Good teams save good things for last … or at least that was so for the talented Keene High School boys’ 4x800 relay team.
Competing Saturday at the New England Championships in Saco, Maine, the relay team smashed a 20-year-old school record with a time of 7 minutes and 51.57 seconds, good for fifth place at the meet.
Nico Ramirez (1:59.16), Sergio Sartini (1:58.22), Torin Kindopp (1:58.52) and Aidan Kindopp (1:55.38) teamed for the historic run. Each of their legs of the relay was a personal best time, Keene Coach Dave Goldsmith noted.
The former record of 7:56.12 was set in 1999 at that year’s New England Championship at Brown University, by a group consisting of Joel Fedorowicz, Seth Borden, Chris Zurich and Olympian skier Jimmy Cochran.
Aidan Kindopp also competed in the solo 800 event, finishing 25th with a time of 2:04.08. Goldsmith pointed out that his time running the same distance in the relay event would have netted him fifth place, but he couldn’t recover quickly enough after his earlier efforts in the relay.
The girls’ 4x800 squad of Isabelle Fleuette, Hannah Shepard, Mia Brown and Mikayla Randall finished 13th at 9:56.63.
Jake Velazquez ran the boys’ 3,200 and was among the pack of lead runners, but had to drop out at the mile-and-a-half mark due to an asthma attack, the Keene coach said.
Among other local finishers, ConVal’s Clare Veverka took 13th in the girls’ 1600 (5:07.03) and 16th in the 800 (2:21.36), while Rachel Hurley was 17th in the 3200 (11:20.43).
Del Bonsu-Anane finished 14th in the boys’ 400 (50.44), and also teamed with Nicholas Drummond, Carter Hunt and Evan Coyne to take 24th in the 4x400 (3:33.38).
Fall Mountain’s Zoe Utton finished 20th in the girls’ 800 (2:23.51), and Conant’s Haylie Drew took 25th in the girls’ long jump with a distance of 15 feet, 9 inches.