A track meet doesn’t get much more exciting than when the final outcome comes down to the last race, the 4 x 400 relay. Such was the case for the Chelsea High boys track team in its meet last Friday with Whittier Tech when the Red Devils held a slim 67-64 lead over Whittier and the deciding five points were on the line as the first relay runners toed their marks for the final race of the day.
The race was a close one all the way, as the Red Devil initial trio of Mohamed Qasim, Josue Reyes, and Alecio Dasilva handed off a slim lead to anchorman Marcone Correra. With about 250 meters left in the race, the Whittier runner was right behind Correra, but Marcone grinded out the last half lap to clinch the victory with a time of 3:59.4.
“It was a very exciting race and meet,” said CHS head coach Don Fay.
As was the case in the final race, the meet itself was a tight one all the way, with the teams each winning eight of the 16 events. Red Devil senior Ricky Maldonado accounted for 18 points for the Chelsea side of the scoresheet with victories in the high jump with a leap of 5′-8″, the javelin with a toss of 133′-9″, and the 200 meter dash in a time of 23.7. Ricky also took a second in the 100 dash in 11.6.
Junior Adriel Rodriguez won the 100 meters with a dash of 11.3 and the shotput with a heave of 40′-5″ on his final throw. Adrial also took second places in the discus with a twirl of 101″ and the 200 dash in 24.1 to account for 16 points on the day.
Qasim won the triple jump at 36′-11″ and was second in the long jump with a distance of 17′-7″. Mohamed was also the lead leg in the victorious 4×100 team which included Mohamed Mohamed, Jose Aguilar, and Chris Sanyet.
Eric Flores took second in the 400 meter hurdles, followed by Haider Kareem in third. The versatile Eric also finished second in the high jump, clearing 5-‘6″, ran 20.6 to finish third in the 110 high hurdles, and took third in the two mile run for a total of eight points on the day.
Josue Reyes was second in the two mile in 12:42. Marcone Correra was second in the 400 meters with a personal best of 57.8, followed by Alecio Dasilva in a personal best of 58.5.
Brian Horn ran a personal best in the 800 meters, missing first place by just 0.3 of a second, running 2:23 to place second.
Luca Braga threw a personal best of 73′-9″ in the discus to score a very important point for Chelsea.
The Red Devils didn’t have much time to celebrate the big win, because on Monday Shawsheen Tech came to Chelsea for another meet. However, this time the Devils triumphed by a more comfortable 90-46 margin.
Rodriguez was a triple winner, taking the 200 meter dash in 24.3, the discus with a throw of 106′-10″, and the shotput with a heave of 38′-5″.
Maldonado cleared 5′-8″ in the high jump and threw the javelin 123’-‘9″ to win both events and took seconds in the 100 dash in 11.9 and the 200 dash in 24.6.
Other winners for Chelsea were Jeffrey Estrada in the 400 meter hurdles in a time of 64.1 (Jeffrey also took third in the mile in 5:20 and third in the triple jump); Adriel Ortega in the 100 dash in 11.7; Marcone Correra in the 400 dash; the 4×100 relay team, with a season’s best of 47.7, consisting of Qasim, Mohamed, Aguilar, and Sanyet; and the 4×400 quartet of Qasim, Reyes, Horn, and Dasilva, who ran 4:07 to finish off the scoring.
Flores had two second place finishesd, one in the 400 meter hurdles the other in the high jump, and was third in the high hurdles. Sanyet was second in the long jump at 17′-11″ and Qasim was third with a jump of 17′-6″. Qasim was also second in the triple jump, bounding 36′-7″.
Other point scorers for Chelsea were as follows:
Ansel Claudio was second in the two mile and Eric Orellana was third; Haider Karim finished second in the high hurdles in 20.3; Christian Calix had a personal best in the javelin, throwing 107′-7″ for third place; Mohamed Mohamed completed the CHS sweep in the 100 dash in 12.2; DaSilva took second in the 400 dash;. Horn finished second in the 800 meters, running 2:25; Sanyet completed a CHS sweep in the 200 dash; Dominic Vega was third with a personal best throw of 75′-5″ in the discus; and in the shotput, Francisco Mercedes had a personal best of 35’ to finish third.
Fay and his crew, who now stand at 4-1 on the season, will host Greater Lawrence today (Thursday).
CHS baseball team drops two contests
The Chelsea High baseball team dropped both of its contests this past week, falling to Mystic Valley 7-4 last Friday and 11-0 to Shawsheen Monday.
In the Mystic Valley encounter, the Red Devils enjoyed a 2-1 lead after the first inning thanks to a two-run homer by Carlos Vega in the bottom of the first that brought in teammate Armando Montes, who had doubled.
However, MV struck for five runs in the third to move out to an advantage that the Red Devils never challenged. Chelsea scored solo runs in the fifth and seventh frames (as did MV in its half of the fifth), with Vega delivering both RBI-base hits. His triple in the fifth brought around Jorge Hernandez, who had singled, and his base hit in the seventh drove in Manny Ortiz, who had walked.
Carlos enjoyed a fine all-around day. He drove in all four CHS runs with his single, triple, and homer. He also pitched a complete game for the Red Devils, and but for the tough stretch in the third, was in control on the mound with seven strikeouts in his seven innings of work.
The Red Devils never were in Monday’s tilt with Shawsheen. CHS starting pitcher Luis Rodriguez went five innings, but was victimized by poor support in the field behind him. Only two of the runs scored against Luis were earned.
Vega had a hit and a stolen base and junior Christian Leon came through with his first varsity hit as a pinch hitter to provide the only highlights for the CHS offense.
“The team is still working hard and giving 100 percent,” said CHS head coach Alan Beausoleil. “But we need to make better plays in the field and improve our hitting if we’re going to have success in the second half of the season.”
Beausoleil and his crew, who stand at 2-8 on the season, were set to meet North Shore Tech yesterday (Wednesday) and travel to Whittier today. They return home to host Lynn Tech tomorrow and then will journey to Minuteman Monday and to Greater Lowell Tuesday.