John Habib's High School Track: North boys loom as favorites in Division I meet
There’s no question Zakari Jenkins of Nashua North, a two-time winner in the 100 meters (11.19) and 200 meters (22.36) and, teammate Mike Lynch, who conquered the shot put (47-8.5) and discus throw (129-7), are peaking at the right time.
“Nashua North is sitting in a good position,” said Salem head coach Jack Gati. “You look at their team and they’ve got a good balance of sprinters, distance runners and throwers.”
“We don’t intend on giving away our title easily,” said Quarles. “North is the team to beat, but we believe with the help of some other teams, we can make a run at keeping our title.”
“Chris will be able to compete Friday and he’s determined to come back stronger,” she said of Poggi, who is tops this season in the 400 (49.70) and 800 meters (1:56.20). Three other Pinkerton tracksters to watch Friday are 400-meter dasher Connor Kwiecien, Isaiah Backels in the long jump and pole vault, and freshman T.J. Urbanik of Pinkerton, who won the javelin throw (144-3) in the Londonderry Invitational. But Urbanik and many others still have a mountain to climb to reach Salem’s Alex Magoon at 168-11.
Souhegan of Amherst is the overwhelming favorite to retain its boys’ crown when the Division II meet commences Saturday at 10 a.m. at Pelham High. Tanner Kent of Souhegan led the division this season in the 400 meters (50.00), 800 meters (1:56.00) and the 1,600 meters (4:26.00).
Over the weekend at the Seacoast Championships, Coe-Brown (129.5) toppled Division I Exeter (119) and Winnacunnet (119) for the first place finish.
In the Division III meet slated for Saturday at 10 a.m. at Inter-Lakes of Meredith, defending girls’ state champion White Mountains of Whitefield will get a stiff challenge from Kennett of Conway. In the Wilderness League Championships in Conway Saturday, White Mountains tipped runner-up Kennett, 135-124.
Winnisquam is a legitimate top-three team behind Jaila Remillard, who won the long jump (16-2), 400 meters (1:00.00) and the 100-meter hurdles (16.70) Saturday. Samantha Hicks of Laconia was a two-time winner in the 800 meters (2:28.30) and 1,600 meters (5:31.40).
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