“He handled the race really well,” said St. John’s coach Ray Carey. “It wasn’t a normal training week for him so he went out a bit slow, but he’s like a horse finishing races. He’s a big strong kid and he really drives to that finish line. This was his third race under 1:21 in the last three weeks.”
Prep senior Evan Dombrowski was second in the shot put with a heave of 55-feet-6-inches and the Eagles finished fifth in the team standings with 22 points. Big Blue senior Justin Chasse threw a personal best 49-feet-8-inches to finish ninth in the shot as well.
Swamspcott’s Noah Conti ran 1:25.78 in the 600 and Masconomet’s Dan Raphael turned in a time of 1:25.95. In the mile, Marblehead sophomore A.J. Ernst ran 4:23.57 and finished eighth.
In the 2-mile, St. John’s senior Tim Loehner was fifth in 9:27.11 and Peabody senior Drew Fossa was seventh in 9:31. Tanner freshman Marcelo Rocha ran 9:44 in his first indoor all-state competition and Hamilton-Wenham’s Matt Gillis ran 10:19.
In the girls championship, Beverly’s 4x800 relay was the top local finisher in fifth place. Nicole Demars, Keely Higgins, Abby Walsh and Caitlin Harty combined to run 9:36.14, beating Weymouth by a nose for a spot in the top-5.
Marblehead’s Paige Ferrucci ran 3:07 in the 1000 and Ipswich’s Emily DeMarco ran 3:08. Beverly’s Jessica Goodall ran 3:23.
In the girls mile, Marblehead’s Janaya Randall was sixth in 5:08 while Hamilton-Wenham junior Emily Weigand was ninth in 5:11. Beverly freshman Abby Walsh was 12th in 5:15 and teammate Julianna Wesley ran 5:28. Peabody senior Toni Pagliuca ran 11:31 and placed 13th in the 2-mile.
Sophomore Kerry Hull jumped 5-2 in the high jump and finished 11th for H-W. Weigand also anchored the 4x800 relay team for the Generals that finished 18th. Emily Horgan, Kristen Heffernan and Jeanine Xheng also ran with Weigand in the relay.
Salem’s Deema Hijleh competed int he 55-meter dash as well.