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John Habib's Track & Field: Record-setting Garnick of Bishop Guertin 'on schedule' for goals

June 03. 2013 9:03PM

Betsy Garnick 

BISHOP GUERTIN of Nashua coach Rob DeSisto set a goal for Betsy Garnick this spring.

"The goal was to have Betsy peaking for the New England Meet this week and the nationals in two weeks," said DeSisto. "I'd say after what we saw in the Meet of Champions, she's right on schedule."

Garnick was instrumental in setting another individual and team relay record Saturday at the Meet of Champions in Londonderry.

She broke her own state record in the 100-meter hurdles, running 14.23 seconds in the preliminaries. She topped her 2012 mark of 14.27. She ended up running a 14.24 in the finals to win that event.

In the 4 x 400 meter relay, Garnick set the pace, running 57.1 seconds during her leg, which eventually helped BG set a state record with a 3:53.87. The previous record set in 2006 by Bishop Guertin was 3:56.43.

Molly McCabe, who was out for most of the spring season with an injury, Rachel Pelletier and Sarah Burke etched their names alongside Garnick in the state relay record book.

The Bedford girls' 4 x 400 relay team recorded a 3:55.18 time and actually topped the 2006 state record mark. But they were beaten out by the Garnick and the Cardinals.

"Betsy had another typical impressive performance," said DeSisto. "In the relay, she made up the stagger, which means, running in lane two, she caught everyone outside of her before finishing her leg. It was quite impressive."

DeSisto revealed he will not have his team run the 4 x 400 in the 68th annual New England Interscholastic Outdoor Track and Field Championship at Willow Brook Park in New Britain, Conn., Saturday.

The field events begin at 10 a.m., followed by the running events at 10:30 a.m.

"We're going to the nationals in two weeks and we will compete in the relays there," said DeSisto. "Betsy will likely run the 300 (hurdles) on Saturday. She'll be trying to break the New England record, which is just under 14 seconds."

Garnick, who will be attending Northeastern University this fall, also won the long jump (17-10.75) at the Meet of Champions.

DeSisto said he'll leave it to Garnick to make the final decision on whether she enters that event Saturday.

In March, Garnick broke her own state record by winning the New England Indoor Track and Field Championship 55-meter girls' hurdles in 8.01 seconds at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Boston. Her previous state record of 8.20 in that event was accomplished in 2012 as a junior in the NHIAA state indoor track and field meet at Dartmouth College.

Also in March, Garnick, Burke, Pelletier and McCabe were members of the 4 x 400 relay team that established another state record (3:57.67) in Boston at the regionals. The previous relay team state record of 3:59.45 was set by Manchester Central in 1999.

Overshadowed by Garnick, but not forgotten was the performance by Coe-Brown of Northwood sophomore Hannah Parker, who nearly set a state record in the 800 meters. Parker's time of 2:10.62 just missed the record (2:10.44) set by Concord's Rachel Umberger in 2003.

"That's an outstanding time," said Salem coach Jack Gati. "If she comes in at 2:10 again at the New Englands, she's definitely going to finish top three. She's an amazing athlete."

DeSisto noted Rachel Hill of Somersworth qualified for the nationals with a 38-2 leap in the triple jump. "That's a solid jump and if she decides to compete in the New Englands, she'll be top five," said DeSisto.

Three other girls who could place well in the New Englands and won their event at the Meet of Champions are Sydney Petersen of Exeter (56.54) in the 400-meters, Kristen Bourque of Londonderry (24.97) in the 200 meters and Madeline Pacella of Keene (5-6) in the high jump. The Coe-Brown girls had a good showing the 4 x 800 relays, winning that event in 9:19.59.

McCabe, coming along after her injury, could be a sleeper in the regionals in the 400 and 800-meters.


ON the boys' side, Bedford set a state record of 42.86 seconds for the 4 x 100 meter relays at the Meet of Champions. Dylan York, Joe Thibeault, Mac Turgeon and Nick Villani were the quartet who eclipsed the previous mark of 43:02 set in 2005 by Manchester Central.


THREE local athletes have qualified for the New England Meet. Dominique Pascoal of Manchester Central finished third Saturday in the javelin (121-9). Manchester Memorial will be represented by Shawn Case (triple jump, fifth place, 41-08.75) and Brett Hoerner (800 meters, fifth place, 1:58.31).


GATI on javelin winner Alex Magoon (170-2) of Salem: "He's got arm speed and arm strength and has really shown progress. He's been fairly consistent in the javelin and he's going to continue throwing it when he attends Keene State in the fall."

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