Bree Robinson had a huge evening, breaking a 31-year-old state record in the long jump with a leap of 19-41/2. She also won the 100 (12.61), placed second in the triple jump (35-10) and fourth in the 200 (26.37).
"Coaches live to have an athlete like that. She's an anomaly," Concord coach Barbara Higgins said. "There's nothing normal about her."
Robinson's goal coming into the Class L meet was to crack 19-0. She did it in style, easily eclipsing the meet record (18-63/4 by Pinkerton's Camille Quarles last year) and state mark of 18-111/2 that Concord's Tina Guerin set in 1977. Robinson also broke the area record of 18-83/4 set by Andover's Jamie Barron in 1994.
At the outset, Robinson said, she wasn't sure if it was meant to be.
"The board wasn't the best, so I was at a bit of a disadvantage," said Robinson, who scored 32 of seventh-place Pinkerton's 42 points. "But the wind was with me."
Robinson is just picking up the triple jump this spring. She said her timing is still a bit off. Second in Class L? Not too shabby for a "novice."
Lancers down Astros, head to finals
Despite two scoring droughts of nearly 15 minutes each, a half-hour thunderstorm delay, and miserable wet and rainy conditions, the Lancers managed to hang on and defeat Pinkerton 9-8 in the Division 1 state semifinals at Manchester Memorial field.
For Londonderry, it will be its first trip to the state final in the 11-year history of the tournament. It will face No. 1 seed Souhegan in the championship game.
"To come out here with a team that starts five sophomores and six juniors, and to get this far, is unbelievable," said Bob Slater, Londonderry's head coach. "They just fought and scrapped and really earned the win."
The Lancers (14-3) and Astros (14-5) spilt their regular season series this year, with both teams winning at home by two goals, so it was predictably a close match.