The Gloucester track teams each had a day to remember at Thursday’s NEC Championship Meet.
A gutsy performance by the boys team yielded it a second-place finish with a total of 52 points, trailing only powerhouse Peabody, which finished with 61.
Jacob Holscher won the mile with an impressive 4:34:36 finish to set the pace for the boys, while Matt Carpenter earned a first-place finish in the 600-meter with a 1:25:39 finish.
Everest Crawford provided the day’s biggest highlight for the boys, fighting back on the last lap of the 1000-meter to overcome a Danvers opponent for a first-place finish.
Noah Mondello added a second-place finish in the 2-mile.
On the girls side, it continued to be all about senior star Bianca Giacalone. While she finished in second-place in the 300, her 42:56 pace beat her own school record, which she set at the conference meet last winter. She dropped the race at the finish line after leading most of the way, but will still compete in the state’s Class B meet.
Elle Wierbicky, who returned to competition after suffering a hamstring injury early in the season, rejoined her 4X200 relay team. Wierbicky, Giacalone, Gloria Kabulo and Timia Buckley won the event and qualified for the state tournament with a time of 1:52:95.
The team finished in fifth place, and also received a 4th-place performance in the shotput from Liz McCormack and saw personal bests from Giacalone, Zoe Cortizo (300 meter), Corrine DeLouise (600 meter), Sabrina Marnoto (1000 meter), Michelle Quinn (mile) and Kelly Foster (2 mile).
Rockport 60, Georgetown 59
The Vikings got back to .500 on the season with a dramatic road win over Georgetown. Trailing by two points entering the fourth quarter, the Vikings rode sophomore center Conor Kuykendall in the fourth quarter to earn their third-straight victory. Kuykendall finished with 10 points and 14 rebounds, and all of his points came in the fourth quarter. Senior Tucker Meredith led the Vikings with 14 points, while A.J. Balzarini notched 13 and Sean Aspesi added 10. The Vikings sit at 7-7 on the year, and will need to go at least 2-2 over their final four games to qualify for postseason play.
Manchester Essex 60,
The Hornets fought out of a 10-point hole with three-minutes to play to secure an impressive comeback victory. The Hornets relied heavily on their outside shooting, as Carolyn Heslop drained five 3-pointers en route to 16 points and Ella Silag-Stearns knocked down three 3-pointers to pace her team-high 17-point performance.
Georgetown 55, Rockport 33
Georgetown built up a commanding 34-9 halftime lead and cruised from there, dropping Rockport to 6-8 on the year. The Vikings pushed back in the second half, but the first-half hole was too much for them to overcome. Kayla Parisi led the way with 10 points, while Heather MacArthur added nine points and Rachel Haselgard chipped in with seven.