For Open Meet qualifying times, Kaila Cote earned a sixth place finish and was within 3 seconds of qualifying with an 11:33.0. Michaela Blackwell ran a provisional time of 7.7 seconds in the 55m dash, and Erin Coutts hammered out a fourth-place finish in the 600 and is within 1 second of automatic qualification.
Other outstanding performances were by Aeriela Thornton with a personal record of 7.9 in the dash and a personal record in the long jump, over 13 feet. Taylor Wright threw 12 inches over her personal record in shot-put, and Felicia Dowling is 4 seconds away from the open meet qualifying times in the 1500m. She outkicked a Lancer to take fifth place and then jumped right into the 4x400.
Aeriela Thornton, Felicia Dowling, Erin Coutts, and Carli Davis took 16 seconds of the previous 4x400 time to earn a fourth-place finish in the relay.
Red, white take a tie
The Pinkerton Academy boys track team participated in the annual Red vs. White meet on Dec. 12 and, for the first time ever, the meet ended in a 43-43 tie.
Several athletes had good nights with Connor Kwiecien leading the way winning both the 300 and 600. Chris Poggi dominated in the 1500 and Pat Chabot won the 1000.
In the sprints, James Toohey won the 55 and Devin Conway took the hurdles. Mark Franklin started off his season right where he left off last year winning the high jump.
Sophomore Pat Thompson managed a surprising win in the shot-put and newcomer Chris Palmer won the long jump.
Astros ready to defend title
The Pinkerton boys track team had their first meet at UNH Dec. 15 and showed they are prepared for the task of defending their Division 1 title.
Starting with the 3000, Chris Poggi and Sean Kopetz qualified for the state meet and placed second and third in the race to get the team off to a great start.