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May 13, 2014

NEARING THE FINISH

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.

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