AMESBURY – Pentucket and Triton each wrapped up their dual meet season yesterday, with the Sachems sweeping the Vikings with a 92-53 win for the boys and an 82-62 win for the girls.
Coming off a huge performance at the Weston Twilight Meet and the Henry Sheldon Triton Triple Classic, Pentucket (3-5-1 boys, 6-3 girls) now looks to be in great shape going into the postseason. Despite the result, Triton (3-6 boys, 3-6 girls) has a lot to look forward to as well.
One of the highlights of the meet came when Triton’s Kerstin Darsney faced off against Pentucket’s McKenna Kilian in a showdown of two of the state’s top high jumpers.
Darsney competed at Nationals in the event at the end of this past winter season, and her personal best of 5-7 was the third best height in the country. Kilian, meanwhile, has made tremendous strides over the past few weeks, winning the event at the prestigious Weston Twilight Meet before setting a new school record with a jump of 5-5, just barely missing a qualifying height for Nationals herself.
Yesterday, Darsney was able to get the better of Kilian when she cleared 5-4, topping Kilian’s best jump of 5-2. After the event, Kilian said she enjoys competing against someone like Darsney and tries to learn as much as she can from watching her.
“She’s such a good jumper,” Kilian said. “It’s good to see someone who’s that good, because she has really good form and I feel like I don’t have that great form.”
Though Kilian took second in the high jump, she fared better in her other events, taking first in the shot put with a throw of 29-8 and the 400 with a time of 60.4. She also helped lead the Sachems’ 4x400 relay team to victory with a time of 4:28.10, along with Ellison Seymour, Carolyn Modlish and Paige Wesolowski.