CHS girls, boy track teams win CAC titles
Both the Chelsea High girls and boys outdoor track & field teams captured Commonwealth Athletic Conference titles with victories over Presentation of Mary Tuesday.
For the Lady Red Devils, the championship marks their third outright CAC title in the last three years. They were paced as usual by Martine Simon, who captured both the 100 and 200 dashes. Alex Martinez had a big day in the shot-put, tossing a school record and state qualifying mark of 31′-5″. Sylvia Agywaa was a doubleSwinner in the 400 hurdles and the 100 hurdles. The girls now turn their attention to the CAC championship meet this saturday at Shawsheen where they look to defend their league title.
With the PMA victory the CHS boys improved to 8-1 to clinch a share of the CAC championship with Shawsheen.
“This is an amazing accomplishment for the boys, considering the size of our team,” said CHS head coach Mark Martineau. “They have worked really hard this year and fought through some tough meets to achieve this mark.”
Senior Adriel Cedano continued to win in multiple events with victories in the 100, 200, high jump, and triple jump. Other first place finishers for Chelsea included Bryan Rivas in the 400 hurdles, Jose Leclerc in the two-mile, Isaac Colcord in the discus and 400m, and Nick Ieng in the shot-put and javelin.
“This will be the first time both teams have taken home a title in the same season that I can remember, ” noted Martineau.
As with the girls, the boys now look to the CAC championship this coming Saturday.
CHS boys, girls track defeat Greater Lowell
Both the Chelsea High boys and girls outdoor track & field teams earned victories last week in a meet at Greater Lowell.
On the boys’ side, an 83-52 triumph, Adriel Cedano, who continues to score big, came through with three victories in the high jump, triple jump, and 400 dash.
“Adriel continues to be the rock that keeps this team going,” said CHS head coach Mark Martineau.
Nick Ieng was a double winner for Cheslea, capturing both the 200 (24.2) and the 100 (11.6) dashes.
On the distance side, Jose Leclerc was a double-victor, as he continued to win in the two-mile (11:39) and the 800 (2:12).
“Jose has been the ultimate team player this season,” noted Martineau. “He runs two very hard races every meet where he needs to be mentally focused the entire time and has come through for the team every time.”
The meet was close up to the 800 event, when Leclerc and sophomore Wilfido Hernandez ran a very exciting race to finish 1-2 which sealed the meet for Chelsea.
Additional first-place finishers for the Red Devils included: Nelson Hernandez in the discus (108′); Alex Pedrero in the high hurdles (18.4); and Bryan Rivas in the 400 hurdles (63.2);
The triumph improved the boys’ record to 7-1 and moved them into a tie for first place in the Commonwealth Athletic Conference with Shawsheen.
“Considering what the boys have had to do to get to this point, you have no choice but to admire this team,” said Martineau. “The fight and compete level of this team is the best of any team I can remember. They truly are special.”
The Lady Red Devils remained undefeated at 9-0 with convincing wins over both Greater Lowell Tuesday and Notre Dame of Tyngsboro Thursday.
In the win over Gr. Lowell, Chelsea took first place in every event except the triple jump and the javelin.
Martine Simon continued to dominate the conference with three more wins in the 100m (13.22), 200m (27.63), and the long jump (15’3″). “Martine is having a great season,” said Martineau. “She is one of the best all-around athletes we have ever had the privilege to have.”
Additional winners for Chelsea included: Masireh Ceesay in the shot put (27’2″), Xiana Hersme in the discus (84′), Stephanie Simon in the high jump (4’6″), Sylvia Agywaa in the high hurdles (17.3), Yarid Deras in the mile (6:11), Owliyo Mohamud in the 400m (62.74), Jocelyn Poste in the 400 hurdles (75.19) and the 800m (2:46), and Amanda Dias in the two-mile (13:18).
“The girls are blessed with amazing ability and what looks like state qualifiers in almost every event,” added Martineau. “This team is loaded and looks strong going into the championship season.”
CHS baseball team enters final week
The Chelsea High baseball team will wrap up its 2017 campaign in the coming week with a flurry of four contests.
Coach Alan Beausoleil’s squad was scheduled to travel to St. Clement today (Thursday), trek to Essex Tech this coming Tuesday, and then host Whittier next Thursday in the season finale.
The Red Devils dropped three contests this past week, including a doubleheader last Tuesday at Carter Park against Maimonides.
In the opener of the twinbill, a 15-4 loss, highlights for Chelsea were provided by Luis Jimenez, who went 1-for-2 with a walk, two stolen bases, and two runs scored; Ariz Rodriguez, who went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI; and Manny Ortiz, who went 1-for-2 with a walk, a run scored, and an RBI double.
In the nightcap, a 15-0 loss, Ortiz was 1-for-2.
This past Friday the Red Devils engaged in a slugfest with Pope John, but came out on the short end of an 11-9 decision.
The principal offensive power for Chelsea came from the bats of Luis Jimenez, who went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and three runs scored; Rafael Otero, who had a hit that produced two RBI; and Rafael Castillo, who went 1-for-2 with a walk, an RBI, and a run scored.