Published in the May 25, 2016 edition
By MAUREEN DOHERTY
WEST NEWBURY— The girls’ and boys’ track and field teams had a strong showing at the 9th annual Henry Sheldon Invitational Meet hosted by Pentucket May 16.
Six Cape Ann League schools participated in the meet that honors the first track and field coach for the Triton Vikings. Ipswich, Amesbury and Newburyport also participated.
It is a unique meet in that the combined scores of the boys and girls events are combined to determine the overall winning school. This year, that honor went to the hosts, the Pentucket Sachems. Lynnfield finished fifth overall out of the six teams.
Girls’ head coach Liane Cook said the girls also earned their first win of the season by beating Newburyport by six points, 47-41.
Contributing to the noteworthy performances of the Lady Pioneers were Kate Mitchell, who topped the field in the 800m race (2:25) for 10 points; Juliana Passatempo, whose time of 73.5 seconds in the 400m hurdles earned her second place and eight points; Erica Richard, who cleared 7’6″ in the pole vault to earn second place and eight points; and the 4x100m shuttle hurdle team of Aja Parker, Mia DeGeorge, Sarah Crockett and Brie Giamarco, whose combined time of 1:28 earned them third place and six team points.
Lilly DiPietro (68) achieved a personal record in the opening leg of the 4x400m relay. She and teammates Juliana Passatempo (68), Elana Kotler (78) and Kate Mitchell (66) ran a combined time of 4:41 for fourth overall and four team points.
Adding to the team’s point tally were the following fifth-place performances, each of which earned the team two points: Sarah Crockett (4’6″) in the high jump; the 2x200m relay team of Courtney Shinnick, Julianna Tammaro, Hannah Scollard and Tia Julian (2:02); Mia DeGeorge, who threw a personal record distance in the shot put of 27-2; and the 4x800m relay team of Annie Olsen (2:44), Gabriella Passatempo (2:50), Kelsie Hauser (2:55) and Lilly DiPietro (2:50). Olsen ran a personal record in the opening leg of to record the fastest time in the foursome.
Olsen also finished the mile in 6:18 for sixth place overall and one team point.
Haley Iapica also had a personal record in the 200m of 28.6 seconds for sixth place and one point.
The 4x100m relay team of Iapica, Renee DelNegro, Erica Richard and Kaitlin Flannery rounded out the scoring with a combined time of 56.21 for sixth place overall and one point.
Also having a successful day were Ashley Bass, who cleared a personal record in the pole vault of 6’6″, as well as Hannah Scollard (30′) and Courtney Shinnick (29’1″), who both achieved big personal records in the triple jump.
Boys’ head coach Bill Wallace said his team had a “successful day” at the meet
“Lynnfield ended up scoring a total of 57 points as a team,” he said. There were many meet highlights as well. Among them was the 4x800m relay team’s third-place finish that qualified the team for states in 8:54. The splits recorded by the team members were: Weiss (2:12), Iapicca (2:13), Kinslieh (2:19) and Seelig (2:08).
Esaie Philantrope took second place overall with personal record in the long jump of 20 feet, 2 inches.
Drew Balestrieri placed in two events, taking second in the javelin (133′) and fourth in the shot put (39’6″).
Another noteworthy performance was recorded by John Quinn who earned a personal record of 10’6″ in the pole vault for second place, Wallace said.
Earning third place overall were both the 2x200m relay team of Sieger (27.8), Angelo (26.9), Kaminski (31.5) and Cohee (24.2) for a combined time of 1:50.81 and the 4x100m relay team of McCarthy (11.1), Battaglia (11.6), Philantrope (12.1) and Donovan (12.1), which posted a combined time of 46.8 seconds.
In the 400m hurdles, Brendan Bey took fourth (61.84). Bey also did well in the 110m high hurdles, taking sixth in 18.39 seconds.
The 100m dash saw two Pioneers place. Donovan took fifth (11.75) while Philantrope took eighth (12.35). Battaglia took eighth (25.23) in the 200m race.