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Track teams make strong showings

Posted by dinouye  May 30, 2009 01:38 PM

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By Evan MacDonald
Globe correspondent

IPSWICH - The track was still a little damp from the morning rain, but it didn't seem to slow the athletes at the Division 3 Track and Field Championships Friday.

Bishop Feehan won the boys' meet with 54.5 points, followed by Hingham (48) and Burlington (46). Wellesley won the girls' meet with 67 points, edging Feehan (64) and Triton (57). Hingham finished fourth (52), behind Triton (57).

Hingham’s day was highlighted by Ben Lincoln’s 198-foot toss in the javelin, as well as Dana Lindberg finishing second in the 200 meters; Drew Morrisey third in the 2-mile; and Pat Creahan second in the shot put.

The top four finishers in every event move on to the All-State meet, which will be held at Fitchburg State College next Saturday.

Bishop Feehan finished first in the team standings despite getting only one event win, from Bobby McShane in the mile (4 minutes 30.15 seconds), but was consistently strong throughout, said coach Bob L'Homme.

"This was special," L'Homme said. "Coming into the season we had some questions, but obviously the kids really stepped up."

On the girls side, Wellesley's win was highlighted by the performance of freshman Karla Ganley, who took the pole vault with a Division 3 record of 10 feet 6 inches.
"I knew I could do it [win the pole vault]. It was all about focus, and doing what I had to do," Ganley said.

Also setting a meet record was the Randolph boys' 4 x 400 relay team, with a time of 3:23.29. The previous record of 3:23.6 was set by Tewksbury in 1995.

The track was damp from the rain, and some of the athletes said they were nervous about the slick surface.

"I was anxious about the weather," said Hingham's Molly O'Dea, who defended her title in the 100 with a time of 12.46. "But I knew [as the defending champion] that I had built up a reputation, so I had to keep it up."

The Hingham girls also chalked up a victory in the 4x100 and 4x800 relays, while Shauna McNiff placed second in the mile and Julia Mirochinick second in the triple jump.

The only double winner on the afternoon was Triton's Deanna Latham, who defended her title in the long jump (18-5 1/4) and added a 100 hurdles crown (14.89) to her résumé.

Heading into the meet, Latham said her goal was to try to qualify for the nationals in the hurdles, but she fell short by about a half-second.

"I've really taken a liking to the hurdles," she said. "I was a little nervous. But I've improved a lot, and I really wanted to win."

Another highlight of the afternoon was the boys' 800, in which Martha's Vineyard's Mark Reppert (1:58.29) dived across the finish line to edge Middleboro's Andy Sukeforth by .09 seconds.

"You're done with the race anyways, why not dive at the end?" Reppert said. "I just always want to decrease my time by those extra few 10ths of a second."

Bishop Feehan also swept the top three spots in the girls' 2-mile race, with Anisa Arsenault taking the victory over Katie Barrett and Erin Murphy in 11:08.91.

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