The freshmen and sophomores of the Chelsea High boys outdoor track team easily handled all of the competition in Tuesday’s Commonwealth Athletic Conference Freshman and Sophomore Meet, racking up 166 points to claim the league championship.
Leading the way for Coach Don Fay’s contingent of young Red Devils was Jeffrey Estrada, who won the 400 hurdles in 67.4 and the triple jump and who was also part of the winning 4 x 400 CHS relay team.
Adriel Rodriguez played a big role in the CHS victory. Ariel won the shotput with a throw of 36-4; took a second in the javelin; and a third in the 200 meter dash in 25.03.
Jefferson Elian was another big point-getter for Chelsea, winning the discus with a personal best spin of 88-5 and claiming fifth in the 100 meter dash. David Skolodoski also claimed a CAC Fr.-So. title, capturing the 400 meter dash in 58.7.
Other Red Devils who scored points for the CHS cause were: Kevin Mendez, who finished second in the 400 hurdles and third in the triple jump; Faisal Nasimi, who finished second in the mile (running a personal best of 5:23), third in the high jump, and who was the anchor leg on the winning 4 x 400 team; Sam Hernandez, who was second in the 400 meter dash and who was a member of the 4 x 400 quartet; Jay Pedrero, who came home in second spot in the 800 in 2:26 and who was on the 4 x 400 team; Brendan Lara, who finished third in the 110 meter high hurdles; Eric Flores, who was fourth in the 110 hurdles and second in the high jump with a leap of 5-2; Brian Horn, who finished third in the mile in 5:43; and Josue Theosmy, who took fourth in the discus and sixth in the 200 meter dash.
The 4 x 100 team of Marconi Correra, Theosmy, Elian, and Rodriguez also claimed a CAC crown with a first place finish in 48.7.
The full CHS squad will compete in the CAC League Meet this Saturday morning at Greater Lowell.
CHS girls win Frosh-Soph Meet
The freshmen and sophomore girls of the Chelsea High girls outdoor track team claimed the Commonwealth Athletic Conference title, edging Notre Dame of Tyngsboro by one point, 120-119, Tuesday afternoon at Chelsea Stadium. Mystic Valley finished in third place with 70 points.
The meet had been scheduled for last Saturday, but was postponed because of inclement weather.
The triumph by the Lady Red Devils marked the fourth straight CAC Freshmen-Sophomore Meet Championship for the CHS girls’ team.
Top performers for Coach Kim Huffer’s squad included::
Sophomore Gabriela Ramirez: Double hurdle winner with a 1st place finish in the 400 low hurdles (80.9) and another 1st place in the 100 high hurdles (20.54);
Freshman Katherine Cabral: 1st in the long jump (14’5), 2nd in the 400 meter dash; and 4th in the 200 meter dash;
Sophomore Dzenana Karajic: 3rd in the 400 hurdles;
Sophomore Sara Beqo: 3rd in the two mile and 4th in the 800;
Sophomore Sofia Falcon: 3rd in the mile;
Sophomore Chimene Agogo: 3rd in the 400 dash and 4th in the long jump;
Sophomore Joy Mejia: 3rd in the 800;
Freshman Mariama Kamara: 3rd in the 200 and 4th in the 100;
Freshman Jazmin Castellon: 3rd in the shot put and 4th in the discus;
Sophomore Meghan Nguyen: 3rd in the long jump;
Freshman Wendy Becerra: 5th in the mile and 6th in the 800;
Freshman Emely Burgos: 5th in the 400; and
Sophomore Steicy Martins: 6th in the long jump, earning the single point that gave her team the margin of victory.
In addition, the 4 x 400 relay quartet of Chimene Agogo, Dzenana Karajic, Joy Mejia, and Sofia Falco came home in second place.
The entire CHS girls squad will compete in the CAC League Meet Saturday morning at Greater Lowell.
Red Devils edge Lynn Tech, 11-10
A dramatic third out at home plate in the final inning enabled the Chelsea High baseball team to hold on for an exciting 11-10 victory over Lynn Tech last week.
The Red Devils gunned down the potential tying run on a textbook relay play from outfielder Nelson Vega to cutoff man Carlos Vega to catcher Luis Rodriguez to snare the Tech runner before he could reach home.
The win was poetic justice of sorts for the hard-luck Red Devils, who have come out on the short end of more than their share of close encounters in the late and extra innings this season. After spotting Tech a 3-0 lead in the opening frame, Chelsea exploded for five runs in its half of the first and added two more runs in each of the second and third stanzas to bolt out to a seemingly safe 9-3 advantage.
However, Tech battled back with a six run uprising in the fifth to knot matters at 9-9 which was helped by some CHS fielding miscues. Chelsea retook the lead with a solo marker in the bottom of the fifth and another in the sixth, but Tech pout together a rally in the seventh that saw one run come across to slice the lead to 11-10 before the dramatic ending that snuffed out the last Tech runner of the day.
Frankie Rodriguez had a big day at the plate for Chelsea, going 3-for-3 with two walks, a double, three runs scored, and two stolen bases. Carlos Vega, who pitched all seven innings for the Red Devils in a gutsy performance to pick up the “W,” contributed to his own cause with a 2-for-4 day at the plate with a triple, three ribbies, a run, and a stolen base.
“Carlos pitched well for us, but we made some errors in their fifth that allowed them to get back in the game,” said CHS head coach Alan Beausoleil.
Chelsea did not have as much luck in its other encounters in the past week, dropping three contests to Whittier, Maimonides, and Greater Lowell.
In a 5-3 loss to Whittier, Nelson Pineda went all the way and did a nice job on the mound, allowing just six hits. Carlos Ramos had two hits, including a triple, and scored a run and had an RBI. Dan Velastegui had a hit, an RBI, and a run scored.
Tuesday’s loss to Greater Lowell was highlighted by a 3-for-3 effort by Velastegui and a home run by Pineda.
The Red Devils, who now stand at 5-12 on the season, will wrap up their 2013 campaign with three contests on the road, starting today (Thursday) at Greater Lowell. Chelsea will trek to Northeast Regional Tuesday and to Lynn Tech Wednesday.