Perhaps the biggest high school track weekend of the season took place over the past two days, as locals from all over competed in their respective conference championship meets.
In the Northeastern Conference it was Beverly rolling to first place on the girls side with 154 points and Peabody cruising to first for the boys with 127 points. Peabody (123 points) and Malden (64.5) rounded out the top 3 for the girls while Swampscott (73 points) and Somerville (70) were second and third, respectively, on the boys side.
Here’s a breakdown of the area’s top performers in each event:
Girls 100 meter dash
Beverly’s India Ingemi snared first with a time of 12.69, followed by Peabody’s Jolene Murphy in second at 12.99.
Boys 100 meter dash
Beverly’s Jaichaun Jones continued his phenomenal season with another first place finish in a speedy 11.23 seconds. Marblehead’s Joe Doherty was third (11.64) and Swampscott’s Najique Henry was fourth (11.66).
Girls 200 meter dash
Peabody’s Sadai Headley-Mawasi finished first in 26.45 seconds, while Swampscott’s Kennedy Paige was fourth in 28.03. Beverly’s Olivia Merritt also placed in the top six with a time of 28.40.
Boys 200 meter dash
Beverly’s Jones narrowly missed out on another first place finish here, clocking in at 22.14 seconds to grab second place. Danvers’ Anthony Spignese was third in 22.17, Peabody’s Jacob Hawthorne was fifth (23.32) and Swampscott’s Henry was sixth (23.5).
Girls 400 meter dash
Ingemi was champion here as well, clocking in at 58.84, which was almost two full seconds faster than second place. Beverly’s Grace Carella was fourth in a time of 1:04.52.
Boys 400 meter dash
Peabody’s Chris Morales was the top local with a third place finish in 53.17. Beverly’s Patrick Gilligan snared fourth (53.75) and Peabody’s Jordon Ilori was fifth (53.79).
While Gloucester’s Leah Rudolph won the race (2:18.57), the Beverly duo of Ashley Foley (2:21.30) and Heidi Eberhardt (2:22.60) were close behind at second and third, respectively. Peabody’s Lexi Bettencourt (2:24.48) and Sarah Enes (2:26.96) rounded out the top 5.
Peabody’s Antonio Craveiro clocked in at 2:01.47 to grab first place, followed by Beverly’s Jackson Wood in second (2:03.65) and Jacob Farhat in third (2:06.93). Danvers’ Jeremy Hilton was fourth (2:08.21) and Salem’s Sammy Riadi was sixth (2:08.99).
Marblehead’s Bella Corsini was the top local here, finishing in 5:25.53 to grab second place. Peabody’s Alexandra Barrett (5:36.01) was third, while Beverly’s Olivia Young (5:49.58) was fifth and Peabody’s Emily McDonald was sixth (5:52.85).
Marblehead’s Clifford Peter (4:45.21) took bronze while Salem’s Patrick Collins (4:48.23) and Peabody’s Adam Addulghani (4:50.18) were third and fourth, respectively.
Beverly’s Foley took home the victory here with a time of 11:28.96. Swampscott’s Ashley Marston was second in 11:59.75 while Peabody’s Victoria Lombardi clocked in at third in 12:01.43. Beverly’s Emily Young grabbed fourth in 12:17.56 and Marblehead’s Caroline Johnson (12:27.70) and Kristy Twaalfhoven (12:27.73) were sixth and seventh, respectively.
Peabody’s Claudio Rocha dominated the competition here, clocking in at 9:43.20 to win by nearly 20 seconds. Danvers’ Liam Breen took second in 10:01.20, while Marblehead’s Loeden Rodrigues was fourth (10:18.40). Peabody also grabbed a fifth place finish from Matt Davidson (10:18.40) and Marblehead’s Oliver Glass was sixth (10:20.83).
Girls 100 meter hurdles
Beverly once again nabbed a first place finish here as MacKenzie Gilligan crossed the finish line in 17.07 to grab the win. Peabody’s Fadima Kaba was third in 17.59.
Boys 100 meter hurdles
Kemani Jackson of Peabody was champion in 14.89, followed by Beverly’s Andrew Morin (4th, 16.11) and Swampscott’s Joseph Varghese (16.41).
Girls 400 meter hurdles
The Panthers continued their dominance in this event, as Shelby DeGrenier (1:07.87) and Grace Carella (1:09.73) finished first and second overall, respectively.
Boys 400 meter hurdles
Peabody’s Jackson grabbed second place in a tight race, clocking in at 57.88 seconds. Beverly’s Morin was fourth in 59.57 and Swampscott’s Aidan Pulaski nabbed sixth (1:00.44).
Girls 4x100 meter relay
Peabody snared third place here in 54.03 while Swampscott was fifth in 54.65.
Boys 4x100 meter relay
Beverly was second in 45.55; Peabody was fifth in 45.81.
Girls 4x400 relay
Peabody was once again tops here in 4:07.10, followed by Beverly (4:13.98). Swampscott grabbed sixth place in 4:44.54.
Boys 4x400 relay
Peabody was second in 3:38.72; Danvers (3:43.96) and Beverly (3:49.96) managed fifth and sixth, respectively.
Girls 4x800 relay
Peabody picked up this win in 10:23.55; Beverly was second in 10:30.08 and Marblehead was fourth in 10:52.63.
Boys 4x800 relay
The Tanners nabbed first in 8:30.47 while Salem (9:07.79) and Marblehead (9:12.52) were fifth and sixth, respectively.
Girls high jump
Beverly’s Annie Towler gave her team more points here, coming in first with a leap of 5-feet-2-inches. Peabody’s Alexa Flewelling was fifth, clearing 5-feet.
Boys high jump
Cam Heafitz of Marblehead won the event with a leap of 6-feet; Swampscott’s Varghese came in second, clearing 5-10. Danvers’ Josh Allen was fourth (5-8) and Peabody’s Jackson was sixth (5-6).
Girls long jump
Ingemi and Towler went 1-2 here with respective jumps of 18-feet-3-inches and 16-feet-11.75-inches. Peabody’s Dado Nasso was sixth (16-1).
Boys long jump
Marblehead was the victor here, as Devin Romain dominated with a leap of 21-feet-3.5-inches. Danvers’ Sherak Ayamga was the next best local, coming in sixth (19-09.5).
Girls triple jump
Beverly’s Towler snared another first place here with a jump of 35-11.75. Peabody’s Headley-Mawasi grabbed second (33-11.5) and Swampscott’s Ella Sprague was third in 33-11. Swmpascott’s Charlotte Andrews rounded out the top six (33-02).
Boys triple jump
Peabody’s Jacob Hawthorne (42-07) came in third to top the area, while Swampscott’s Varghese nabbed fifth with a distance of 41-8.
Girls shot put
Swampscott got the win here as Ciara Espaillat had the farthest throw (35-00.5) of the day. Peabody’s Arlene Davila was third (32-08.75).
Boys shot put
Swampscott’s throwers shined, finishing 1-2 here as Anton Vasquez (46-0.5) and Jackson Brigham (44-03.75) grabbed the points. Peabody’s Brandon Glass (43-0.5) and Dylan Rea (42-11) were fourth and fifth, respectively.
Peabody’s Courtney Kline took second overall with a toss of 94-11, while her teammate, Davila, was third (89-06). Malden’s Shataeya Smith won the event with a throw of 106-0.
Swampscott’s Brigham (132-5) won comfortably, while Peabody’s Brandon Glass (126-0) finished in second. The Big Blue’s Vasquez finished third (124-09), while Peabody’s Gabe Carvalho (118-09) and Marblehead’s Dylan Klocker (113-5) were fourth and fifth, respectively.
Swampscott’s Merredith Zimmer was the top local, throwing her way to second place with a toss of 103-feet-2-inches. Peabody’s Aaliyah Alleyne was third (100-8.5) and Danvers’ Dessa Daras was sixth (91-0).
Swampscott’s Jake Culliton was second (151-6) to top the area, followed by Danvers’ Thomas Walfield in fourth (142-9) and Marblehead’s Jack McGrath in fifth (141-11).
TOP 6 TEAM RESULTS
Girls — 1. Beverly (154); 2. Peabody (123); 3. Malden (64.5); 4. Swampscott (58); 5. Gloucester (49); 6. Saugus (41).
Boys — 1. Peabody (127); 2. Swampscott (73); 3. Somerville (70); 4. Marblehead (57); 5. Beverly (55); 6. Malden (52).
Over in the Cape Ann League Championships, Masconomet’s girls squad finished in fourth place with 74 points, just two behind third place Amesbury.
Erin Bergeron led the way, finishing as the pole vault champion while running a leg on the Chieftains’ winning 4x400 relay team and finishing second in the javelin to boot. Brianna Kelly was second in the disucs and third in the shot put, while Ryenne Feeney ran a leg on the winning 4x400 relay and finished third and sixth place respectively, in the 400 and 100 dashes. Jenna DiPietro and Morgan Glynn were the other two runners on the 4x400 squad.
Also placing for Masco was Alexa Budrow (6th in the 200), Glynn (6th in the 800), Sarah Aylwin (6th in long jump), Lana Crosson (5th in 2-mile), Cecily Paglierani (4th in the 200), Nicole Beaulieu (4th in the mile), DiPietro (third in the 200) and the 4x100 relay team of Guerriero, Budrow, Aylwin and Losee (5th place).
On the boys side, Masco was seventh overall as a team. Austin Paul won the shot put with a heave of 43-1.5 while Mason Tosch was second in the high jump at 6-feet. Also placing for the Chieftains was Sebi Gilligan (3rd int he mile, 4:37), Shawn Callahan (3rd in long jump (20-3), Chris Stankus (4th in pole vault, 10-feet), the 4x800 relay team (4th) and 4x400 relay (5th), Nate Collins (5th in 400, 54.45 and 100, 11.34), Ben Demers (6th in the 800, 2:04) and Aidan Colbert (6th in 2-mile, 11:36).
Ipswich also had a strong showing, finishing sixth overall with 58 points. Evan Antonakes was the CAL champ in the 200 and runner-up in the 100; Sam Fitzpatrick was champion in the high jump and took third in the 100 hurdles; Jack DeMarco was runner-up in the 800; Pierce DeBoer was third in the high jump; Chase Gagnon was sixth in the 110 hurdles and the 4x400 relay team of Paul Wertz, Julian Colville, Trevor MacRae and DeMarco finished fourth overall. The Tigers also grabbed the Cape Ann League Sportsmanship Award.
On the girls side, Ipswich finished eighth overall with a total of 27.5 points led by Allie Sanidas’ victory in the shot put. Also performing well was Jessie Harrington (3rd in 400 hurdles, 4th in 100 hurldes and 4th in triple jump); Olivia St. Peter (5th in high jump); Lydia Comprosky (6th in discus) and Emily Davidson (6th in javelin and 7th in discus). The girls were also winners of the CAL Sportsmanship award for the fifth season in a row.
Essex Tech also competed in their annual Commonwealth Athletic Conference Championships, with the girls team taking home first place with a total of 122 points.
Highlights included a first place finish in the 4x400 relay from the fouresome of Meredith Zorzy, Kat Bell, Isabella McCarthy and Catherine Niziak; a second place finish from Niziak in the 400 hurdles (personal best of 1:08.56); a second place finish in the shot put from Gabby Okparoako (32-2); a second place finish in the javelin from Vic Culwell (95-5); and a third place finish in the 100 hurdles from C.J. Kuechler (personal best time of 17.35).
In the prep school Division 3 New England Championships, Pingree shined bright.
The girls team finished fourth overall to mark their best finish ever at the meet and the fifth time placing in the top 10. The Lady Highlanders were led by first place finishers Liz Zelten (400, 1:01.39) and the 4x400 relay team of Katelyn Clarke, Erica Down, Alana Richardson and Zelten (school record time of 51.38). Zelten also finished second overall in the long jump with a leap of 16-9.1.5.
Also performing well was the 4x400 relay team of Clarke, Dowd, Phoebe Kellogg and Zelten (4th place, 4:28.34); Clarke (5th place in the 200, 28.41 and sixth in the 100, 13.7); and Jackie Elward in the discus (6th place, 82-2).
Meanwhile, the Pingree boys squad finished eighth overall. They were led by Peter Evangelista’s second place finish in the 300 hurdles (42.16), third place in the 110 hurdles (16.88) and fourth place in the 200 (23.96). The 4x400 relay team of Ari Andriola, Bryan Marinelli, Kyle Collins and Kaleb Habetgebriel also finished fourth (3:41.48), while Williams finished sixth in the javelin (140-11).
Bishop Fenwick was the lone local squad competing in their own league meet, the Catholic Central League Championships, and the boys side came out on top for the third straight season. The Crusaders scored a whopping 160 points, 49 points better than second place.
First place finishes came from Simon Vinci in the shot put (49-9) and discus (132-0); Joey Zizza in the 400 hurdles (62.77) and 110 hurdles (15.82); Wyatt Burr in the mile (5:02); Sean Walsh in the javelin (164-0), while also picking up the Most Outstanding Performance of the Day award and a national qualifying mark; the 4x800 team of Burr, Nico Mangianello, Aiden Hill and O’Connor (9:16); and the 4x400 relay team of Colby Browne, Nate Andrews, Brendan Mirra and Ryan Radzik (3:46.69).
On the girls side, the Crusaders snared second place overall with 142.5 points. They, too, had a slew of victors.
Lexi McNeil was first in the javelin with a throw of 115-11, reaching the national qualifying mark in the process while being granted the meet’s Most Outstanding Performance. McNeil also won the discus with a heave of 84-10.
Other top performers included Breanna Benoit (first in the 200 at 26.64 and second in the 100 at 13.14); Corinne Ahern (first in the shot put at 30-3); the 4x800 relay team of Ava Mahoney, Maria O’Donnell, Nicole Johns and Joy Wambui (second in 11:20); and the 4x400 relay team of Grace Kubat, Olivia Juneau, Ahern and Catherine Carter (second in 4:30).
Staff writer Nick Giannino can be reached at Ngiannino@salemnews.com. Follow him on Twitter @NickGiannino_SN