Lebanon frosh Kennedy, Londonderry's Ortiz take NH Hepathlon, Decathlon
Corinne Kennedy, of Lebanon, begins her high jump leap to clear the bar Saturday at the New Hampshire Heptathlon. (Bruce Taylor/Union Leader)
Kennedy overcame a 250-point deficit with a dominating win in the 800-meter dash to beat Letti Hibbard of Bedford by 97 points, 4,284 to 4,187.
Meanwhile in the Decathlon, Starlin Ortiz of Londonderry held on to win by 64 points, 5,836 to 5,772, over Will Merchant of Lebanon.
“The running, mostly, and vertical jumps. I’m not the strongest thrower,” said Ortiz. “Pole vault is one of my favorite events.”
This was the first time a freshman has ever won the Heptathlon. “She’s incredible. She has a lot of natural ability,” said her coach, Nils Scheie. “And the fact that she works so hard at it only amplifies that ability.”
“My family has been into track and field for a long time, so it must be in the genes,” said Kennedy. “I love to push myself further than I’ve gone before.”