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December 10, 2013

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Murphy’s record-breaking day

Triton Regional High alumna Taelour Murphy started her indoor season off in historic fashion Saturday, breaking two UMass Lowell school records at the BU Season Opener in Boston. Murphy, a junior, broke UMass Lowell records in the 200- and 400-meter dashes.

Murphy won the 200 in a time of 24.21 seconds — 0.24 seconds ahead of Boston University’s Christina Wood. Murphy’s time bettered Nicole Giaquinto’s year-old school record by 0.40 seconds. Murphy also won the 400-meter dash in a school record time of 55.34, just 0.07 seconds ahead of teammate senior Elisabeth Monty. The times for both Murphy and Monty topped Therese Duncan’s school record of 55.99, set in 2001.

Amesbury coach ailing

Best wishes to Amesbury boys hockey coach Chris Kuchar, who has been hospitalized for two weeks due to a bout with pneumonia. The Amesbury community has rallied around the coach, providing meals to the Kuchar family. Needless to say, Kuchar has yet to make it to an Amesbury practice this season.

The Triton swim team

The Daily News failed to credit Triton athletic director Sean McInnis for his work that led to the inception of the coop swim team that will train out of the Newburyport YWCA this season. While the team will be comprised of swimmers from Newburyport, Triton and Georgetown, the team will compete under the name of Triton Regional High. Triton Superintendent of Schools Christopher Farmer signed the appointment letter for head coach Diane Sagaser.

Traverse for Thornton

Pentucket athletic director Dan Thornton recently shared that he completed — despite extreme conditions — hiking the Presidential Traverse back on Aug. 10 with sons Daniel and Ben. The Traverse is a hike across all of the presidential mountains in one day. The Thornton trio started up Mt. Madison and then went across the Crawford Path to the Webster Cliff Trail despite dangerous 80-mph winds. Eventually, they went more than 20 miles, covering Mt. Madison, Mt. Adams, Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, Mt. Monroe, Mt. Eisenhower, Mt. Pierce, Mt. Jackson and Mt. Webster. The hike took about 13 hours. Just to make the day more memorable, their car struck a moose on the way to the start of the hike!

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