Gloucester 71Swampscott 65 (boys)
The Fishermen (3-1) needed a win in the 4x400 relay to come away with a victory against Swampscott on the road Wednesday. The quartet of Jacob Holscher, Matt Carpenter, Everest Crawford and Calvin Kipruto not only turned in a first place finish to give the team a win, they broke the school record in the process with a time of 3:32.6.
The 2013 4x400 team tops the previous record set by Kevin Hurd, Kyle Hurd, Andrew Ryan and Paul Sutherland at the 2010 Northeastern Conference meet.
“The boys have worked really hard to get to this point,” Gloucester head coach Jeff Destino said. “They all came back from their individual events and with the meet on the line it was great watch those boys run with such passion and determination.”
In addition to the record setting performance, the Gloucester boys also turned in several state qualifying performances on the afternoon from Josh Rudolph (400 hurdles), Holscher (mile), Noah Mondello (2-mile), Crawford (800), Carpenter (800), Kipruto (400) and Noah Hillier (discus). Hillier turned in a personal best performance in the discus with a throw of 126’5” while Rudolph also finished first in the long jump and triple jump.
Tuesday’s win comes fresh off the heels of a strong performance at the State Relay Meet this weekend. The 4x800 team of Holscher, Carpenter, Crawford and Mondello finished second with a time of 8:10.86 while the 4x400 team of Aidan Lyons, James King, Rudolph and Kipruto turned in a state qualifying time of 3:37.98.
Swampscott 70.5Gloucester 65.5 (girls)
The Gloucester girls (2-2) dropped a thriller as the Big Blue took home the win with a first place finish in the 4x400 relay.
Megan Clark (mile), Fiona Davis (mile), Elle Wierbicky (200), Gloria Kabulo (200), Bianca Giacalone (400) and the 4x100 relay team of Kayla Nasser, Timia Buckley, Wierbicky and Giacalone all turned in state qualifying performances.
“The girls fought hard and nearly beat a very strong Swampscott team, but just didn’t quite have enough in the last few events,” Destino said. “There were so many positives to take away with numerous girls qualifying for states. They have been working hard to get better each time they compete.
The girls also had a strong day at the State relays over the weekend led by the 4x200 quartet of Wierbicky, Kabulo, Zoe Cortizo and Giacalone, who finished 8th with a time of 1:52.79.
Manchester Essex 5 Ipswich 0
Another day, another 5-0 win for the Hornets, who improve to 6-0 on the season.
No. 1 singles Brittany Collens (6-0, 6-0), No. 2 singles Michelle Fuca (6-0, 6-0), No. 3 singles Kendall McCormick (6-1, 6-2), the No. 1 doubles tandem of Rachel Daley and Chanel Bullock (6-1, 6-1) and the No. 2 doubles team of Avery St. Sauveur and Molly Carlson (6-1, 6-1) were all victorious for Manchester Essex.
Peabody 5 Gloucester 1
Gloucester was plagued by defensive woes as four of Peabody’s five runs were unearned. Jason Vizena pitched a complete game on the mound allowing just one earned run in the losing effort.
Alex Webb delivered Gloucester’s run driving in Mark Horgan in the fifth inning. The Fishermen are right back it it tonight when Beverly visits Nate Ross Field (7:00 p.m.).
North Reading 11Manchester Essex 1
The Hornets (2-6) were no match for the class of the Cape Ann League Large. Kevin Carter, Cory McCollum and Cory Burnham each had a hit offensively, Carter scored the team’s lone run.
Salem 13 Gloucester 9
The Witches take over first place in the Northeastern Conference South with the win, Gloucester falls to 4-2.
Caity O’Leary and Melodie Orrell powered the Gloucester offense with three goals each. Tess Destino and Kelly Foster had a goal and an assist while Angela Marino had a goal.
Yazmeen Shahin played well in net for Gloucester as did Kenna O’Maley, Laura Johnson, Alex Barusso, Arianna Puopolo and Charlie Gillon on defense.