Runner of the Year
Darius Walker, Lexington
55 meters, Long Jump, Sr.
|Walker established himself as the unofficial fastest runner in the Bay State, winning 55 titles at the State Coaches, Division 1, and All-State meets. He was also state champ in the long jump and as part of Lexington's state-champion 4 x 400 relay.|
Coaches of the Year
Bill Babcock, Lexington
|Babcock was at the helm of an undefeated squad that won Middlesex League, Division 1 and All-State titles behind the senior quartet of Darius Walker, Meikle Paschal, Bryan Longo and Alex Lach. For the Minutemen, it was their second straight Div. 1 crown and in both the Div. 1 and All-State meets, the foursome accounted for all of Lexington's points. "Four kids scored 52 points," said Babcock after the state meet. "You don't see that happen too often, winning [Division 1] with only four scorers. I mean, they've carried us the whole year through dual-meet season, invitational meets, and now today."|
Julie Collins, Mansfield
|It was a banner year for the Division 2 state champion Hornets, who were guided by Collins, a 2005 Globe All-Scholastic coach in cross-country. Mansfield went 7-1 in the Hockomock League, tying for the dual meet championship. From there, they took the league meet title, and then the Division 2 crown, followed by a third-place showing at the All-States meet. In her six years of coaching at Mansfield, Collins has gone 45-3 in indoor track. With the Hornets' fantastic winter, it's not surprising that she also took the MSTCA's Division 2 indoor track coach of the year award for '07.|
Chuck Ajemian, Milton
|The Milton High graduate (Class of 1978) led the Wildcats to a 5-1 record this year and two Division 3 state championships, in the 300-meter run (Eric Wornum, 35.47) and the 4 x 200 relay (1:32.67, a meet record). Ajemian, a 25-year coaching veteran, was most proud of his team's finish in the Division 3 state relays. That day at the Reggie Lewis Center, Milton finished second, led by a first-place finish by the 4 x 200 team, a second-place finish in the long jump, and a third place in sprint medley. Two weeks later Milton was up to the task again, finishing third at the Division 3 meet.|
Thomas Wittenhagen, Watertown
|Dubbing his team's performance a "pleasant surprise," Watertown emerged with 43 points to place second in the Division 4 state championships -- after Wittenhagen had entered the competition expecting 30. It was the culmination of a turnaround project dating to four years ago when the Red Raiders went 0-9 and didn't notch a single point at the state meet. However, Wittenhagen's ability to create competitive teams goes back much longer; he was the first women's track and field head coach at Northeastern from 1978-1988.|
Ryan Collins, Mansfield
2 mile, Sr.
|Collins took Hockomock League (9:18, league meet record), Division 2 (9:15), and All-State meet titles (9:17) in the 2 mile. He also finished fourth in the event at the Nike Indoor Nationals with an All-America time of 9:10.|
Taylor Fitzgerald, Xaverian
600 meters, Sr.
|This George Mason recruit was a triple champion in the 600, winning at the State Coaches' meet (1:22.24), the Division 1 state championship (1:22.99), and the All-State meet (1:21.93). He also placed second in the New England meet (1:22.36).|
Robert Gibson, Brookline
|Gibson racked up first-place efforts at the Bay State League meet (1,000 meters), the State Coaches Elite meet (2 mile and 4 x 800 relay) and the All-State meet (mile) and also notched a runner-up finish at the New Englands in the mile|
Jordan Maddocks, Framingham
High Jump, Sr.
|Few break their own records. But this year, Maddocks broke the Flyers' high jump record -- his own -- for the fifth time with a 6-foot, 9-inch jump that's also a Bay State League record. Maddocks also won at the All-State meet (6-7).|
Jeff Moriarty, Westwood
1,000 meters, Sr.
|Columbia-bound Moriarty won the Division 4 state title (2:29.76) and the All-State title (2:27.02) in the 1,000. The latter run is currently the nation's second-fastest high school time. He also took Tri-Valley League MVP honors for the third time.|
Greg Nelson, Burlington
|This future Virginia Cavalier specialized in the high jump this season with victories in the Division 3 state championship and Elite meet. On top of that, he won the state pentathlon title and was third in Nationals in the event earlier this month.|
Meikle Paschal, Lexington
300 meters, Sr.
|Another recruit of the University of Virginia, Paschal scored two Division 1 state titles in the 300 meters (35.13 seconds) and in the high jump. The Middlesex League MVP also took the All-States crown in the 300 with a run of 34.76.|
David Smith, Newton North
Shot Put, Sr.
|Smith, who plans to go to Yale next year, took the Division 1, All-State, and New England championships. His longest effort was 57-5 1/2 at the New England meet. An outdoor All-Scholastic last spring, he holds the top three throws in the Bay State.|
Matthew Sullivan, St. John's Prep
55 hurdles, Sr.
|Undefeated in Massachusetts this year, Sullivan won at the State Coaches' meet, the Division 1 state championship, the All-State meet, and the New England championships. His 7.61 time at All-States stands as his personal best.|
4 x 200
The Tanners' 4 x 200 relay was unstoppable in the big meets, notching titles at the state coaches' meet, state championship meet, and All-States. But in order to realize how good anchor Brett Sullivan, Matthew Pereira, Michael McDonough, Brad McDonough and Dan Tobin were together, keep in mind that they set the Class B event record with a time of 1:31.91 -- then shattered that at the All-State meet (1:31.37). With only one loss to graduation (Brad McDonogh), this group is primed to continue its success.
4 x 400
|With record-setting victories at the Division 1 state championships (3:24.67) and at the All-State meet (3:24.58), the Minutemen's 4 x 400 team could always be counted on to provide an exciting finish. Anchored by All-Scholastic Meikle Paschal, the all-senior group of Paschal, Bryan Longo, Alex Lach and Darius Walker led Lexington all season both in the relays and individually. Their best performance was at the State Coaches' meet, where they ran their fastest time of the year at 3:23.68.|
4 x 800
|Peter Asaro, Jonn Francis, Liam Anastasia-Murphy, and David Brooks cut a swath through the competition all season, going undefeated in the Northeastern Conference, then winning both the Division 2 state title (8:12.33) and the All-State title in the event (8:03.60). The team also scored a strong second (7:58.91) at the New England championships, chasing Brockton (7:58.14) to the finish. All four had individual success as well, including Asaro's win in the 600 and Francis's victory in the mile at the NEC meet.|
BIG THREE: Marques Thibodeaux, Robert Morales, James DuBeau, Carlos Montrond, Kevin Gill, Greg Dean, and Jules Gurrier, Brockton; Jeff Rose, Chris Grande, Mike Jones, and Byron Newberry, New Bedford; Charles Kurgardt and Cameron Pontes, Durfee.
BOSTON: Dolan Reid, Brighton; Mohamed Ibrahim, Ahmed Ali, Omar Aden, and Sheldon Allen, Charlestown; James Williams, East Boston; Enoch Mills, English; Datrion Williams, Madison Park; Jeffrey Smith and Joshua Carrington, O'Bryant.
DUAL COUNTY: Stanley Ye, John Murphy, David Lowe and Andrew Musacchio, Acton-Boxboro; Mike Barbacano and Dan Waters, Bedford; Peter Rice, Boston Latin; Jessie Levine and Dan Fidler, Concord-Carlisle; Taylor Berliant, Justin Chang, Nick Colantuono, Carl Jewell, Sean Kleeman, Dan Schwartz and Jimmy Tyrell, Lincoln-Sudbury; Sam Donovan, Justin Alberts, Will Cha, John Beck, Brad Pruente, Andrew Wortham and James Vance, Newton South; Martin Lentz, Wilson McGrail and Jullian Ponsento, Wayland; Aaron Shenkin and Mark Boutin, Westford Academy; Arjun Collins and Shivaji Dhanabala, Weston.
GREATER BOSTON: Dan Leary, Arlington; Darius Velez, Jesse Sparks, Nick Ryan, Andy Cazeau and Josh Adams, Cambridge; Chris Leaston, Everett; Joel Kayima, Malden; Jamal Bryant, Waltham; C. Roche and A. Di Meo, Medford; Dan Anastos, Alex Gomes, Shawn Conrad, and Chris Moreschi, Peabody; Dan Scarry, Rolando Maldonado, Dordy Jean Jacques, and Jeff Querusio, Somerville; Barnaby Chery and Kerwin Vega, Waltham.
HOCKOMOCK: John Lutkevich, Brendan Barca, Joe Choiniere, Matt Callanan, Peter Conti and Dan Glavin, Mansfield; Sam Bastien, Canton; Tim Keefe, Foxboro; Breton Chapski, Paul Matz and Brian Toney, King Philip; Elijah Harris and Nick Wade, North Attleboro; Michael Moverman and Christopher Strickland, Oliver Ames; Benton Wong, Stoughton.
MIDDLESEX: Winston Hill, DJ Jelley, Ming Kai Lin, and Tim Leccese, Belmont; Greg Nelson and Paul Lonero, Burlington; Geoff Rodriguez, Alex Lach, Bryan Longo, Darius Walker, David Brown, Dhyan Adler-Belendez, and Meikle Paschal, Lexington; Dan Kurtz and Sam Musselman, Melrose; Ben Drake, Dan Newton, Dan Reid, Kevin Meleshuk, Mike Mahoney, Mike Sheehan, Steve Comis, Steve Rumizen, and Tom DiNatale, Reading; Jeff Bruno, Mark Bruno, Shaddi Ali, and Scott Fixman, Stoneham; Willie Barnes, Matt Jablon, Jason Cormier, and Ryan Quinn, Watertown; Davis VanOpdorp, Winchester; garrett Nelson, James Fletcher, Brad McDonough, Brett Sullivan, Bordy Griffiths, Lake Walsh, Matt Pereira, and Ryad Bencheikh, Woburn.
PATRIOT: Jim Baggott, Brian Holmes, Jeff Williams, Matt Kearney, Jason Cerilli, Kevin Winter, Colton Dwyer and Drew Morrissey, Hingham; Chris Brady, Middleboro; Evan Novakowski, Ben Bray, Steve McKinley, Adam Melvin, Tom Fiset and Pete McGrath, Duxbury; Pat Swanson, Scituate; Andrew Kulik, Pembroke; Walter Correia and Remington Parkman, Randolph; Justin Warner, Silver Lake.
SOUTH COAST: Jared Torres, Dighton-Rehoboth; Peter Asci, ORR; Ben Najas, Sam Miles, Mike Sweet, Steve Creamer, Alex Gibbons, and Bobby Archembault, Seekonk; Mike Valle, Wareham.
TRI-COUNTY DIVISION 1: Jake Bradley and Corey Thomas, BC High; Kevin Gill, Dean Gregory, Marques Thibodeaux, James DuBeau, Michael Gomes, and Carlos Montrond, Brockton; Tim Prior, John Quezada, Nick Marinakis, Matt Sullivan, Chris Langton, Alex Dinu, Matt Cullen, Patrick Gargan, and Kevin Creeden, St. John's Prep; Andrew Powell, Connor O'Neil, Dennis Kott, Nat Saviet, and Sean Mitchell, St. John's (S); Mark Amirault, Taylor Fitzgerald, and Andrew McIsaac, Xaverian.
TRI-COUNTY DIVISION 2: Ryan Donovan, Archbishop Williams; Scott Ciccone, Tim Donahue, Tyler McGuire, and Eric Ciccone, Arlington Catholic; Tom Hospod and Eric McIver, Austin Prep; Philip Razney, Bishop Fenwick; Mark Featherstone, Patrick McAllister, CJ Oquendo, Kevin Reilly, Eddie Rogrigues, Kevin O'Riordan, Mike Syzmanski, Pat McAllister, and Mike Calderon, Marian.
TRI-VALLEY: Zach Sannicandro, Ashland; Ravi Patel, Bellingham; Matt Jordan, Jon Moussavou, Greg Dube, Andrew Coleman, and Bobby Naughton, Holliston; Pat Olson and Cory Thalheimer, Hopkinton; David Aigler, Jamie Wulforst, Tim McCuddy, Bud Stevens, Chris LaPlante, and Steve Marvel-Coen, Medfield; Dan Champagne, Matt Jordan, Greg Wry, and Emerson Almeida, Norton; Thomas O'Connor, Jeffrey Moriarty, and Brian McDonald, Westwood.
HOW WE PICKED THE TEAM
The All-Scholastic boys' track team was selected by the school sports staff. Selection is limited to MIAA schools that compete in EMass leagues. Text by Chris Estrada. Boston.com video and interviews by Chris Forsberg.