1. Construction for a new Newell Stadium begins
Newell Stadium has needed a renovation for more than a decade now, and in September, after years of fundraising efforts, ground was broken to begin work on a brand new stadium. The new Newell Stadium, which is slated to be finished in June, will have a new turf playing field and a regulation sized track surrounding the field surface.
2. Gloucester Triathlon and Run Gloucester Road Race fold
They were two of the largest and most popular races in Gloucester, but in 2012 the Gloucester Fisherman Triathlon and the Run Gloucester Road Race closed shop after just three and two years of competition respectively. High overhead costs were the problem for the wildly popular triathlon while the Run Gloucester Road Race was a victim of the areas saturated road race schedule, which features several popular and long standing races.
3. Gloucester’s U-16 Riptide soccer wins state title
Gloucester’s U-16 Riptide made history in June taking home Cape Ann Youth Soccer’s first state championship. The Riptide got into the championship round by the skin of its teeth with a wildcard berth but in the end there was no doubt who the best team in the state was. Gloucester picked up the title with a 2-1 win over Wilmington in the title game with Eli Horne scoring the game winner with an assist from Shaun Aspesi.
4. Two Gloucester track records go down
In February, Gloucester sprinter Bianca Giacalone ran an unforgettable race at the Northeastern Conference Indoor Track Championships at the Reggie Lewis Track Center in Boston. Giacalone’s 300m time of 42.78 set a new school record. Three months later, in May, Calvin Kipruto re-wrote the Gloucester track record book with a record setting performance in the 400m. At the Class B State Championship meet, Kipruto’s 400m time of 51.28 set the Gloucester High School record.