WEST NEWBURY — The Pentucket boys and girls track teams each fell in their season openers against Hamilton-Wenham yesterday, with the boys team losing 85-60 while the girls lost a squeaker 73½ to 71½.
Ali Attenasio had a big day for Pentucket, placing first in the long jump (15-2) and the pole vault (10 feet) while coming in second in the high hurdles (16.7 seconds) to lead the Sachems.
Others who had big performances included McKenna Kilian, who placed first in the shot put (28-2) and second in the high jump (5 feet) and 400 meters (1:02); Ellison Seymour, who won the 400-meter hurdles (1:12.3); Sarah Steele, who won the javelin (99-9); and Paige Wesolowski, who placed second in the pole vault (8-6). Wesolowski, Seymour, Kilian and Carolyn Modlish also teamed up to win the 4x400 relay (4:29.1).
For the boys, Liam Corkery and Cooper Carifio each won two events for Pentucket, with Corkery taking the javelin (143-9) and shot put (35-11¾) and Carifio winning the 100 meters (11.6) and 200 meters (24.0). Corkery also placed second in the 400 meters (56.1) and Carifio second in the triple jump (39-4¾).
Sam Coppola also performed well, winning the high jump (5-4) while placing second in the 2 mile (10:47.0). Alex Demeule won the mile (4:52.1), David Greene won the long jump (20-2¼) and placed second in the 200 meters (24.3), Josh Wildes won the 800 meters (2:11.2) and Coppola, Demeule, Corkery and Jordan Maysonet collectively won the 4x400 relay (3:49.6).
Overall, it wasn’t the start head coach Steve Derro was hoping for, but despite the setback he said his goal for both the boys and girls is still to improve from last year and hopefully surpass their previous season’s record.
“We were 6-2 on both boys and girls, and they were second in the CAL Large Division,” Derro said. “As far as this year goes, on the boys side we graduated quite a few seniors, so we’ve got a lot of new kids that are coming in and trying new events, and obviously the first couple of weeks the weather hasn’t been good.”