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Lowell Track Goes to the Head of the Class yet Again

February 24, 2019
Lowell High head coach Scott Ouellet (front left) with his Lowell High School boys track and field team, which captured the MIAA All-State champinship on Saturday at the Reggie Lewis Center. COURTESY PHOTO Sun staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.

ROXBURY -- For the second time in indoor track program history and for the sixth time in school history, Lowell High is bringing home an All-State Championship title.

On Saturday, the Red Raider boys had an incredible day at the Reggie Lewis Center finishing first with 44 points, six ahead of runner-up Wellesley. On the day, Lowell didn’t have a single athlete or relay team take first place, rather they won it with five individuals who combined for three seconds, a fourth, fifth and a sixth, as well as two relay teams which placed fourth and sixth.

“This isn’t our traditional Lowell team,” said head coach Scott Ouellet, who has guided the team to the MVC and Division 1 EMass titles this season. “Traditionally, we’re distance-heavy with powerhouse relay teams and we would score a lot of points on the track. (On Saturday), we really didn’t even run anybody on the track. We did it with field events, the infield events and the relays. We were second in all three field events, the shot put, high jump and long jump.”

Lowell previously won the indoor title in 2013. Besides that, the outdoor team won in 2018 and the cross-country team won in 2012, ’14 and ’15.

“It’s awesome, so we have six all-state titles in the past seven years,” said Ouellet, who has been a part of all six as a head or an assistant coach. “We’re happy but the kids deserve it. On paper it says one thing but when you are out there to compete, the kids have to come through and they did once again.”

Immediately things got going in the right direction for Lowell. Junior Samuel Mutiso was seeded 21st in the 55-meter hurdles at 7.93 seconds and finished sixth at 7.71.

“His performance really set the tone for us today. He had the second-best hurdle time in program history. He was incredible,” said Ouellet.

After that, the points kept piling on. Richmond Kwaateng finished second in the long jump (22-5), fifth in the 55-meter dash (6.49) and was part of the fourth-place 4x200 relay team along with Andrews Bonsu, Franco Recto and Jalen Dibbles, who finished at 1:31.17.

“Richmond did what Richmond does,” said Ouellet. “He got second in the long jump and he was right in there for the (55-meter) dash. That dash was so loaded with talented kids and you are flipping coins really at the finish line. Richmond got leaned out at the end and he finished fifth. An eyelash and he’s first. So there’s no shame in that. Then he was part of the (4x200) relay and that was the second fastest time in program history, behind last year’s team.”

David Ajama finished in second, in what turned out to be a terrific battle with North Attleboro’s Owen Nassaney, in the high jump. Nassaney cleared 6-foot-10 and just missed on seven feet, which would have broken the meet record, while Ajama barely missed on his 6-foot-10 attempt.

Ajama’s teammate, Brian Callery ,unleashed a terrific throw of 51-10 -- and while it was good for second place, it was more than 14 feet behind the winner, Aiden Felty of Innovation Academy, who shattered the meet record with his 66-4.25 throw.

“Brian Callery is a great leader and a great athlete,” said Ouellet. “Brian’s a great football player anyway, but some college coach is going to get him and see his leadership, his commitment to the team and those types of things, and the coach is just going to say ‘wow’ and realize that he hit a home run. Brian just elevates his teammates. In a lot of ways, he’s the heart-and-soul of this team.”

Rounding out the scoring were Ben Kyermeh, who was fourth in the shot put at 50-3.25, while the 4x800 relay team of Luke Silva, Sammy Grimes, Juan Giron and Jadiel Pinales finished sixth at 8:08.14, which knocked nine seconds off of their previous best time.

The top six in each event advance to this Saturday’s New England Meet which will be back at the Lewis Center beginning at 10:30 a.m.