DURHAM — The Winnacunnet High School girls indoor track team won one event and placed fifth at Saturday’s season-opening, eight-team meet at the University of New Hampshire.
The senior quartet of Samantha LiPetri, Kennedy McCarthy, Tess Rodgers and Mills Waddell beat the seven-team field in the 4x400-meter relay in a time of 4 minutes, 28.44 seconds.
Exeter won the team scoring with 79 points, and was followed by Portsmouth (67), Bishop Guertin (42), Nashua South (37), Winnacunnet (24.5), Pinkerton (20.5), Spaulding (13) and Londonderry (10).
“I thought we competed hard and did pretty well,” Winnacunnet coach Richard Osborne said. “We are such a young team that. You know, those are some pretty good Division I schools there. We beat Pinkerton and Londonderry, so that was nice. Exeter is as strong as can be. They have everything — they have sprinters, hurdlers, long-distance kids; they are going to be very tough this year within the state. Overall, I thought we had a good day. We had some nice performances.”
Winnacunnet had six who qualified for the open meet. Three of those were in the 600, including McCarthy, Rodgers and LiPetri; as well as Waddell in the 1,000; Kristen Gyorda in the 55-meter hurdles; and senior Molly Maynard in the shot put. They are now eligible to race in the Jan. 20 and 26 open meets in hopes of moving up to and hitting a state-qualifying standard.
“The qualifying standards are extremely tough,” Osborne said. “If a kid hits one of those they are automatically in the state meet.”
Senior Taylor Nydam placed third in the 300 (47.14) and fifth in the high jump (4 feet, 4 inches).
“She’s a veteran, she’s good,” Osborne said. “She is one of those kids as the season goes along, she just gets better and better."
Waddell was fifth in the 1,000 (3:22.94), and McCarthy was sixth in the 600 (1:49.34).
The team of sophomores Jessica Proulx, Kaitlyn Lennox, freshman Hannah Kelley and Nydam was sixth in the 4x160-meter relay (1:34.74).
Maynard was eighth in the shot put (26-4.5), freshman Kylee Quinlan was eighth in the 1,000 (3:28.44), Rodgers was ninth in the 600 (1:50.14), and Bushe (300, 48.94) and LiPetri (600, 1:50.34) were both 10th in their respective events.
Other top Winnacunnet performances were turned in by freshman Emma Abdelhamid (high jump, 12th, 4-0), sophomore Morgan Kelley (shot put, 12th, 25-04.5), junior Grace Baker (shot put, 13th, 25-02.75), freshman Hannah Kelley (300, 14th, 49.94), junior Alexis Quinlan (1,000, 14th, 3:35.34), senior Nikki Tredwell (shot put, 15th, 24-02.5), sophomore Callie Kendellen (long jump, 17th, 12-08), freshman Mason Ferry (long jump, 18th, 12-07.5), and sophomore Hannah Thompson (long jump, 19th, 12-06).
Winnacunnet will compete on Saturday at Plymouth State University. The 16-team meet is scheduled to start at 10 a.m.
The Warriors will compete against Belmont, Laconia, Bishop Brady, Plymouth, Pembroke, Prospect Mountain, Bow, Merrimack Valley, Goffstown, Gilford, Manchester West, Winnisquam, Kearsage, Pelham and Franklin.
“It’s a nice track, it’s only two years old,” Osborne said. “There’s a lot of small schools in our meet, so, obviously, going in our goal is to win the meet. Merrimack Valley will be very competitive with us, West will be pretty good. We’re going to try some kids in some different events this week. It seems like a good meet to do it in.”