CHS Sports Roundup

CHS Girls Track Edges Somerville

The Chelsea High girls indoor track and field team competed in a tri-meet with Greater Boston League (GBL) foes Somerville and Medford last week at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, narrowly edging the former, but falling just short to the latter by a single point.

The contest with Medford, which was decided by literally just hundreths of a second, saw Chelsea fall short by a score of 46-45.

The first-place winners for the Lady Red Devils vs. the Lady Mustangs were: Rosalinda Rojas in the 600 dash with a tme of 2:01.19; Jada Amezquita in the 1000 with a clocking iof 4:07.16; Thania Simon in the long jump with a leap of 14’-5”25; Kiara Ramirez in the shot-put with a throw of 30’-4”; and Giselle Olivar in the 55 hurdles in a time of 9.89.

The outcome of the Medford meet was decided in the two relay events (the 4 x 400 and 4 x 200) in which the two Lady Mustang quartets prevailed, winning the  4 x 200 by a margin of just 2.09 seconds.

An even-closer competition came in the 55 meter dash in which Chelsea star freshman Thania Simon (who was Chelsea’s top scorer on the day with a total of 17.25 points) took second-place to the top Medford girl by the slim margin of just 0.05 of a second.

In the Somerville portion of the tri-meet, the Lady Red Devils nipped the Lady Highlanders, 50-46. Somerville captured all of the dash events, other than the 55 hurdles, but Chelsea excelled in the distance and field events: Gizelle Rodriguez winning the mile in a time of 6:32.08; Simon leading a Chelsea sweep in the long jump; Ramirez leading a Lady Red Devil sweep in the shot-put;  and Olivar taking the hurdles.

In addition, the Chelsea quartet of Keiri Hernandez, Meleny Rodriguez, Marcayll Louis-Jean, and Simon won the 4 x 200 relay to seal the victory.

“In the end, the girls were able to get a win vs Somerville, and just narrowly lost to Medford by one point,” said CHS head coach Cesar Hernandez. “We knew both meets could go either way, but overall the girls had a great meet.”

Additional point-scorers for Chelsea in the tri-meet were:

55 dash: Thania Simon, 2nd vs. Medford and Somerville; Faith Dunbar, 3rd vs. Somerville;

300 dash: Keiri Hernadez, 3rd vs. Medford;

600 dash: Rosalinda Rojas, 3rd vs. Somerville;

1000: Jada Amezquita, 2nd vs. Somerville; Katherine Benitez, 3rd vs. Somerville;

1-mile: Gizelle Rodriguez, 2nd vs. Medford; Lyssis Henderson, 3rd vs. Medford;

Long jump: Marcayll Louis-Jean, 2nd vs. Medford and Somerville; Faith Dunbar, 3rd vs. Medford and Somerville;

55 hurdles: Lauren Nadow, 2nd vs. Medford and 3rd vs. Somerville;

2-mile: Alma Alla, 3rd vs.Medford and 2nd                                                                                                vs. Somerville; Reina Moreira, 3rd vs. Somerville;

Hernandez and his Lady Red Devil crew, who stand at 4-2 on the season, will meet GBL opponent Malden in the final dual meet of the season at the Reggie next Tuesday.

CHS Boys Track Runs Well in Tri-Meet; Aracena Sets New Mark

Although the Chelsea High boys indoor track and field team came up short to Greater Boston League opponents Medford (65-34) and Somerville (80-19) in their tri-meet last week at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, a number of coach Cesar Hernandez’s Red Devils turned in superb efforts.

Chief among them was the performance of Ariel Aracena, who broke his own CHS record in the shot-put by almost a foot with a throw of  47’-4”, a toss that was an amazing 12 feet further than his closest Medford foe and seven feet beyond his nearest Somerville rival’s effort.

Other Red Devils who also had a superlative tri-meet were:

Alex Flores, who won the 2-mile vs. both Medford and Somerville with a clocking of 11:08.01 (in which Alex nipped his Somerville opponent by just 0.03 in a dramatic finish). He also took 2nd vs. Medford and 3rd vs. Somerville in the mile to finish with a total of 14 points on the day.

Theo Joseph-Seale, who handily took second in the shot vs. both Medford and Somerville with his toss of 41’-8”; and

 Leeandro Castro, who won the 55 meter dash vs. Medford with a sprint of 7.72;

“The boys ended up with two losses against the two teams, but also came away with a lot of personal records,” said Hernandez. “The biggest highlight from this meet was probably from Ariel Aracena who threw the shot-put a distance of 47’-4”, breaking the school record he set earlier in the season by over a foot. Ariel now ranks 17th in the state in the event.”

Additional point-scorers for Chelsea in the tri-meet were:

55 dash: Brayan Alfaro, 3rd vs. Medford;

300 dash: Joao Cassim, 3rd vs. both Medford and Somerville;

600 dash: Ausin Freeman, 3rd vs. both Medford and Somerville;

1000: Bryan Amaya, 3rd. vs. Medford;

Long jump: Joao Cassim, 2nd vs. Medford and 3rd vs. Somerville;

55 hurdles: Sherwin Kim, 2nd vs. Medford and 3rd vs. Somerville; and

2-mile: Jose Amaya Raudales, 2nd vs. Medford.

The Chelsea boys will conclude their regular season with a dual meet with Malden next Tuesday at the Reggie.

Simon Wins Medal at Fr.-Soph. Meet

Chelsea High freshman track sensation Thania Simon captured an eighth place medal in the long jump at the recent MSTCA Freshman/Sophomore Meet. Thania’s leap of 15’-4” was her season’s best, placing her as one of only two freshmen at the meet to earn a medal. Thania also narrowly missed bringing home an eighth-place medal in the 55m dash by just .001 seconds, which essentially is a photo-finish. Two Red Devils, Bryan Amaya and Sebastian Molina-Regil, also forwarded strong performances at the meet. Bryan set a personal record (PR) by almost six seconds in the 1000 with a time of 3:05.73, while Sebastian improved his PR by 10 seconds with a clocking of 3:10.18.

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