Ariel Vaillancourt advances to New Englands individually. Both Ariel and Morgan ran times that make them the sixth and seventh fastest Pinkerton girls ever on the Nashua South course — and they are both freshmen. All time personal best performances were run by Ariel Vaillancourt,
Morgan Sansing, Danika Ashness, Kaila Cote, Haley McMullen and Siobhan McLaughlin.
Pinkerton finishes second
The Long Red Line finished as the Division 1 state runners-up to Bedford. Running a sensational race was senior Pat Chabot, coming in fourth in a time of 16:30.
Top twenty performances went to Chris Poggi, 15th in 16:56, and Phil Parent, 19th in 16:59. Rounding out the top seven were Connor Kwiecien, Sean Kopetz, Joe Poggi and Nick Pietrocarlo.
Two Astros earn All-State honors
The Pinkerton boys cross-country team qualified for the eighth consecutive year for the New England Championships. Running spectacular races were Chris Poggi (10th in 16:11) and Patrick Chabot (12th in 16:16). They both earned All-State honors as well.
Running personal records were Connor Kwiecien and Sean Kopetz. Rounding out the Astros top seven were Phil Parent, Nick Sevilla and Owen Clark.
Lady Astros land on top
In semifinal action, Pinkerton’s Lady Astros faces Exeter and won in overtime, 1-0.
Julie Saltamartini, assisted by Kaylie DeCosmo, scored the lone goal.
In a skillfully played game by both sides, the Astros stayed resilient throughout the entire game and through the first 10 minutes of overtime. That’s when Julie Saltamartini found the back of the net on a breakaway one on one with the goalie.
Strong defensive efforts were led by Chevy Collins, Maddie Driscoll and Jessica Cote. Kaylie DeCosmo and Julie Saltamartini accounted for many of the 10 shots the Exeter goalie faced during regulation and overtime.
Brooke Dorval provided the energy and Jordan Dudley had her best game of the season, stopping all 11 shots she faced, including a flurry of activity in the last 3 minutes of regulation.