CHS Girls Track Team Wins CAC League Meet

The Chelsea High girls track and field team pulled out a narrow win in the Commonwealth Athletic Conference All-League Meet last week, barely edging their nearest rival, Mystic Valley, by a score of 121-119.33.

Four CHS school records were set during the meet:

— Senior co-captain Thien-Ly Che ended the season by bettering her time in the 400 hurdles with a clocking of 73.37 (finishing in 3rd place);

— Senior co-captain Shanice Hernandez broke the record in the shotput with a throw of 27-8;

— Senior Shuly Sejour broke the record in the 100 hurdles with a time of 17.36; and

— Freshman Sofia Falcon broke the record for the mile with a time of 6:10 (this was only the 2nd time Sofia had run the mile in a meet).

Top Lady Red Devil finishers in the meet included:

— Shanice Hernandez:  1st in shot Put, 4th in Discus

— Shuly Sejour:  1st in 100 Hurdles, 3rd in Long Jump, 5th in 200M

— Thien-Ly Che: 2nd in 100 Hurdles, 3rd in 400 Hurdles, 4th in Triple Jump

— Tatyana Almeida: 2nd in 800M, 6th in Triple Jump

— Andrea Umana: 2nd in 400M

— Quinnee Valenzona: 3rd in 400M, 4th in 400 Hurdles

— Bahiya Nasuuna: 3rd in Shot Put

— Zuleima Castillo: 3rd in Javelin, 4th in 100M

— Sofia Falcon: 3rd in Mile, 6th in 800M

— Cristal Rodriguez: 4th in Javelin

— Rebeca Torrento: 5th in Discus

— Vanessa Mercado: 5th in 2 Mile

— Jackie Lopez: 6th in 100 Hurdles

Additionally, the 4 x 400 relay team of Yessenia Motta, Cristal Rodriguez, Andrea Umana, and Tatyana Almeida finished in 2nd place.  The 4 x 100 relay quartet of Zuleima Castillo, Karolyn Moni, Kenia Santana, and Stephanie Moni finished in 3rd place.

“It was a great day with so many personal bests and four school records broken,” said CHS head coach Kim Puffer. “We were neck and neck with Mystic Valley the entire meet.  The seniors led the charge and the underclassmen followed. I am proud of the focus that they had going into the meet.

“The girls knew what they had to do and performed well,” added Huffer. “The seniors leave a big hole for us to fill next year, but from the energy that the rest of the team has shown, I’m looking forward to what they will bring next season.”

The triumph marks the 5th straight year that the Chelsea girls have been undefeated in the regular season and the 3rd straight year that they have won the CAC League Meet.

Post season plaudits for Chelsea included the CAC’s Coach of the Year award.

“Amanda Alpert, who has been the assistant coach for the past seven years and who has spent time and energy into improving the strength and technique of our throwers (both boys and girls) received the honor,” said Huffer. “Amanda has meant so much to our team. The hard work, dedication to excellence, and determination that she instills in the throwers have resulted in their improvement this year and other years in the past.  She has been one of the reasons that the team has continued in its success and we are lucky to have her as part of our coaching staff.”

Hernandez is double champion at CAC meet

The Chelsea High boys track and field team competed in the Commonwealth Athletic Conference’s All-League Meet last Saturday at Greater Lowell. The boys finished third behind Greater Lowell and Greater Lawrence in the meet, marking the first time in five years that the Red Devils have not won the league meet.

“Our dual meet record was 4-3 this year,” said CHS head coach Don Fay. “We were lacking more overall depth this year and we also didn’t  seem to have the same energy and attitude that we have had in the past.”

Luis Hernandez finished first in two events to claim a pair of CAC championship ribbons. He narrowly missed qualifying for the State Meet in the high jump with a leap of 5-8. Luis also improved on his school record in winning the 110 meter high hurdles in 16.2 where he has qualified for the Division 2 state meet this Sunday at Whitnam Hanson.  Hernandez was also second in the 400 meter hurdles, giving him a total of 28 points on the day.

Rony Gomez finished second in the discus hurling it 116 feet. Teammate Anthony Carrasquilla was right behind in third place, throwing it 114 feet for a huge personal best.  Francisco Colindres took third in the 800 meters in a PR of 2:07.4.  The 4 x 400 team of Brandon Rath, Anthony Santiago, Joseph Arroyo, and Colindres was also third.  Brendon Horn jumped a personal best of 36- 2 in the triple jump for fourth. Brian Pliego was fifth in both the javelin with a throw of 125-1 and the shot put with a toss of 38-1.

The CHS freshman and sophomore boys were set to compete yesterday (Wednesday) at Greater Lowell against their CAC counterparts.

CHS baseball team drops two contests

The Chelsea High baseball team fell into a bit of a slump this past week, scoring only one run in two games, en route to losses of 2-1 to Greater Lowell and 4-0 to Shawsheen Tech.

Fine pitching performances by Red Devil hurlers proved unfruitful thanks to the lack of offensive support. Jason Reyes tossed four innings against Greater Lowell, allowing the two runs in the opening inning (on two hits, an error, and two walks with the bases loaded), but then settled down nicely and did not allow a hit in his next three innings of work.

Odonys Urbaez came on in the fifth and hurled three innings of shutout ball, allowing just three hits.

The lone Red Devil tally came in the second when Juan Encarnacion singled, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a groundout by Carlos Ramos. Chelsea threatened in the fourth, but Dan Velastegui, who had reached on an error and moved to second on a wild pitch, was thrown out at the plate on a base hit to right field by Encarnacion.

Chelsea put together the seeds of a rally in the seventh when Brandon Morales and Encarnacion singled, but they were left stranded.

In the defeat to Shawsheen, Morales went all seven frames, yielding just six hits and two earned runs. He fanned six and walked only one.

However, though the Red Devils matched Shawsheen in the hits department with six, they were unable to deliver the timely base hit that would have knocked in their teammates. Encarnacion and Morales singled in the first inning, but were left on base. In the sixth, Morales walked and Urbaez singled, but neither came home.

Ryan Motta, Carlos Vega and Francisco Molina also had base hits for the Red Devils.

The twins losses dropped the Red Devils below .500 to 7-8 on the season. Chelsea has three games left on its schedule and either must win two of the final three to qualify for the state tourney via a .500 record or defeat North Shore Tech in their game that was scheduled for yesterday (Wednesday). The winner of that contest likely will finish in second place in the CAC Small Division and thus qualify automatically for a tourney spot.

Coach Alan Beausoleil and his Red Devils travel to East Boston today and to Mystic Valley tomorrow.

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