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Seleny, Astros shine at New Englands

The timing of New Englands is less than perfect for New Hampshire track athletes.

Saturday’s 33rd annual meet at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston was 20 days after the N.H. state meets. Thus many of the Granite State elite don’t even bother competing.

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Boys Indoor Track, 03/01/20 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Lawrence boys shine at All-States

ROXBURY — Katharine Duren shaved a hundredth of a second off the all-time area record she set last week and easily won the 55-meter hurdles at the Mass. All-State Track Meet at the Reggie Lewis Center.
The Central Catholic junior, who won the 100 hurdles title at All-States last spring, was clocked in 8.19 Saturday with runner-up Ella Grey of Plymouth South coming across in 8.31. Andover sophomore Jodi Parrott was seventh in 8.73.
The win helped ease the disappointment of last winter when Duren, the top finisher in the prelims, stumbled over a hurdle in the finals and placed eighth.
The North Andover girls placed ninth with 16 points led by Penn-bound high jumper Sarah Lavery (5-6, 4th) and a 5-7 finish in the 600 by Kelcey Dion (1:36.80) and Courtney Dalke (1:37.55). The Knights also got a fourth in the 4x400 with the team of Ainsley Dion, Kelcey Dion, Katie Sullivan and Dalke posting a school indoor record time of 4:03.45.
The local relayers were in fine form. Fresh off setting the Division 4 state record last week, Pentucket's all-underclassman (two freshman, a sophomore, a junior) 4x200 team of Sabrina Campbell, Emily Rubio, Sage Smith and Syeira Campbell went nearly a full second faster with a 1:45.26 for third yesterday. 
Another Sachem highlight was Emily Rubio's fifth in the long jump (17-8).
The other area individual placers were Central's Kaleigh Lane with an eighth in the 600 and Andover frosh Molly Kiley eighth in the 2- mile in 11:19.15. Haverhill frosh Finleigh Simonds finished 10th but she set a 3-second personal best with a 5:14.05 in the mile.

It's been a memorable winter for the Lawrence boys and the Lancers made it even more memorable, finishing tied for sixth with 19 points.
Senior Jerimil German was fourth in the 55 meters in 6.56 and super soph Jordany Volquez took third in the 55 hurdles in 7.51. The big scorer was junior Eddie Gonzalez soaring 22-2.25 for second in the long jump. Volquez and Gonzalez both set new personal bests.
The North Andover boys know how to relay, too.
Led by ace anchor senior Jack Chace, the Knights took third in the 4x200 and second in the 4x400. "Chace the Ace," who will be playing lacrosse for Denison University, ran a brilliant 48.9 anchor in the 4x400. Matt Chicko and Peter Martel were also on both relays. Sebastian Vente was on the 4x200 and Paul Fernandez on the 4x400, which set a new NAHS school indoor mark of 3:23.89.
The Methuen quartet of Stanley Hanci, Michael Soucy, John Dowgiert and Nassim Bendimerad grabbed a fifth in the 4x200.
The other area placer was Andover high jumper Michael Makiej (7th tie, 6-4).
It was another big afternoon for the MVC. Lowell won the boys meet, Tewksbury's Makayla Paige 
The top 6 placers in each event in each state qualify for New Englands, which is Friday night back at the Reggie Lewis Center.
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Boys Indoor Track, 02/22/20 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Division 1 State Track: Andover's Kiley, Lawrence boys shine

BOSTON — Andover freshman Molly Kiley won the 2-mile in 11:28.61 at the Division 1 State Meet Wednesday at the Reggie Lewis center.
The other top local girl was her sophomore teammate Jodi Parrott. She was second in the 55-meter hurdles with what Andover coaches said was a new school record (8.51), was fourth in the long jump and tied for eight in the jigh jump with freshman teammate Angela McNeeley (both 4-10) (17-1). Kiley also ran on the Golden Warriors' seventh-place 4x800 team.
Kiley and Parrott led Andover to an eighth-place finish with 25.25 points. Brookline was victorious with 62 points.
Haverhill got seventh-place finishes from senior Briana Hill in the 55 meters (career-best 7.64) and freshman Finleigh Simonds in the mile (personal best 5:17.38). Simonds also anchored Haverhill's sixth-place 4x800 quartet.
On the boys' side, Lawrence flexed its muscles with 28 points and a sixth-place finish. Lowell (84 points) won for the third year in a row.
Lancer coach Bill Meuse said he had two new school records with Jordany Volquez in the 55-meter hurdles (2nd, 7.56) and the runner-up 4x200 team of Jerimil German, Volquez, Adonis Garcia, Eddie Gonzalez in 1:30.56. 
German strutted his stuff with a third in the 55 meters in 7.50 while Gonzalez leapts 21-1 for a third in the long jump.
Methuen's Stanley Hanci, Michael Soucy, Anthony Fortuna, and Nassim Bendimerad grabbed a fifth in the 4x200. Hanci again came up big with a second in 35.34 in the 300 meters while Bendimerad was eight in the dash.
Andover's high jump tandem of Michael Makiej (second-place) and Jake Drake (fourth) both soared 6-4.
Haverhill was led by Hayden Makarow (4th, 600, 1:23.60).

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Boys Indoor Track, 02/12/20 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Seleny takes three

Conor Seleny won the 300 (36.91) and 55 hurdles (7.60) and led the winning 4x200 relay (1:32.62) for Pinkerton at a last-chance meet at Phillips Exeter. Adding wins for the Astros were Ben Fleming (55 dash) and Stephen Connelly (600).

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Boys Indoor Track, 02/02/20 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Lawrence duo dominate

Lawrence's Jerimil German won the 55 dash (6.47) and fellow Lancer Jordany Volquez took the 55 hurdles (7.68) to lead local teams at the MSTCA Large School Coaches Invitational. Andover's Michael Makiej was third in the high jump (6-4) and the Methuen 4x200 relay was third (1:21.77).

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Boys Indoor Track, 01/26/20 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Fleming, Pinkerton take first

Ben Fleming won the 55 dash (6.72) and Conor Seleney took the 55 hurdles (7.76) as Pinkerton took first overall in a New Hampshire Meet with 54.50 points.

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Boys Indoor Track, 01/26/20 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Wallace wins one

There was one local winner at the WinterTrack League Meet at Phillips Exeter on Saturday, and that was Windham's JP Wallace in the 600 (1:30.22). He helped the Jaguars take fourth out of 11 scoring teams with 32 points.

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Boys Indoor Track, 01/11/20 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Metivier, Mills score wins

Xavier Metivier won the overall 2-mile crown in 9:50.26 to lead Methuen at a Merrimack Valley Conference Meet on Thusday. Fellow Ranger Stanley Hanci was second in the 300 (35.76) and led the winning 4x400 relay (3:30.24).

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Boys Indoor Track, 01/09/20 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Two Owls take gold

Kyle Duffy won the 1,000 (2:56.56) and Timothy Trasatti took first in the high jump (6-0) to help Timberlane take fifth out of eight teams at Saturday's morning meet at Plymouth State. Trasatti also took third in the 55-meter dash and ran a led on the Owls' third-place 4x200 relay team.

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Boys Indoor Track, 01/04/20 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Hanci stands out

 

Methuen's Stanley Hanci won the 300 meters going away in 35.31, took second in the high jump and was on the winning 4x200 relay to highlight the all-MVC meet Friday afternoon at Boston University. North Andover had an impressive first-place finish in the 4x400 with Paul Fernandez, Matthew Chicko, Jack Chace and Peter Martel sharing the baton.

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Boys Indoor Track, 01/03/20 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Sizzling Seleny

Conor Seleny won the 55-meter hurdles (7.62) and 300 (36.32), both fastest in the state this winter, as unbeaten Pinkerton rolled to the win in the 13-team meet. Zach Plaza won the 600 (1:25.81) and Ben Fleming took the dash in 6.71. 


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Boys Indoor Track, 12/26/19 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Hanci wins pair

 

Methuen didn't have as much depth as others in Monday's first MVC indoor track meet in Boston, but the Rangers had some fine individual performers, led by Stanley Hanci, who won both the 600 and high jump. Also for Methuen, Xavier Metivier and Freddy Coleman went 1-2 in the 2-mile. Among other winners, Central Catholic's James Pothier breezed to first in the 1,000 with a time of 2:39.84. Lawrence was first in the 4x400 relay.

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Boys Indoor Track, 12/16/19 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Astros start strong

It was a nice start to the indoor season for the Pinkerton boys track team, which won an eight-team meet at UNH with 70 points. Ryan Dane (55 dash, 6.70), Stephen Connelly (1,500, 4:27.57) and Conor Seleny (55 hurdles, 7.84) all had individual wins for the Astros, who also won the 4x160 relay.

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Boys Indoor Track, 12/14/19 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Epic teammate battle

Teammates Quinn Cerami and Landon Neal had quite the head-to-head battle in both the 55-meter dash and the 300 at Saturday's Plymouth State meet, ultimately helping lead Windham to a second-place finish as a team. In the 55, Cerami edged out Neal by .007 seconds to take first, but in the 300 Neal took first and edged out Cerami by .04 seconds.

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Boys Indoor Track, 12/14/19 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

New England Track Record-setting days for Kitchings, Fragione, Ranger relay

BOSTON — Local track and field athletes came up big at the New England Championships Saturday afternoon at the Reggie Lewis Track.
Haverhill senior Jayla Kitchings broke her own school record with an 8.36 in the 55-meter hurdles. The All-State champion trailed only Connecticut's brilliant sophomore Tess Stapleton (8.19/19-1.5) who won the hurdles and the long jump.
The Methuen 4x400 team of seniors Eric Salvo, Max Fotino and Roan Marcano and junior Stanley Hanci continued its record-setting ways. They crossed the line in 3:23.51, slicing 0.45 seconds off the school indoor record it set just last week in grabbing the silver at All-States. Brockton High again took top honors.
Ranger senior Sara Fragione smashed her own 1,000-meter record for the third time this season with a 2:58.07 for sixth. She went from last to sixth in the last lap. The previous standard was the Dartmouth recruit's 3:00.01 last week. 
Coach Brittany Caprio said, " Sara's confidence carried her through her race to make a huge move in her final straightaway."
The North Andover boys and girls were again ready for the challenge.
Junior Sarah Lavery tied for third in the high jump (5-5), senior Trevor Nassar grabbed sixth in the 300 (35.38) and the girls 4x800 team of Courtney Dalke, Kelcey Dion, Ainsley Dion and Aisling Callahan took seventh in 9:39.60. Nassar eclipsed his own school record of 35.55.
Pinkerton's last competition was Division 1 States way back on Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 3) but like the Patriots, the Astros just do their job.
Especially Adam Spencer.
The senior was fourth in the hurdles (7.66) and teamed with Patrick Cotnoir, Ryan Dane and Conor Seleny to placed fifth in the 4x200 in 1:32.11. The relay was seeded just 19th but smashed the school record.
Delia Barbanti led the Andover girls with a seventh in the 300 (40.79) and a fourth in the 4x200 in 1:44.70. In the relay she teamed with Julia Sergeant, Grace Dunn, Julianna Kennedy.
Other area placers were Pentucket's Madi Krohto, who tied for eighth in the high jump (5-3) and Davidson recruit Jack Curtin of Andover and St. John's Prep, who was third in the long jump (22-7.25).
Two of the dominant athletes on the day in the girls' meet were Connecticut junior sprinters Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood, who are both transgender athletes.

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Boys Indoor Track, 03/02/19 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
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