D-I track & field: Concord’s Alain Twite wins boys’ triple jump, Ella Goulas wins girls’ high jump

By DAN ATTORRI

Monitor staff

Published: 05-27-2023 11:43 AM

A shorthanded Concord girls’ track and field team didn’t do quite as well as it might have based on regular season results, but the Crimson Tide still made an impression as one of the top teams in Division I.

Sophomore Ella Goulas won the high jump by clearing 5 feet, 4 inches, finished second in the triple jump and sixth in the long jump to lead the Concord girls to fourth place at the NHIAA Division I track and field championships on Thursday at Salem High School.

Junior Alain Twite, a newcomer to the Tide track and field program, won the boys’ triple jump with a huge leap of 42 feet, 11.5 inches – 18.5 inches farther than the runner-up – to lead the Concord boys to 12th place.

Missing a few athletes due to injuries, the Tide girls scored 46 points as a team, short of the 75 or so points Concord could’ve earned based on the seedings. 

Bedford (90), Nashua North (76), Pinkerton (75) were the top three teams, while the Tide edged fifth-place Merrimack (44).

Bedford made it a sweep of the team titles, topping the boys’ standings with 88 points. Pinkerton (60), Keene (54), Londonderry (52) and Portsmouth (50.5) were the top five teams on the boys’ side. Concord scored 17.5 points.

Sophomore Maddie Muller tied for third in the pole vault with junior teammate Kendall Barton and also finished sixth in the 400.

Juniors Morgan Doherty (third 100 hurdles, Ayva Mullen (fourth triple jump, fifth long jump) and Chloe Gudas (fifth 800), and senior Molly Nyhan (sixth 1,600) also scored for the Tide girls.

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Senior Sam Foulds (third discus), sophomore Colby Nyhan (tied sixth pole vault) and the sixth-place 4x100 relay of freshmen Deagan Hines and Tim Fahnbulleh, junior Jackson Borkush and senior Quinn Marino scored the rest of the Concord boys’ points.

Marino also finished seventh in the 100 and eighth in the 200, finishing just .02 seconds out of scoring in both events. Senior Shaun Fifield also narrowly missed the top six, finishing seventh in the 800 by .05 seconds.

Another notable result came from Manchester Central’s Harriet Barber, whose time of 56.20 seconds in the 400 meters broke the Division I (formerly Class L) record set by Concord’s Rachel Umberger (56.22) back in 2000. 

Concord’s Grace Devanny, a 2019 CHS graduate, still holds the 400 state record of 55.42 seconds.

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