Steph Simon wins three medals at EMass D-1 Meet
Chelsea High track star Stephanie Simon turned in what CHS coach Mark Martineau termed a “career day” at Monday’s Eastern Mass. Division 1 track & field meet, medaling in three events and scoring 20 points.
In the triple jump, Stephanie finished second with a jump of 38-‘0.5″. Simon was winning the event until the final jump and her mark qualifies her for the New Balance outdoor nationals where she has already qualified to compete in the high jump.
In the high jump, Simon’s leap of 5′-4″ was good enough to take third place.
“Stephanie is becoming very consistent up to this height,” said Martineau. “She is working hard to break through to the 5’6″ mark.”
The surprise of the day for Simon was her third place finish in the 100 meter dash in a clocking of 12.60. Stephanie qualified for the final with a fifth place effort in the prelims in 12.67.
“Stephanie has not run this event very often this season and we were not sure what to expect,” said Martineau. “She broke her sister Martine’s school record with her sprint of 12.60.”
Stephanie now will move onto the all-state meet this coming Saturday at Fitchburg State University. She is ranked third in the triple jump, seventh in the high jump, and 10th in the 100.
Stephanie’s sister, senior Martine Simon, came home with a seventh place medal in the triple jump with a distance of 35′-8″. Martine then took ninth in the long jump with a leap of 16’-10″ and finished 10th in the 100 dash in 12.77.
Also representing Chelsea were Masireh Ceesay in the shot put, Jessica Martinez in the discus, and Anna Chang in the 400 hurdles.
The trio of Martine Simon, Stephanie Simon, and Jocelyn Poste will compete next Monday and Tuesday at the MSTCA state heptathlon championships at North Reading High School.
CHS boys, girls track teams compete in CAC Meet
The Chelsea High boys and girls trekked to Shawsheen Valley Tech to compete in the Commonwealth Athletic Conference’s spring track championship meet last Monday.
The CHS boys finished in fifth place, scoring 40 points.
The Red Devils were led by their distance runners who took first place in both the mile and two mile. Jose Leclerc wrapped up an amazing career by outrunning the rest of the conference in the mile in a time of 4:46.
“Jose has been undefeated the last two years in this event,” said CHS head coach Mark Martineau. “He has really worked hard over the course of his entire career. His lead-by-example approach to running will be hard to replace.”
Teammate Justin Turner, a junior, brought home the league championship in the two mile run in a clocking of 10:49.95.
“Justin ran a smart race, knowing that he was going to have to compete in the 800 later in the day,” noted Martineau.
Justin followed up that performance with a fifth place finish in the 800 in a time of 2:11.
Other Red Devils scoring points for the Chelsea side of the scoresheet included Kelvin Diaz, who took fourth place in the 200 in a time of 23.90; Jullio Valladares, who grabbed fifth place in the mile (4:58) and teammate Jazzman Reyes, who took sixth in the mile (4:59); senior Alex Pedrero, who finished fifth in the 110 high hurdles in a time of 17.94 to cap off his great career; senior Tony Bui, who captured a fifth place medal in the shot-put with a toss of 39′-11″; and teammate Rigo Flores, who took sixth in the shot with his throw of 38′-9″.
Rounding out the scoring for Chelsea was the 4 x 400 quartet of Leclerc, Reyes, Valladares, and Yosuf Rubin, who finished in third place in a time of 3:49.53.
“We had a great season that was carried by our distance team,” noted Martineau. “While we are graduating many of our point-scorers, the returning distance team is strong with three athletes coming back who can run under five minutes in the mile. It will be important to add to this group and round out the team with more throwers and sprinters.”
On the girls’ side, the Lady Red Devils finished in second place with 132 points, behind first-place Essex Tech with 154 points.
Pacing the Chelsea squad were the Simon sisters, Martine and Stephanie. Sophomore Stephanie, who before the meet had started was named the MVP of the CAC by a vote of the league’s coaches, had a huge day for the Lady Red Devils.
Stephanie won all four events in which she competed — and set meet records in three of them.
Her first victory of the day was a first-place finish in the high jump with a leap of 5′-3″. Stephanie then won the 100 hurdles with an amazing time of 15.88 that is not only a meet record, but now a CHS school record.
Her next first-place finish came in the triple jump, where she again set a new school and meet record with a mammoth jump of 36′-9″.
Stephanie then capped her undefeated day of competition with a first place finish in the 200 dash in which she set a new CHS and meet record with a sprint of 26.10.
Stephanie’s unparalleled performance on the day earned her the meet MVP for both the field and running events.
“Never has an athlete won both MVP awards at the same meet,” said Martineau. “The last sophomore to win an MVP was her sister Martine two years ago.”
Senior Martine Simon finished her Chelsea High career with an amazing day of her own. She took first place in the 100 dash with a new school and meet record of 12.66. She finished second in the long jump with a leap of 17′-2″ and second in the 200 dash with a time of 26.63.
Rounding out her scoring was a third place finish in the triple jump with a distance of of 34′-10″.
“This was a great way for Martine to end her career,” noted Martineau. “For the past four years she has been a true warrior for our team, competing in many different events and always leaving everything on the track. She will be greatly missed.”
Also taking first place for Chelsea was Stefanie Rodrigues in the 800 with a season-best and new school record time of 2:35.89. Junior Jessica Martinez took first in the discus with a season’s best throw of 92’4″. Yarid Deras had a good day, taking fourth-place finishes in both the mile (6:17) and two mile (13:30).
Jocelyn Poste grabbed a third place in the 400 hurdles (1:14) and sixth in the 800m (2:46.6). Sophomore Ana Chang had a break-out day in the 400 hurdles, nabbing second place in a time of 1:11.45.
Masireh Ceesay finished second in the shot put with a new school record throw of (31′-10″) and fifth in the discus with a toss of 80’10”. Also placing in the shot put was Adamaris Perez with a throw of 28′, which was good for sixth place.
Rounding out the scoring for the Lady Red Devils was the 4 x 400 team of Rodrigues, Awa Bajinka, Danai Mejia, and Chang, who sped to a third place finish in a clocking of 4:41.49.
“This was a good end of the season for this squad and there is a lot to look forward to,” said Martineau. “While this team is losing some major point earners and leadership, there is a ton of potential returning. If this team is going to compete with Essex Tech in the future, we are going to have to replace the holes we have as a team and work harder to realize the potential that we have. This is possible, but it will take a lot of work.”