Somerville High School’s boys’ and girls’ indoor track and field teams each took first in nine of 10 events, powering them to a sweep of Everett Wednesday evening at the SHS Field House.
The Highlander boys beat the Crimson Tide, 66-19, and the girls won, 65-20. Both teams improved to 2-0.
Everett’s girls began the dual meet in strong fashion, with junior Maeve Kernan beating Somerville senior captain Rita Musello-Kelliher in the 2-mile. Kernan finished in 13 minutes 28.6 seconds, winning by over 50 seconds.
The Crimson Tide couldn’t hold that brief 5-3 lead, however, as the Highlander girls placed first and second in both the 55-meter hurdles and dash. Senior Nicole Genard and sophomore Alison Kaba went 1-2 in the hurdles, then juniors Gelynne Berger and Natalie Henrique went 1-2 in the dash.
The Highlanders went from down 2 points after one event to up 19-7 after three. A sweep in the shot put, with senior captain Natalie David winning with a throw of 31 feet 1.75 inches, extended their lead.
Many of the Highlander girls competed in different events from those they normally participated in for larger-scale meets.
“It’s not a compliment to me,” said Somerville girls’ coach Charlie O’Rourke. “It’s a compliment to the kids that did a good job when I moved them around.”
The Highlander boys also took first in both sprint events, with sophomore Mark DiNatale winning the hurdles and senior Lyndon Kaba winning the dash by just 0.1 seconds. Kaba would later win the shot put by throwing 39-5.
Everett senior Andres Tejada won the 300 meters, cutting Somerville’s lead to 17-10.
“On paper it’s very close in hurdles, the dash, the 300,” said Somerville boys’ coach Dave Dickerson. “So when you have close events like that, it could go either way, and [the Highlanders] had a nice night. They did well.”
Somerville responded to Tejada’s win by dominating the middle-distance races. Brian Martinez won the 600 meters in 1:26.3, followed by fellow junior Augusto De Oliveira in 1:28.0.
Somerville’s boys then swept the 1000 meters. sophomore Marcelo Brociner won in 2:42.6, followed by sophomore Kevin Ma in 2:42.7 and senior Jean Lamisere in 2:56.3. Unable to go even 2-3 in any event besides the boys’ hurdles, the Crimson Tide couldn’t come back.
“Somerville is always traditionally a strong team,” said Crimson Tide coach Shelanda Irish. “So I knew that we would have a tough competition today.”
The Highlanders also won both High Jump competitions. Sophomore Taija Clark won easily for the girls, jumping 5 feet even. Junior Andre Rolim and Crimson Tide junior HeiuVo Tran then staged a tightly contested two-man battle for first among the boys.
Both Vo Tran and Rolim missed their first two attempts at 5-4, then Vo Tran missed his third. Rolim cleanly jumped the bar on his final attempt, winning the event.
“That’s the first time that he’s jumped in a regular competition,” Dickerson said. “He really worked at it yesterday, just the technique.”
Rolim would come back to win the 1 mile in 5:02.0. His best event remains the 600 meters.
“We’re left with about 38, 39 kids, that are willing to take on different things,” Dickerson said.
Somerville’s girls also won all of the middle-distance runs. Senior Jesselyn Vasquez won the 300 meters in 47.8 seconds, followed by senior captain Michel-le Meranda in the 600, senior Pristine Mei in the 1,000, and junior Melina Garro-Duplisea in the mile.
Highlander junior Ngawang Tsering finished the day for the boys with a victory in the 2 mile, winning in 11:51.4.