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Rams track teams face off at CAC Meet | Sports

DANVERS – After wrapping up their regular season with two wins last week, Shawsheen Tech’s boys’ and girls’ athletics teams resumed their post-season schedule last weekend, with several members of each team traveling to Essex Tech for the Commonwealth Athletic Conference. championship game on Saturday morning.

Both teams had several standout individual performances during the day as they battled through the extreme heat as well as fierce competition from their ACC rivals. The boys earned a third-place finish in the six-team field, scoring 89 points on the day, while the shorthanded women’s team finished in sixth place with 37.33 points, despite many athletes from their small contingent performed well.

The boys’ third place finish, which saw them finish behind Greater Lawrence’s 156 points and Greater Lowell’s 117 points, was a big step forward for this still young and improving team.

“It wasn’t bad at all,” Shawsheen coach Joe Gore said. “Obviously we were battling the heat like everyone else, and a lot of our kids were in their first league meeting, so getting third place was pretty impressive. It was a rewarding feeling for a lot of kids.

Junior Gianni Zompa led the way for the Rams that day, who took two first-place finishes in the 110-meter hurdles in 17.20 seconds, as well as the 400-meter hurdles in 1:02.78. The league’s big meet day capped a stellar season for Zompa, who had already made his mark with the Rams basketball team but was new to the track team this season.

“Gianni is a freshman on the track and he’s been great,” Gore said. “We had high expectations for him because he’s a natural athlete, but we didn’t expect that. We probably shouldn’t be surprised how he bought into it straight away and he’s also one of our hardest workers. We are very proud of him.”

Wilmington sophomore Zach Rogers also had a big day, taking second place in the 200 meters with a personal best qualifying time of 24.16, while taking second place in the shot put with a throw of 39-07.

“Zach is the ultimate competitor, and he’s the ultimate perfectionist,” Gore said. “He’s one of the most versatile track athletes I’ve seen. We could put him in almost any event and he would be successful. And he won it because of his great work ethic. He’s had a great season and a great meeting.

Another of the youngest Rams, rookie Noah Brooks of Tewksbury earned a fifth-place finish in the two-mile, finishing with a personal best 11:25.18. Brooks has improved with every race this season, and Saturday’s league meet was the perfect capstone to his freshman year of high school track.

“Noah ran very well,” Gore said. “I know coach Dan Dorazio is very high on him. He’s just a great boy who shows up every day and works hard. I can’t stress enough that these distance runners push each other. others every day. We are very proud of him and he has a very bright future ahead of him.

The Rams also had several other big efforts on the day, with rookie Sid Tildsley earning a fourth-place finish in the long jump with a distance of 18-03.00 as well as a second-place finish in the javelin with a throw of 126- 10 and a second place in the 400 meters hurdles in 1:04.32.

Second student Matthew Ramsey of Tewksbury meanwhile took second place in the 110-meter hurdles in 17.94, while second student Maximus Boston of Wilmington was fourth in the high jump at 5-04.00 and rookie Ethan Melanson of Tewksbury finished fifth in the mile in 5:08.47. Sophomore Gordon Noble finished fifth in the 800 with a time of 8:25.49.

The Rams also performed well in the two relay events, with Boston quartet Francois, junior Cam Camelio and Tildsley taking third place in the 4 x 400m in 3:52.97, while junior Christian Rainone of Tewksbury, junior Zach MacLaughlan, Melanson and second Donald Alphonse of Wilmington finished second in the 4×100 with a time of 46.74.


While the women’s team finished sixth and last in the competition, with 37.33 points, their total points did not tell the full story of the team’s performance. As was the case for much of the season, the Rams were eliminated by a limited roster, however, many of the athletes who competed did very well in their events.

“Obviously where we placed didn’t really show the talent that we have,” Gore said. “Coming to sixth place was disappointing for the girls, but from a numbers perspective, if you look at where we finished, we did very well in the events we entered. It’s just a numbers game. .”

Greater Lowell won the girls’ tag team title with 126 points, while Essex Tech, who the Rams battled a couple of weeks ago in a double meet, took second place with 95 points.

Several Rams had strong individual results that day, starting with second Arianna Farrell of Wilmington, who finished first in the 100-meter hurdles with a personal best 17.85 seconds. Farrell was also part of the second-place 4×100 relay team with Megan Steeves, Jade Kim and Jacqui Genetti, who finished in 54.74.

“It was another personal best for Arianna and it seems like she does it every time,” Gore said. “She’s just a perfectionist and a hard worker who goes out and works every day in training. She’s becoming a master of the hurdles, and she’s got two more years left, so she’s going to keep improving. We’re very proud of what she has done this year.

Tewksbury rookie Amelia Matzke also had a big day for the Rams, taking third place in the 800 meters with a personal best 2:54.80, capping a spectacular first season with the Rams.

“Amelia was great. She’s another one that shows up every day and just wants to push herself as hard as she can, and she just wants to get better,” Gore said. “She is very proud to run the 800 meters and she really becomes a master of the event. It shows that hard work pays off. She has a very bright future ahead of her. »

Other Rams who performed well on the day included rookie Megan Steeves of Wilmington who finished fifth in the 100 meters in 13.70, while alongside her success in the relay, Genetti also earned a fourth place finish in the 200 meters in 29.23 and rookie Makayla Nolan of Tewksbury finished fifth in the high jump at 4-04.00 and fourth in the shot put with a personal best of 29-04.

“A lot of girls have done really well,” Gore said. “Depending on what the final qualifying standards for Division 4 will be, they could have five or six state-qualified children, which would be very impressive given their numbers. It’s a very young team, and they were heavily outnumbered this year. If they have more children, they can do very well in the future.