The team had just one individual win, but outpointed the field for the title.
Led by incredible depth, the North Andover girls’ track-and-field team held off strong teams Central Catholic and Billerica to capture its second straight Merrimack Valley Conference Championship Meet held at the Reggie Lewis Center on Friday.
The Scarlet Knights finished with 113 points, which was more than enough to get Central Catholic (95) and Billerica (64). Lowell, Andover, Haverhill, Dracut, Chelmsford, Methuen and Tewksbury finished fourth through tenth.
North Andover had just one first-place finish but added five-second places and eight third places which ultimately was the difference.
“Billerica has been outstanding all season and so has Central Catholic,” said head coach Rick Dellechiaie. “They had a real good meet today and made this a lot closer than I thought it would be. We have real good depth. We were scoring two people in almost every event and sometimes we ended up taking more points in an event that way, rather than take first place.
“We had a lot of seconds and thirds. The kids did what they had to do today and they came and performed. I wasn’t really surprised with the performances, but we did have a lot of personal bests.”
The lone first place came from the 4×400 relay team, which was seeded second and came from behind to win. That foursome included sisters Ainsley and Kelcey Dion with Katie Wolcik and Courtney Dalke, who came in at 4:07.68.
Individual second places were earned by Ava Nassar in both the 55-meter dash (7.58) and long jump (17-00), Ainsley Dion in the 600 (1:38.97) and Dalke in the 1,000 (3:07.41). The 4×800 relay team of Caleigh Applegate, Aisling Callahan, Abby Mastromonaco and Lexla Kvaternik also finished second at 10:11.20.
Third places were earned by Ella Slayton in the 300 (43.16), Kelcey Dion in the 600 (1:39.44), Callahan in the 1,000 (3:07.41), Kvaternik in the two-mile (12:05.28), Jordan Lamphere in the high jump (4-11), Emma Martin in the long jump (16-07) and Emily Grant in the shot put (33-05.00).
Central was led by Katharine Duren, who was tops in the 55-meter hurdles (8.40) and long jump (17-11-00) and was part of the first-place 4×200 relay team along with Katherine Ciesielski, Victoria Moda and Faith Lee with a combined time of 1:47.14. Lee also won the 300 at 42.27, while other winners were Kaleigh Lane in the 600 (1:37.83) and Emily DeMonico in the shot put (35-05.50).
Billerica was led by first-place finishes by Hannah Doherty in the two-mile at 11:31.75 and Nicole Anderson in the 1,000 at 2:59.26, while the two of them joined Deidra Anderson and Sydney Diorio to win the 4×800 relay with a time of 9:52.83. Deidra Anderson was also second in the mile at 5:23.26, as was Leithsa Dimanche in the 300 at 42.30.
Lowell senior Slap Mirambeaux won the mile at 5:22.79 and she was also a part of the third-place 4×400 relay team along with Annie Chase, Patricia Kalemera and Kalei Sam, who had a time of 4:14.03. The 4×200 team of Elizabeth Tighe, Casey Mitchell, Rebecca Cady and Celeste Mensah finished second at 1:50.65 and Deborah Ofodile was third in the 55-meter hurdles at 8.77.
Andover was led by second places from Molly Kiley in the two-mile (11:32.81), Jodi Parrott in the 55-meter hurdles (8.74) and Angela McNeeley in the high jump (5-0).
For Haverhill, Finleigh Simonds was third in the mile at 5:28.84 and then the 4×800 relay team was third with a time of 10:27.98 behind Delani Dorsey, Keegan Wipff, Gabrielle DeRoche and Simonds.
Dracut was led by sophomore Ava Soucy was the champion in the 55-meter dash coming across at 7.56 seconds and Juliana DeMartino placed second in the shot put for the Middies with a throw of 34-03.00.