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July 21. 2014 8:08PM

Only a freshman, Kennedy excelled on the track


Lebanon High’s Corinne Kennedy lands after a successful high jump during June’s New Hampshire Heptathlon at Nashua South. Kennedy, only a freshman, won the title. (Bruce Taylor/Union Leader)

Previous 2014 Winners

January — Jana Hieber, Goffstown, track and field.

February — Ashante Little, Seabrook, track and field.

March — Sean Doherty, Conway, biathlon skiing.

April — Whitney Roberts, Tamworth, softball.

May — Bri Keenan, Greenland, softball.

Track and field standout Corinne Kennedy just doesn’t win, she also sets a few records along the way.

Kennedy completed her freshman season at Lebanon High in style, winning state and regional titles in the 300-meter hurdles and the New Hampshire Heptathlon.

Her performances earned her the Apple Therapy Services/Bedford Ambulatory Surgical Center Athlete of the Month honors for June in voting by the New Hampshire Union Leader Board of Judges.

Kennedy received 34 points in the balloting and edged Londonderry baseball player Rob Del Signore by one point. Placing third with 15 points was Bedford’s Drew Shapiro, the state’s all-time leading scorer in NHIAA girls’ lacrosse.

Kennedy set a 300-meter hurdles state record in the NHIAA Meet of Champions in 43.54, breaking the previous mark of 43.63 set by Katie Gayman of Manchester Central in 1997.

In the New England Interscholastic Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Bridgewater, Mass., Kennedy edged Ann Sheehy of Hampton’s Winnacunnet High for the regional title, winning in 44.04 seconds.

In the Heptathlon at Nashua South, Kennedy overcame a 250-point deficit with a dominating win in the 800-meter run to beat Letti Hibbard of Bedford by 97 points, 4,284 to 4,187.

In the first day of the two-day competition, Kennedy set a meet record of 25.39 seconds for a first-place finish in the 200-meter dash.

After winning the Heptathlon, Kenneday said, “My family has been into track and field for a long time, so it must be in the genes. I love to push myself further than I’ve gone before. I felt really comfortable doing events, even the ones I’m less experienced at.”

Senior ace Del Signore lived up to his billing as the Gatorade New Hampshire Player of the Year by leading Londonderry to the Division I baseball championship.

He pitched a one-hitter with nine strikeouts and delivered an RBI double to lead the Lancers past Manchester Memorial 3-0 in the quarterfinals.

In the semifinals, he twirled a two-hitter and fanned 11 batters in a 6-0 win over Bedford. He had an RBI triple in that game. At the Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester, his two hits and RBI helped the Lancers claim the title against arch-rival Pinkerton Academy of Derry, 4-1.

Shapiro led Bedford High to a 19-12 victory over Windham in the Division II lacrosse final, scoring seven of her game-high 10 goals in the first half. In the semifinals, her game-high six goals enabled Bedford to squeak by Hanover, 14-13. Shapiro finished off the month by scoring a game-high four goals and contributing two assists, leading New Hampshire to a 25-9 rout of Vermont in the Hanover Lions Byrne Cup Twin State All-Star Game at Hanover High.

To submit a nomination for New Hampshire Union Leader Athlete of the Month, email details to, with “Athlete of the Month” in the subject field.

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