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Farnham a towering figure on the track

ROXBURY — Although just 5-foot-4, Patrick Farnham is a towering personality.
He’s a talented drummer with an oversized stage presence. A few weeks back, the Andover High senior drew gasps from the crowd at a basketball game when he spontaneously broke into a dazzling break-dancing exhibition.
That prodigious talent extends to the track, too.
Yesterday at the All-State meet he ran a speedy 35.97 to take second in the 300 meters.
“This means a lot. This was big,” said Farnham, who’ll continue his running career at UMass Amherst.
The word big may have been a pun. He’s not afraid to laugh at himself. That’s a good quality to have when you are that size and when you are part of the legendary Farnham athletic dynasty.
“I’ve come to like having the name,” he said. “People look up to you and sometimes hate you because you are a Farnham. I’m just trying to get people to hate us a little more!”
Prior to last spring he had never run track (indoor or outdoor). Yet he became the No. 9 200-meter runner (22.30 seconds) in area history.
So he can rub it in everyone’s face around the dinner table? Uh, not quite. His father, Paul, is the No. 7 triple jumper in area history. And his cousin, Buddy Farnham, is on the Patriots (he was recently signed to the 80-man roster).
He’s embraced the monumental family legacy and being so short.
He might add comedian to his dancing and drumming and running talents.
“I’m proud to support the short people,” he said with a laugh. “I look up to everyone.”
He couldn’t always laugh so easily about being short.
“It is what it is,” said Farnham. “I’m fine with it now. It was a little struggle back then.”
The Natural had never run indoor track prior to December. And he was coming back from a lacerated kidney, a frightening injury which put an end to his football season in Week 2.
“I was peeing blood for a week,” he said. “I couldn’t do anything for three months.”
But now he’s back with a vengeance.
Track just came to him after halfhearted attempts at hockey and lacrosse didn’t pan out.
Of course, it didn’t hurt that his uncle is Andover track coach Peter Comeau.
Golden Guys
It was another big day for Andover, which finished second to Mansfield, 50-29.
Farnham was in the thick of it. He also ran on the championship 4x200 team, which broke the tape in 1:31.65.
Freshman Cole Organisciak got the baton in the lead, but New Bedford’s Greg Boursiquot was in hot pursuit. And earlier in the day he set the meet record in the hurdles.
“It was scary when I heard him coming up,” admitted Organisciak. “People were screaming to (Boursiquot), ‘Pass him!’ I just tried to run faster.”
That he did. He finished what Farnham, Troy Cayon and Adam Carrington started and the Blue and Gold repeated as 4x200 All-State champs.
Relay record
Andover’s 4x400 team cut over two seconds off the meet record. But the field was so stacked, the Golden Warriors had to settle for third with a 3:57.69, which moves them up to fourth on our all-time area list.
Sydney Eberth, Jaclyn Torres and Alex Puccia did their jobs and did them well. Then it was Eve Bishop’s turn.
Bishop, who broke her own school with a 40.11 to place third in the 300 meters, was even more impressive in the relay.
The Andover coaches timed her in a stunning 56.7.
That led the Golden Warriors to a fourth-place tie in the team standings.
Junior Maggie Mullins bounced back from a sub-par (for her) outing at Division 1 states to take the silver in the two-mile in 11:02.93. That was just off her school record sub-11-minute clocking early in the season.
“I wished I did a little better,” said Mullins, who was Eagle-Tribune MVP this fall in her first year of cross country. “Of course I wanted to win, but (Franklin’s Megan Ross, who ran a 10:59.78) is a great runner.”

Saving best for last
Meg Donegan was down to probably the last throw of her career.
The Central Catholic senior from Atkinson was the eighth and last finalist in the shot put.
She was still proud. Her 35-1, after all, would place and was a 3-inch personal best.
After a couple 34-foot throws in the finals, she uncorked a big 36-3 1/2 to vault all the way to second place.
“I was just thinking, ‘This is the last throw of my senior year, make it a good one,’” said Donegan, a talented softball player who plans to pitch for Endicott College.
“It felt really good. I just knew.”
So good that it probably prolonged her career. She qualified for the New England Championships here on Friday night.

Dazzling in the distances
Methuen senior Cam Kelley broke his school 1,000 meter record for the third time this season. The UMass Lowell recruit was clocked in 2:32.71 to place fifth.
“It was a personal best by over a half-second from last week,” he noted. “I just stay with the pack and hope it brings me there. This is huge. I definitely can run faster at New Englands.”
He also placed in the 4x800 relay.
Another double-distance placer was Andover senior Simon Voorhees.
The Lehigh recruit ran a 4:19.03 for fourth in the mile and was part of AHS’ third-place 4x800 quartet.
“I’m just off where I wanted to be,” said Voorhees, alluding to Peter Shaw’s school indoor mark of 4:18.03 in 2007. “But most importantly I placed well. I wanted to be on the pedestal (top 3 finishers). I just missed.”

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Farnham, Kelley shine at Division 1 States

BOSTON — Andover finished tied for third at the Division 1 State Meet.

Pat Farnham placed second in the 300  and ran on the runner-up 4x200 team. Simon Voorhees grabbed a third in the mile and teamed with Ryan Cooney Mike Maldari and Will Ossoff to bring home top honors in the 4x800.

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New school record

Methuen High's Cam Kelley, Mike Capomaccio, Eric Lacroix and Stephen Lilja finished in fifth place in the 1,600 sprint medley at the McIntyre Relays with a time of 3:40.79 to set a new school record in the event. 

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Voorhees goes the extra mile

Simon Voorhees was the standard bearer for area tracksters, bringing home the victory in the mile at the State Coaches Invitational meet at the Reggie Lewis Center.

Voorhees, who also ran the opening leg in Andover's 4x800 relay that placed third, turned in a strong time of 4:21.94 to prevail.

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Andover boys and girls, Salem's Higgins shine at Dartmouth

HANOVER, N.H. — The Andover girls came up big at the Dartmouth Relays with Maggie Mullins and Eve Bishop leading the way. Mullins, The Eagle-Tribune MVP in cross country, sped to a winning time of 11:03.87. That places her seventh on the area’s all-time list. Bishop was second in the 300, teamed with Mullins, Sydney Eberth and Jaclyn Torres to win the sprint medley and ran on the runner-up 4x400 team with Eberth and Torres and Rae Bronenkant. Both Andover squads placed fourth in the team standings. Andover’s Will Ossoff, Ryan Beaumont, Ryan Cooney and Simon Voorhees combined to win the 4x800 in 8:10.14. It was a huge day for Voorhees, who placed in three events. Pat Farnham sped to a second in the 300 (36.52) and teamed with Adam Carrington, Brian Knapp and Voorhees for a second in the sprint medley. Methuen’s Cam Kelley was a double-placer including a second in the 1,000 (2:36.29). Two years ago it was the 300 this year it was the 400. Salem’s Melissa Higgins added to her medal collection with an impressive performance at the Dartmouth Relays. The Blue Devil senior broke the tape in 59.30 to win by over a second. The area’s all-time leader in the 300 hurdles, Higgins is accustomed to running fast in the spring and the winter. She ran a 57.86 400 last winter. Timberlane’s James Dionne tied for third in the high jump and Londonderry’s Clint Perry grabbed a sixth in the 600. The Timberlane team of Kristen Swanson (200), Emily Swanson (200), Taylor Ordway (400), and Hannah Kimball (800) took a fourth in the 1,600-meter sprint medley in 4:26.14.

Dartmouth Relays Boys team scoring: 1. St. Anthony (N.Y.) 66, 4.tie Andover 27, 21.tie Methuen 10, 41.tie Timberlane 5, 52.tie Londonderry 1 Area results:  4x800: 1. Andover (Will Ossoff, Ryan Beaumont, Ryan Cooney, Simon Voorhees) 8:10.14; 1,600 sprint medley: 2. Andover (Pat Farnham, Adam Carrington, Brian Knapp, Voorhees) 3:36.49, 5. Methuen (Mike Capomaccio, Eric Lacroix, Stephen Lilja, Kelley) 3:41.71; Mile: 6. Voorhees (Andover) 4:25.79; 300: 2. Farnham (Andover) 36.52; HJ: 3.tie Matt Dionne (Timberlane) 6-0; 400: 6. Clint Perry (Londonderry) 53.48; 1,000: 2. Cam Kelley (Methuen)  2:36.29 Girls team scoring: 1. Newton North 71, 4. Andover 39, 16.tie Salem 10, 33.tie Timberlane 4 Area scorers: 300: 2. Eve Bishop (And) 41.11; 400: 1. Melissa Higgins (Sal) 59.30; 2-mile: 1. Maggie Mullins (And) 11:03.87; 1,600 sprint medley: 1. Andover (Bishop, Sydney Eberth, Jaclyn Torres, Mullins) 4:17.35; 4x400: 2. Andover (Eberth, Bishop, Torres, Rae Bronenkant) 4:05.65, 4. Timberlane (Kristen Swanson, Emily Swanson, Taylor Ordway, Hannah Kimball) 4:26.14; HJ: 5. Jess Salley (And) 5-2; TJ: 6. Emily Belluche (And) 35-4

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Donahue wins marquee event

Senior Brad Donahue ran a career best 34.7 in a talent-laden 300 field to help Central Catholic to a 48-38 win over Haverhill. Alex Dehullu earned a key second for the Raiders in the hurdles (personal best) and a third in the high jump. Josh Goehring (600, relay) was a double-winner for the Hillies, who won six events events but couldn't match the Raiders' depth.

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Sophomores win big

Sophomores Alex Mayhew and Zack Zuber won thier events during Haverhill's 42-44 loss to Lowell. Mayhew won the 50 yard dash with a 5.7 and Zuber won the 300 with a 35.2.

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Making a jump


Haverhill junior Patrick Garvey improved at least six inches over last year by winning the high jump with a clear of 6-feet in a 51-35 indoor track loss to Tewksbury.

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