The Gloucester outdoor track and field team competed in the Eastern Mass. Division 2 State Meet on Saturday at Merrimack College, and two runners have a chance to get into next weekend’s All State Meet as wild card qualifiers.
Sophomore Will Kenney was Gloucester’s top finisher of the day, placing 5th in the mile (4:23.39). Senior Dean Campbell also scored points for Gloucester with a sixth place finish in the 200m (23.24). While Kenney and Campbell did not automatically qualify for the All State Meet with a top-three finish, they can still get in as wild card selections but must wait until all the other divisional meets are finished.
The Gloucester boys also saw the 4x800m relay team reach the medal stand. Harrison Pelosi, Andrew Coelho, Matt Carter and Kenney finished 8th (8:22.35). The Gloucester boys scored eight points on the meet and finished 22nd as a team.
Other top 15 finishes from the Gloucester boys and girls teams came from Eve Feuerbach in the mile (9th place, 5:17.12), Campbell in the 100m dash (11th place, 11.56), Leah Rudolph in the 400m (12th place, 61.60) and the 200m (14th place, 27.27), Liz Kuhns in the high jump (12th place, 4-feet-11), Kai DeGuzman in the 400m hurdles (14th place, 59.75) and Rumi Thomas in the 400m (15th place, 22.42).
Gloucester 8 Melrose 3
Melrose 6 Gloucester 2
The Fishermen move to 15-4 with the two-game split in the home-and-home series on Saturday and Sunday.
Ben Oliver and Daylon Lark had home runs in Saturday’s win at Nate Ross Field with Oliver and Jake MacKillop splitting the innings on the mound.
The Fishermen return to action at home on Thursday against St. John’s Prep (6 p.m.).
Manchester Essex 13 Rockport 1
The Hornets swung a hot bat in Saturday’s first round of the Rockport Memorial Day Holiday Tournament.
Luke Leavitt went 3-for-4 with two home runs, including a grand slam, driving in six and scoring five times. Bennett O’Leary went 2-for-4 with a pair of homers and four RBIs, Harry Painter had three hits and scored twice and Mike Quill went 2-for-2. Dylan Wilson went five innings on the mound, allowing two hits and striking out four.
Rockport 9 Ipswich 1
The Vikings pounded the rival Tigers in the consolation game of the Rockport Memorial Day Tournament to finish up the season at 4-16.
Kyle Beal went the distance for the win and earned a spot on the all tournament team. Noah Rawson homered in his final high school at bat and Cal Twombly also had a home run.
Gloucester 10 Ipswich 0
Gloucester rolled past Ipswich on Saturday in the opening round of the BankGloucester Holiday Tournament. Tracy Wood and Jenna Hoofnagle had three hits each, Riley Thibodeau had a pair of hits. The Fishermen had 15 hits as a team. Sydney McKay went the distance, allowing two hits and striking out seven.
Manchester Essex 3 Rockport 2
The Hornets (4-7) won a tight match against the Vikings (4-8) on Friday.
Rockport took the win at No. 1 and No. 2 singles from Rhodes Cole and Jaden Kamm respectively. Manchester Essex, however, took the next three spots to earn the win.
The match came down to No. 2 doubles and Manchester Essex’s Lucas Shan and Connor Queenan won a thriller of a match, 7-6 (7-4), 7-5 to score the deciding point. Manchester Essex also got wins from Kellen Furse at No. 3 singles and the No. 1 doubles team of Thymen DeWidt and Thomas Birkeland.
The Vikings have finished up the regular season, the Hornets are back in action on Monday at home against Pentucket (10 a.m.).