2014 SALEM NEWS SPRING TRACK BOYS ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
St. John’s Prep, Senior
Evan Dombrowski passed up going to the New Balance Nationals in North Carolina to try to cap his illustrious track career with a New England championship before taking his talents to Brown University. He realized his goal, winning the shot put with a throw of 55-feet-1 1/2-inches in the New England’s at Bridgewater State University. His closest competitor was Daniel Guiliani of South Portland, Maine with a throw of 54-10.
It was the icing on the cake for the Division 1 state champ (winning that meet with a toss of 57-4), who went on to win at All-States (throwing 56-9). He was also third in the discus at the Division 1 meet (145-feet) and sixth at All-States.
“Evan was unbeaten in the shot put in Massachusetts,” said coach Ray Carey. “He lost once when we went to Pennsylvania, but that was the only time.”
Dombrowski, a captain, was named Outstanding Performer in the Catholic Conference and is a multiple-time league all-star. He broke the school record in the shot put as a junior and then set a new mark this season with a personal best throw of 57-feet-5-inches. He will participate in the shot put, discus, hammer, and weight throw at the next level.
“Coach Carey and the rest of the St. John’s coaching staff have had the biggest influence on my career as well as my family,” said Dombrowski.
The Gloucester resident is equally impressive in the classroom with a 4.0 GPA. Carey says Dombrowski’s success is the result of hard work and a drive to succeed that will results in a great college career.
110 Hurdles/High Jump/Decathlon
Team co-MVP … NEC champion in 110 meter hurdles (15.5) … 2nd at Division 2 states (14.75) … 7th at All-States … 15th at New Balance Nationals in North Carolina … Qualified for Division 2 states in hurdles (14.78), high jump (5-10), and 4x100 relay … 5th at State Coaches Invitational … 1st at Sunset Invitational … Carried 3.4 GPA and ranked 52 out of 248 in class … Will run at UConn … Thanks coach Gary Lavoie and coach Akeem Olatiboye for always putting him in a position to success as well as fellow captain Aaron Palmer for pushing him over last four years.