With 30 points and three wins in the first three events, the Acton-Boxboro boys looked to be in complete command at Saturday’s Div. 1 Relays.
Take the 4×50 for example. The elite foursome of Alex Landry, Leo Bulak, Tristan Wu and Christopher Adamchek bolted to the second-fastest time in Massachusetts history with a 21.62 clocking.
That time trails only the 21.33 relays meet record run in 2019 – by Acton-Boxboro. Newton North, though, was lurking and swept past the Colonials later in the meet courtesy of a second and fourth-place finish in the distance medley, going up 46-44 and eventually capturing the team title with 50 points.
The Colonials took second with 44 points and St. John’s Prep clinched third with 38 points. The Tigers captured the sprint medley (3:35.0), 4×400 (3:24.80).
The meet wasn’t without a touch of controversy. Newton North’s 4×200 squad was initially disqualified for a handoff violation, but an appeal overturned the ruling and the Tigers’ 1:30.25 meet record stood. The team of Everton Muir, Matt Paquette, D.J. Harvey and Myles Scott erased Brockton’s long-standing mark of 1:30.40 from 1990. Acton-Boxboro took second in a quick 1:31.44 and Lexington finished third in 1:31.51.
Led by Ashley Sheldon, Newton North head coach Shawn Wallace wasn’t overly surprised by the time.
“They’ve run 1:29 so it sounds right,” he said. “We’re trying to go for the team title. I didn’t know it was a meet record until they announced it.”
Westford Academy’s monster distance crew of Jack Graffeo, Owen Schultz, Austin DeSisto and Paul Bergeron raced to a 10:24.08 meet-record win in the distance medley.
“We wanted to qualify for nationals,” said DeSisto. “We haven’t raced much. We want to do nationals and the Penn Relays outdoors.”
Andover put up 36 points to capture the girls’ title, edging co runner-ups Westford Academy and Wachusett with 32 points. Ashley Sheldon led all high jumpers with a 5-1 effort and the Golden Warriors took second in the 4×50, hurdles and long jump.
“I came in hoping to be in the top five, but I told my girls earlier in the week don’t by surprised if we win,” said head coach Peter Comeau. “They looked at me like I was crazy.”