SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

May 18, 2013

Enos gearing up for NCAA outdoor track nationals

Jean DePlacido
The Salem News

---- — Sean Enos came ever so close to All-American status in the shot put at the NCAA Division 3 Indoor Track and Field Nationals last winter. His ninth place finish was just one place out of All-American.

Enos, a former St. John’s Prep thrower, is a sophomore at Bates College and has already qualified for the Outdoor NCAA Championships, which will be held at the University of Wisconsin Lacrosse May 23-25. He will compete in the shot put and discus and still hoping to qualify in the hammer throw.

“I’m really close in the hammer,” said Enos, who is from Lynnfield. “I need to get to 185 feet; right now I’m at 178. I learned a lot from going to nationals indoors.

“My goal is to make All American in all three events if possible. That would be a nice comeback because I was disappointed to be so close, but miss out. I like all three events, and my favorite is which one I’m doing best in at the time. After a rough beginning I think I’ve figured out the hammer now so I really enjoy that one.”

Enos has been doing very well in the big events lately. He was second at the All NESCAC Meet at Tufts University in the shot put (51-11) and discus (149-2) and finished fourth in the hammer (161-9) to help the Bobcats take second.

Last weekend at the New England Open for all three collegiate divisions, he had a career best in the shot put (54-2 ½), took fifth in the discus (154-8) and seventh in the hammer (178-1). Bates placed fourth out of 37 teams, and this weekend Enos will attempt to meet the national qualifications at the ECAC Division 3 Outdoor Championships at Springfield College.

“It was definitely cool going against kids from different divisions,” said Enos. “There’s good competition in NESCAC, but that was a great tune up for nationals and nice to see our team do so well.

“I’m hoping I’ll be able to qualify in the hammer this weekend. We’ll leave for Wisconsin Tuesday and I’m definitely looking forward to it.”

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Mike Wonoski was eagerly looking forward to the World Deaf Ice Hockey Championships in Finland. But the starting center and assistant captain for the USA team only skated two shifts, after suffering a serious injury in the first game against Canada, and had to sit out the remainder of the tournament.

The Beverly resident underwent surgery this week to repair a completely torn ACL and partially torn MCL. After months of training and working hard to stay in shape for the big event, Wonoski was disappointed to be on the ice for less than two minutes. The team suffered a few other costly injuries and did not medal.

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Sean Stellato, the NFL player agent who will be inducted into the Salem High Hall of Fame next month, had several clients fare well in the recent NFL Draft. Some of his local clients have been invited to rookie minicamps, including Jim Noel of Everett (Seattle Seahawks), Ryan Moores of Manchester-by-the-Sea and Governor’s Academy (Atlanta), Donta Peters of UNH (Eagles) and Isaiah Voegeli of Merrimack College (Eagles).

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Five local football players were among the 34 honored at Lombardo’s in Randolph earlier this week. The Jack Grinold Eastern Mass. chapter of the National Football Foundation selects the top scholar athletes. Alex Moore and Lucas Bavaro of St. John’s Prep, Brendan Flaherty of Beverly, Dylan Mann from Masconomet and Fran Hannon of Bishop Fenwick were chosen. All of them were outstanding in the classroom as well as on the field.

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Jean DePlacido is a part-time writer and columnist for The Salem News. Contact her at jmdeplacido@aol.com.