DURHAM — The second time around was a little better for one of the Winnacunnet High School relay teams at Saturday’s 73rd New England Interscholastic Track and Field Championship meet at the University of New Hampshire.

The quartet has another chance to knock off some additional time.

At last year’s New England meet, the team of then-sophomore Hayden O’Hara and freshmen Noah Taracena, Colin Donnelly and Jack Taylor placed 17th in the 4x800-meter relay with a time of 8 minutes, 19 seconds.

On Saturday, the group, now competing as a junior and three sophomores, placed 12th in 8:15.1.

“It was a phenomenal accomplishment,” Winnacunnet coach Kara Seager said. “They are three sophomores running against men. It’s a great accomplishment for those kids to compete against those big, strong men.”

Seager believes the four will definitely crack the top 10 at next year’s New England race.

“Without a doubt, top 10 next year if they stay healthy,” Seager said.

Donnelly also placed 14th in the 3,200 (9:42.17).

In the girls competition, the foursome of junior Samantha LiPetri, sophomore Haley Blaisdell, junior Kennedy McCarthy and senior Sydney Murray placed 24th in the 4x400 in a time of 4:15.10.

“It was a happy surprise they got in,” Seager said. “We weren’t counting on it. It was great to get in to begin with and a nice recognition for them and the hard work they put in all season. They got out on the track and did a great job. We were super proud of those girls.”

All but Murray return next season.

“That will be tough,” Seager said, “but I think this is a great motivator for the girls team in general. To have a relay team make it to New Englands, it lets the girls know they can compete at this level.”

In the pole vault, juniors Taylor Nydam and Katherine Moran tied for 19th with a leap of 9 feet.

“They were neck and neck the entire season.” Seager said. “I think they had higher expectations for themselves; they were hoping to clear the next level (9-9).