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New Englands: Knights sophomore Duffy soars 15-3

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.

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Boys Track and Field, 06/14/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Runner-up Staudt smashes own record

BURLINGTON — Joe Staudt had an impressive performance last year at the North Sectional decathlon, placing fifth with a school record 5,627 points. Tuesday and Wednesday at Burlington High, though, was more than impressive. He smashed his North Andover record with 6,010 points to place second out of 75 competitors in the North. He held the lead until the final event, but the 1,500 meters isn’t a natural fit for the husky 6-2, 210-pounder. Framingham’s David Welch (6,043 points) surpassed him for the narrow win. He ran a 4:54.98 to Staudt’s 5:27.13, good for a 175-point differential. In the last 17 years, only multi-time N.H. state champions Freddie Wills and Tristan Hall of Londonderry have surpassed Staudt’s 6,010. Both were Division 1 college track recruits.  Staudt, a Bowdoin recruit, also teamed with sophomore Matt Manteiga (26th, 4,307), sophomore Connor Grant (27th, 4,287) and senior Xavier Laguerre (37th, 3,923) to place second in the team competition. Their 14,240 points was another Scarlet Knight record. Wilmington was tops among the 22 teams with 14,710 points. “This is what Joe’s going to do in college,” said Knights coach Steve Nugent. “He’s going to Nationals, too. This is something he has been looking forward to, He’s just a competitor. He’s so multi-talented, He put it all on display.” Staudt has totally rewritten the North Andover record books. Hall of Famer Jack McManus had the original mark back in 1978 but Staudt easily erased that last June. Pentucket’s Alex Demeule (18th, 4,615) and Sam Coppola (20th, 4,615) were the next highest local scorers. Massachusetts does its sectional decathlons and heptathlons a few days before New Englands so some top athletes opt to skip the events.

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Boys Track and Field, 06/10/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Demeule breaks record

Pentucket's Alex Demeule set a new school record in the 800 at the Division 3 Eastern Mass Championships, running a 1:58.93 to place third. He was also a part of the third-place 4x800 team, along with Josh Wildes, Drew Capener and Sam Coppola.

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Boys Track and Field, 06/03/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Power Play

Dom Branco muscled up, sweeping the shot put and discus at the New Hampshire Division 2 State Meet for Pelham High yesterday. The Pythons finished fifth overall. Teammate Jared Hannon won the long jump and Kellan Brouder added a victory in the triple jump as the Pythons piled points. Windham's Alex Johnson captured the 110 hurdles.

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Boys Track and Field, 05/30/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Ortiz dominates Londonderry Invitational

Reigning Eagle-Tribune indoor track MVP Starlin Ortiz won the long jump (20-10.25), high jump (6-2) and 110 hurdles (15.16), starring on his home track at the Londonderry Invitational.

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Boys Track and Field, 05/23/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Peterson takes two golds

Micah Peterson won the 100 (11.32) and 200 (22.72) to help Sanborn place fifth at the Seacoast Championship. Timberlane took sixth, led by Kyle Faucher's victory in the discus (133-2).

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Boys Track and Field, 05/22/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Mantrana's the man

Andover beat Chelmsford 95-44 to wrap up a 5-0 regular season. Justin Mantrana went 40-9 to win the triple jump, Joe Aronov was the pole vault winner at 12-0 and Sebastian Silveira captured the 110 hurdles and 100 meters.

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Boys Track and Field, 05/20/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Goulet leaps to victory

Pinkerton's Erik Goulet won all three jumping events to help lead Pinkerton to a convincing 124-21 win over Manchester Central. Goulet won the long jump (18-7 1/2), triple jump (41-9 3/4) and high jump (5-8) for the Astros.

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Boys Track and Field, 05/19/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Lancers top Blue Devils

Londonderry's Starlin Ortiz and Kyle Foden won a combined five events to help lead the Lancers to a 94-45 win over Salem on Tuesday. Ortiz took first in the long jump (21-2 1/4), 110 hurdles (15.1) and 100-meter dash (11.3), while Foden won the shot put (42-5) and the discus (113-7).

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Boys Track and Field, 05/19/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Knights take second

Scoring the most points it ever has at the meet, North Andover came up short to North Attleboro at the Division 2 EMass Relays. 

North Attleborough was at 76, North Andover scored 68 and Central Catholic was third at 53. 

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Boys Track and Field, 05/16/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
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