Banner day for Simon, Chang at CAC Meet
Chelsea High track stars Stephanie Simon and Ana Chang turned in outstanding performances at Saturday’s Commonwealth Athletic Conference Meet. Both Lady Red Devils earned the meet’s top honors, wth Stephanie being named the Most Valuable Performer in field events and Ana receiving the MVP in the track events.
Simon won four events, the high jump with a leap of 5’-2”, the 100 high hurdles in 16.49, the long jump with a distance of 18’-2.5” (which was almost a foot longer than her nearest competitor and set a new CAC Meet record), and the 200 dash in a clocking of 25.51, which set both a new CHS school record (breaking her sister Martine’s mark of 26.01) and a new meet record (which Stephanie herself had established last year).
Chang set both meet and CHS records in the 400 hurdles with her winning time of 107.90, which is the sixth-fastest time in the state in Division 1 this season. Ana also sprinted to victory in the 100 dash in 12.73, which is the 11th fastest time in the state this season.
Both girls will be competing in this weekend’s Division 1 State Meet where they will be favored to win medals.
A number of their teammates also turned in fine performances in leading the Chelsea girls to a third-place finish in the team standings with 83 points, just behind second-place Shawsheen Tech with 87 points. Essex Tech won the girls title with 122 points.
Jess Martinez finished second in the discus with a toss of 82’-11.5”; Yaris Deras brought home a third place medal in the 1600 meter race with a time of 5:58.69; Jocelyn Poste grabbed third place in the 400 hurdles in 1:14.76 and fifth spot in the 800 in 2:44.17; Pricilla Melgar grabbed sixth place in the 3200 meter run in 15:03.35; and Marcella Castillo took seventh place in the 800 in 2:55.32.
The Lady Red Devil 4 x 400 relay quartet of Deras, Castillo, Saia Carreto, and Dandi Mejia Pazil finished in seventh place in a time of 5:09.06.
Turner wins CAC championship
Chelsea High star trackman Justin Turner, who was the premier two-mile runner in the Commonwealth Athletic Conference this season, laid claim to the undisputed 2019 title in that event with a victory in the 3200 meter run this past Saturday in the CAC Meet.
Justin laid waste to the competition in the 3200 with his clocking of 10:07, which was a lengthy 25 seconds faster than his closest competitor.
Although Justin was the only Red Devil to bring home a CAC title, there were a number of fine performances turned in by his teammates.
Jazmany Reyes took second place in the 1600 meter run with a time of 4:52.82, which was just 1.53 seconds behind the winner. Teammate Julio Valladares finished a close fourth in the 1600 with his clocking of 4:54.59.
Chelsea won two medals in the shot put. Anthony DelRosario finished fifth with a toss of 37’-6.5” and Rigo Flores-Noriega grabbed sixth place with his throw of 36’-8”.
The three Chelsea relay teams also performed well. The 4 x 400 foursome of Turner, Jose Morales, Valladares, and Reyes finished with third-place medals for their clocking of 3:46.10.
In the 4 x 800 relay, the team of Limilson Tavares, Ian Padilla, Ruben Padilla, and Oscar Amaya grabbed fourth place in 9:55.64.
In the 4 x 100, the quartet of Kennedy Lopez, Nasir Adams. Jose Gutierrez, and Josh Suggs sprinted to a seventh place finish in 49.11.
Coach Cesar Hernandez and his crew will compete in the Division 1 State Meet this Saturday.
Quintero plays well for CHS baseball
“Rain, rain go away…” was the theme of the week for the Chelsea High baseball team, which was able to play only one game because of the foul weather, that coming last Wednesday against Mystic Valley.
Santiago Quintero scored the lone run of the game for the Red Devils thanks to an RBI base hit by Andrew Falcon.
Quintero also performed well on the pitching mound, striking out four enemy batters in his two innings of work.