It’s the school’s ninth boys indoor track title in 11 years.
Unless there was a fatal disaster, everyone at the Reggie Lewis Center knew that the Lowell Boys Track-and-Field team was going to win the Merrimack Valley Conference Championship Meet held on Friday afternoon. It was just a matter of how much would they win by.
For the fifth year in a row and ninth time in the past 11 years, the Red Raiders captured the title as they finished with 119 points, which was more than double of second-place finisher Central Catholic (56).
Billerica was third, followed by North Andover, Methuen, Lawrence, Tewksbury, Andover, Dracut, Haverhill and Chelmsford.
“I don’t have the exact statistics but I would say we had 90 to 95 percent personal bests today,” said LHS head coach Scott Ouellet. “It was really impressive today. We hadn’t competed with the varsity in probably two weeks, as we had a transition week last week to get completely healthy. When you have that kind of down time, the kids are definitely excited.”
Lowell won seven events, including Richmond Kwaateng with two solo victories and one as part of a relay team. He took the 55-meter dash at a school and meet record time of 6.30 seconds, which is the second-fastest time in the history of Massachusetts and also currently ranks him third in the entire country.
He was also the long jump winner at 23-00.75 and joined Aaron Morris, Franco Recto and Samuel Mutiso to win the 4×200 relay at 1:30.66. Mutiso also won the 55-meter hurdles at 7.50 and Recto was third in the dash at 6.62.
Junior Joeben Jacobs also had a big day. He was the winner of the two-mile coming across at 9:44.99 and was part of the first place 4×800 relay team along with Juan Giron, Ricky Thyne and Luke Silva with a combined time of 8:49.48. Giron was also third in the 1,000 (2:36.77) as was Thyne in the mile (4:33.26).
Picking up second places included David Valdi in the 1,000 at 2:36.50, Kelvin Santana in the mile at 4:32.99 and the 4×400 relay team of Chigozie Adigwe, Alan Martinez, Luke Silva and Jalen Dibbles with a time of 3:31.99.
Central Catholic had a strong day led by two individual first places, including James Pothier in the 1,000 at 2:33.66.
“This means a lot to me because I had to sit out about ten days earlier in the season with a foot injury,” he said. “I was pretty tired at first when I came back, but after several weeks of training, I felt better and today was great.”
Evan Mills was the other winner as he did it in the 600 at 1:22.24, and that was after trailing all the way until he edged out the win at the finish line. Pothier also joined Matt Gianasca, Cormac Crippen and Luke Ryan to take third in the 4×800 with a time of 8:30.71.
Nathan Hebert picked up a second in the 55-meter hurdles (7.70), while, third places were earned by Osamuyimen Osayimwen in the shot put (46-11.00) and the 4×400 relay team of Mills, Jamel Sorenson, Kaiden Nobrega and Domenic Tritto with a time of 3:34.12.
Billerica had one individual champion, Stephen Harris, in the 300 at 34.85. The 4×800 relay team of Gachau Kabugu, Brandon Marion, John Holden and Thomas Dinsmore finished second at 8:24.83, and the 4×200 team was third with Rodrigo Freitas, William West, Ryan D’Agostino and Harris, who had a time of 1:31.49.
North Andover had one individual champion as Jack Determan took the mile at 4:32.70, while the 4×400 relay team of Peter Martel, Andrew Howard, Matthew Chicko and Jack Chace were tops with a time of 3:27.31. Martel and Chicko also were third in the 300 and 600 with respective times of 36.06 and 1:23.54.
Methuen was led by a pair of second places by Stanley Hanci in the 300 (35.22) and Xavier Metevier in the two-mile (9:45.30). Lawrence also had two individuals take second with Jerimil German in the 55-meter dash at 6.48 and Eddy Gonzalez in the long jump at 22-01.25, while the 4×200 team of German, Jordany Volquez, Adonis Garcia and Gonzalez were second at 1:31.49.
The Tewksbury Redmen were led by Thomas Barinelli in the long jump at 21-07.50 and Zach LaLonde in the 55-meter hurdles at 7.75. Both finished in third place.
Andover’s Michael Makiej and Jake Drake took first and second in the high jump, both clearing 6-6, but the former winning on less misses.
DJ Gagnon placed second in the shot put throwing 48-02 to lead Dracut and Chelmsford’s Aidan Hennessey was second in the two-mile at 9:50.53.