Stars from across the Valley shined in the MTSCA Northeast Invitational and the prestigious Yale Bowl meet.
The incredible accomplishments and accolades from the Merrimack Valley Conference track-and-field athletes continued over the weekend.
After last Thursday’s last dual meet which crowned Lowell and Billerica boys, and Central Catholic and Billerica girls as the four respective league champions, many athletes then participated on Saturday and Sunday at either the Yale Bowl, or at the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association’s Northeast Invitational Meet held at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury.
Starting with the Lowell boys team, the team’s roster was divided up, with several going to compete at the campus of Yale University and other half at the NE Invitational. At the Yale Bowl, seniors Samuel Mutiso and Richmond Kwaateng continue to have stellar seasons.
Mutiso won the 55-meter high hurdles with a time of 7.63, which ranks him No. 1 in all of New England.
Kwaateng, who has committed to UConn, finished second in the 55-meter dash with a season best time of 6.46 seconds. Later on in the meet, he jumped 23-4 to win the long jump, while re-breaking his own school record. That leap is also ranked No. 1 in all of New England.
Two other teammates did well at the same meet, sophomore David Vandi ran a state qualifying time of 4:35.55 in the mile and senior Luke Silva ran his best time, also a state qualifying mark of 2:39.79 in the 1,000 meters.
At the NE Invitational, Luis Cadime became the 19th thrower in school history to surpass the 50-foot mark, throwing 50-0.50, which was good for second place. The 4×200 relay team of Aaron Morris, Kyle Shanahan, Jacob Rivers and Francio Recto finished fifth at 1:33.89.
Methuen’s Stanley Hanci had a huge day at the NE Invitational as he was first in both the 300 (35.74) and 400 (50.29) and then he was a part of the fourth place 4×200 relay team along with Nassim Bendimerad, John Dowgiert and Michael Soucy, with a combined time of 1:33.45.
Also, Xavier Metivier was fifth in the seeded section of the two-mile coming across at 9:48.34.
Billerica’s Rodrigo Freitas highlighted the day for the Indians. He finished second in the 300 at 36.14 and was part of the first place 4×200 relay team along with Ryan D’Agostino, Billy West and Stephen Harris, who had a combined time of 1:32.72.
In the unseeded section of the shot put, Michael Morrison was third throwing 41-11. The 4×800 relay team of Gachau Kabuga, Brandon Marion, Jack Holden and Thomas Dinsmore finished fourth at 8:06.53, and that performance is the second best in school history and also qualified for the foursome for the National Meet. Dinsmore has a very impressive anchor leg split time of 1:54.6.
Finally for the Indians, James Pope finished sixth in the shot put throwing 46-03.50.
Andover also had a strong day. Michael Makiej was second in the high jump as he cleared 6-0 and Cameron Kirn was fourth in the 80-0 at 2:01.12. In the unseeded sections, James Chen (8.32), Connor Moses (8.39) and Matt Comeau (8.42) finished second, fourth and sixth in the 55-meter hurdles.
North Andover’s Peter Martel was third in the unseeded section of the long jump with a mark of 20-03.25, and then the 4×400 relay team of Andrew Howard, Owen Phelan, Ethan Bourassa and Josh Kato finished fifth at 1:33.95.
Highlighting the day for Haverhill included the 4×200 relay team taking second at 1:33.40 and Ben Craven, taking sixth in the 600 at 1:26.68. For Dracut, Patrick Pinto was tied for fourth in the pole vault clearing 12 feet.
On the girls’ side, Andover sophomore Jodi Parrott had another phenomenal day as she was first in the unseeded section of the long jump at 16-05.25 and then was third in the triple jump at 37-00.75. Her teammate Olivia Foster was fifth in the pole vault, clearing 9-0 and Abby Buckley was sixth in the unseeded shot put section throwing 30-03.25.
Billerica had another strong day. Senior Nicole Anderson doubled up with a fourth place in the mile at 5:10.30 and then was sixth in the 1,000 meters at 3:04.93. Then on the relays, the team of Leithsa Dimanche, Sophia Magliozzi, Emma Hallet and Paige Murphy were sixth at 1:51.45. Hannah Doherty also raced to a sixth place finish in the 600 at 1:42.24.
Finally for North Andover, the sprint medley relay team came across first at 4:16.38 behind the efforts of Emma martin, Ava Nassar, Katie Sullivan and Courtney Dalke and then the 4×400 team of Caleigh Applegate, Alison Ferullo, Leyla Kvaternik and Katie Wojcik came across collectively in fourth place at 4:21.78.
Several of the Lowell athletes participated at the Yale Bowl. Deborah Ofodile placed seventh in the 55-meter hurdles at 8.84 seconds, which is third best in school history. Her teammate Asaliah Mirambeaux was also seventh in the mile at 5:17.22, which ranks seventh all-time in school history.
“Overall we had eleven personal records, three season’s bests, 12 MVC qualifiers and three Division 1 qualifiers with Sarah Ames in the mile, also joining Ofodile and Mirambeaux,” said head coach Nate Kraft. “I’m really pleased with how we competed in the meet against a lot of unfamiliar competition. Across the board, we performed very well today which sets us up nicely for the rest of the season.”