Seleny, Astros shine at New England Championship

Courtesy PhotoConor Seleny helped Pinkerton break a state record at last Saturday's New England Championship.

The timing of New Englands is less than perfect for New Hampshire track athletes.

Saturday’s 33rd annual meet at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston was 20 days after the N.H. state meets. Thus many of the Granite State elite don’t even bother competing.

But the Pinkerton boys are a different breed. They figure it out and usually come through.

Conor Seleny placed seventh in the 55-meter hurdles in 7.74, but the big news was the Astros setting a state record 1:31.05 to place second in the 4x200.

The team was comprised of Ben Fleming, Ryan Dane, Pat Cotnoir and Seleny.

The former state mark was 1:31.80 by Londonderry in 1998. The Astros ran 1:32.09 at Division 1 states.

Zach Plaza took 12th for the Astros in the 1,000 (2:35.75), and Dane also added a 14th in the long jump (20-5.25).

For the Pinkerton girls, the team of Mariesa Preble, Faith Mamos, Meghan Cross and Macy Graves took 12th in the 4x800 in 9:45.31, and Emily Lesburt also finished 12th in the high jump (5-1).

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