Double dip for Mansfield
Boys dominate as girls eke out win
Mansfield dominated the Division 2 track and field championships at Reggie Lewis Center yesterday, finishing first in both the boys’ and girls’ competitions.The boys’ team won with 98 points, far outpacing second-place North Attleboro (40).
“If this team was going to get in the 60s, I thought that would be good and that would do the trick to win the meet,’’ Mansfield coach Julie Collins said. “But to score 30-plus more points than that, it’s amazing. They’ve amazed me all winter long, so I’m pretty proud of them.’’
Senior Shayne Collins recorded the second-best time in the country in the boys’ 2-mile with his 9:14.51 effort. The mark was slightly less than a second behind the state record set by Tristan Colangelo of Gloucester with a 9:13.59 performance in 2000.
The first-place finish was especially meaningful for Collins after a hip injury clouded his final cross-country season.
“This season for me is just like revenge,’’ Collins said. “I’m just trying to get back with the kids I thought I should be running with, so it feels good.’’
The Mansfield boys also placed first in the mile, 4 x 200 meter relay, 4 x 400 meter relay, and 4 x 800 meter relay. The Hornets also finished third in the high jump, third in the long jump, and took second and third place in the 300-meter dash.
Stoughton senior Greg Boursiquot broke a 13-year-old record in the 55-meter hurdles with a 7.37 finish. The previous record holder was Revere’s Nick Piscitelli, who clocked in at 7.49 in 1998.
The Mansfield girls battled in a much closer race with Central Catholic before coming out on top. The Hornets finished with 67 points with Central Catholic in second at 57.5
“It’s nice to defend our title,’’ Mansfield coach Pete Schuder said. “It’s been a tough winter with all the weather conditions. We haven’t had access to tracks, we’ve had to run on the roads. I was very worried about this weekend, but I’m very happy that both sides have done so well.’’
The Mansfield girls finished first in the 4 x 200 relay, high jump, 55-meter hurdles, and placed second in the 55-meter dash.
One of the most exciting races of the day was the girls’ 2-mile. Dracut senior Kayla Springford led for most of the race, but Central Catholic senior Nicolette Pelrine trailed close behind and the two went into the last stretch neck-and-neck. Pelrine just barely pulled ahead at the finish line, beating Springford by .007 seconds.
The finish was a nice surprise for Pelrine, who entered the race seeded fourth.
“I just really wanted to win this for my team, especially because we placed second,’’ Pelrine said. “I just felt really strong at the end of the race.’’
Central Catholic also won the mile as junior Lanie Jowett finished two seconds ahead of her closest competitor with a 5:12.74 showing.
In the end, however, it was Mansfield’s day, as the Hornets brought two state championship trophies home.