NH Decathlon and Heptathlon Championships on tap at Nashua South Saturday
Memorial's Shawn Casey wins the 300 hurdles with teammate Joshua Lussier, right, in second at Livingston Park in Manchester on Friday. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
The 58th Decathlon will begin today at 9 a.m., and the 38th Heptathlon will start this morning at 10. Both events will conclude Sunday, when competition is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.
There will be new winners in both the Decathlon and Heptathlon this year. Winnacunnet of Hampton senior Emma Checovich won the 2013 Heptathlon, but opted not to compete this year.
Checovich won the long jump (17 feet, 4 inches) and the 100 hurdles (15.38 seconds) at this year’s Division I Outdoor Track and Field Meet. She also finished fourth in the triple jump.
Three other girls who finished among the top 10 in last year’s Heptathlon are eligible to compete this year: Bedford junior Letti Hibbard (fourth), Hollis/Brookline senior Lindsey Beauregard (eighth) and Winnisquam of Tilton sophomore Jaila Remillard (tied for ninth).
Remillard won the 110 hurdles (16.45) and the long jump (16-6), and finished second in the 400 (61.46) at the Division III state meet earlier this month.
Merrimack Valley’s John Lindonen won last year’s Decathlon as a senior. Pelham’s Kevin Cheam finished second to Lindonen last year but has also graduated, leaving the door to victory open for several athletes this weekend.
Six underclassmen finished among the top nine in the 2013 Decathlon: Manchester Memorial’s Shawn Case (third), Lebanon’s Will Merchant (fourth), Monadnock of Swanzey’s Quentin Bazarnicki (fifth), Winnacunnet’s Danny Merchant (seventh), Pinkerton’s T.J. Urbanik (eighth) and Winnacunnet’s Tommy Harter (ninth).
Merchant helped Lebanon win the Division II Outdoor Track and Field championship earlier this month by placing among the top five in four events: long jump (fourth/19-11), pole vault (second/12-3), triple jump (fifth/41-6) and the javelin (fifth/159-1).
Bazarnicki outscored 18 of the 23 teams at this month’s Division III meet. He finished first in the 300 hurdles (40.29), first in the 110 hurdles (15.64), first in the triple jump (42-6) and second in the pole vault (12-6).
Second day: 110 hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and the 1,500.
The order of events for Heptathlon: First day: 110 hurdles, high jump, shot put and the 200 dash.
Second day: long jump, javelin and the 800.