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However this pursuit of Lowell only lasted for the first mile of the race, as Lowell's pack remained dominant.
LOWELL - On a hot, humid day with temperatures reaching close to ninety degrees, and with no reprieves offered by a constantly glaring sun, Andover’s boys’ and girls’ teams both took home championship trophies. They did so in dramatically different fashions.
The Massachusetts Track and Field season kicked off yesterday with its first major Invitation. The 38th Annual John Ottaviani Invitational in Haverhill provided a glimpse at what will be an exciting season. The defending indoor All State Champions picked up right where they left off, as the Andover boys took home the team title edging the home team from Haverhill.
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Asked if he owned the Haverhill High record in the 100-meter dash a week ago, the very modest Alex Mayhew — with the help of more than a little encouragement — provided a prediction with his answer.
Deep and tough proved to be Weston’s calling card. The meet was dubbed as the Div. 4 State Coaches Relays but it was Weston that turned the competition into its own highlight reel show at John B. Reilly Field. John Monz’s boys’ and girls’ teams combined for six victories to take both team titles, closing out two days of relay meets across Eastern Mass.
Outlook: A young Chelmsford team came on strong late last year and may be ready to challenge powerhouse Lowell. Methuen, which was an uncharacteristic 5-5 last year, should be improved and the Rangers feature one of the top runners in the state in senior Mike O’Donnell.
The Merrimack Valley Conference has enjoyed terrific success over the last decade and that should continue even while the balance of power may be shifting. Haverhill, which was second and fifth, respectively, at the Eastern Mass. Division 1 meet the last two years, remains strong even while its numbers have declined. Chelmsford continues to contend but Lowell has taken a step up in recent years and Andover, despite the loss of Maggie Mullins, is on the rise and has moved up to the MVC large division.
Dominance. How can one school with different coaches produce two dominating performances on the same day at the same meet? Perhaps it was a fluke coincidence. Perhaps it was something in the water. Or, perhaps it's the tradition of track and field at a school with three Hall of Fame Coaches and dozens of state meet trophies in the trophy case. That school is Newton North. And to the surprise of virtually nobody at Durfee High School on Sunday, that double was performed by Jim Blackburn's Tigers (64) and Joe Tranchita's Lady Tigers (95.5). Acton-Boxboro, meanwhile, took runner-up in both meets (55 for the boys, 62 the girls), with Lincoln-Sudbury (45 boys, 56 girls) taking 3rd in both as well.
Eventually, one of these days it has to happen. Newton North’s Carla Forbes will come up short in a track meet. Forbes showed yesterday at the MIAA Div. 1 Track & Field Championships that it’s not bound to happen any time soon. The Tiger standout erased the meet records in both the triple jump (41-2) and the long jump (19-3-½) on the way to leading Newton North to its second consecutive team title. Joe Tranchita’s crew was nothing short of devastating, putting up a whopping 95.5 points to leave runner-up Acton-Boxboro a distant second with 62 points. With the medals from the Div. 1 meet collected, Forbes can now concentrate on state meet and the nationals on June 9, where she’ll be looking to add the outdoor title in the triple jump after capturing the indoor title in March.“I definitely think I’m ahead of last year experience wise,” said Forbes. “Our training has been just as consistent as last year. It’s (nationals) going to be a little scary, a little more nerve racking. I have a feeling that there are going to be a lot people who weren’t there (at indoor nationals).
The 52nd Andover Collins-McIntyre Meet was a rousing success for the juggernaut known as Central Catholic. A favored team coming in on the boys side, it was the girls team that stepped up to help both teams claim victory, as well as the combined scoring, with a whopping 148 points, far ahead of Weymouth and Andover. Andover Coach Peter Comeau, somewhat of a local celebrity, put on a show for the fans, complete with a new Lynx HD Scoreboard, but Central Catholic was able to steal that show with several outstanding performances.
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Every event in a state championship provides excitement and drama, but this year the relays may decide the team title. But don't expect to see the same line-ups from last week. Some additional fresh legs --courtesy of athletes that did not qualify in an individual event-- may help the common man become the hero. We watched it happen on Sunday at the Division 1 Championships, and those same teams remain in the hunt this week.
Andover's Maggie Mullins won the 2-mile race in 10:59.56 at the Division 1 state meet and likely will be the No. 1 seed at All-States on Sunday. (via www.eagletribune.com)
Newton North continues to accomplish what is unimaginable to most teams, and this time they may have outdone themselves. They scored 20 points in the long jump with four different girls contributing to the total. Most teams would be thrilled to score 20 points in a meet, or have one athlete in the finals of a major division championship. The depth was on display as a bevy of athletes assumed their role within the program for the greater good of the team. The entire situation speaks volumes about the character of the athletes and the trust they have in the coaching staff.
41 of the 80 state ranked teams are scheduled to compete at the Bay State Invitational.
Check for the latest scores and highlights each week as we gather information from around the state.
Each week MileSplitMass will look at the top 20 teams from each of the two state divisions.
It was a good day for the Merrimack Valley Conference at the Clipper Relays in Newburyport yesterday, with local teams Andover, Methuen and Haverhill leading the way. (via www.eagletribune.com)
When you add up the net losses and gains/improvements of all the teams it is pretty clear that the race to the top in the MVC for 2011 is going to be very competitive and a lot closer than last fall.
It was a small contingent that made the trip to Oregon, but impressive results were posted by current and former Massachusetts athletes. (Photo by Don Rich).
Josh Lampron wins the mile and Wachusett smokes another distance relay. (Photo by Vic Sailer)
The Lincoln-Sudbury girls posted a US#8 time of 9:01.78 and the Wachusett boys posted a US#5 time of 7:36.37 in their respective 4x800m relays.
See who conquered the elements and their fellow competitors at the 2011 New England Championships.
Massachusetts athletes pick-up 12 wins and 2 meet records.
Several nationally ranked athletes are scheduled to compete, including the #2 and #4 400m runners in the country.
The Mansfield machine was back at it, claiming another team track championship.
Several nationally ranked athletes finally meet for one last shot at bragging rights.
Many events are wide-open as the seniors take one last shot at glory.
Andrea Keklak scorches a 2:08.78 to win the 800m, while Moira Cronin leaps to US#3 in the high jump.
Fast hurdle times were posted at the MSTCA Invite, while Kyle Quinn and Catarina Rocha moved up the national rankings.
Relays and records were the story of the week as the Penn Relays, District E Relays, and MSTCA State Relays all fell on the same weekend.
Relay season has begun, and team depth will be on display at the 2011 MSTCA Spring Relays.
Several athletes opted for road races while the future of Massachusetts track and field was on display at the NDA Rt. 228 Invitational.
Photo by Don Rich
The release of the entries list on Monday put an end to the speculation regarding who will compete on Friday, but it still left many questions unanswered.
Mansfield delivers as several state records fall.
Mansfield will need the help of their relay teams to pull away from Newton North and Lincoln-Sudbury.
Several meet records are in jeopardy as we watch some very impressive athletes try to win multiple events.
Keep up to date with the latest news from all the league championship meets. Photo by Henry Finch.