NHIAA Track: Cioffredi is Lebanon's Mr. Versatility
Lebanon's John Coffredi is shown competing in the shot put during the NHIAA Division II Track and Field Championships on Saturday in Pelham. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
Meet of ChampionsWhen: Saturday; field events begin at 2:30 p.m., running events at 3:30 p.m.
Where: Londonderry High
Admission (for non-competitors): $7 for adults; $5 for students and seniors
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Lebanon teammates and fans clapped in unison, their collective cadence increasing in a countdown awaiting Cioffredi’s ascension. The muscular senior soared, taking first in the high jump and long jump before concluding his day’s work with second-place finishes in the shot put and triple jump. He tallied 36 of his team’s 88 points as the Lebanon boys secured the state title.
This is the senior’s fourth straight trip to the state meet, where, barring a catastrophe, he’ll earn at least one berth in the New England Interscholastic Championships for the fourth straight year. He plans to feed off spectators’ support again.
Committed to the University of Vermont, John will be the fourth and last of the Cioffredi siblings to compete at the college level.
During the past three winters, Cioffredi competed in both indoor track and field and varsity basketball.
In the spring, he trains about 15 hours a week, running a couple of hours a day, lifting weights and then performing interval drills and practicing each event.
“It’s over so fast,” he said. “When I look back, I can remember adrenaline pumping through my body as I make my approach. I can hear the clapping. It’s all very intense. Then the screen goes black and comes back when I’m lying on the mat or in the sand pit. I instantly know whether I’ve succeeded or failed.”
“I love it,” Cioffredi said. “It’s all about, how high can you go?”