DURHAM — Keene High’s golden relay boys — Nico Ramirez, Sergio Sartini, Torin Kindopp and Aidan Kindopp — came together again for the 4x800-meter at Friday’s Division I outdoor track and field championships, and did what they do best.
They won. By a lot.
Running around the border of Wildcat Stadium on the campus of the University of New Hampshire, the relay team — which won the indoor state title in the winter, but entered the outdoor championship as the second seed — finished in seven minutes, 59.73 seconds. Not only did Ramirez, Sartini and the Kindopp brothers beat second-place Concord by nearly 13 seconds, they also beat their own seeding time by almost 10.
It was the lone individual title of the day for the Blackbirds. The boys’ team finished ninth out of 18 programs with 19 points, while the girls’ team finished 13th with 17. Exeter claimed both team titles, with the boys’ team getting 113 points and the girls’ team getting 90.
The Keene girls’ 4x800 team — which also won a Division I title in the winter — was another top performer, but came just short of first place, winding up as the runner-up instead. The second-seeded squad of Isabelle Fleuette, Hannah Shepard, Mia Brown and Mikayla Randall also beat its seeding time by about 10 seconds, coming in at 9:43.83, but the Bishop Guertin team of Mary-Kate Finn, Caroline Towle, Fiona Doherty and Julie Nigro finished in 9:41.56 to edge the Blackbird runners.
Randall walked away with another runner-up finish on her own, coming in second in the 1600 meters at 5:11.34.
Aidan Kindopp just missed out on a top-six finish in the 1600 (which would score points for his team and qualify him for the Meet of Champions in that event), coming in seventh at 4:38.80; however, he did score in the 800, finishing fourth at 1:58.87. Sartini also scored in the 800, coming in sixth at 1:59.55.
In the field events, Alex Opsahl finished fourth in the boys’ high jump at five feet, 10 inches, while Sola Hoffman took sixth in the girls’ discus at 97-05.
The top-six finishers will return to UNH on Saturday, June 1 at 2:30 p.m. for the Meet of Champions.