4 Titles in a Row for Lowell High
ROXBURY -- For the fourth straight year and eighth time in the past 10 years, the Lowell High School boys track team captured the Merrimack Valley Conference Championship Meet title, accumulating an incredible 107 team points, which was significantly better than runner-up Central Catholic’s 65.
MVC boys track
The Red Raiders had four individuals win events and two relay teams capture titles Friday at the Reggie Lewis Center, while adding nine other individuals and one other relay team to the scoring sheet.
“We were balanced and we’re a balanced team,” said LHS head coach Scott Ouellet. “We are high end from the shot put, which is our best event. We got first, third and fifth and it’s been the strength of our team all year. We are strong in the field events with the long jump and the high jump. Our relay teams had season-best times.
“Overall from top to bottom, we had a lot of season bests and career bests. The kids really look forward to this meet. They have a lot of pride in it. It means a lot to the kids and I know it means a lot to all of the other kids in the league, but our kids take a lot of pride being a part of the MVC and doing well at this meet. I’m happy for them and for the coaches. We all live and die for these kids,” he added.
While the shot put trio had three place finishes, the day once again belonged to junior Richmond Kwaateng. He captured titles in the 55-meter dash (6.50), long jump (21-10.50) and joined Andrew Bonsu, Jalen Dibbles and Samuel Mitiso to win the 4x200 relay at 1:32.39.
“State-wide, Richmond is going to have his competition and who knows if he’s going to win. But Richmond is a big talent,” said Ouellet. “It takes a lot for him to finish first in three events. He loves track and he’s focused on it. ”
Kwaateng started by winning the dash. Last year he was crowned the MVC champ, running in 6.53 seconds and went on to place fourth in New England.
″(The 6.50 time is) a season-best for me,” said Kwaateng. “At this point of the season, I’m just trying to improve my time and I’m trying to get a sub-6.40 and make it to the all-state meet. The finals went all right but I think I could have done better. I’ve been working on my starts and I’m hoping to get better at that.”
The other individual firsts came from Kelvin Santana in the two-mile (9:50.64), David Ajama in the high jump (6-6) and Ben Kyeremeh in the shot put (51-04), while the 4x800 relay team of Luke Silva, Jadiel Pinales, Sammy Grimes and Joeben Jacobs were best in 8:25.39.
Rounding out the scoring were second place from Bonsu in the 55-meter dash (6.60), third places from Pinales in the 1,000 (2:36.44), Jacobs in the mile (4:37.47) and Brian Callery in the shot put (49-00), fourth places by Juan Giron in the 1,000 (2:41.22) and Matiso in the 55-meter hurdles (7.78), fifth places from Luis Cadime in the shot put (47-00.25) and the 4x400 relay team (3:41.40) of Dibbles, Alan Martinez, Silva and Grimes, and sixth places from Ricky Thyne in the two-mile (10:17.83) and Dibbles in the high jump (5-8).
The only other local to be crowned a champion was Jovan Aigbekaen, who took the 55-meter hurdles for the second straight year in 7.55 seconds.
“I’m incredibly happy that I was able to do this again,” he said. “It’s a big achievement. Coming into this meet, I was kind of nervous so for me to run such a personal best is just amazing. Before the race, my coach (Erik Taber) gave me a little pep talk and just said, ‘Do what you know you can do and run your hardest,’ so I’m just incredibly happy.”
The Redmen finished seventh.
Senior Colby Wilson had a busy day as he was fifth in the long jump (19-08.50), tied for sixth in the 55-meter dash (6.79) and was part of the fifth-place 4x200 relay team (1:34.62) along with Ethan Exilhomme, Colton Rusch and Zach LaLonde, who also picked up a third in the hurdles (7.76).
Also for the Redmen, Casey Ryan was second in the two-mile (9:52.68) and Thomas Barinelli was fifth in the high jump (5-8). Tthe two other relay teams placed sixth with the 4x800 team (8:53.46) of Ryan, Joe Schifano, Joe Blanchard and Riley Auth, and the 4x400 team (3:41.52) of Matt Cahill, Cam Grace, Josh Kuffoh and Joe Balboni.
The Indians finished ninth and were led by Stephen Harris, who was second in the 300 (36.22) and fourth in the high jump (5-10).
Billerica also earned a fourth from Thomas Dinsmore in the 1,000 (2:38.10), a fifth from John Holden in the mile (4:41.11), and sixths from Rodrigo Freitas in the 300 (36.58), Michael O’Connell in the long jump (19-04.25) and Phillip Xu in the shot put (46-00.25).
The Lions finished 10th as Steven Imperillo was third in the long jump (20-11.75), Andrew Madsen was fourth in the mile (4:38.88) and Aiden Hennessey was fifth in the two-mile (10:00.59).
The 4x800 relay team was fourth in 8:49.33 with Madsen, Matt Higgins, James Micszczanski and Matt Schoup, while the 4x200 team was sixth in 1:35.53 behind Imperillo, Shreyas Chaturvedula, Dominic Dibari and James Latham.