REAL Londonderry Invitational! Baker’s Dozen!

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1. Is every one sleeping on Hollis Brookline’s Samuel Bruneau? He won both the 100 in 10.94 and the 200 in 22.17. With NH sprinting being so deep this season, it is easy to overlook someone. With names like Gentchos, Brooks, Kelm, we simply haven’t said Bruneau enough.

2. Let’s continue to celebrate and root for Central’s Harriet Barber as she pursues state records and excellence. We will not take consistent greatness for granted! Barber is undefeated this season in the 400 and 200 consistently running 56 seconds and change as well as 25’s…every race!

3. Anyone else notice how deep the boys’ 800 has gotten this year? Salem’s Brock James and Bedford’s Jared Bekkering contributed to this as they went 1-2 yesterday in one of the best races of the day, 1:56.45 to 1:56.51.

4. Souhegan freshman Samantha Swanbon is running like a veteran, beating vets in the process. She wins the 1600 for the second consecutive week at an invitational racing a patient 5:09.24 not taking the lead over eventual 2nd place finisher Pinkerton’s Contessa Silva who crossed in 5:10.94.

5. Bedford’s Jacob Redman anchored Bedford’s 4×800 relay with a 1:52! He came back to win the 1600, but the team’s time of 7:53.84 is one of the best in NH history. Last year Coe-Brown took its best shot at the state record and came up short by 4 tenths of a second. This year, its Bedford’s turn to take their shot!

6. Concord’s Morgan Doherty is also getting pretty fast in the High Hurdles winning with a 15.37, but she clocked 14.92 in the prelims! Staying with girls hurdles, North’s Jhanelle Thomas, won, again, with a 46.17. She said in her interview she has been sick. Can’t wait until we see a healthy Thomas over the next couple weeks!

7. Pinkerton’s 4×100 takes down the state record with a 48.27! Second consecutive year this record has been broken as South broke it last year. In addition to seniors Eva Roberts and Hannah Sippel, Pinkerton’s quartet includes freshman Courtney Russell and sophomore Nora Brayall. Congrats!

8. Keene sophomore Sully Sturtz had an impressive double placing 2nd in the 1600 in 4:26 and then winning the 3200 in 9:29 in a tight battle over South’s Dante Castellano.

9. Bedford’s Christopher Chong continues to be dominant winning both the High Hurdles and 300 Hurdles. Can anyone challenge Bedford for the D1 title? Chong and Redman combined to run a blazing 4×400 in 3:24.72. Just seems as if they are firing on all cylinders at the right time.

10. Bedford girls will not be overshadowed by the boys, as their 4×800 posted a 9:29.91. This continues to drop as Samantha Ducharme, Kelseigh O’Neil, Fiona Lee and Anna Ray.

11. Who else is impressed by Concord junior Ella Goulas? She wins multiple events again sweeping the horizontal jumps. She won the Triple with a 35’5.25 and the Long Jump with a 17’2.25″. While the high jump may not have gone her way (won by Alvirne’s Petrina Ofori), expect Goulas to contend for all three jumps next week.

12. Concord’s Nick Reynolds wins high jump and javelin again! What a combination! This while North’s Darius Smith wins the shot put again, and South’s Elyza Mercado wins the discus, again.

13. This invitational is named after 4 pillars of track and field in our state. Four innovators who made our sport better in so many ways which in turn obviously was better for the kids of NH. Thanks for all you have done. So a shout out once again to Rich Nagy, Ed Daniels, Al Halpern and Larry Martin. And a special shout out of strength and healing to Ed who has all of our support and then some.

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