The Gloucester boys and girls track and field teams fared well against the best of the best from each of the 16 Northeastern Conference programs in Saturday’s Conference Championship Meet at Peabody High School.
The Fishermen saw three athletes take home individual conference titles while the girls team finished 5th with 49 points and the boys team finished 8th in a crowded boys field with 47 points, only 10 points shy of a top-four finish.
Peabody ran away with the boys meet as its 127 points were 54 points ahead of second place finisher Swampscott (73). Somerville finished third with 70 points. Beverly and Peabody were the top two finishers on the girls side, blowing away the field with 154 and 123 points respectively. Malden was third with 64 points and Swampscott fourth with 58.
Senior Leah Rudolph finished the final NEC Meet of her high school career with the conference 800m championship. Rudolph turned in a dominant performance, finishing with a time of 2:18.57, three seconds ahead of the second place finisher. Rudolph has now won the NEC outdoor 800m crown in each of the last two seasons.
Senior Eve Feuerbach took home the conference crown in the mile with a time of 5:21.03, her third straight NEC championship in the event.
Sophomore Will Kenney also earned a conference individual championship by winning the mile with a time of 4:34.10.
On the girls side, Rumi Thomas was third in the 400m (1:03.33), Liz Kuhns was fourth in the high jump, (5-feet), Sedona Gillard finished fifth in the 200m (28.15), Diane Story was fifth in the javelin (86-feet-9) and Rudolph eighth in the triple jump (31-feet-9). The team also got points from three relay teams as it was third in the 4x800m (10:31.28), fourth in the 4x100m (54.27) and eighth in the 4x400m (4:50.64).
For the boys, Matt Carter was third in the 2-mile (10:17.18), Dean Campbell was fourth in the 200m (22.99) and fifth in the dash (11.73), Kai DeGuzman was fifth in the 400m hurdles (1:00.08) and sixth in the 400m (53.85), Andrew Coelho was fifth in the 800m (2:08.41) and Harrison Pelosi was sixth in the mile (4:50.32). Gloucester’s 4x800m relay team also reached the medal stand, finishing second (8:35.62).