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By Mike Smith
Normally in our previews we simply go down through the events list and identify the top contenders in each of the performance categories; sprints, mid D, distance, field and relays. However before I get into the preview, I just want to recognize something I don’t believe I’ve ever witnessed in the 24 years I’ve been associated with New Hampshire Track and Field. This season we not only have an athlete that has qualified from the 300 to the 3000, but they are the top qualifier from 300 to 3000! Portsmouth Christian’s everything girl Brianna Malone holds the top times across all the aforementioned distances in Division 2. Holy smokes!
In the hurdles, Pelham’s Reese Nicolosi leads the entrants with a 9.00 seed time. Behind her is Newmarket’s Kaitlin Bussell, Coe- Brown’s Natalie Sicard, Newport’s Maddox Lovely and Oyster River’s Erin Carty, all under the 9.50 mark.
In the 55 dash, Kennett’s Aida Wheat has topped the leaderboard all season long, clocking in with a 7.54. She will begin the race as the co-favorite with Milford’s Keely Giordano at 7.54. Newmarket’s Bussell will have a quick turnaround from the hurdles, with Belmont’s Emma Winslow and Coe-Brown’s Anushka Chavda all less than a tenth of a second behind the race leaders. This is going to be a tight race!
Newport’s everything girl Lovely is the top seed having run 44.77 during the season. Kingswood’s Kylie Rapoza will be fresh and is a tenth of a second behind, with CB’s Chavda as the other athlete having run under 45 seconds on the season.
As we’ll get to in the distance preview, with PCA’s Malone electing to go long, the door has been opened for Newmarket’s Alana Hagen, who was the top seed in both the 600 and 1000, who has elected to focus on the 1000. Three seconds back is OR’s Haley Kavanagh, with a 15 second gap back due to scratches. Benefiting most from this is freshmen Kaitlin O’Shea of Mascenic and Kaitlin Stocker of Sanborn.
With Hagen out of the 600, Kingswood’s Marcella DeNitto is the top seed by almost three seconds to Newmarket’s Allison Burke and Souhegan’s Audrey Littlefield.OR’s Talia Banafato and Sanborn’s Lily Tedford are the top six under the 1:50 mark.
Well, I guess my questions about PCA’s Malone were answered early Monday morning when I saw the entries for the seeding meeting. Brianna has elected to contest the 3000/1500 meter double. I don’t want to guess the exact intent but I feel that she’ll be running after at least one of those records. Behind Malone in the 3K is OR’s Mackenzie Cook, half a minute behind Malone and half a minute up on Kearsarge’s Molly Ellison and Bow’s Maya Brochu.
In the 1500 Malone is a nine second seed in front of OR’s Cook with CB’s Sheldyn Fisher less than three seconds back from Cook. OR’s Kavanagh rounds out the top four with a ten second gap back to fifth place Brochu from Bow.
If there was a field event to bet on it would be shot put. Milford’s Kylie Allen has a three FOOT advantage over the rest of the field with a 33-4.75 mark. Con Val’s Tasha MacNeil and Kearsarge’s Amelia Lefebvre are back with throws of 30-3.75 and 30-1.25. Becc Kulengosky is the only other thrower better than 30 feet, with 30-0.75.
Newport’s Lovely leads high jump with a 5-0 jump. After that we have four tied at 4-10, with Oyster River’s Amalie Trump, Lebanon’s Isabella Hastings, Newmarket’s Kaitlin Bussell and the aforementioned Lefebvre of Kearsarge.
In the long jump we have a battle between Belmont’s sprint sensation Emma Winslow and Campbell’s Ava Houle. Houle enjoys a 1 inch advantage in the rankings, 16-5 to 16-4, but this is long jump where your season’s best doesn’t necessarily mean anything on that given day. Multi-eventer Lovely of Newport is back in third at 15-7.
Predicting the outcome of relays can be difficult, as those that qualify for the relays might be swapped out for someone that has less on their plate, so to speak. So I’ll tell you what I see.
In the 4×800 Mascenic sits in the top spot by 5 seconds having won the event in at the relay carnival over Bow, 11:03 to 11:08, however might not be running their A squad. Lebanon, Coe-Brown and Merrimack Valley are the other teams under 11:30 (11:15.)
Newmarket is the top seed in the 4×400, and have made concessions during the meet in order to prep for this race so the Mules should be in the driver’s seat. Oyster River is looking to use the relays to gain points and expect their workhorses of Kavanagh and Cook to play a role in this one. Kearsarge is hot on OR’s heels and Hanover is the fourth team under 4:40.
In the 4×200, Kingswood leads all contenders by two and half seconds and have to be considered the favorite. Milford and Newmarket slot in behind them. Oyster River, Coe-Brown and Souhegan round out the top six that has a five second spread from first to sixth.
In the mid season review I identified Milford and Souhegan, Belmont and Newport, Sanborn and Bow, and Kearsarge. Looking at the list I see I failed to recognize Oyster River. I’m going to claim that this is due to being early in the season and we were yet to see the range of Hayley Kavanaugh and Mackenzie Cook, though likely it was simply an oversight by me. OR is in it to win it. Coe-Brown should be lurking, as will be Milford. If Lovely has a good day Newport should be in the hunt as will Newmarket.
By Scott Maxwell
Sprints/Hurdles (55, 300, 55H)
It seems this year that the sprints are going to depend on who comes in ready to race! With three boys seeded under 6.8, the action is going to be intense. PCA’s Tim Kelm is the man to beat, coming in with a 6.73, with Trinity’s Nehemiah Oyaronbi right behind with a 6.76, and Bishop Brady’s Joshua Gentchos coming in with a 6.77! Mix in Oyster River’s Ty Dorow, Newmarket’s Jordan Espo (6.82) and Belmont’s Damien Sanborn (6.83), and you should see a final that could go in anyone’s direction.
In the 300m, Dorow comes in at the head of the pack, with a seed time (36.16) over a second faster than the rest of the field. Oyster River will look to pick up some serious points in this event, as Talon Ouellette and Keane Swiesz are also seeded in the top 6. Also look for first year indoor tracker Matthew Corriveau to boost Coe-Brown’s team score as he comes in as the #2 seed and has just continued to get faster with every race.
In the hurdles, Souhegan’s Cole Henderson (8.55) is the clear favorite, but look for Plymouth’s Cole Ahern, and Hanover’s Aidan Powell to put the pressure on. These points could end up playing a major role in the team competition.
The 600m is anyone’s race! Bishow Thapa of Merrimack Valley enters as the top seed, having ripped a 1:26.94, but look for veterans Chris Jernigan of Oyster River and (occasional NHTF livestream commentator) Gavin Demas to be lacing them up and fighting every step to take the win.
Coe-Brown’s Jamie Lano is in full control of the 1k! Coming in with a seed time faster than the current Division II record, and almost 10 seconds faster than the next competitor, this is his event to lose. Entered in the 1500 shortly after, I’d expect Lano to run this one as easy as he can to still come away with the W. I don’t see Lano getting away with this one too easy though, as Hanover’s Lucian Gleiser definitely has the speed to make this an honest race.
All Everything Aidan Cox of Coe-Brown comes in as the favorite in both the 3k and 1500m. Having run a US#3 in the 3k (23 seconds faster than the current state record?!) and a 1500m time equivalent to the current DII record, we could see some records fall on Sunday! Coe-Brown will be looking to take down major points in the distance events, with Cox, Lano, Tyler Tkaczyk, and Nikhil Chavda, the Black Bears should be racking them up! With the majority of the field doubling back from either the 3k or 1k, it’s possible to see an upset from any of the lower seeds racing on fresh legs…crazier things have happened!
Throws (Shot Put)
Lebanon’s Tanner Ames has completely dominated the shot put this winter. His 50’ 0” is over 6 feet ahead of the next competitor. He seems like a sure shot to take down 10 points for his team. The battle for the next 5 scoring spots should be very interesting though. Milford’s Keagan Hatch and Newport’s Kyle Ashley appear poised to take the podium spots, both coming in with throws in the mid 43-foot range!
Jumps (Long, High)
Ian Solberg of Hanover is a one man show in this year’s high jump, dominating all season! His season best of 6’8” matches the current Division II record! Could we see that record fall? For the best of the rest, Winnisquam’s Aidan Donahue (6’2”) Oyster River’s Daniel Doherty both come in at 6’ 2”. However, don’t rule out Coe-Brown’s constantly improving Matthew Corriveau (6’1”) to sneak into one of those top 3 spots.
The battle for Long Jump could be a wild one! Conant’s Ben Sawyer is the top seed at 20’ 8.5”, but again, there are a number of guys capable of popping off with a big jump to take the top spot! This is really anyone’s event to win! All around the 20’ mark, Coe-Brown’s Corriveau has made great progress this season, as has Pelham’s Junior Mackinnon, and Brady’s Gentchos. The long jump is going to come down to who brings their A game on Sunday!
I had originally predicted some parity in this year’s competition, however, it looks like Coe-Brown is completely in the driver’s seat. The Black Bears are just too strong in mid-d, distance, and jumps. With Cox, Tkazyck, Lano, Demas, Chavda, and Corriveau, the points will come in from all over the board. Hanover still has the depth with Gleiser, Powell, Aidan Bradley, Solberg, and relays to put up some numbers to challenge for the runner up spot! Oyster River also has shown they have the firepower with Dorow, Jernigan, Doherty, Oulette, and their relays to make a run at the podium. Two other teams to watch on Sunday will be Souhegan and Lebanon. Depending on how certain events play out, they could find themselves in a position for some hardware too!
It’s incredibly exciting to get back to Leverone and have a true Division Championship! Best of luck to everyone!