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March 12. 2014 10:15PM

New Hampshire high school athletes on the run (and jumping) in NYC

Molly McCabe of Bishop Guertin of Nashua, who recently won the 600 meters in the New England Interscholastic Indoor Track and Field Championships, headlines a talented group of New Hampshire athletes who will be competing in the championship division of the New Balance Scholastic Indoor Track and Field Championships.
The meet takes place this weekend, beginning Friday through Sunday at The Armory in New York City.

A Brookline resident who is committed to Boston College, McCabe is entered individually in the 800 meters. She will also join teammates Briana Silck, Meaghan Wilson and Gabby Richardson in the sprint medley relay. The girls’ sprint medley relay is slated for Saturday at 1:35 p.m. and the girls’ 800-meters is set for Sunday at 10:10 a.m.

In addition to McCabe, high jumpers Anika Hibbard and Keelan McCoole of Bedford will be competing in New York. The high jump is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday. Nashua North’s Zakari Jenkins, a 200-meter specialist, is slated to run Saturday at 5 p.m.

Earlier this month McCabe won the 600-meters in the New England Interscholastic Indoor Track and Field Championships at Boston’s Reggie Lewis Center. Her exact time of 1:32 beat out Amy Piccolo of Ursuline Academy (Dedham, Mass.) by one-hundredth of a second. McCabe’s time also set a New Hampshire record, taking 1.17 seconds off the previous Granite State record, set by another Bishop Guertin runner, Cecilia Barowski,

Bishop Guertin coach Rob DeSisto said, “As for the 800-meters, Molly will be in a competitive field. We’re hopeful she’ll attain a PR (personal record).”McCabe said she wasn’t going to compete in New York unless she was able to compete in the medley sprints with her teammates. “I love my team and I want to be around my teammates,” said McCabe, who said she was honored to break Barowski’s record. “Cecilia was the one I looked up to when I was a freshman. She took me under her wing and I learned a lot watching her.”

In the 800-meters MaCabe said she has set a goal. “I’m looking to finish under 2:10,” she said. “I think I can do it because it’s going to be a competitive race and I definitely won’t be running by myself. I’ll be pushed and that will help me chase my goal. Right now I’m feeling good. I’m not feeling tired, but rather stronger.”

DeSisto said when McCabe ran her anchor leg in the sprint medley relay in the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston, she ran a 2:09, which at the time was the sixth fastest in the country.

“She’s the ultimate captain and she obviously has shown she has the drive and determination to be the best she can be,” said DeSisto.

Hibbard and McCoole both finished second on March 2 in the New England Interscholastic Championships, the same meet in which McCabe won a regional title in the 600 meters. Hibbard leaped 5 feet, 5 inches and McCoole jumped 6 feet, 7 inches.Athletes from Timberlane Regional of Plaistow, Winnacunnet of Hampton and Souhegan of Amherst also will be competing on Friday, but in the “emerging elite” division, for athletes who didn’t achieve a national qualifying standard.


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