John Habib's High School Track: New England meet was Coe-Brown’s day in sun
“She was running a pretty good time until she stumbled and fell over the last 10 meters of the race,” said Coe-Brown head coach Tim Cox. “She was disappointed at first, but she turned comical. She laughed it off by saying ‘I can’t believe I ate up some track.’ But believe me. She went home and circled the date on the calendar for the next New England meet.”
“There was a meeting between myself, coach (Brent) Tkaczyk and Hannah’s parents,” said Cox. “I felt what happened in New Britain, with Hannah winning and breaking the record, that it was the perfect ending to a perfect season. I suggested we wrap it up and have Hannah concentrate on her junior season.”
“Hannah made the decision she wanted to compete in the nationals,” said Cox. “She explained to all of us that she wasn’t tired, actually felt as strong as ever and wanted to run in the nationals. As her coach, I told her I would support any decision she made and her parents gave the final approval to move on to Greensboro.”
WHILE PARKER moves on to the nationals, another Coe-Brown standout has elected to end his season on a winning note.
His win capped off a tremendous season. Last fall, he won the Division II cross-country title and went on to win the Meet of Champions, as well. In the winter season, he was a Division II champ in the 1,500 meters and 3,000 meters. This spring, he won the 1,600 meters and 3,200 meters in Division II and captured the Meet of Champions in the 1,600 meters in 4:19.
Brassard led entering the last lap and never broke his stride to the finish line.
As for the nine-person coaching staff credited for preparing their athletes at Coe-Brown, Cox said “it’s the pinnacle. We take pride in seeing all our kids do well.’
DERRYFIELD SCHOOL doesn’t have a spring track and field team. But that didn’t stop sophomore Casey Hecox of Henniker from pursuing her goal of competing in the 1,600 meters.
“The NHIAA allows students to train with another school if their own school doesn’t have a program,” said Hecox. “My daughter ran with Emily Harris, who is at Central and is also a member of the Granite State Flash.”
BISHOP GUERTIN of Nashua’s Betsy Garnick, the New England winner of the 100-meter hurdles in 14:20, is expected to run in the nationals. The same is true of Jakari Jenkins of Nashua North, the regional winner in the 200-meter dash in 21.85.
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