MHS boys track settles for rare tie; girls ground Falcons

The Marblehead High boys spring track team (2-1-1) had the unlikeliest of results when they ended up tied with host Danvers, 68-68, on April 26, while the Marblehead girls (3-1) easily took care of the Falcons, 98-33. 

Girls long jump 

Despite the poor conditions, Charlie Roszell leaped to victory with a new personal best of 15-10.5. Claire Davis (15-6) was second, Elise Burchfield (15-5) third and Sadie Halpern (13-9.5) fourth.

“The pit was seemingly an upslope due to jumpers pushing the sand back and then not being raked properly,” said coach Nolan Raimo. “So for Charlie, Claire and Elise to jump mid-to-high 15s is very impressive.” 

Boys long jump 

Alex Hersey (19-8) took first, Harrison Curtis (18-6) finished third, Colin Hart (16-8.25) was fifth and Claudio Gusmao Gonzalez (16-7) seventh.

“Similar to the girl jumpers, the pit conditions were not ideal, but we still had a few quality jumps,” Raimo said. 

Girls triple jump 

Jumping into a headwind, Keira Sweetnam (31-4.5) captured first. She was followed by Claire Davis (second, 30-9), Ava Machado (third, 30-6.5) and Kate Twomey (fifth, 28-4.5).

“This was Claire’s second career triple jump, and it was remarkably successful,” Raimo said. 

Boys triple jump 

Errol Apostolopoulos (37-2) finished third after enduring the trek across the football field between his triple and high jumps. Gusmao Gonzalez (33-6.5) placed fifth and Seth Cushinsky (28-3) sixth. 

Girls high jump 

Sweetnam (5-2) continued her excellent season to secure the win. Burchfield (4-6) was second, and Campbell Crane and Machado (4-4) tied for fourth. 

Girls shot put 

Hannah O’Brien, the lone Marblehead competitor in this event, ended up third with a throw of 21-3, improving by over a foot since her last meet.

“Although Hannah’s focus is on the discus, her selflessness to compete in this event just to score points for the team is appreciated by all,” said Raimo. 

Boys shot put 

Hersey (36-7) was fourth. Asher Oren (32-5, personal best) was right behind him in fifth place. Grady Norfleet (24-5.5) came in seventh.

“This was Asher’s breakout meet, where he enjoyed personal bests in the shot put, javelin and 100,” said Raimo. 

Girls discus 

Rachael Albert (103-11, personal best) finished second while also qualifying for the All-State Meet. But Cali Abbatessa (105-7) won the event. O’Brien (86-6, personal best) was third. Siena Day (59-9) ended up fourth. 

Boys discus  

Angelo Knight (86-5) continues to improve every week, and against Danvers he was third. Tucker Crane (66-1) came in fifth, and Grady Norfleet (58-7) sixth. 

Girls javelin 

Albert was a double winner in the throws against Danvers with a 77-1 in the javelin after beating peers in the discus. Sierra Leinberry (second, 72-8) and Adelyn Cruickshank (third, 61-2) completed the sweep. Devin Whalen (57-7) was fourth. 

Boys javelin 

Oren (106-7, personal best) won the event. Phineas Jakious (100-6) finished third, followed by Knight (92-9) fourth and Colin Hart (85-9) fifth. 

Girls 400-meter hurdles 

Whalen (74.27) took home the victory for her teammates. 

Boys 400-meter hurdles 

Apostolopoulos (63.3) finished first. Marc Grazado (69.42) slipped below the 70-second barrier to come in fourth. Elian Colon (78.84), making his debut, was sixth overall. 

Girls 2-mile 

Cat Piper (13:14.75) turned in a tremendous race to finish second. 

Boys 2-mile 

Harrison Kee (9:57.75, personal best) took first, and Isaac Gross (9:59.41) was second. 

Girls 100/110-meter hurdles 

Whalen (16.41) came out on top, and she was followed by Davis (second, 16.95, personal best) and Burchfield (third, 18.33).  

Boys 100/110-meter hurdles 

Hersey (16:36, personal best) remains undefeated in the high hurdles this season. Apostolopoulos (17:54) was second. Marc Grazado (19:51) sneaked under the 20-second mark to finish fourth. 

Girls 100 

Cate Trautman finished first with a time of 13.10, narrowly missing her personal best of 13.08. Machado (13:24) was second. Le’Daisha Williams (13:39) came in third. Sadie Halpern ran an impressive 13.28 in the JV heat. 

Boys 100 

Harrison Curtis (11.5) ran away from the field to come in first. Jacob Bobowski (12.31) accounted for a third-place finish. Ethan Horgan (13.2) was sixth. 

Girls mile 

Making her debut, Marri O’Connell put away any doubts to finish first in 5:40.61, besting the entire field by a significant margin. Maren Potter (6:18.11) was second in her return to racing after missing the last couple of meets. 

Boys mile  

Ryan Blestowe (5:07.96) came in third. Peter Sullivan (5:23.59, four-second personal best), who is normally a middle-distance runner, stepped up to the mile and did not disappoint.

Will Cronin (5:44.71) also made his return to the track and gave a great effort, while pushing through with a tweaked muscle in the early stages. Sullivan and Cronin finished fifth and sixth, respectively. 

Girls 4×100 

Cora Gerson, Burchfield, Morgan Zion and Liv Carlson cruised to a first-place finish (54.2). 

Boys 4×100 

Bobowski, Slater Johnson, Horgan and Joe Proulx finished first with a time of 49.96. 

Girls 400 

Roszell led the way for Marblehead to finish second with a time of 64.43. Williams (65.69) was fourth, and Gabby Hendy (66.87), making her debut, came in fifth. 

Boys 400 

Ryan Thompson took home first with a blazing fast time of 52.5. David Di Constanzo (54.7) continues to run impressive times, this time coming in second. Hart was fifth. 

Girls 800 

Kate Twomey (2:31.30, five-second personal best) controlled the race from the start to finish first overall. Juliet Burchfield (2:36.62, seven-second personal best) hung in there with the pack and had a great closing leg to pick up a third-place finish. Grace Mortensen (2:41.50) was fourth. 

Boys 800 

Gabe Bayramian took first in 2:09.52, beating out the entire field in convincing fashion. Henrik Adams (2:14.54, one-second personal best) and Xavier Grazad (2:14.66, four-second personal best) pushed each other throughout the second lap to pick up fourth and fifth place, respectively. 

Girls 200 

Cate Trautman (26.8) finished first, which surpasses her previous best time of 26.81. Machado (27.45) was second. Halpern (28.11) ended up third to complete the sweep. 

Boys 200 

Harrison Curtis battled Aidan Smith, one of the best sprinters in the conference, and was victorious with a time of 23.61. Johnson (25.93) was fifth. 

Girls 4×400 

Potter, Davis, Piper and Marrietta O’Connell ran an uncontested relay to win with a time of 4:53.87.

“All of these girls doubled their times, and the fortitude to double, especially in the freezing cold, was quite impressive,” said Raimo. 

Boys 4×400 

Nate Assa, Marc Grazado, Ryan Blestowe and David Alpert finished second with a time of 4:17.

“This meet came down to this relay to get the tie — which we didn’t know with the lagged scoring process — and Nate, Marc, Ryan and David all ran well while doubling up beyond their primary events,” Raimo said.

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