Londonderry High School’s girls’ and boys’ track and field squads both put forth noteworthy performances at the Division I state championships at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton last Friday, May 27.
Veteran coach Sue Johnson’s Lady Lancers ended up third overall by scoring 61 points and finishing behind only the champions from Bedford High (96) and Nashua South (67).
And Lancer boys’ mentor Matt Smith saw his guys wind up fourth overall (38 points) behind the champions from Concord (91), Pinkerton (85), and Nashua North (51).
As everyone has come to expect, the Lady Lancers’ effort was spearheaded by senior multi-event star Yorgelis Ortiz. She snagged individual wins in the 100-meter dash (time of 12.61 seconds) and the 200 dash (25.74), and she also collected a second place in the long jump. Additionally, Ortiz helped her squad’s 4×100 relay quartet to a third place, working with teammates Jess Brien, Ellie Goodspeed, and Andrea Wooldridge to do so (50.41).
Londonderry also had Jordan Dufresne take first place in the pole vault (10 feet) and Kate Balcom finish right behind her in second (9’6″).
The Lancer males had Trevor Guay collect an individual state title in the 300-meter hurdles (39.16), repeating as champ in that event. Second places were bagged by Derek Davies in the pole vault (13’6″) and Kyle Foden in the shot put (48’8 3/4″), and Londonderry received a third place in the 4×800 relay, thanks to the efforts of Jared Kane, Noah Schrank, Josh Wasserman, and Chris Zaino (8 minutes, 15.27 seconds).
Caption: LHS’ Yorgelis Ortiz surprised no one by being a force at the D-I championships last week.