The Red Raiders finished with five first-place podium spots.
ROXBURY – For the third straight year, the Lowell High School boys’ indoor track-and-field team captured the Eastern Mass Division 1 Championship Meet title on Feb. 12 held at the Reggie Lewis Center.
Lowell completely dominated the meet with five first places between individual and relay events and went on to score an incredible 84 points, which was 20 better than runner-up Newton North. Fellow MVC teams, Lawrence (6th), Methuen (12th), Andover (tied for 13th) and Haverhill (22nd) also had strong days.
Like it’s been all season, the Red Raiders were led by seniors Richmond Kwaateng and Samuel Mutiso. The two combined to score 35 of the team’s 84 points and both broke meet records. Kwaateng finished with a 6.37 second time in the 55-meter dash as he broke the meet record twice, once in the preliminary heat and again in the finals.
“I didn’t know what the meet record was,” said Kwaateng to the Boston Herald. “It wasn’t my fastest time, but it carried onto the finals. I feel like I definitely can go faster.”
Kwaateng was also first in the long jump at 23-00.25 and part of the first place 4×200 relay team along with Chigozie Adigwe, Mutiso and Aaron Morris, who came in at 1:30.41. Mutiso also won the 55-meter hurdles with a meet record time of 7.47 seconds. He thought his technique was off on this day.
“It was pretty sloppy,” said Mutiso to the Boston Herald. “I have more to do at pravtice. We haven’t run our best races to be honest. The goal was to run clean, which I didn’t, and to stay focused.”
The other champion for Lowell was Luis Cadime, who won the shot put with a throw of 52-05.25.
A handful of other LHS athletes placed in multiple events. David Vandi was fourth in the 1,000 meters at 2:34.68 and then joined Kyle Shanahan, Alan Martinez and Jalen Dibbles to take seventh in the 4×400 relay at 3:32.87. Dibbles also grabbed a sixth in the high jump clearing 6-2.
The 4×800 relay team of Juan Giron, Joeben Jacobs, Kelvin Santana and Luka Silva were third at 8:10.23. Jacobs was also fifth in the two-mile at 9:41.63 and Giron was seventh in the 1,000 meters at 2:35.93.
Francio Recto was fourth in the 55-meter dash at 6.61, Adigwe was fourth in the hurdles at 7.86 seconds, and then Izaiah Strum was eighth in both the high jump (6-0) and long jump (20-05.50).
Lawrence finished sixth as a team as Jordany Volquez was second in the 55-meter hurdles at 7.56 and was also a part of the second-place 4×200 relay team with Jerimil German, Adonis Garcia and Eddy Gonzalez, who came in at 1:30.56. German was also third in the dash at 6.50 and Gonzalez was third in the long jump at 21-01.00.
Methuen finished 12th as Stanley Hanci was second in the 300 at 35.34 and was part of the fifth-place 4×200 team with Michael Soucy, John Dowgiert and Nassim Bendimerad, who came in at 1:32.69. Bendimerad was also eighth in the 55-meter dash at 6.71 seconds.
Andover tied for 13th as Michael Makiej and Jack Drake placed second and fourth in the high jump, both clearing 6-4.
Haverhill’s Hayen Makarow was fourth in the 600 at 1:23.60.
On the female side, Andover had the best showing, finishing eighth overall. Freshman Molly Kiley was the winner of the two-mile coming in at 11:28.61, while she was also a part of the seventh-place 4×800 relay team along with Leila Boudries, Nicole Major and Kayla DiBenedetto, who came in at 10:09.50. Sophomore Jodi Parrott was second in the 55-meter hurdles at 8.51 seconds and fourth in the long jump at 17-01.00.
Lowell was 16th as Deborah Ofodile was the lone individual to place as she was fifth in the 55-meter hurdles at 8.94 seconds. The 4×200 and 4×800 relay teams took fifth and eighth. The 4×200 team had Elizabeth Tighe, Casey Mitchell, Rebecca Cady and Celeste Mensah come across at 1:49.27 and the 4×800 team was Sarah Ames, Annie Gilman, Christina Grillakis and Kalei Sam finished at 10:11.20.
Haverhill finished 20th as Brianna Hall and Fineligh Simonds both picked up seventh-place finishes, the former in the dash at 7.64 and the latter in the mile at 5:17.38. Also the 4×800 relay team of Delani Dorsey, Gabrielle DeRoche, Adrianna Lecourte and Ivy Ackerman finished sixth at 10:05.21.
Finally, Methuen’s 4×200 relay team of Brianna Aigbogum, Elise Ellis, Haylee Berry and Kassidy Chim finished seventh at 1:51.14.