Central Catholic Raiders Girls Track and Field '15

Sat, Jun 13, 2015 10:00 AM @ Andover
Team Final
Pelham 3
Londonderry 2
Methuen 1
at Andover 0
Central Catholic 0
Lawrence 0
North Andover 0
Pinkerton 0

New Englands: Samuel (100, 200), Howes (pole vault) smash own area marks

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Sunday, June, 14 By Michael Muldoon
Staff writer

There were a slew of spectacular performances by local athletes at Saturday’s 70th annual New England Championships in Saco, Maine.
Methuen junior Wileshka Samuel broke her own area records with a 12.19 in the 100 meters and a 24.94 in the 200.
She placed third in the 200 and finished just out of the money (top 6 score) with a seventh in a loaded 100 field.
“It all came together nicely,” said Rangers coach Nick Collopy. “It’s fun to coach her and fun to watch. Her times have improved every week the last four weeks.”
The Rangers also came up big in the boys relays with a fifth in the 4x800 and a sixth in the 4x400. John St. Hilaire and sophomore Fernando Damota ran on both.
Caveney vs. Coach
Andover coach Peter Comeau saw his 31-year-old 300 intermediate hurdles record fall to Golden Warrior senior Sean Caveney.
Andover usually runs the 400 hurdles but Caveney made the transition with a 38.64 to place second. That’s considered faster than former New England champ Comeau’s hand-timed 38.6 and the automatic time by AHS’s Steve Shepard with a 39.05 in 1992.
”People think I’m crazy for saying this, but I’d rather be the coach of the guy who breaks it.
That was awesome. It was very exciting,” said Comeau. Andover’s 4x400 team brought home the gold with anchor Hamza Naveed running a 48.8 split to make up a 10-yard deficit.
They ran a speedy 3:19.61 to move up to second all-time in our area.
Naveed teamed with Caveney, Raymond Gorzela and Jeremy Travaglini.
Ace high hurdler Sebastian Silveira was just off his school record with a 14.24 for fourth.
Duffy, 4x800 records
North Andover’s super sophomore Erick Duffy soared 15-3, continuing his remarkable recent stretch of personal bests, to take third in the pole vault. The 4x800 team of Zach Frahlich, Chris Dalke, Chris Lord and Marty Conrad nipped their own school record for a fourth place.
Howes another record
Londonderry’s Natalie Howes added over two feet to her own area javelin record with a 139-1 to win the event. She also placed fifth in the pole vault while Skyler Goss of Pelham was runner-up (11-9).
Faucher, Pettis shine
Haverhill junior Jack Pettis took fifth in the javelin with a personal best 171-9 while another talented junior, Timberlane’s Kyle Faucher. uncorked a big 184-11 heave, smashing his own school record by more than seven feet.
He brought home the silver.

Game Statistics:

Area top-8 finishers (top 6 score):

Pole vault: 2. Skyler Goss (Pelham) 11-9, 5. Natalie Howes (Londonderry) 11-3; Javelin: 1. Natalie Howes (Londonderry) 139-1, breaks own area record; 100 meters: 7. Wileshka Samuel (Methuen), 12.17, breaks own area record; 200: 3. Samuel (Methuen) 24.94, breaks own area record shared with Kristen Bourque of Londonderry

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