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Pelham - Windham News | June 6, 2014 - 19 by Marc Ayotte

Splendid is this article’s operative word. Splendid was the effort turned in by Pelham High Track & Field Coach Don Mullen and Athletic Director Todd Kress in running this year’s D-II State Tournament hosted by PHS. Splendid was the sun-drenched venue which eventuated from an early morning cloud-laden sky. Splendid were the performances of Coe-Brown’s Hannah Parker who broke two D-II state records on the day. And speaking of skies, splendid was the pole vault performance of Pelham’s Skyler Goss. The Lady Python dominated the event; clearing the bar at 10 feet even, on her way to capturing the state championship on the friendly home turf of the Harris Family T & F facility.

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Pelham’s Skyler Goss Goes Sky High to Grab Pole Vault State Title

feet, 1 inch (just 2 inches out of fi rst), earned third in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 15.64 seconds, and picked up a fourth-place award for her role in the girls’ 4x100 relay (51.36). In the Division II states, the top-4 fi nishers in each event automatically qualifi ed to compete in the NH Meet of Champions to be held at Londonderry High School on Saturday, June 7. Meanwhile, the top-six fi nishers in their respective events earned team points used to determine team standings. With respect to moving on to the next level of competition, Mullen offered; “All individuals and relays (that) placed in the top 4, automatically advance to the Meet of Champions in Londonderry next Saturday.” The PHS coach then elaborated on the impending at-large bids that will exist after factoring in D-I and D-3 automatic qualifi ers; “The next top-4 fi nishes from across the entire state also get invited for those who fi nished in fi fth through sixth places, there is still a good opportunity; especially those who had very good times or heights.”

In addition to Goss, two other Lady Pythons qualifi ed to compete

in individual events at the MOCs. Alana Eshbach had a solid showing in the discus, fi nishing third with a distance of 97 feet, 7 inches. She also picked up a top-10 fi nish in the shot put with a distance of 28 feet, 10 inches (ninth). Brooke Paradis will be making her way to Londonderry thanks to a fourth-place fi nish (47.06) in the 300 meter intermediate hurdles. Paradis was also a member of the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams that came in fourth and sixth, respectively.

Other notable performances on the girls’ side of the ledger for

Pelham came from the following: Katelyn Surprenant - fi fth 300 IH, fourth 4x100 and sixth 4x400 and ninth pole vault; Shaylynn Harrington - fi fth 800 and sixth 4x400; Shyanne Skinner - fi fth shot put along with ninth in the discus (83 feet 7 inches); Shannen Arseneault - sixth 3200m run; Morgan Pinksten - fourth 4x100 and Alexandria Papadimoulis - sixth 4x400. For their collective efforts, the girls came in fi fth place in the team standings; missing out on fourth by a miniscule .33 points. According to Coach Mullen, “the boys came in a very respectable

Pelham’s Skyler Goss captures the D-II State Championship in the pole vault with a height of 10 feet even.

The always energetic and enthusiastic Coach Mullen addressed the athletes and people who made the event a complete success; “Wow, this was a spectacular day. The kids did very well. And I am overwhelmed by your volunteerism.” Though there were several special individual efforts recorded on the day, Mullin rejoiced in three relay teams; “there were so many great performances today, but wow, how about our girls’ 4x100, boys’ 4x100 and boys’ 4x400. My adrenaline was pumping. And it was great to see the kids celebrating together.” However, it was as simple as 1-2-3 … 4, in determining the day’s most splendid Python athlete. In addition to her state title in the pole vault, Goss took second in the triple jump with a distance of 36


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seventh.” Leading the team in points contributions was a pair of third-place fi nishes from Sutton Bradbury-Koster (110 high hurdles, 15.38) and Jared Hannon who earned his with a distance of 20 feet, 3 inches in the long jump. Additionally, both Bradbury-Koster and Hannon were members of the Snakes’ two relay teams. But arguably the best all-around performance for the boys came from Kellan Brouder. The PHS junior fi nished in the top 10 in two individual events (triple jump, seventh, 40 feet, .75 inches) and (300 m hurdles, 10th, 43.61). He was also an integral part of the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams which fi nished third, and fi fth, respectively. Other solid showings by Pelham athletes who competed in this

year’s states belong to: Joe Penney – pole vault, fi fth, 10 feet, 3 inches; Bryce Blanchard – 1600 meter run, fi fth, 4:32.79, 4x400 relay; Joe Halpin – 4x400 relay; and Dominic Branco – shot put, 13th, 35 feet, 3.5 inches. Update Coach Don Mullen announced after the D-I states were calculated, that there will be a handful of additional Python entries into the Meet of Champions: Katelyn Surprenant in the 300 meter IH, Shaylyn Harrington in the 800 meter run, Bryce Blanchard in the 1600 meter run, Shannen Arseneault in the 3200 meter run as well as the quartet of Brouder, Hannon, Blanchard and Bradbury-Koster in the boys’ 4x400 relay.

With jerseys donated by the Pelham Police Department, the PHS baseball team donned the symbolic pink unis in honor of all those who are currently

fi ghting a battle with cancer or who have lost the battle with cancer. Python coach Billy Beauchesne’s work with the Coaches vs. Cancer program resulted in family members of two Pelham baseball players, throwing out the fi rst pitch on senior day. Mary Modugno, left, is the grandmother of Chris Gamble and Leslie Rhodes is the great aunt of Chris Benjamin, front right. According to Coach Beauchesne, both women have proudly won their battles with cancer.

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