At the State Coaches Invitational at Somerville High School, Beverly’s 4x800 relay won the title with Caitlin Harty, Madison Shropshire, Nicole Demars and Keely Higgins combining for a time of 9:45, a full 13 seconds ahead of the runner up.
Sophomore Kendell Davy was third in the high hurdles, setting a new school record of 15.35. Demars was seventh in the 2 mile (11:34.1) with huge personal best.
”It was a great showing, because most of the girls had personal bests,” said Beverly head coach Dave Jellerson. “I’m very pleased. You never know with meets like this because there are so many good teams from all over the state. The impressive thing was how fast our winning relay team began and the margin a victory in which they won by.”
Also, Shropshire was sixth in the mile (5:26). Marblehead sophomore Anna Barrell was third in 5:23.
Marblehead’s Lily Cummings was fourth in the high jump, clearing 5-foot-1. Swampscott’s Melinda Wilson finished as the runner-up in discus, throwing 117-01.
Tanners shine at Andover: Seniors Catarina Rocha and Heather MacLean each won titles at the annual Andover Booster Meet. Rocha blazed to a first place finish in the 2-mile in a time of 10:30, while MacLean took home the 800 in 2:14.79. Both girls set the new course records in their respective events and were also members of the second-place 4x800 relay team (9:43.57), along with Lauren Barrett and Sam Allen. Pam Zabala was fourth in the shot (36), third in the discus (100-5), while teammate Cynthia Aroke placed fourth the 400 hurdles (67.52). Barrett ran a personal best 5:14 in the mile, good for fourth place and Allen was seventh (5:20). The Tanners finished fourth overall as a team with 46 points in their first big invitational of the season.
At the State Coaches Invitational at Greater New Bedford: Danvers’ Drew Piazza ran an outstanding 800, finishing second in 1:56.85. Joe Manson added a fourth in the discus at 151-10.