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Lowell High Boys Soar Again

January 4, 2019
Lowell High's Franco Recto competes in the high jump during a Merrimack Valley Conference track meet Thursday evening at Boston University. The Red Raiders won the MVC dual meet championship. SUN/CARMINE FRONGILLO Sun staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.

BOSTON -- Championship meets bring out the best in the Lowell High boys track team.

With a dual meet title on the line, the Red Raiders again raced to head of the pack in Merrimack Valley Conference Division 1.

Lowell ran past Central Catholic, 57-43, to capture the MVC Division 1 crown Thursday at Boston University.

Richmond Kwaateng finished first in the 55-meter dash (6.66 seconds) and the long jump (21 feet even), while Jadiel Pinales placed first in the mile (4:28.23) and 2-mile (10:05.31) to lead the Red Raiders.

Central Catholic stayed within striking distance of Lowell for much of the meet. Lowell secured the crown when Pinales, Ricky Thyne (2nd, 10:06.51) and Kelvin Santana (3rd, 10:09.34) placed one, two and three in the 2-mile, respectively.

Although Lowell suffered some key graduation losses, the defending Division 1 State Relay and Division 1 State Meet champions have the look of a team that will be in the running at the big year-end meets come February.

“The emphasis is really on the (MVC) league championship meet at the end of the year,” said Lowell coach Scott Ouellet. “The dual meet title is just an old-school thing. That’s really what this race was about. Win, lose or draw, we’d have practice tomorrow. This is an old-school meet with a lot of pride involved.

“The real championship meet is at the end of the year. We have our eyes on that. This was a nice mid-season win for the team. We lost over 30 seniors from last year’s team. To come back and win the dual meet title is great. This is a great momentum builder for us. It was a good team-bonding type of victory. This really helps us because you can tell this means something to the kids.”

Also posting first-place finishes for Lowell were David Ajama in the high jump (6-6), Brian Callery in the shot put (50-0.75), and the 4x200 relay team of Kwaateng, Andrews Bonsu, Franco Recto and Samuel Mutiso in 1:32.59.

Posting second-place finishes were Bonsu in the 55-meter dash (6.71), Luke Silva in the 600 (1:27.82), Juan Giron in the 1,000 (2:41.89), Ajama in the long jump (19-0.5) and Ben Kyeremeh in the shot put (50-0.5).

“We have some superstars who are very talented in their events,” said Ouellet. “But we need some more guys to step up and replace those guys that we lost from last year. A lot of guys did that today. So this was a really good step for us.”

In the meet to decide the MVC Division 1 girls title, North Andover defeated Lowell, 55-45.

The Red Raiders received first-place finishes from Kimesha Lewis in the 300 (41.01), Asaliah Mirambeaux in the mile (5:21.73), Lindsey Ahern in the 2-mile (12:24.89) Deborah Ofodile in the 55 (9.37), Eunice Tabea in the long jump (16-3.50) and Deborah Zahui Gboignon in the shot put (32-6.25).

In MVC Division 2, the Billerica High girls captured the dual meet title with a 58-42 victory over Tewksbury.

Coming through with wins for the Indians were Deidra Anderson in the mile (5:35.42), Hannah Doherty in the 2-mile (11:58.14), Emma Hallet in the high jump (4-10) and Olivia Hood in the shot put (29-1.25).

Julia McCarthy, Isabella Tassone, Paige Murphy and Leithsa Dimanche teamed up for a win in the 4x200 relay in 1:52.90. The team of Deidra Anderson, Sydney Diorio, Sadie Hall and Sam Maffeo won the 4x400 relay in 4:18.54.

Billerica’s Nicole Anderson finished second in the 300 (41.90) and 1000 (2:58.24).

Makayla Paige helped lead the way for Tewksbury by racing to first-place finishes in the 1000 (2:56.81) and 300 (40.69).

Marissa Ladderbush won the long jump at 14-8.50, while Stephanie Baptiste won the 55 hurdles in 9.33 for Tewksbury.

The Billerica and Tewksbury boys will share the MVC Division 2 crown after their meet ended in a 50-50 tie.

First-place finishers for Billerica were Ryan D’Agostino in the 55 dash (6.91), Rodrigo Freitas in the 300 (36.30), Thomas Dinsmore in the 1000 (2:45.48), Shawn Stairs in the 600 (1:25.86), Phillip Xu in the shot put (45-1.50), and the 4x400 relay team of Rodrigo Freitas, Thomas Dinsmore, John Holden and Shawn Stairs, who posted a winning time of 3:34.52.

Casey Ryan led the way for Tewksbury with first-place finishes in the mile (4:37.26) and the 2-mile (10:16.05).

Other first-place finishers for the Redmen were Zach Lalonde in the 55 hurdles (8.18), Thomas Barinelli in the high jump (5-8), Colby Wilson in the long jump (18-2), and the 4x200 relay team of Zach Lalonde, Colton Rusch, Colby Wilson and Ethan Exihomme, which clocked a winning time of 1:35.06.

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