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1. Coe Brown….Should be unstopable…lost a few seniors but replaced them with even better freshman
2. MV….If healthy they are the only ones that can challenge
3. Milford…Only way they can challenge is to get more depth in the throws and field events
4. Lebanon….They need an influx of new talent to get back on top
5. Kennett…Some great sprinters and jumpers
6. Hollis/Brookline…field events will determine their fate
7. Hanover…Will Subiah run outdoors?
8. Portsmouth….Sarah Muse
9. Souhegan…what can Mikayla Hickey do?
10. Oyster River…Maegan Doody
WOW! Who could have predicted this kid would rise to the top level of distance running in the USA. I’m not sure if any of you heard but Jenkins ran the 3rd fastest time in the US for the 3000m at the NCAA meet this weekend. Unfortunately he was DQ’d for some ticky tac shoving that occurs in all proffessional races. Only Galen Rupp and Adam Goucher have run faster. Here is a Flotrack article that covers the whole ordeal. http://www.flotrack.org/coverage/250024-2013-NCAA-D1-Indoor-Track-and-Field-Championships/article/19160-The-Breakdown-of-Eric-Jenkins-Disqualification .
I’m just amazed at how good this guy has gottten!
With Spring Track and Field just 2 weeks away from starting, I thought it would be nice to have some positive stories to bring to practice. We all have those kids who for some reason or another just decided they wanted to take the sport to another level. As coaches we are always trying to get talented kids to take it up a notch but it doesn’t always sink in. They usually agree with you but you never really see them hit the next level like you wanted. But every once in a while you have a kid take it over the top and it is wonderful. I’d like to hear some of these great stories from you.
Hear is a recent one of my own for this season. I have a quiet kid who has always been very athletic but is also very smart and involved in band. I have always wanted more from him as an athlete. In middle school he was 13th at the State meet in cross country and I always thought he would be a great distance runner. Last season he had some great success in the pole vault jumping 12’6 and making it all the way to New Englands as a sophomore. This was the turning point for him. Even though I was encouraging him to be the best he has taken it way past my expectations. He joined a club last summer and has been practicing ever since. At the Dartmouth Relays this winter he cleared 14′ for a new personal best which was amazing to watch. Just the other day he informed me that he cleared 15’6″ with a 14’7″ pole over the bungy. He said the bungy probably sags about 6″. This is amazing to me and the dedication he has shown has me in smiles all the time. I have many other stories like this but would love to hear from you…….lets motivate some kids this spring!
Just taking a look at the seeding list and here are some of the NH kids I expect to do well on Saturday.
55 Hurdles Betsy Garnick is ranked #2 and Jenna & Michaela Could move up with a good race
2 mile Courtney Hawkins and Alexa Pelletier are 5&6 and should move up
1 Mile Shannon Murdock is #5 and only 2 sec from #1
300 Sydney Peterson is #9
600 Sarah Burke is #5 and Amanda Symanski #11
1000 Molly McCabe is #11
4×200 Londonderry is #11
4×400 BG is #3
High Jump Jenny Mara between 4-9
Long Jump Betsy Garnick and Emma Checovich are 10 & 11
Shot Put Alley Savioli and Camryn Johnson are 14 & 16
55 Hurdles Ben Deforest #7 and Feliz George #11
55 Dash Tolbert Nemo and Zakari Jenkins are 18 & 19
Mile Griffin Gagnon and Aaron Bellomo ranked 9 & 13
300 Zakari Jenkins and Zach Cicio are 9 & 14
600 Peter winslow is #4 and Connor Kwiecien 12
4×200 Pinkerton #12
High Jump Ben DeForest, Jarad Asselin, & Kyle Cayer are all in the mix
Good luck to all!
Some good perfomances here….http://ma.milesplit.com/meets/128816/results/234187
Milford High school and Granite State Flash will be running a limited event USATF meet at the Hampshire Dome in Milford NH on Wed Feb 27th. The events contested will be the 1600, 400, 800, 200, and 4×1 lap relay(310.9m) in that order. Girls will run before Boys and Awards will be given in 2 year age groups….8 & under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16, 17-18. Registration will begin at 2pm with the 1st event starting at 3pm. Cost is $7 per athlete and includes 2 events and a relay. Registration forms can be downloaded from http://www.granitestateflash.com .
Post if you hear any results
The indoor season is still going for the select few and congrats to them. This thread is for those already focussed on spring and need a little motivation. I’ll wait a little to do my team precictions but indoors I hit 3 out of 4 races…not to bad and I also predicted Murdock would win the 1500 and Brassard also. So let’s hear who you think will be the contenders for all divisions or individual events.
Congratulations to the BG Girls, Pinkerton Boys, Coe Brown Girls, and Souhegan Boys for a great State Meet. I wasn’t at the D1 meet but following it online it was very exciting and coming down to the last event to determine the winner. The Girls D2 was much the same with the 2 final relays being the difference. Overall it was probably one of the most competitive meets in a while.