Lowell boys and Central Catholic girls right behind after the first MVC dual meet.
The Merrimack Valley Conference indoor track-and-field season officially got underway last Monday with the first of three MVC Dual League Meets, which every team faces every other team in the conference and team scores are compiled.
Starting with the boys, Central Catholic dominated going 10-0 on the day, while Lowell finished 9-1 and Billerica 8-2. After that it was North Andover (7-3), Lawrence (6-4), Methuen and Haverhill (4-6), Tewksbury and Chelmsford (3-7), Andover (1-9) and Dracut (0-10).
In terms of large and small school, in the large, Central is 5-0, followed by Lowell (4-1), North Andover (3-2), Lawrence (2-3), Methuen (1-4) and Andover (0-5) and in the small school, Billerica leads at 4-0, while, Haverhill, Tewksbury and Chelmsford are 2-2 and Dracut is 0-4.
There were eight individual winners and two of which, both seniors, won multiple events including Lowell’s Richmond Kwaateng and Methuen’s Stanley Hanci. Kwaateng won the 55-meter dash at 6.52 seconds and also was tops in the long jump at 21-00.50. Hanci cleared 6-0 to win the high jump and also was clocked at 1:25.99 in the 600-meters.
The other individual winners were all seniors and they included: Billerica’s Stephen Harris in the 300 (35.67), Thomas Dinsmore in the mile (4:41.67) and James Pope in the shot put (49-02.00); Lowell’s Samuel Mutiso in the 55-meter hurdles (7.77), Methuen’s Xavier Metivier in the two-mile (10:05.28) and Central’s James Pothier in the 1,000 (2:39.84).
The final two events were the 4×200 and 4×400 relay races. Lowell’s foursome of Kwaateng, Franco Recto, Mutiso and Jakob Rivers captured the top time in the 4×200 at 1:34.20.
Then in the 4×400, Lawrence’s team of Jordany Volquez, Eddy Gonzalez, Christopher Bueno and Adonis Garcia ran a collective time of 3:33.36.
Central Catholic head coach Mike Leal also pointed out a handful of other strong performances which helped his team come away with the sweep. Evan Mills was second in the long jump (21-2.75) and fourth in the 600 (1:27.98), Dom Tritto was third in both the 55-meter dash (6.81) and high jump (5-10) and Nate Hebert was third in the 55-meter hurdles (8.07).
Also in the relays, Central’s 4×400 team of Pothier, Matt Giannasca, Kaiden Nobrega and Mills were second at 3:34.35 and then the team of Tritto, Alex Hay, Ethan Wagner and Hebert came in at 1:36.69 to take third in the 4×200.
Before the meet, Haverhill head coach Michael Maguire was asked about the outlook for his team this season.
“Hayden Makarow was fourth in the 300 at the MVC Championships last year and really blossomed outdoors as the MVC 400 Meter Champ. He looks to have a great indoor season.
“Our strongest event comes from our strong men, seniors Brandon Grundy and Johnathan Quigley are shotputters who scored valuable points for us all last year, Grundy scored in the EMass Outdoor Championships and has a goal of breaking the 50-feet barrier,” Maguire said. “We will be looking for contributions from senior Brady Skafas, junior Connor Firek, senior Jose Sanchez, and sophomore Victor Martinez in the sprints.
“We should have two good middle distance runners to build around in juniors Shane McGonagle and Collin Daugherty. The distance events will be led by junior Aidan Corcoran, senior Jason McKeon, and sophomore Ben Craven. Sophomore Danny McGlashen looks to be our top high jumper.”
In the opener, most of those athletes did pretty well. Makarow was third in the 300 at 36.37 and Craven, just a sophomore, was seventh in the mile at 4:51.66. Then Makarow, McGonagle, Firek and Craven finished fifth in the 4×400 at 3:40.66, then in the 4×200 Brady and Nolan Skafas, Martinez and Christian Sanchez were also fifth coming across the finish line at 1:39.37. And Grundy was third in the shot put at 44-11.25.
On the female side, North Andover started off perfect at 10-0, with Central Catholic strong at 9-1, Billerica at 8-2 and Andover at 7-3 all had outstanding days.
Lowell is 6-4, Haverhill went 5-5, Chelmsford went 4-6 and Tewksbury began 3-7. Methuen (2-8), Lawrence (1-9) and Dracut (0-10) brought up the rear.
The Scarlet Knights had four individual champions including sophomore Ella Slayton in the 300 (43.97), junior Kelcy Dolan in the 600 (1:40.76), junior Ava Nassar in the long jump (16-04) and senior Sarah Lavery in the high jump (5-4).
Central Catholic had two winners, senior Emily Deminico in the shot put with a throw of 31-03.50 and junior Katharine Duren in the 55-meter hurdles at 8.56.
The other winners included Dracut’s Ava Soucy in the 55-meter dash (7.90), Tewksbury’s Makayla Paige in the 1,000 (2:59.86), Billerica’s Nicole Anderson in the mile (5:24.55) and Lowell’s Slap Mirambeaux in the two-mile at 12:18.71.
In the two relays, Central won the 4×400 behind the efforts of Carla Bouchrouche, Elizabeth Dankert, Faith Lee and Kaleigh Lane, as they came in collectively at 4:14.01 and then the Chelmsford group of Jasmine Adams, Olivia Hall, Eliza Speidel and Nicole McGinty, won the 4×200 at 1:52.23.
“Our talent this year is spread out and we were competitive in a number of different areas,” said Chelmsford head coach Matt Guarente. “We went 3-1 against the MVC small and 4-6 overall in this meet. I am happy with the way everyone competed and look forward to a strong season.”
The next MVC Dual League Meet will be held on January 4th back at BU starting at 4 p.m.