by Chris White
The Campbell track and field team is a close-knit group of athletes who act is if they are part of a large family together. But for a number of Campbell tracksters, being one of the family holds true in a literal sense. The program currently boasts five sets of siblings, totaling 11 athletes who have a member of their family on the team with them: Hayden and Evan Leith; Courtney, Ashley, and Kaitlyn Gannon; Michelle and Geoff Pomerleau; Samantha and Spencer Soulard; and Christina and Derek Minervini. Many people may not realize how much of an effect the combining of family members could have on a team’s performance, but Campbell’s coaching staff certainly does. “This is a very tight team,” Campbell assistant coach Kelly Fraser said. “The kids really stick together because there are so many siblings. It contributes to our team unity and it is part of an identity that is really important to us. Even some of the other kids have older brothers and sisters who have graduated.” Naturally, there is a strong bond between each group of siblings on the team, and it may be most evident in the Leith family.
Juniors Hayden and
Evan Leith are twins who support each other at all times. Hayden, who is technically Evan’s older sister by about 10 minutes, said it makes a difference to always have someone there to offer advice and support, especially in the midst of competing on the track. “It’s encouraging to have family
Campbell Track and Field Keeps It in the Family
Evan Leith has qualified for the post-season in three events: the high jump, javelin, and 110 hurdles
there,” she said. “It makes a difference when you know someone is there sincerely.” The Gannons and the Pomerleaus said they agree that sincerity amongst siblings is one aspect that helps elevate their performance. Essentially, it comes down to the simple fact that it is easier for siblings to be direct with one another in pointing out their flaws and helping each other get better. “It’s easier to help each other
improve because most of the time, people won’t just come out and say what you are doing wrong,” explained Kaitlyn Gannon, a freshman and the youngest of the three Gannon sisters.
Hayden Leith ran the 100-meter hurdles in 17.7 seconds earlier this season to qualify for the Class M meet this Saturday
Whichever way these families are going about improving their performances, it seems to be working. A number of Campbell’s siblings have qualified for the Class M meet at Winnisquam this weekend: Spencer Soulard (100 meters, pole vault), Samantha Soulard (pole vault), Evan Leith (high jump, javelin, 110 hurdles), Hayden Leith (100 hurdles), Geoff Pomerleau (800 meters), Michelle Pomerleau (300 hurdles), Courtney Gannon (400 meters), and Ashley Gannon (300 hurdles). In addition to the siblings who qualified, the Cougars made a
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Te Gannon sisters (Kaitlyn, Ashley, and Courtney) are one of five sets of siblings on the Campbell track and field roster this year
strong showing last Saturday at the Monadnock League Championships at Conant High. The boys’ team finished first, while the girls placed second overall amongst their competition. Anthony Rinaldi (first place, 100 and 200 meters) won top male track athlete honors, and Haley Bowen (first place, shot put; second place, discus) was presented with the top female field athlete award for the meet.
The Cougars will now go to the Class M meet this weekend in hopes of advancing to the state meet, which will take place the following week.
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Campbell baseball’s seniors with their families on Senior Day last Tursday
by Chris White
The Campbell baseball team hosted its Senior Day on
Thursday, May 20, where the team recognized its seniors for their commitment to the program in a brief ceremony before the game took place. Campbell’s seniors included Evan Ordway, Josh Sigman, Jacob Lang, Bobby Frappier, Josh McGrath, and team manager Cameron Harford. It was the final regular season home game of
Senior first baseman Josh Sigman extends to catch the ball for the out at first
the year for the Cougars and, unfortunately, they suffered a 5-1 loss to Somersworth. The Cougars got back on track on Monday, however, beating Mascenic by the score of 8-7 on the road. Defeating Mascenic improved their record to 10-5, as they finished up the 2010 regular season at Epping on Wednesday. With the conclusion of the regular season, the Cougars will now focus on playing their best ball to advance in the playoffs.
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