Published December 26, 2018

BOSTON — The boys’ and girls’ indoor track teams kicked their season off on Dec. 8 at the Reggie Lewis Center against Manchester-Essex. Both teams came away with victories featuring plenty of highlights.

Boys hold off Hornets

The boys’ team held on to beat Manchester-Essex 41-35.

The Pioneers kicked things off by getting first and third in the 55 meter dash as junior Joshua Senat (7.23) and sophomore David Capacchieti ( 7.41) picked up some quick points.

Senior Brett Cohee (38.42) and junior Alejandro Lynch (39.10) got second and third in the 300 meters. In the 600 meters, senior Jack Campbell got first at 1:36.41. Senior Nathan Bass nabbed third with a 1:43.93.

Lynnfield picked up more points in the 1,000 meters as senior Michael Gentile (3:11.47) and sophomore Mike Madden (3:14.57) got second and third.

Lynnfield got first in the league in the 4×200 meter relay.

Brett Cohee had a great day in the field events, picking up first place over the Hornets in the high jump with a 5’4 leap. Cohee also first and second overall in the long jump with a 19’02.50. Joshua Senat followed that up with an 18’01 for second place and fourth overall in the league.

The Pioneers swept the shot put over Man-Essex. Lynch took first place with a 34’09. Junior Jacob Vath got second place with a 29’08.75. Capacchieti took third with a 29’05.

Overall it was enough to overcome The Hornets’ excellent long distance runners as Lynnfield left town with a 1-0 record.

DANIELLE PERCOSKIE got second in the hurdles and second in the long jump to help the Pioneers beat Manchester-Essex during the first meet of the indoor season. (John Friberg File Photo)

Girls’ beat M-E 50-34

The girls’ team put the league on notice with an impressive 16-point win over Manchester-Essex.

Lynnfield started the meet by getting a key sweep in the 55 meter dash. Sophomore Molly Murphy got first (7.83) followed by sophomore Bella Scala (8.24) and senior Jackie Veglia (8.24).

Sophomore Lauren Branconnier picked up second-place points for Lynnfield in the 300 meters with a 47.49.

Sophomore Lauren Mitchell cruised to first place and third overall in the league with a 1:45.35 in the 600 meters.

Freshman Samantha Bunar got third place in the 1,000 meters with a 4:03.03.

Senior Gabriella Passatempo got third in the one mile with a 6:29.89.

Lynnfield’s depth really became apparent in the 55 meter hurdles as they swept the event with junior Megan Battaglia (10.37), junior Daniel Percoskie (11.69) and freshman Jasmine Rose (12.33).

After the Pioneers took the 4×400 meter relays, they turned their attention to the field events where they pulled away from the Hornets.

Battaglia and senior Sarah Crockett each tied for first place with a 4’8 leap in the high jump.

Lynnfield swept the long jump with juniors Amelia Noto (12’04.75) and Percoskie (12’03.75). Freshman Chloe Thomas got third with an 11’11.50.

Lynnfield closed the day by sweeping the shot put. Junior Jenna Freni got first with a 27’0. Senior Barbara Dickey took second (25’07) and sophomore Paige Leuci (22’08) took third.