Boys Indoor Track

Duffy sets record with 8th-place finish at Nationals

North Andover High's brilliant junior Erick Duffy put himself into the record books again with his performance over the weekend at the New Balance Nationals at the New York Armory.
Competing in the open division (top-seeded athletes) he took eighth in the pole vault. He cleared 15-9.25, adding a quarter-inch to his own area record, which includes indoor and outdoor track.
He did 15-9 in early February at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational at Boston University.
The previous area mark was by Eagle-Tribune MVP Jake Radzevich with a 15-8 to win the New England Championships in the spring of 2002.
Timberlane senior Liam Kimball ran a 4:20.54 in the mile to finish 19th in the top division.
Numerous local athletes competed in the secondary divisions (emerging elite).

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Boys Indoor Track, 03/14/16 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Andover takes 4x200 relay at New Englands

BOSTON — Having the 4x200 meter relay as the second event of the day benfited the Andover boys, who used their fresh legs to take first in the event at the New England Championship.

Andover finished the event with a time of 1:31.29, which was only .17 seconds ahead of second place Acton-Boxboro and .54 seconds ahead of third place Falmouth.

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Boys Indoor Track, 02/28/16 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Mosher sprints ahead

Andover sophomore Owen Mosher took first in two events at Wednesday's MVC Freshman-Sophomore meet, winning the 55-meter hurdles in 8.27 and the high jump with a height of 5-6. 

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Boys Indoor Track, 02/03/16 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

MVC honors Methuen's Fuller at league meet

ROXBURY — Roger Fuller, who has been coaching at Methuen High for 46 years, was honored by the Merrimack Valley Conference Friday afternoon at the league championship meet. Fuller is retiring after this season including his spring track head coaching duties. He was a science teacher at Methuen High for 32 years and has been a three-sport coaching staple (head and/or assistant) for 46 years at the school. Lowell assistant coach Scott Ouellet, who coached with Fuller at Methuen for nine years, said, “Roger is a throwback. He was/is the ultimate teacher/coach. He loved being a teacher as much as being a coach and he took his job very seriously. I know to this day some his best friends are his colleagues from the science department at Methuen High. “Roger always saw the positive in a kid. He always believed in the kids and had a great way in always getting their best. Roger was incredible at developing relationships with the kids and this created long lasting loyalty between him and his athletes. His former athletes come back every fall and packed the MHS alumni race. Most were there just to see Rog and check in. “Obviously his X’s & O’s of coaching track were top notch but really, what made him great, was his passion, commitment and love of being there everyday with the kids and developing a fun, hard working culture. Roger really has a special way of commanding the locker room and this inspired many MHS track athletes. It has been an honor and privilege to have worked with him and to have a learned so much from him.” Fuller, a Mass. State Track Coaches Hall of Famer, has won numerous awards including last spring being named the Moynihan Lumber Lifetime Achievement Award winner.

Duffy brings home two golds North Andover junior Erick Duffy was a triple winner at the MVC Meet. Known for his pole vaulting brilliance, he obviously also can run the 55-meter hurdles (7.94) and teamed with Kyle Salois, Matt Manteiga and Stephen Stabile to win the 4x160. He also took a fifth in the long jump. Central’s Steven Jackson beat Andover’s Ray Gorzela (both were clocked in 6.76) in the 55 meters. Haverhill’s brilliant middle distance runner George Papoulis won the 600 in 1:21.59 and North Andover’s Anthony Christian captured the high jump at 6-0. Lawrence won the 4x400 relay.

Illness can’t stop Kobelski As the day wore on, Andover coach Peter Comeau was unsure if Eagle-Tribune All-Star Lizzie Kobelski would run at all after battling a sore throat throughout the week. “She was as sick as could be and I didn’t know if she would run,” said Comeau. “On Wednesday she couldn’t get over a hurdle, and on Thursday her mom said she couldn’t get out of bed. But there she was, sneezing and blowing her nose, then she just took off.” Kobelski won the 55 hurdles in 8.96, just ahead of Tewksbury’s Kendall Paolella (8.98). That led the Andover girls to a second-place with 71 points, trailing just Tewksbury (77 points). Andover dominated the hurdles. In third was Miranda Lawrence (9.18) and Sammy Shea was fifth (9.33). Lawrence added the other Andover individual victory, taking the long jump with a 16-9.5. Kobelski was third in the event. Lawrence also teamed with Shea, Audrey Adam and Ally Bennett to take the 4x200 (1:49.08). Defending Eagle-Tribune spring track MVP Wilshka Samuel of Methuen won the 300 in 41.89, and ran on the 4x400 that was first in 4:08.01. Jazmin Encarnacion, Jackie Mothon and Jelke Meyer joined her. Also scoring victories were Haverhill’s Maddie Buco in the 1,000 (3:07.96) and North Andover’s Catherine Flaherty in the high jump (5-2).

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Boys Indoor Track, 01/29/16 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Pentucket wins CAL co-championship

The Pentucket boys indoor track team capped off a stellar season by beating Triton 54-22, finishing the dual meet season 9-0-1 to clinch a shares the Cape Ann League Kinney Division title with North Reading in just the program's third season. Sam Coppola took first in both the 600-yard run (1:29.73) and the high jump (5-8) to lead the way.

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Boys Indoor Track, 01/27/16 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Blythe wins 300


Central Catholic's Lukas Blythe had a banner day at the MSCTA State Coaches Invitational, winning the 300 in 36.76 and finishing fifth in the high jump with a season-best 20-2.

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Boys Indoor Track, 01/23/16 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Kimball qualifies for Nationals

Timberlane's Liam Kimball had a standout showing at the East Coast Invitationals in Providence, Rhode Island, winning the mile with a time of 4:26.38 to qualify for New Balance Indoor Grand Prix at the Reggie Lewis Center on Feb. 14.

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Boys Indoor Track, 01/16/16 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Relay leads Lancers

Fabian Tineo, Lenny Then, Marino Pimentel and Kelvin Infante won the 4x400 in 3:36.53, giving Lawrence a comeback 51-43 win over Dracut in the final event of the meet.

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Boys Indoor Track, 01/14/16 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Sachem relayers shine


In the Division 4 state relays, Pentucket's 4x800 unit finished second in 8:25.21 behind Brett Repke, Nick Murphy, Morgan Capener and Sam Cappola. Also, Billy O'Neil, Drew Fenton, Murphy and Coppola came in fourth in the 4x400 relay in a school record 3:38.38.

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Boys Indoor Track, 01/09/16 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

School record

Sam Coppola broke his Pentucket school record from last winter at the Winter Festival for small schools at the Reggie Lewis Track. Coppola won the 1,000 meters in 2:36.47.

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Boys Indoor Track, 12/19/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
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