By Nate Leveille
After watching the NFL All-Decade Team documentaries, it inspired me to try to create the All New Hampshire Decade Team from 2010-2020. Criteria for making the All-Decade Team includes state placement over 4 years, state records, range in events, longevity, and performance on a state, New England and national scene. I decided athletes may only be selected for one event and one team, not multiple events and multiple first or second teams. The idea behind this was to celebrate a number of the phenomenal athletes that have come through New Hampshire Track and field over the past decade. There are plenty of worthy members and this was a much more difficult task than I originally thought.
First Team: Jerickson Fredrick of Salem 2012. Jerickson had a combination of speed and power that had not been seen in New Hampshire track and field before. The Salem sprinter was dominant on a New England level. He set the D1 record with a blazing 6.39 seconds. He finished third in New England as a junior and was 2nd coming out of the trials his senior year before a hamstring injury..
Second Team: Ethan Druskat of Oyster River 2013. Ethan had a dominant senior year winning the D2 championships in a time of 6.49. He followed that up by also winning the 300m. Ethan ended his indoor season with a 4th place finish at the New England Championships.
First Team: Billy Powers of Winnacunnet 2018. The most dominant hurdler in state history owned the hurdles during his time in high school. He fearlessly attacked them always trying to set a personal best time. Junior and Senior year he won New Englands. He owns the state record 7.34!
Second Team: D’Mahl McFadden of Merrimack Valley 2011. Hard to believe he is not first team in this event. He set the marks for Billy to chase his whole high school career. He has legit sprinting speed as he also went 35 and change in the 300m.
Honorable Mention: Eric Muite of Nashua North 2012. The back to back d1 hurdle champ ran a blistering 7.66 his senior year. Oliver Thomas of Trinity 2017. Oliver delivered his senior year dropping a 7.56 in the hurdles to win the D2 Crown, and finished runner-up at New Englands to Powers.
First Team: Sebastian Eaton of Souhegan/ Trinity 2017. 300 meter champ as a junior (35.56) and senior (35.52). Finished 4th in New England as a senior running 35.52.
Second Team: Jadyn Ruimwijk of Pinkerton 2018. Dropped a 35.51 his senior year for his 4 individual state title (3x 300, and 1x55m dash). Was a key member of some dominant Pinkerton teams. Ran 35.14 as a senior to finish 5th at New Englands.
Honorable Mention: Zachary Jenkins of Nashua North 2015. Finished 3rd in New England as a sophomore, 5th as a junior, and 8th as a senior. He had one D1 crown as a sophomore when he ran 35.51.
First Team: Tim Zepf of Trinity 2017. Back to back D2 state champ in the 600 and ran 1:21.49 senior year. Zepf was one of the keys to an excellent Trinity team. At New England’s, he finished 5th as a junior in the 600 and 4th as a senior running 1:20.56.
Second Team: Steve Harshman of Merrimack 2010. Harshman had range and talent. Flew to a New England Championship in the 600 with a time of 1:21.77. He ran for Merrimack in a time when they produced many talented middle distance runners and he may have been the most talented of the bunch.
Honorable Mention: Dante Radigonda of Exeter 2020. I might be a little bias, but the returning champ in 2019 is the favorite in 2020. He has a PR or 1:22.40 and is an indoor All-American in the sprint medley relay at the 2019 New Balance Indoor Nationals.
First Team: Noah Bellomo of Alvirne 2017. Noah took the 1000 down as a sophomore 2:37.08 (At UNH), Junior year 2:32.80, and senior year 2:32.59. Noah was dominant in the middle distances, but even more range as a junior and senior. Noah was 5th in New England as junior 2:31.54) and Noah is currently running for UMASS Lowell.
Second Team: Aidan Kindopp of Keene 2019. Kindopp anchored a solid keene 4×800 squad to victory and followed it up by running a blistering 2:31.46, narrowly missing the D1 record in the process.
Honorable Mention: Jonathan Vinnenberg of Bow 2012. Jon blazed to a 2:32.40 in the 1k his senior year. He pulled off the double win his senior year coming back in 4:06.50 in one of the more impressive distance doubles of the decade.
First Team: Jake Winslow of Exeter 2019. Jake established a new state record in the 1500 dropping a 3:57.60. He followed that up by placing at the New England Championships and then running 1:53.7 split leading his sprint medley team to an All-American status. Jake’s range was anywhere from 400m to 5k which is what separates him from other runners.
Second Team: Liam Kimball of Timberlane 2016. Liam dropped a 4:05.03 his senior year after finishing runner-up as a junior. He followed that up by placing 2nd at the New England Championships. Liam is finishing up his career at UMASS Lowell.
First Team: Patrick O’Brien of Oyster River 2017. The current state record holder in the 3k (8:39.52) tops a list of possibly the best decade of boy distance runners since the 1990’s. Won both 1500 and 3k as a junior and senior. New England Champion as a senior running 9:12.18 in the two mile.
Second Team: David Vorbach of Nashua North 2018. Vorbach quietly had one of the more dominant high school careers. His junior and senior year he won both the 3000 (8:44.46) and 1500 (4:12.41).
Honorable Mention: Justin Carbone of Exeter. Eli Moskowitz of Souhegan. Eric Jenkins of Portsmouth. Joseph Curran of Nashua North.
First Team: Starlin Ortiz of Londonderry 2015. Starlin could have been mentioned in a few different events. He takes the first team awards for his 6’7” high jump performance his senior year. He won and established a new D1 record in the process. He was a 3x time D1 champ in the high jump.
Second Team:Matt Gambill of Dover 2010. Gambill went 6’6” his senior year and took the 2010 D1 Crown.
Honorable Mention: Keelan McCoole of Bedford 2014. 2nd in New England as a senior clearing 6’7”. Ben Deforest of Souhegan 2014. Ben won the high jump in 10th and 11th grade. Cleared 6’3 at New Englands. Was a very consistent jumper always over 6’2” in the championships.
First Team: Antonio Phillips of WInnacunnet 2017. Antonio won the 2017 D1 championship with a 22’4” bomb, just missed the the D1 record. Antonio is now competing for Cornell.
Second Team: Devin Martin of Merrimack 2012. Devin was a talented jumper as a 9th grader surpassing the 20 foot mark. He won D1’s as a sophomore and Senior. He went 21 ‘2 as a sophomore and 21’0” as a senior.
Honorable Mention: Paul Marchand of Nashua South 2020. Paul could shoot up this list with his performance this year. He has already gone 22’10”. The only thing keeping him off first team or second team is the lack of an individual state championship. That and a new D1 record could come this year. Finished 6th in New England Last year.
First Team: Dominic Filiano of Lebanon 2010. A no brainer selection for first team all decade in the shot. Dominic bombed the indoor shot 63’3.5” for the still standing state record. He only participated in one year of this decade but his dominance was overwhelming. Was a New England Champ his senior year.
Second Team: Zachary Astle of Kearasage 2016. Back to back state champ in the shot finished his senior year with a 53’3.5” bomb at D2 States. Finished 6th at New Englands as a senior. Went on to have a fantastic and current career at UNH.
Honorable Mention: Ben Keach of Exeter 2011. Ben was a very good thrower that was a bit overshadowed by Filiano. Ben was the D1 champ with a 53 foot toss.
D1 Team of the Decade
2016 Pinkerton Academy” Put up an amazing 108 points. Of the 10 events on the track had a first or second place finish in 8 of them. Very deep team with talented sprinters and distance.
D2 Team of the Decade
2013 Souhegan: Put up a massive 100 points to double up second place. They were loaded with talent in the middle distances specifically the 300-600 and 1000. Had a point scorer in almost every event with solid relays.