CHS track athletes do well at State Division 2 Meet; Cedano sets record
It was a nice end to the season for the Chelsea High boys and girls track programs this past Sunday at the MIAA Division 2 Championships held at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston.
For the boys, senior Adriel Cedano capped off an amazing indoor career by achieving an eighth place ribbon in the 300 meter dash with a personal record time and a new CHS school record of 36.94.
Teammate Jose Leclerc finished 21st in the mile in a time of 4:55.06. The boys 4 x 400 relay team of Leclerc, Cedano, Isaac Colcord, and Kevin Umanzor finished 14th in a season’s best time of 3:41.70.
The Lady Red Devils were represented by seven individuals and one relay.
Junior Martin Simon brought home a sixth place medal in the long jump with a leap of 15′-10″. Martin also finished 14th in the 55 meter dash in 7.64.
Freshman Isha Osman finished 27th in the 55 dash in a time of 8.01. Senior Owliyo Mohamud finished 10th in the 300 meter dash in a clocking of 44.46. Sophomore Jocelyn Poste came across in 15th spot in the 600 dash in 1:50.79.
Sophomore Yarid Deras finished 16th in the mile in 5:53.29 and fellow sophomore Amanda Dias finished 18th in the two-mile in 12:44.38. Senior Sylvia Agywaa finished 13th in the high hurdles in a season’s best time of 9.31.
Capping off the fine day for the CHS girls was the 4 x 200 quartet of Simon, Osman, Mohamud, and Agyaa, who grabbed a sixth medal in a time of 1:50.39.
Both the boys and girls teams now will enjoy a couple of weeks of well-deserved rest. The spring season is right around the corner.
by Bob Morello
Bruins look to make a point
Following last night’s (Wednesday) game in Anaheim, the Bruins will have less than two-dozen games remaining in this season’s chase for the playoffs, as they attempt to stretch their win streak under Bruce Cassidy to five games. The Bruins’ play in those 22 remaining games will determine whether they will miss their chance for a run at the playoffs for the third season in a row, and players will start setting their tee times, or they will prepare for the playoff run. Prior to last night’s game the Bruins fortunes have taken a change in a positive direction under interim coach Cassidy with Boston’s four-game winning streak. Coming into Wednesday night’s matchup with the Anaheim Ducks currently in the fifth spot of the Western Conference standings, things in the Eastern Conference have tightened up to the point that even gaining a single point could mean the difference in making, or missing the playoffs.
Thus far, the coaching change appears to have made at least a slight difference, with Cassidy’s quicker tempo of play that has not only notched eight valuable points in the standings, but it has had a positive effect on some players who had become stagnant under the watch of Claude Julien, namely Jimmy Hayes, who had become a spectator (healthy scratch), and the noticeable resurgence in the play of Ryan Spooner. Captain Zdeno Chara has also been a threat since being placed back on the point of the power play by Cassidy. It seems that Cassidy’s newfound confidence has given Chara an energized lift.
Following their bye-week, the remaining teams in the Eastern Conference have now caught up to Boston in the number of games played. Presently the Bruins are in the ninth spot of the Eastern Conference standings, tied with Florida Panthers with 66 points (+ one game in hand), the recent solid play of the Toronto Maple Leafs has vaulted them a single point (67) ahead of the Bruins, tied in games, and within striking distance of the consistent-playing Ottawa Senators who are four points (70) ahead, with a single game in hand. The importance of points available is critical when one considers that the difference between the eighth and final spot of the conference standings, and the possible drop to the 13th spot is a mere four points – and is being sought by six teams – Florida, Boston, New York Islanders, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, and Buffalo.
As for the remainder of Boston’s West Coast trip, tonight (Thursday), the Bruins are in the second game of a back-to-back, and will take on the Los Angeles Kings who are battling for the last spot in the Western Conference, lacking just two points to make the move up. On Sunday night (2/26) Boston will end their west coast trip with a matinee (12:30pm) matchup with the Dallas Stars, who even though they are at low in the Western Conference standings, are always a threat with their lineup of potential scorers.
The Bruins will return to Garden ice to host the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday (2/28 at 7:00pm), and then prepare to face the streaking 7-2-1 New York Rangers. The month of March is top-heavy with 14 games scheduled in 29 days.