Local Roundup: Windsor’s Comstock Rules D-II Track Meet

Saturday, June 04, 2016

East Montpelier, Vt. — Windsor High senior Katey Comstock is moving on to college track and field pretty much the way she’s been throughout her high school career: a multiple state champion.

Comstock swept the girls shot put, discus and javelin to highlight Upper Valley participation in the VPA Division II state track and field meet at U-32 High School on Saturday. The afternoon also included a second-place finish for Hartford sophomore Ileana Sirois and several top-four finishes for the Hurricane boys.

Comstock, who will join the track and field program at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, N.H., in the fall, won all three of her events by comfortable margins. Her heave of 40 feet, 2.5 inches in the shot was nearly 3 inches better than runner-up Molly McCreedy, of U-32. Comstock took the discus (128-5) by nearly 8 feet over McCreedy (120-7), and her winning javelin throw of 110-7 outdistanced Lyndon’s Zea Macris (107-5) by more than 3 feet.

Annika Abrahamsen scored points for the Jacks with a third-place result in the 400-meter dash (1 minutes, 3.68 seconds). Emily Smith also added points to Windsor’s tally with sixth-place results in the high jump (4-6) and pole vault (7-6).

Sirois provided the top result for the Hartford girls when she took second in the 100 hurdles (16.89) behind Mount Abraham’s Lydia Pitts, who’d finished a spot behind Sirois in the preliminaries. Sirois also scored in the long jump, taking fourth (15-5.5).

Freshmen Deveon Martin and Abayomi Lowe had the strongest performances for the Hartford boys, with Lowe leading a 3-4 finish for the duo in the 400 dash and Martin taking fourth in the 200. Both also made the 100 finals, with Lowe fifth and Martin sixth behind Windsor’s fourth-place Vincent Moeykens.

Hunter Judd took fourth in the long jump and Matthew Phipps was fifth in the 1,500 for the Canes. Hartford (26 points) and Windsor (7) were 8-9 in the boys team standings; Comstock-fueled Windsor (38) was seventh among the girls, with Hartford (27) ninth.

U-32 swept the girls and boys state championships.

Kennedy, Merchant Win at MOC

Hampton, n.h. — Lebanon High’s Kath Merchant and Corinne Kennedy slapped their names all over the final standings at the NHIAA Meet of Champions at Winnacunnet High School, each winning an event and finishing no worse than third in at least one other.

Merchant, a sophomore, rolled to a victory in the girls shot put, her toss of 38 feet, 7 inches, beating Bedford runner-up Shanna Scribner by nearly 3½ feet. Merchant added to her big day with a third in the javelin at 124-7 and a third in the discus at 111-1.

Fresh from a dominant performance at D-II states last week, junior Kennedy grabbed another victory in her 300-meter hurdle specialty (43.38 seconds). She also won the preliminaries in the 100 hurdles, but White Mountains’ Alex Curtis caught Kennedy in the final, her winning time of 15.35 seconds shading Kennedy by .02 seconds.

On the boys side, Stevens’ Parker Smith claimed fourth in the high jump (6-2), and Newport’s Peter Thibault was sixth in the discus (125-1).

Boys TennisPeress Reaches Quarters

Manchester — Lebanon High junior Jacob Peress picked off two opponents at Saturday’s NHIAA boys singles state tournament before bowing out in the quarterfinals.

The top singles player through most of the Raiders’ recent NHIAA Division II team tournament championship, the second-seeded Peress opened with an 8-6 defeat of Derryfield’s Gavin Shilling at Southern New Hampshire University before routing Salem’s Melham Antar, 8-1. Peress’ run ended in his third match of the day, an 8-5 loss to seventh-seeded Zach Gould of Bedford High.

Lebanon No. 2 Terran Campbell fell in a first-round match to Derryfield’s Sam Grondin.

Lebanon and Hanover are scheduled to field two teams each in the NHIAA boys doubles tournament, which was to take place today, but was postponed by the NHIAA on Saturday night because of expected rain. The association has yet to announced a makeup date.

The same goes today’s planned girls doubles tournament, in which Hanover and Stevens both had teams entered.

BaseballWindham 6, Lebanon 1

Windham, n.h. — Nate Perkins gutted out a three-inning performance on the mound after taking a ball off his pitching hand in the opening frame as the Raiders’ season ended in the NHIAA Division II quarterfinals.

The fourth-seeded Jaguars scored three runs in that opening inning, adding single scores in the third, fourth and sixth to pull away. Windham pitchers limited No. 12 Lebanon (7-11) to just two hits, from lone senior Matt Sulllivan and sophomore Derek Griffin. Perkins scored in the sixth for Lebanon’s only run.

Sunapee 8Wilton-Lyndeborough 5

Sunapee — The second-seeded Lakers (17-1) won the rubber match with their seventh-ranked visitors, the only team to beat them during the regular season.

The victory sends Sunapee to a Wednesday semifinal against No. 3 Portsmouth Christian, a 9-8 winner over No. 11 Pittsfield on Saturday. Semifinal first pitch is 4 p.m. at Robbie Mills Park in Laconia.

Newmarket 7, Woodsville 6

Newmarket, n.h. — The fifth-ranked Engineers (11-7) grabbed an early 2-1 lead, but the fourth-seeded Mules (13-5) eventually nicked Woodsville in a nip-and-tuck NHIAA Division IV quarterfinal.

College CrewDartmouth at IRA Day 2

West Windsor, n.j. — The Dartmouth heavyweight crew team raced three boats at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association national regatta on Saturday, sending one to the petite final and two others to lower-level races.

The Big Green’s third varsity took sixth in the A semifinal with a time of 6 minutes, 3.43 seconds to earn a petite final slot this morning. The varsity eight was second (5:43.14) behind Cornell (5:39.86) in the D semifinal, earning a spot in today’s third final.

Dartmouth’s varsity four was fourth (6:40.49) in its D semifinal and will race in the fourth final of that class today.