Track: Bishop Brady’s Gentchos sweeps sprints; Concord’s Twite, Reynolds and Goulas win state titles at Meet of Champions

Bishop Brady’s Josh Gentchos reacts after crossing the finish line to win the state title in the 100-meter dash at the Meet of Champions at the University of New Hampshire on Sunday. Gentchos clocked a time of 10.77 seconds in the final.

Bishop Brady’s Josh Gentchos reacts after crossing the finish line to win the state title in the 100-meter dash at the Meet of Champions at the University of New Hampshire on Sunday. Gentchos clocked a time of 10.77 seconds in the final. JAY SMITH photos / NHXCTF

Concord senior Nick Reynolds set the state record a week earlier at the Division I championship and added an Meet of Champions title on Sunday with a throw of 184 feet and 1 inch.

Concord senior Nick Reynolds set the state record a week earlier at the Division I championship and added an Meet of Champions title on Sunday with a throw of 184 feet and 1 inch. JAY SMITH / NHXCTF

Concord senior Alain Twite also won the triple jump at the Meet of Champions at the University of New Hampshire on Sunday. Twite finished with a state-best triple jump of 46 feet and 2.75 inches. Twite finished second in the long jump, coming up just one inch short.

Concord senior Alain Twite also won the triple jump at the Meet of Champions at the University of New Hampshire on Sunday. Twite finished with a state-best triple jump of 46 feet and 2.75 inches. Twite finished second in the long jump, coming up just one inch short. JAY SMITH / NHXCTF

Concord’s Ella Goulas, a junior, competes in the triple jump at the Meet of Champions at the University of New Hampshire on Sunday. Goulas won the triple jump with a leap of 36 feet and 7.5 inches and will compete at New Englands.

Concord’s Ella Goulas, a junior, competes in the triple jump at the Meet of Champions at the University of New Hampshire on Sunday. Goulas won the triple jump with a leap of 36 feet and 7.5 inches and will compete at New Englands. JAY SMITH / NHXCTF

Merrimack Valley head coach Bob Mullen (center) stands with his family after being recognized by the New Hampshire Track and Field Coaches Association during the Meet of Champions on Sunday at the University of New Hampshire. Mullen, a Concord resident and longtime MV educator and coach, helped found the NHTFCA in 2005 and has been MV’s head track and field coach for 33 years.

Merrimack Valley head coach Bob Mullen (center) stands with his family after being recognized by the New Hampshire Track and Field Coaches Association during the Meet of Champions on Sunday at the University of New Hampshire. Mullen, a Concord resident and longtime MV educator and coach, helped found the NHTFCA in 2005 and has been MV’s head track and field coach for 33 years.  Courtesy

By DAN ATTORRI

Monitor staff

Published: 06-03-2024 5:57 AM

Modified: 06-03-2024 2:58 PM


DURHAM — One week after making an impression on Division III, Bishop Brady senior Josh Gentchos made one on the entire state, nearly tying the state record in the 100-meter dash and also winning the 200 meters, highlighting area performances at the track and field Meet of Champions held at the University of New Hampshire’s Wildcat Stadium on Sunday.

Gentchos’ winning time in the 100 of 10.77 seconds came within .04 seconds of the record set by Merrimack Valley’s Seth Baylus in 2021. Gentchos raced against potentially the strongest group of sprinters in state history, with seven sprinters breaking 11 seconds in Sunday’s 100 final.

Gentchos won the 200 in 21.83 seconds later in the meet and also anchored Bishop Brady’s 4x100-meter relay team which finished fifth in 43.19 seconds, besting the time the Giants ran last week when they set the Division III record. Joshua-Stephen Bissah (senior), Seamus McIntyre (junior) and Alan Yap (senior) also ran on the New Englands-bound relay.

The top six finishers in each event qualified for Saturday’s New England Interscholastic Outdoor Track and Field Championship, which will also be hosted by UNH.

Concord seniors Nick Reynolds and Alain Twite also won state titles on Sunday. Reynolds, who set the javelin state record a week ago, officially became the best in the state with another nice throw of 184 feet, 1 inch. After finishing second in all three jumping events last week, Twite claimed Sunday’s triple jump title in 46-2.75.

Twite also finished second in the long jump (just one inch shy of the winner, Winnacunnet’s Oliver Duffy) and Colby Nyhan was second in the pole vault to qualify for New Englands.

Other area boys who qualified for New Englands are: Coe-Brown’s Jamie Lano (second 800) and Elias Warner (third shot put, fourth discus); John Stark’s Logan Montgomery (fourth 400), Sam Kinsey-Turner (fourth high jump) and Rio Calle (fifth long jump); Bow’s Ben McDowell (third pole vault), Alden Betterley (fifth 1,600) and Kody McCranie (sixth 200).

Merrimack Valley’s Nicolas Oglesby (third triple jump) and Concord Christian’s Rolen Sanderson (fifth 400) also advanced.

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Concord junior Ella Goulas was the only area champion on the girls’ side, leaping 36-7.5 to win the triple jump. Goulas also finished second in the high jump and ran a leg of the fourth-place 4x100 with Chelsea Toenah, Ballay Conteh and Grace Saysaw (sixth 100).

Morgan Doherty (fourth 100 hurdles, sixth 300 hurdles), Chloe Gudas (fifth 800), Nabah Yahya and Maddie Muller formed Concord’s third-place 4x400.

The Tide also had strong performances from Kendall Barton (tied third pole vault) and Shelly Smith (fifth 3,200).

Hopkinton’s Grace Hall (fourth triple jump), Maddy Lane (fifth 1,600, sixth 3,200) and Shaylee Murdough (sixth 800); Bow’s Camden Wilson (third high jump) and Julia Hou (tied third pole vault); Coe-Brown’s Isabelle Grenier (fourth shot put) and Emma Zeblisky (fifth javelin); Winnisquam’s Lauren MacDonald (second shot put), Belmont’s Adeline Takantjas (sixth triple jump) and Kearsarge’s Amelia Lefebvre (tied sixth high jump) all qualified for New Englands on the girls’ side.

Coach Mullen honored

League officials also honored Concord resident and longtime Merrimack Valley coach and educator, Bob Mullen, in recognition of his near four decades of service to the sport of track and field.

Mullen has been the head coach of MV’s track program for 33 years. He founded the New Hampshire Track and Field Coaches Association in 2005 and also was the meet director for the Merrimack Valley Invitational (now Sanborn Invitational) for 18 years. During the indoor season, Mullen is the meet director for any NHIAA meets held at Plymouth State.