. Luke Tkaczyk beat him by three seconds but yesterday Rai ran a brilliant 59.89 final 400 meters to pass the Coe-Brown star and win by .07 seconds.
Hanover sophomore Ian Solberg and Lussier both cleared 6-2. Lussier got the win clearing 6-4 on his first try while Solberg couldn’t clear the height.
Hughes got off to a slow start, running just 1:12.55 for her opening leg. But she turned it on with a big 1:06.68 final leg to beat Bishop Guertin’s Fiona Doherty, who was clocked in 2:20.20.
Last week she ran a similar fast-closing style (1:11.7/1:06.5) to win Division 2 in a school-record 2:18.24. Hughes also owns the 1,600 and 400 school marks.
Windham’s talented group of boy sprinters and hurdlers strutted their stuff to an impressive 43.07 win in the 4×100 relay. That ranks them 16th all-time in the area.
The speedy foursome was Braeden Manti (6th, 200), Landon Neal (7th, 200), Jackson Bomba (2nd 110 hurdles, 3rd, 300 hurdles) and Quinn Cerami (speedy 11.07/22.26 double).
Cerami, a triple-placer, is now 16th all-time in the area in the 200.
Boys Meet of Champions
Local placers (top 6 score):
Pole vault: 2. Max Lussier San 13-0; Discus: 6. Daniel Powers Pink 121-10; Javelin: 3. Nick Lucas San 152-6; Long jump: 3. Curtis Shattuck Win 21-2; 4. Ryan Dane Pink 20-11.75; High jump: 1. Lussier San 6-4; 4×800 relay: 3. Windham (Logan Carter, Cole Flenniken, Jack Conrad, Trey Gonzalez) 8:17.75; 5. Pinkerton (Zackery Smith, Theo Davis, Thomas Davis, Ethan Charles) 8:35.46; 110 hurdles: 2. Jackson Bomba Win 14.96; 100 meters: 4. Quinn Cerami Win 11.07; 1,600: 1. Rohan Rai Win 4:17.05, 4. Stephen Connolly Pink 4:21.64; 5. Michael Killian Win 4:23.98; 4×100 relay: 1. Windham (Braeden Manti, Landon Neal, Bomba, Cerami) 43.07; 300 hurdles: 3. Bomba Windham 41.02, 6. Brady Ash San 42.27; 200: 3. Cerami Win 22.26, 5. McDonald Sal 22.67, 6. Manti Win 22.90
Girls Meet of Champions
Local placers (top 6 score):
Discus: 1. Briana Danis Pink 124-11; Long jump: 3. Kaylen LaChapelle San 16-2.25; High jump: 5.tie LaChapelle San 4-10; 100 hurdles: 3. Emily Plante Sal 15.62; 100 meters: 6. Gwenyth Dahlinger Pel 12.91;
4×100 relay: 2. Pelham (Madi Robito, Paige Hurst, Jackelyn Cawthron, Dahlinger) 50.52; 800: 1. Abby Hughes Win 2:19.42; 200: 5. Dahlinger Pel 26.21; 3,200: 5. Isabelle Groulx Pink 11:42.93