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May 22, 2014

Astros soar in track and field

Astros work hard in track and field events

DERRY — Pinkerton boys and girls have met with success in track and field recently.

The Astro boys topped Manchester Central last week, 70-61.

Standout performances included Isaiah Backels coming in first in the pole vault, John Davis first in the shot put, Erik Goulet first in the high jump and Doug Boisse came in first in both the 100 meter hurdles and the 300 meter hurdles.

Then the Astro boys took first at the Merrimack Invitational, beating second-place Nashua North, 103-82.

The Lady Astros beat Central last week, 71-65.

The meet was highlighted by two Pinkerton class records. Sydney Sandell broke the ninth-grade record in the javelin, tossing the spear 96 feet. Kayla Watson broke a 14-year junior class best in the shot put, with a mark of 36 feet 1 ¾ inches. That distance brings Kayla within 3 inches of the school record.

Top point scorer for the Astros was freshman Maria Virga with nine points. She tied for first in the triple jump, won the 300 hurdles, and placed third in the 100 hurdles.

Other event winners were Michaela Blackwell in the long jump, 14 feet 8 inches; Bela Fast in the 100 meters, 13.4; Jacqui Wyka in the 400, 61.7; Brianna Warnick in the 200, 26.8; and the 4 x 100 relay, 50.7.

Pinkerton girls placed ninth out of 14 teams at the Merrimack Invitational with 25 points.

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