---- — Pinkerton runner impresses in Maine
Ariel Vaillancourt of the Pinkerton Academy girls cross-country team competed in the New England Championships Saturday at Twin Brook Recreation Center in Cumberland, Maine.
On a soaked, mud-filled course, Ariel ran her best race of the season.
She finished 61st in New England, 13th in the state of New Hampshire, and seventh in Division 1 overall.
Running a time of 20:38 on the tough and technical course, she competed with the best of New Hampshire and was the fourth freshman from the Granite State to cross the line.
Derry athlete stands out at Fitchburg
DERRY — Jacqueline Walker, a 2012 graduate of Pinkerton Academy and a NH Scholar recipient, is a force to be reckoned with on Fitchburg State University’s women’s soccer team.
At Pinkerton, she was the starting defensive player and was one of three captains on her team. She received the Unsung Hero Award.
At Fitchburg State University, where she is majoring in biology, she earned the starting sweeper position on the women’s soccer team as a freshman.Walker was one of two Fitchburg Falcons to the MASCAC All-Conference Second Team, for her first career selection.
She helped the Fitchburg State backline, limiting opponents to a 2.88 goals against average over 17 contests. In her rookie campaign, the freshman defender also added her first collegiate point, posting one assist in the Falcons 4-0 victory against Mass-Maritime Academy.
LHS grad now
works at UNT
LONDONDERRY — Kristen Love, a 2007 Londonderry High School graduate and 2011 graduate of Fitchburg State University, has joined Coach Mike Peterson’s staff as the assistant director of operations for the women’s basketball program at the University of North Texas.
Love recently made the move to UNT after a successful year with the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association in Atlanta. She played four years of basketball and three years of softball, and was a multiple Academic All-Conference selection in both sports at Fitchburg State University. Love played college softball after not playing the sport since middle school.
Her new duties at UNT include supporting team travel, grading game and practice film, coordination of scouting film, coordination of facilities for all women’s basketball functions, coordination of the “Game Day Ball Girl program”, support of scouting activities, prospect contact and visits.
Start the year
off with adult yoga
DERRY — Adult Yoga for All will hold 2013 winter sessions on Thursdays at Alexander-Carr Lodge, 28 Pierce Ave.
Fees are $40 for Derry residents, $60 for nonresidents and $25 for families, which applies to the second member of the same family.
There will be five classes in the session. Winter 1 runs Jan. 10-Feb. 7, from 6 to 7:15 p.m. or from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. Session II is Feb. 21-April 4 at the same times.
Adult Yoga for All is a Hatha yoga program for adults at least 18 years of age. Participants 16 and 17 years of age are also eligible to participate when registering with a parent or guardian.
Classes are designed to fit all ability and experience levels. Each class requires a minimum of six participants with a 15-person maximum.
Students will be introduced to the health benefits of yoga through stretching exercises, breathing techniques, yoga postures, flow sequences and relaxation.
The class is led by Mariellen Rowe, a certified yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance. Call the Recreation Office at 432-6136 or email email@example.com.