Lunenburg, North Middlesex Capture Mid-Wach Track Titles

February 3, 2019
The Lunenburg boys' track team celebrates after placing first at Friday's Mid-Wach D championship meet at Fitchburg High School. Front row, from left: Wes Frank, Adam Martin, Brady Burns, Zack MacLure, Michael Alleva, Brady Iovanni, Kamil Ouro-Sama, John Nelson and Karl Farynaz. Back row: coach James Ryan, Mason Infantino, Ben Sweet, Joe Rivers, Frank Nelson, Sam Bartow, Robbie Nash, David Gardner, J.R. Nelson, Nick Hall, Nick Huntington, Ryan Burns, Joseph Montemurro, Seamus Gordon and coach Michael Spare. COURTESY PHOTO Sentinel and Enterprise staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.

FITCHBURG -- It was a proud day for Lunenburg High School on Friday, as both the Blue Knights’ boys’ and girls’ teams claimed first place in the Mid-Wach D championships at Fitchburg High School’s Doug Grutchfield Field House.

Also on Friday, the North Middlesex Regional girls placed first in Mid-Wach C, while the boys were second. The Mid-Wach C and D championships were held Friday evening, with results unavailable as of press time Friday night. The Mid-Wach A and B championships were held Saturday at Fitchburg High School.



With three events left to go on Friday night, the Blue Knights found themselves trailing to Littleton and Bromfield. From there, Lunenburg took first place (Camille Elbthal), fourth (Amber Green) and sixth (Jinnie Do) in the shot put, then won the 4x220-yard and 4x440 relays for a final team score of 92, edging out second-place Littleton (88 points).

The Blue Knights capped ther 5-0 dual meet record by winning the Mid-Wach D league meet and the outright league championship. Leading the way was Elbthal, winning the shot put on her final toss, with her personal-best distance of 32 feet, 9.5 inches. Also for Lunenburg, seventh-grader Lauren Long won the 2-mile run with a personal-best time of 12:09.

“It was a great team effort, with some spectular highlights and quality depth that put the girls on top,” said Lunenburg head coach Steve Kyajohnian. “That, and the outstanding job assisstant coaches Karma Tousignant and Jim Ryan, and boys’ head coach Mike Spare, provide these young men and women everyday is over the top.”

The Blue Knights showed their depth by winning all three relays. The 4x880-yard relay placed first, comprised of Ava Pilon, Grace Roy, Paige Gengler and Keena Kelly. The 4x440 placed first, run by Abby Rodriquenz, Breda Page Violette, Kelly and Gabby Maia. Winning the 4x220 relay were Isabella Brackett, Nicole Lawrence, Angelika Helmer and Latifah Ouro Sama.

Green was also stellar on the day, placing second in the 55 hurdles, fourth in the shot put, sixth in the 300 meters and sixth in the high jump.

Placing third for Lunenburg were Devin Tormey (55 hurdles) and Rodriquenz (600). In fourth place were Lawrence (high jump) and Brackett (55 dash). Ouro Sama and Roy finished fifth in the 55 dash and mile, respectively, while coming in sixth were Do (shot put), Elbthal (55 hurdles), Pilon (mile) and Maia (600).



It was a tremendous day for the Lunenburg boys, as well, who finished first as a team with 74 points.

The Blue Knights received a pair of first-place finishes from David Gardner (mile, 1,000), as well as firsts from Joseph Rivers (shot put) and the 4x220-yard relay. Third--place finishes for Lunenburg came from Mike Alleva (2-mile), Nick Huntington (55 dash), and the 4x440 and 4x880 relay teams. Finishing fourth were Alleva (1,000) and Nick Hall (55-meter dash). J.R. Nelson (shot put), Brady Iovanni (55 hurdles), Zach Maclure (600) and Mason Infantino (300) placed fifth for Lunenburg.


North Middlesex

The Patriots took first place with 111 points, followed by Oakmont (78) in second and Gardner (53) in fourth.

Leading the way for North Middlesex were first-place finishes by Catherine Nkwantah (shot put), Morgan Nesbit (2-mile), Madison LeCreta (55-meter hurdles), and the 4x440 relay team. Placing second for the Patriors were Martina Nkwantah (shot put), Riley Maskalenko (mile) and the 4x220 relay.

Madison LeCreta (high jump), Lindsay Swartz (2-mile) and Annaliese Henneberg (mile) placed third. In fourth were MacKenzie Luth (high jump), Rennee DelleChiaie (55 dash), Anna Dunsmoor (300) and Hailey Thomas (1,000). Also for North Middlesex, Sophia D’Ambrosio placed fifth in the mile, Olivia Robarge was fifth in the 300 and Clara Marschhausen was sixth in the 600.


There were plenty of stellar individual performances for Oakmont, which finished second as a team with 78 points. Leading the way were first-place finishes by Alyssa Madden (55-dash) -- fresh off of signing her national letter of intent to join the University of Rhode Island track team -- Delaney Collins (600) and Laura McBride (1,000), who also took second place in the high jump and 600. Fiona Picone finished second in the 2-mile and third in the 1,000, while Madison Paine was fourth in the shot put, Catherine Telicki finished fifth in the 55-meter hurdles, Jessica Ciesluk was fifth in the 55 dash, and the 4x220 relay team placed first.


Savannah Pineda led the way for Gardner with a first-place finish in the 300-meter run, as the Wildcats placed fourth with 53 team points.

Also for Gardner, Savannah Pineda was second in the 55-meter dash, Alice Lemieux was third in the shot put, the 4x440 relay was third and the 4x880 relay placed fourth and the 4x220 was fifth. Placing fourth individually were Kaylee Bettez (mile, 2-mile) and Janet Herrera (600). Finishing sixth for the Wildcats were Ailin Burns (shot put), Pineda (high jump), Lindsey Smith (55 hurdles), Ariana Butler (mile) and Leilani Markley (1,000).


North Middlesex

The Patriots placed second as a team with 93 points, trailing only Quabbin Regional (128).

Nicholas Woolsey led the way, placing first in the 55-meter hurdles and fifth in the shot put. Carson Doody was also a big factor in multiple events, finishing second in the shot put and high jump, and third in the 55-meter dash. It was also a great day for the Patriot relay teams, which took first place in the 4x220-yard, 4x440 and 4x880 events.

Adam Fournier was second in the 55 dash, followed by Elijah Rusch in fourth. Edward McCarthy was third in the high jump, and Rion Crear and Wesley Call placed third and fourth, respectively, in the 300. Nathan Nesbit placed fifth in the 600.


Matthew Doherty won the shot put the shot put and Cameron Davis placed first in the 2-mile and third in the 1,000 to lead Gardner to a third-place team finish with 53 points. Hunter Graves was third in the mile and fourth in the 1,000. Jack McDermott took fourth in the 2-mile and sixth in the mile, and teammate Nick Smothers was fourth in the 600. Gardner also place fourth in the 8x880-yard relay, as well as fifth in the 4x220 and 4x440.


The Spartans showed off solid roster depth in placing fifth with 43 points.

Michael Heins placed third in the high jump and sixth in the 55-meter dash, and teammate Sean Kelly was third in the 2-mile and sixth in the high jump. Placing fifth for Oakmont were Martin Steucek (2-mile), Justin Tralongo (55 hurdles), Logan Tamulen (mile) and Keegan McMahan (300). In sixth were Larson Klipic (shot put), Bryce Berry (55 hurdles), Jared Sarasin (600) and Joshua Krawczyk.

Also for the Spartans, the 4x220-yard and 4x440 relays placed second, and the 4x880 relay was fifth.



Alexandra Bettez won the 1,000-meter run with a time of 3:12.80 to lead Nashoba Regional to a fourth-place team finish with 38.5 points. Groton-Dunstable won the team title in a landslide, scoring 143 points. Fitchburg was fifth at 21.5.

Also for the Chieftains, Rose O’Riorden was third in the 600 and Sada Libby-Grantham took fifth in the high jump. In the shot put for Nashoba, Tati Picard was fourth and Aine Guyer placed sixth.

The 4x440-yard relay team finished second, while the 4x220 and 4x880 relays each placed fourth.


Olamide Bamgbose placed fifth in the shot put and high jump as the Red Raiders took fifth as a team with 21.5 points. Olivia Tran finished fifth in the mile, and Lina Kherallah was fifth in the 1,000. Placing sixth for Fitchburg were Emerson Scott (55-meter hurdles) and Wonuola Ashaju (300). In the relays, the 4x220-yard team of Olamide Bamgbose, Wonuola Ashaju, Emerson Scott and Elle Scott took first place, while the 4x440 placed fifth.



Freddy Collins placed second in the 2-mile, Dylan Whalen was third in the 1,000, Jack Cahill placed third in the shot put, and Tristan O’Riorden placed third in the 55-meter hurdles as Nashoba Regional took fourth place with 60 team points. Westboro was first overall with 137 points, while Fitchburg finished fifth with 17.5.

Also for Nashoba, Ethan Sarafin was fourth in the 300, Coby Andersen was fifth in the 55-meter dash, and Calvin Cochrane took fifth in the 55 hurdles. Finishing sixth were Stratos Tully (shot put), Troy Barksdale (55 dash), Cole Clericuzio (mile) and Cameron Porter (600).

Nashoba’s relays finished first in the 4x880, second in the 4x220, and fourth in the 4x440.


Evans Oduro won the 55-meter hurdles in 8.15 seconds and took fifth in the high jump for Fitchburg, which placed fifth with 17.5 points. Also for Fitchburg, Dylan Araujo took fifth in the shot put and the 4x220-yard relay team of Gio Marrone, Dylan Araujo, Alex Rojas and Oduro was fourth.



The Blue Devils placed fifth as a team with 15 points. Wachusett Regional was first with 128.

Leading the way for Leominster were Thailee Zarycki (3rd, 55 hurdles) and Maeve O’Malley (6th, 600). The 4x880 relay team placed fourth, while the 4x220 and 4x440 finished fifth.



Jonathan Polanco Soto won the 600-meter run in 1:30.12, and Joachim Ennoo took third in the high jump and fifth in the 300 as Leominster finished fifth as a team with 29 points. First-place team Algonquin Regional ended the day with 94 points.

Also for Leominster, Ivan Polanco was sixth in the 300. The 4x440 and 4x880 relay teams each placed fourth, while the 4x220 was fifth.

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