The Marblehead High spring track teams came away with a couple of victories against neighboring Salem at home on Monday, May 15, which also closed out the regular season. The boys (3-3-1) won going away, 88-40, while the girls (5-2) also dominated their longtime Northeastern Conference rivals, 94-14.
Girls high jump
Keira Sweetnam (5-0) won the high jump.
“It was a tough jumping day because of all the swirling winds, which forced jumpers to adjust in order to take off properly, but Keira still had a successful day,” said coach Nolan Raimo.
Campbell Crane (4-4) ended up second.
Girls long jump
Claire Davis won the long jump with a leap of 156.5, which caps an incredible regular season for her, according to Raimo. She has won most of her long jumps, with hopefully more to come in the postseason meets, the coach said.
Ana Vina de Garnica (14-5) was third.
Boys long jump
Thomas Carlson (18-10) won the long jump.
“Thomas has been nursing a hamstring injury throughout most of the spring, and jumping around 19 feet is a good sign for the postseason,” Raimo said.
Colin Hart (17-5) came in fourth, Claudio Gusmao-Gonzalez (15-0) fifth and Casey Gransbury (14-0) seventh.
Girls triple jump
Sweetnam and Davis were battling for the top spot, which Sweetnam (33-8) won, and Davis (33-3) was credited with a close second.
Elise Burchfield (31-4) completed the sweep in third place. Morgan Zion (31-0) finished fourth.
“The headwinds and crosswinds at the triple-jump pit made it difficult, but seemingly these jumpers had no problem (mastering the weather),” said Raimo.
Boys triple jump
Gusmao-Gonzalez (32-4) finished second. Seth Cushinsky (29-11, personal best) was third.
Girls shot put
Rachael Albert (28-5) continues to be impressive throwing the shot put to win the event once again. Hannah O’Brien (22-1) came in third.
Boys shot put
Justin Gonzalez (37-0, a personal best by more than a foot) picked up the five first-place points for his teammates. Alex Hersey (36-6) came in second.
Asher Oren (32-6) completed the sweep in third place. Lycurgus Cohen (31-4) was fourth.
“This group of shot put throwers was relatively new to the event at the beginning of the season, but nonetheless their progress this year has been great to see,” Raimo said.
Albert won for the second time on this day — something she has done quite frequently this spring — with a discus throw of 99-4. O’Brien (76-0) finished second.
Samantha Clock (52-10) was fourth and Siena Day (50-4) fifth.
Angelo Knight (84-1) finished second. Graham Firestone (81-3) was right behind him in third place. Tucker Crane (79-0) was fourth and Alexander Humphreys (70-7) fifth.
Sierra Leinberry racked up another win in the javelin with a throw of 73 feet.
Adelyn Cruickshank (64-0), Mia Mabry (51-10) and Siena Day (45-9) rounded out the Marblehead throwers coming in third through fifth place, respectively.
Asher Oren was victorious with a throw of 106-6, which is quite good considering the gusty headwinds, according to Raimo. Knight (101-10) came in second.
Phineas Jakious (93-0) was third and Graham Firestone (84-6) fourth.
Boys 400-meter hurdles
Ryan Thompson ran away from the field in his first official 400-meter hurdle race with a time of 61.7.
“Ryan is an accomplished 400-meter runner, and his transition now to the hurdles was seamless,” said Raimo.
Magnus McCarthy (66.1) was credited with a second-place finish. Tomasso Santoni (68.2) was third, Marc Grazado (68.3) fourth, Nate Jendrysik (76.7) fifth and Logan Doody (80.1) sixth.
Girls 100/110-meter hurdles
Elise Burchfield ran into a headwind but still won with an impressive time of 18.3.
Crane (21.7) and Sierra Leinberry (22.1) completed the sweep, with Addison Rotigliano (22.5) coming in a close fourth.
Boys 100/110-meter hurdles
Hersey (16.0) completed the regular season undefeated in this event. Errol Apostolopoulos (16.8) was second.
Grazado (19.4) came in third and Santoni (20.2) fourth.
Ariella Kahn (14.2) led the way with a first-place finish.
Crane (15.8) was a last-second addition to the varsity 100, and she still finished an impressive fourth.
Jacob Bobowski (11.7) sprinted to a first-place finish.
“Jacob has always had an impressive acceleration out of the blocks, but he’s made progress this season on the back half of his sprint races,” Raimo said.
Michael Carlson (12.4) was third and Isaac Brenneman (12.8) fifth.
Cora Gerson (28.8) came through with a first-place finish. Morgan Zion (29.7) was second.
Olivia Vanden Heuvel (30.3) stepped down from the 400 at the last minute to run the 200 and accounted for a third-place finish and another point for her teammates.
“David Di Constanzo (24.0) was the favorite going into the 200, and he was able to hold off Errol for the victory,” said Raimo.
Apostolopoulos (24.8) settled for second. Gabe Bayramian (26.9) stepped down from the 800 to run the 200 and ended up fifth.
Ariella Kahn (67.5, personal best) was another double winner for the girls team on this day with a first-place finish in this sprinting event.
Maren Rowe (69.5) ran a sub-70 to finish second. Grace Rowe (74.8) was third.
In preparation for the decathlon later on this season, Hersey (55.2) won the 400 against the Witches.
Slater Johnson (57.3, personal best) accounted for third. Colin Hart (60.5) was fourth.
Max Arbo (3:07.9) ran well while running alone in this middle-distance event.
James Marcey (2:29.5) achieved a personal milestone while also snagging a second-place finish after a great kick heading to the finish line.
Zach Plum (2:36.8) finished just off the podium in fourth place. Harrison Curtis made his way through the two-lap race in 2:58.1.
Maren Potter (6:16.1), Martha Heffernan (7:07) and Emma St. George (7:19.3) swept the mile.
The boys also swept the mile, with Peter Sullivan (5:30) taking first, followed by David Alpert (5:41.4) and Zach Pike (5:47.1).
“Among the JVs, Sam Tanger (5:53.4) ran a great race to break the six-minute barrier, thanks in part to Nate Assa’s pacing,” said coach William Herlihy. “Nate was next with a time of 5:56.6, while Jeremy Sorkin completed the course in 6:16.9.”
Jonah Potach (12:17.9) got his first win of the season in this long-distance event.
“Despite some excellent eye black, Will Cronin had to drop out of this race just 1 mile in due to leg fatigue,” said Herlihy.
Mia Mabry, Cora Gerson, Morgan Zion and Abigail Ross came together at the last second to participate in this event, and despite not practicing any handoffs they were still able to run an impressively combined time of 58 seconds.
Michael Carlson, Ethan Horgan, Joe Proulx and Isaac Brenneman raced to a second-place finish while also cracking the 50-second mark in 49.9.
Will Cronin, Jeremy Sorkin, Peter Sullivan and James Marcey (4:42.5) were the victors in this relay.
Sam Tanger, David Alpert, Zach Pike and Zach Plum competed admirably to finish third, according to Herlihy.