Long Jump Leads the Way As Fitchburg Athletes Shine at State Relays
ROXBURY -- The Fitchburg girls’ indoor track team placed 13th overall at Saturday’s MSTCA Division 2 State Relays at the Reggie Lewis Center.
Leading the way was the long jump relay of Olamide Bamgbose, Wonuola Ashaju and Emerson Scott, which placed third with a distance of 44 feet, 7.5 inches.
Also for the Fitchburg girls, the 4x200-meter relay of Bamgbose, Scott, Lainey Jaramillo and Ashaju) placed 17th in 1:55. 57; the shot put relay (Erin Donelan, Alyssa Leger and Lucia Arciprete) placed 18th at 65-3.5; the 4x400 relay (Scott, Lina Kherallah, Olivia Tran and Ashaju) placed 18th in 4:33.98; the sprint medley (Tran, Bamgbose, Jaramillo and Kherallah) placed 24th in 4:56.03;. and the 4x50-yard shuttle relay (Donelan, Aria DiCato, Jaramillo and Tran) finished 35th in 29.21.
The Fitchburg boys were led by the long jump squad of Evans Oduro, Cristian Arduino and Edwin Daramy, which placed ninth at 52-2.5. Also for the Red Raider boys, the 4x200 (Daramy, Alex Rojas, Arduino and Oduro) placed 25th in 1:42.31; and the sprint medley (Owen Cosgrove, Josh Cote, Alex Rojas, Cristian Arduino) finished 29th with a time of 4:41.13.
The Fitchburg State men returned from the winter break on Saturday to place sixth with a total of 35 points at the 2019 Reggie Poyau Invitational, hosted by Brandeis University, in Waltham.
Sophomore Christian McWhinnie-Armstead paced the Falcons, placing first in the high jump with a Division 3 New England qualifying mark of 1.95 meters, while
classmate Jacob Movsessian turned in a second-place time of 16:25.51 in the 5,000 meter to qualify for MASCACs.
In the 3,000 meters, senior Joseph Darrigo (9:06.39) and Movsessain (9:14.16) finished fourth and sixth, respectively, to both qualify for the postseason, while senior Austin Landress qualified for MASCACs in the 600 meters with a fourth-place time of 1:30.22.
Freshman Nicholas Sachetta (2:03.72) and senior Ryan Stopka (2:11.10) finished third and 10th in the 800 meters, while in the field, junior Wilkerson Pierre posted a pair of MASCAC qualifying marks in the long jump (5.42 meters) and the triple jump (11.72), placing ninth and sixth, respectively.
In the shot put, senior Brendan Courtney (12.80) and classmate Cameron Stalters (11.81) finished sixth and 11th to qualify for MASCACs, while Courtney added a sixth-place toss of 11.83 meters in the weight throw to round out the top Falcon performances on the afternoon.
The Fitchburg State women took part in Saturday’s Reggie Poyau Invitational in Waltham.
Sophomore Kambrynn Bowman led the way for the Falcons with a fourth-place finish in the 600 meters, with a MASCAC qualifying time of 1:49.36, while junior Brianna Young placed third in the shot put (10.37 meters) and fifth in the weight throw (11.21) to qualify for MASCACs in both events.
Freshman Chloe Guzman turned in a postseason qualifying time of 8.99 seconds in the 60-meter dash, while adding a MASCAC qualifying time of 30.95 seconds in the 200 meters. In the 800 meters, freshman Nyasia Torres (3:10.77), of Fitchburg, and senior Jennifer Desilvestre (3:13.77) finished 15th and 16th, respectively, to qualify for MASCACs, while Torres added a postseason qualifying time of 6:49.61 in the mile with a 13th-place effort.
In the 60-meter hurdles, sophomore Makaisha Gonzalez, of Lancaster, turned in a MASCAC qualifying time of 10.89 seconds with a 14th-place finish, while in the field, Desilvestre placed 11th in the triple jump with mark of 8.72 meters.
Sophomore Heisha Santos-Flores posted a MASCAC qualifying toss of 9.25 meters in the weight throw with an 11th-place effort, while classmates Madison Podedworny and Dominguez Guadalupe rounded out the top Falcons efforts with tosses of 6.67 and 6.65 meters, respectively, in the weight throw.
St. Bernard’s 51
Keegan Sharp led the way in an impressive victory on Saturday night for the Bernardians (5-3), posting 22 points and 14 rebounds. Teammate Jakai Alexandre added 17 points in the victory. Nashoba Regional (5-5) was led by a 15-point effort from Mitch Scanlon.
Aaron O’Connor scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner in the third period, and teammate Jacob Mauro added a power-play tally to lift the Blue Knights (6-2-1) to victory on Saturday. Tristan Gallant and Sean Simpson each had one assist for Lunenburg, and goalie Nick Granger made 18 saves.
Jace Salame and Max Beaulac finished with one goal and two assists apiece to pace Fitchburg/Monty Tech (5-3-1). Andrew David Cormier and Anthony Lesperance added one goal each in Saturday’s victory.
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