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MV, Bow rise to the occasion at Capital City track meet

  • Concord High School's B.J. Smith pulls ahead to win the 1,600-meter race at the Capital City Classic Track Meet at Memorial Field in Concord, Friday May 17, 2013.<br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

    Concord High School's B.J. Smith pulls ahead to win the 1,600-meter race at the Capital City Classic Track Meet at Memorial Field in Concord, Friday May 17, 2013.

    (TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

  • Concord High School's Megan Reese competes in pole vault at the Capital City Classic Track Meet at Memorial Field in Concord. Reese placed 1st and tied her personal best of 10 feet, six inches; Friday May 17, 2013.<br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

    Concord High School's Megan Reese competes in pole vault at the Capital City Classic Track Meet at Memorial Field in Concord. Reese placed 1st and tied her personal best of 10 feet, six inches; Friday May 17, 2013.

    (TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

  • Hopkinton High School's Emily Calder runs in the 1600-meter race at the Capital City Classic Track Meet at Memorial Field in Concord. Calder placed 8th in the race; Friday May 17, 2013.<br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

    Hopkinton High School's Emily Calder runs in the 1600-meter race at the Capital City Classic Track Meet at Memorial Field in Concord. Calder placed 8th in the race; Friday May 17, 2013.

    (TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

  • Concord High School's Marc Gaudet, #4, runs in the 200-meter final at the Capital City Classic Track Meet at Memorial Field in Concord; Friday May 17, 2013.<br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

    Concord High School's Marc Gaudet, #4, runs in the 200-meter final at the Capital City Classic Track Meet at Memorial Field in Concord; Friday May 17, 2013.

    (TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

  • Concord High School's B.J. Smith pulls ahead to win the 1,600-meter race at the Capital City Classic Track Meet at Memorial Field in Concord, Friday May 17, 2013.<br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)
  • Concord High School's Megan Reese competes in pole vault at the Capital City Classic Track Meet at Memorial Field in Concord. Reese placed 1st and tied her personal best of 10 feet, six inches; Friday May 17, 2013.<br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)
  • Hopkinton High School's Emily Calder runs in the 1600-meter race at the Capital City Classic Track Meet at Memorial Field in Concord. Calder placed 8th in the race; Friday May 17, 2013.<br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)
  • Concord High School's Marc Gaudet, #4, runs in the 200-meter final at the Capital City Classic Track Meet at Memorial Field in Concord; Friday May 17, 2013.<br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

For all of the teams at yesterday’s Concord Capital City Classic, it was the final tune-up for the track and field teams before the state meet. But for some teams it meant something more: a chance to show they could compete against some of the best competition Division I had to offer. Merrimack Valley and Bow certainly weren’t going to let that opportunity go to waste.

“Beating runners from Division I schools is a great accomplishment,” said MV runner Meredith Ramsey, after winning the 100 (12.93 seconds). Ramsey also won the 200 (25.95) and finished second in the 400 (59.85). MV also received victories from Julianah Adejuyigbe in the shot put (38-5) and discus (109-11) and good performances from Madison Irving (second javelin), Mary Mullen (third discus), Maureen Mullen (fourth discus, fourth javelin, fifth shot put), Erin Bresslin (tied for sixth pole vault) and the third-place 4x400 relay (Heidi Gooch, Randee Tatham, Ramsey and Bresslin).

Andrew Alicea (second 100, third long jump) won the shot put (45-8), and Brendan Polichronopoulos (fourth 200) won the 400 in a personal-best time of 51.56 to lead the Pride. Alicea and Polichronopoulos were both on the second-place 4x100 with Bibek Thapa (fourth 400) and John Lindonen (third 110 hurdles, fourth triple jump). Lindonen’s victory in the javelin (156-2) and the 4x400 relay (3:31.52) of Keegan Hanks, Thapa, Polichronopoulos and Carter Saltmarsh (sixth 800) were the other MV winners. Colin Phillips (second 3,200 with a personal-best 9:56), Vinny Tevnan (sixth 3,200) and the 4x800 relay (second) of Hanks, Saltmarsh, Brandon Richardson and Branden McCoo also placed well.

Team scores were not kept in the meet.

The Bow boys’ 4x800 relay shared the same sentiment as Ramsey after winning the first event of the day in a meet-record time of 8:14.83, breaking the record set by Concord in 2010.

“I honestly didn’t think we could make a run at the record,” said Bow captain Alex Evans, who was also fifth in the 3,200. “I’m so proud of my brothers (Ben and Sam, who also ran on the relay) as well as Kevin (McCully). ... It’s a special thing to be a part of.”

McCully ran a fantastic third leg to bring Bow only a few steps behind Alvirne, and anchor Sam Evans (third 800) took the lead and didn’t look back. The Evans triplets and McCully also formed Bow’s 4x400 relay, which took third.

Bow’s Jordan Birtz ran a blistering time of 10.96 in the 100 prelims before winning the 100 finals (11.13), finishing third in the 200 (23.59) and anchoring the fifth-place 4x100 relay with Sam Evans, Ilyas Aricanli and Chris Robbins. Tim Conklin was third in discus.

Taylor Morrison (second 100, fifth 400), Brooke Fortin (third 200 and 400, sixth 100), Nora Scanlan (fifth 300 hurdles), Suzie Barry (sixth shot) and the fourth-place 4x800 (Haleigh Garrett, Sarah Lane, Brooke Marshall and Katrina Wiesner) led the Falcon girls.

As for hosts Concord, the Crimson Tide showed it is a force to be reckoned with on both the boys’ and girls’ sides at the state championship next weekend. B.J. Smith had a fantastic day, winning the 1,600 (4:29) and 3,200 (9:32). George Feliz had a victory in the 300 hurdles (40.31) and a second-place finish in the 110 hurdles. Tolbert Nemo, Leo Sudieh and Marc Gaudet finished 3-4-5 in the 100. Nemo was also second in the 200 and Gaudet was third in the shot put and fifth in the 200. Nemo, Gaudet, Feliz and Walters Ndi (second shot put) comprised the winning 4x100 (44.36).

“The 110 hurdles didn’t go as planned, but it was still good to get second. Winning the 300 hurdles made me calm down,” said Feliz, adding that “we had a slow start (in the 4x100), but at the end we ran our second-fastest time of the year.”

Matt Adams (fourth 1,600), Harry Gunn (second discus, fourth high jump) and Angel Feliz (fourth long jump) also did well for the Tide.

On the girls’ side, Concord showed its depth with victories in the 4x400 (4:10) and the 4x800 (10:04) and a second-place finish in the 4x100 (Amanda Schoenfeld, Meghan Hall, Jessie Bean and Rebecca Massah). Smita Boesch-Dining anchored the 4x400 (Schoenfeld, Hannah Orzechowski and Massah), the 4x800 (Michaella Conery, Sabrina Lawrence and Erin Waters) and won the 800 (2:23) to earn Track Athlete of the Meet honors.

“As a team they did an amazing job,” Tide Coach Jessica Boezeman said. “They really pulled out all the stops and showed how well they work together as a team.”

Massah won the 100 hurdles (16.41) and finished fourth in the 300 hurdles despite tripping over the final hurdle. Bean won the long jump (15-10) and Megan Reese (10-6) won the pole vault. Orzechowski (second 300 hurdles), Conery (second 3,200), Kate Andy (third 3,200), Skarlet Feliz (third 100), Hall (fifth 100) and Hana Knowles (fifth discus in a state-qualifying throw) did well in individual events.

Other local winners included Hopkinton’s Aaron Beckwith in the pole vault in a meet record (14-3) and Pembroke’s Cody Steed in the triple jump (42-9 1∕2).

Hopkinton’s Cam DeBrusk (second 1,600), Dom Repucci (third 3,200), Brandon Cayer (fourth shot put, sixth javelin), Ben Olimpio (fourth discus), Ben Thesing (sixth 300 hurdles), the fourth-place 4x100 (Thesing, Beckwith, Cooper Bloch and Nick Fleury), sixth-place 4x400 (Thesing, Alex Bostic, Fleury and Cody Roberge) and sixth-place 4x800 (Roberge, Bostic, Declan Campbell and Chris Barnard) also placed well. David O’Brian (sixth shot put) did well for Pembroke. David Rauseo (eighth discus) had the highest finish for Bishop Brady.

Hopkinton was led on the girls’ side by Sarah Nadeau (second 1,600), Katie Irwin (sixth 1,600), Shannon Nadeau (sixth 800), Hannah Hughes (sixth high jump), Liz Bernier (tied-sixth pole vault) and the third-place 4x800 (Brianna Russell, Paige Scammon, Emma Geiger and Shannon Nadeau). Molly Hamilton (seventh 200) was the top finisher for Pembroke.

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