Published in the May 10, 2018 edition

NORTH READING — The NR boys’ spring track team had a barn burner meet on May 2 as they improved their record to 2-1-1 with a split meet with a win over H-W 131-14 and an extremely rare tie with Amesbury 72.5-72.5.

SENIOR Matt Dovale got first in the 100 meter dash for the Hornets on May 2 as they beat Hamilton-Wenham and tied Amesbury at the Arthur J. Kenney Field. (John Friberg Photo)

Overall event winners included double winner Billy Lord in the 110 Meter Hurdles (15.0), breaking the school record of 15.1 set by Matthew Sexton in 2009, and the Long Jump (19’ 11.5”); Lionel Beane in the 400m Hurdles (59.0) which was good enough for 4th all-time in NRHS history; Gerry Callagy in the Javelin (115’8”); Cam Chinchillo in the Triple Jump (40’ 7.5”) which was good enough for 10th all-time in NRHS history; Joey DiSanto in the Shot Put (41’ 3.25”); Nick Carpenter in the Pole Vault (10’ 6”); Matt Dovale in the 100 Meter Dash (11.8) and the 4×100 Relay team of Joey McCarthy, Grayson Budny, Jack Donohue and Billy Lord (45.4).

The meet came down to the last event, the Pole Vault, as the Indians led 69.5 – 66.5. With Joey McCarthy taking 3rd for one point, the deficit was tightened by one point but the Hornets needed a big vault from captain Nick Carpenter. After Amesbury vaulter Drew Everett just missed clearing 10’6, Carpenter needed to clear in his last attempt or both of them would have split the 1st and 2nd place points (4 each) and it would have given Amesbury the win. Carpenter approached, planted and sailed over the 10’ 6” mark for a new personal best, a tie for his team and is now tied for 7th all-time in NR history with this vault.

“Nick’s vault was filled with immense pressure and he delivered,” said Hornet head coach Ryan Spinney. “What a great moment for him and the program.”

The Hornets took on Triton and Lynnfield at Triton Regional on Wednesday, May 9 after press time.