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Favorite Fedrick finishes third at New Englands

CARL RUSSO/Staff photo. The Twenty-Fourth Annual New England Interscholastic Indoor Track and Field Championships were held friday night at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Boston. Methuen High school senior, Cameron Kelley crosses the finish line in his heat of the 1000 meter run. 3/4/2011. 20 Photos

BOSTON — Salem junior football and track standout Jerickson Fedrick ran the fastest schoolboy 55 meters in New England this winter with his 6.39 to win Division 1 States.

So he entered yesterday’s New England Championships at the Reggie Lewis Track as the top seed, but he also had not competed in a race since States on Feb. 13.

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Boys Indoor Track, 03/05/11 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

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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Boys Indoor Track, 02/27/11 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

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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Boys Indoor Track, 02/18/11 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

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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Boys Indoor Track, 02/06/11 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

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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Boys Indoor Track, 01/31/11 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Farnham, Andover sweep Central

“Any time you beat Central in anything in Andover, it’s a big deal,” said Andover track coach Peter Comeau. So yesterday was a big deal times two. Andover won a pair of track showdowns at the Richard Collins Field House by identical 48-38 scores. Both meets came down to the mile relay, the final event. Both likely decided the MVC Large titles. Andover still has a meet left with Lowell. The unbeaten Andover girls will be heavily favored but the winner-take-all boys’ meet could be tight. Yesterday’s meets were tight and the boys’ clash had a dramatic ending. Speedster Pat Farnham had a tough time of it in the 300, settling for second place, and in the relay he was again beat to the break line. And this time there was a collision. “Pat flipped,” explained Comeau. “He rolled over and jumped back up. He was 15 yards behind him then but beat him to the exchange! He’s my nephew, but I wanted to kill him. I had the same expression on my face I did when I was watching the Patriots in the playoffs! After the meet, all the coaches made a point to say most kids would have quit.” But the legendary Farnhams don’t quit. Ryan Cooney ran a terrific third leg and Simon Voorhees cruised home to win 3:41.1 to 3:41.9 to hold off the upset-minded Raiders, who dropped to 3-2-1 overall. Andover (5-0, 3-0 MVC Large) has a talent-laden relay crew with Farnham teaming with Brian Knapp (600), Cooney (1,000) and Voorhees (2-mile), who each won an individual event. The Central girls came in on a high note having won the Division 2 state relays over the weekend. The Raiders were hoping to upset an Andover quartet which ran a 4:05.65 to place second at the Dartmouth Relays. But Andover’s Eve Bishop, who was second in the 300 at Dartmouth, was just too tough in the anchor leg and the Blue and Gold won in 4:14.5, about two seconds ahead of the Raiders. “Eve is amazing,” said Comeau. “Their anchor ran incredibly,” said Central coach Katie Sullivan. The Raiders (6-1, 3-1 MVC Large) got out to a commanding 20-7 early lead but Andover (5-0, 3-0) roared back. One key was Meghan McPhee’s six-second personal best of 3:14.4 to win the 1,000. Eagle-Tribune cross country MVP Maggie Mullins won the mile in 5:15.9. She had to bring her A game as Central’s Lanie Jowett ran an indoor school record 5:16.9. Another Raider highlight was Leanne Kent and Julianna Piemonte going 1-2 in the 50-yard dash.

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Boys Indoor Track, 01/26/11 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Pair of winners

Haverhill's Alex Mayhew won the 55-meter dash (6.76) and Haverhill's Dan Burrows won the shot put (44-0 1/2) at the Auerbach freshman/sophomore meet at the Reggie Lewis Center.

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Boys Indoor Track, 01/09/11 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Methuen takes 4x800 in Classic

Methuen took first place in the 4x800 relay in the Boston Holiday Classic. Stephen Lilja, Michael O'Donnell, Cameron Kelley, and Kyle Moschetto placed with a time of 8:20.32.

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