Moison captures multiple All-New England honors

Moison captures multiple All-New England honors

Lincoln High sophomore Kyle Moison earned All-New England honors in the hammer and discus last week. (Breeze photo by Eric Benevides)
Lincoln sophomore finishes fifth in hammer, discus at regional meets; Doyle places second in N.E. hammer

DURHAM, N.H. – Kyle Moison enjoyed arguably the best week of his young high school track and field career last week, as the Lincoln High sophomore thrower picked up All-New England honors in the hammer and the discus.

Four days after earning the first regional honor of his career by placing fifth in the hammer at the New England Hammer Championships at Mount Pleasant High, Moison placed fifth again in the discus at last Saturday afternoon’s New England Track & Field Championships at the University of New Hampshire.

"(Moison) is a really hard worker that has a great competitiveness that allows him to compete well at big meets," Lincoln throws coach Brian Grant reported.

And Moison wasn’t the only LHS athlete to staple an All-New England honor onto their resume. At the hammer meet, Ohio State University-bound senior Garrett Doyle, who captured the N.E. weight title this past winter, took second place in the hammer, while Assumption College-bound senior Evan Grivers earned his third career N.E. honor (and second straight in the hammer) with a 6th-place finish.

Moison, who is one of only two sophomores in the nation to throw the hammer over 200 feet this spring – the country’s top thrower, Trey Knight of Ridgefield, Wash., owns the best throw in the U.S. at 237 feet, 10 inches – aired out a throw of 197-8 that was a foot better than Grivers’ toss.

As for Doyle, who entered this week ranked eighth in the country in the hammer with a school-record throw of 207-8, he claimed runner-up honors in 206-10. Bishop Hendricken junior Ryan Morel, who is the U.S.’s fifth-ranked thrower, seized the New England title with a throw of 209-10.

Four more local runners were also featured among the top dozen: Lincoln senior Mike Balestra (8th place, 187-5), Cumberland junior Cole Hooper (9th, 184-9), Lincoln senior Matt Thibaudeau (10th, 183-5), and Cumberland senior Mark Coppolino (12th, 181-8)

At last Saturday’s meet at UNH, Moison placed fifth in the discus with a personal-best throw of 156-4, and just missing a place on the awards podium by four inches was Doyle, who finished seventh in 155-7.

Doyle (10th place, 51-3¾), Grivers (17th, personal-best 49-8¼), and Moison (18th, 49-3¼) also placed in the top 20 in the shot put.

Cumberland was also well represented in the 110-meter hurdles, with senior standout and three-time state hurdle champion Chris Choquette finishing 20th in 16.17 seconds and junior Noah Kell taking 25th place in 16.94.

For the girls, Lincoln sophomore Jackie Andrews gave a strong performance at the N.E. hammer meet that saw her finish ninth in the hammer with a throw of 143-5, and her classmate, Jennah Saqib, placed 21st in 109-2.

And at last Saturday’s meet, Cumberland saw two athletes lead the way with 23rd-place finishes, sophomore Adah Anderson in the 3,200 meters (11:46.32) and freshman Nicolette Ducharme in the shot put (35-9). Ducharme was the top freshman in her event.

The final meet of the season is the big one, the New Balance National Outdoor Championships, which will take place this weekend at North Carolina AT&T’s track facility in Greensboro, N.C. The Lions will send Doyle, Moison, Grivers, Balestra, Andrews, Thibaudeau, and junior Jared Hemond to take on the country’s elite hammer throwers.

Competing in the Championship Division will be Doyle, Moison, Thibaudeau, Grivers, Balestra, and Andrews, while Hemond will compete in the Emerging Elite division. Doyle will also compete in the Emerging Elite's discus.