The Norton boys had good decathlon teams this year. The Norton "A" team consisting of Kevin O'Leary, Josh Kelleher and Mike Tierney brought home 6th place out of 16 teams. They came out of day 1 in 2nd place overall, but fell back a little on day 2.
Norton A Team: Kevin O'Leary - 5,113 points (14th overall / 87) Josh Kelleher - 5,061 points (17th overall / 87) Mike Tierney - 4,578 points (38th overall / 87)
In their first time at the decathlon, the Norton "B" team of Cam Stalters, Justin Ireland, & Brandon Durocher did a great job!
A portion of distance runners from the Norton cross country and track teams competed at the 5th and final Run for Norton High put on by the Parent Advisory Board and run from the J.C. Solmonese School.
Norton's Max Marcotte took first place overall in the 5k with a time of 18:12!
Norton's Billy Sullivan took second place overall with a time of 18:42!
Norton's freshman Chris Wrenn took 3rd overall with a time of 19:12!
Coach Taylor took 4th overall with a time of 19:35.
Rounding out the top 5 was Norton's Eric Sanford with a time of 20:24!
Alumni Mikey "Mikey G" Gillis was 7th overall!
Congrats to the Norton boys for a fantastic showing today!
This week was a big one for the Lady Lancers of Norton.
ALL-STARS WERE ANNOUNCED!
First Team: Kassidy Campbell
Second Team: Shannon O'Rourke
KASSIDY CAMPBELL was named TVL Track Athlete of the Championship meet!
North Reading: At the division 4 state meet the ladies had one of their best meets in Lancer history, placing 12th out of 87 and sending 2 on to All-States.
Standouts on the girls side included Shannon O'Rourke. O'Rourke was ranked fourth at the start of the meet but threw a whooping 103'1", finishing at SECOND PLACE! Shannon will compete next weekend at Westfield State College at the All-State meet.
Joining Shannon in Westfield is Kassidy Campbell who placed third overall in the 400m Hurdles. Campbell ran a 67.09 to cement her place at the All-State Meet.
Kassidy Campbell's Third Place Finish in the 400meter Hurdles
Other Placements of the day:
Emma Ethier: 5th Place 100mH 16.88
Amy Pereira: 9th Place Shot Put 31'6.75"
Kassidy Campbell: 9th Place 100m H 17.29
Anya DiLorenzo: 15th Place 800m 2:34.29
Ashley Pelletier: 21st Place Javelin 87'7"
Browne, Feeney, Dufault, Sargent: 4x100 relay 21st Place 55.09
(left to right Billy Sullivan, Max Marcotte, Coach Taylor, Senior Captain Mason Rouillard, & Mike Tierney)
In a phenomenal race at the MIAA Division 4 State Championship, the Norton boys 4x800 meter relay team brought a STATE CHAMPIONSHIP home to Norton! Billy Sullivan kept it close in the first leg but handed off in first to Max Marcotte who gained a little bit more of a lead handing it over to sophomore Mike Tierney who maintained about the same lead. Mike handed the baton off to his senior captain Mason Rouillard who dropped the hammer posting a 2:03 final split to win the State Championship! Mason crossing the finish line was the highlight of my coaching career. I could not be any more proud of these boys and what they accomplished today. They will forever be state champions and they will have their names hanging from a banner in the gymnasium next to the likes of Joe Colley (Javelin), Kelly Allen (Discus), and Courtney Williams (100 Meters).
The 4x800 team punched their ticket to the ALL-STATE MEET at Westfield State University next Saturday afternoon.
Norton somewhat sacrificed their team score today for the 4x800 state championship (well worth it), but still placed 13th overall in the meet out of 87 Division 4 schools.
The top 8 finishers in each event scored for their respective teams.
Norton's scorers on the day included:
5th Overall - Jack Keane - Shotput: 47'10"
6th Overall - Kevin O'Leary - Javelin: 157'1"
7th Overall - Josh Kelleher - Long Jump: 19'6.5"
8th Overall - Steve Hudson - Shotput: 46'5"
Other State Qualifier's Performances:
9th Overall - Cam Stalters - 110 High Hurdles: 17.01
Senior Captain Jack Keane ties his PR good for 2nd Overall at the TVL Championships!
Junior Kevin O'Leary lead the way for the Lancers with 14 varsity points and was a TVL champion in the javelin.
Sophomore Mike Tierney scored 12.5 varsity points for the Lancers and was a TVL champion in the 400 and the 4x400! The 4x400 team of Mason Rouillard, Max Marcotte, Danny Lenihan, & Mike Tierney were also TVL Champions in the 4x400 meter with a top time in the TVL this year of 3:36.70!
Junior Josh Kelleher Triples His Way to 2nd Place Overall in the Meet with a BIG PR!
The boys fought hard yesterday and had many placements.
Placements on the day included:
Kevin O'Leary - 1st Javelin (157'0"), 4th High Jump (5'8") - 14 POINTS
Mike Tierney - 1st 400 (52.09), 1st 4x400 (3:36.70) - 12.5 POINTS
Josh Kelleher - 2nd Triple Jump (41'6.75"), 4th Long Jump (19'0") - 12 POINTS
Joe Colley - 2nd Javelin (144'8") - 8 POINTS
Jack Keane - 2nd ShotPut (49'4.5") - 8 POINTS
Andrew Nartowicz - 3rd Long Jump (19'1"), 6th Triple Jump (39'6") - 7 POINTS
Justin Ireland - 2nd 4x100 (46.43), 4th 200 Meters (24.88) - 6 POINTS
Zach Sicard - 2nd 4x100 (46.43), 5th 100 Meters (12.06), 6th Long Jump (18'7")- 5 POINTS
Danny Rafuse - 4th Triple Jump (40'7") - 4 POINTS
Steve Hudson - 4th ShotPut (43'3") - 4 POINTS
Paul Schleicher - 4th Discus (122'3") - 4 POINTS
Cam Stalters - 5th Javelin (124'9"), 6th 110 Hurdles (18.15) - 3 POINTS
Mason Rouillard - 1st 4x400 (3:36.70) - 2.5 POINTS
Max Marcotte - 1st 4x400 (3:36.70) - 2.5 POINTS
Danny Lenihan - 1st 4x400 (3:36.70) - 2.5 POINTS
Jon Taylor - 2nd 4x100 (46.43) - 2 POINTS
Colin Habig - 2nd 4x100 (46.43) - 2 POINTS
Matt Butler - 6th ShotPut (41'3.5") - 1 POINT
Norton will next compete at the Division 4 State Championships On Sunday May 26th at North Reading High School at 1:00.
Westwood- The lady lancers attended the TVL championship last night in Westwood and placed fifth overall. The lancers beat out Medway, D-S, Millis Ashland and Bellingham, all of the teams that they beat during the regular season.
The biggest news to come out of the TVL championship on the girls side was the TWO FIRST PLACE FINISHES by Kassidy Campbell in the 400mH, running a 68.7 and in the 100mH, where she ran a 17.3. Kassidy also placed SECOND in the Long Jump, where she reached 15'8". Kassidy earned the team 28 points alone and finshed the season with a total of 157 varsity points. A NEW ALL SCHOOL RECORD**!
Wow! What can we say! The Norton boys did an incredible job at the MSTCA STATE COACHES INVITE, a very prestigious meet with the hardest qualifying standards of any meet all year.
The Norton boys 4x800 (seen below from left to right) of Mason Rouillard, Mike Tierney, Billy Sullivan, and Max Marcotte not only won the meet outright, they destroyed the old school record in the meantime with a 8:15.61! The previous school record was set in 2011 by Tyler Anderson, Kevin Rogers, Mason Rouillard, and Keegan Campbell with a 8:22.69! Billy Sullivan held on to the pack in the first 800 and went 2:04 handing the baton to Max Marcotte who maintained the second place and who went sub 2:04. Max then handed off to a red-hot Mike Tierney who, on his second lap, yelled a viking-like scream and proceeded to reel in the first place team from 50 meters back and fly by him (ALSO going sub-2:04 for a PR) handing the stick off to seasoned veteran and senior captain Mason Rouillard who closed the deal with great track awareness and pacing! Congrats to you boys on a GREAT and ENTERTAINING RACE!
Another HUGE performance was that of Norton's top shotput thrower Senior Captain Jack Keane with a toss of 49'4.5" good enough for 8th place overall and a HUGE personal record! Congrats Jack!
Senior Captain Danny Rafuse had a nice session in the triple jump coming in 7th overall with a 41'1.5"!
Junior Kevin O'Leary placed 10th overall in the javelin with a toss of 156'3".
Finally the boys 4x100 team was one one thousandth of a second away from their season best. The team of Kevin O'Leary, Zac Sicard, Colin Habig, & Josh Kelleher (seen below, left to right), ran a 46.45 good for 17th overall.
Norton will next compete at the Tri-Valley League Championships this Wednesday at Westwood High School at 3:30!
A big congrats to the Norton boys track team who concluded their regular season with a win over the Holliston Panthers 104-32! The boys end the season 8-1 coming in second in the TVL. The boys have had an incredible run these last few years with 25 wins and 2 losses in the last 3 years.
The boys are looking forward to a great postseason as they are primed and ready. They start off with a few athletes attending the state relays this Saturday. Following that, next Wednesday the boys compete at the Tri-Valley League Championships.
Thanks to all the seniors who have made this season so very special or all of us. The seniors leaving us this year will be: Matty Butler, Captain Joe Colley (he's the man), Tom "triple" Hanlon, Captain Jack "The Pack of Snack" Keane (Snack Pack), Captain Danny Lenihan (all heart), Andrew "Has anyone seen Narto?" Nartowicz, Christos "Greestos" Nikolos, Captain Danny Rafuse (Tall, Goofy, & Hilarious), Captain Mason Rouillard (so much respect for you), and Nick "PR" Skotny.
As for today, there were 4 double winners on the day. Per usual, Kevin O'Leary won the 100 and javelin. Mike Tierney ran 2 gutsy races winning the 400 hurdles at the line on the lean and came back and won the 400. Mason Rouillard won a close one in the 800 and was a member of the winning 4x400 relay team. Freshman Justin Ireland won the 200 and was a member of the winning 4x100 team.
Zach Sicard made states in the 110 hurdles his first time out just prepping for the Decathlon. Cam Stalters got a PR in the 110 hurdles with a 16.8, as did Max Marcotte in the mile (4:45.8), Steve Hudson in the discus (117'0"), Jack Keane in the shotput (47'9"), and Andrew Nartowicz in the triple (39'6').
Other placements on the day:
Josh Kelleher: 1st long jump, 2nd triple jump, 2nd 200
Steve Hudson: 2nd shotput, 2nd discus
Cam Stalters: 1st 110 high hurdles, 2nd javelin
Jack Keane: 1st shotput, 3rd discus
Paul Schleicher: 1st discus
Danny Rafuse: 1st triple jump
Andrew Nartowicz: 4x100, 3rd triple jump, 3rd long jump
Jon Taylor: 4x100, 2nd 100
Max Marcotte: 4x400, 2nd mile
Zach Sicard: 2nd long jump, 3rd 110 high hurdles
Eric Sanford: 2nd 2 mile
Danny Lenihan: 4x400, 3rd 400
Brandon Durocher: 4x400
Colin Habig: 4x100
Colin O'Leary: 3rd 400 hurdles
Billy Sullivan: 3rd mile
Matt Hines: 3rd 200
Matt Butler: 3rd shotput
Joe Colley: 3rd javelin
Norton's postseason starts with the MSTCA State Coaches Meet this Saturday at 9:00 at the New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School.
Holliston: The girls team took on Holliston today in the last meet of the regular season. They lost 75-61 but put up a very good fight in the rain against the Holliston team. The meet, as many of the season was close until the very end.
Meet highlights included:
Kassidy Campbell, who placed first in the 400mH, 100mH and long Jump; but also finished the season with a staggering 129 varsity points.
Shannon O'Rourke placed first in discus and second in shot put adding eight points to her season. Shannon dominated the discus all season and is looking forward to coaches this weekend.
Amy Pereira placed second in the 100 and first in shot put. Amy has been a stand out in the shot put all season long and will also be continuing with her season.
Bekah Sarget placed third in the 100 second in the 400 and second in high jump to complete her last ever regular season meet. Bekah has been a fantastic athlete and leader for the lady lancers.
Ashley Pelletier finished first in the javelin and third in discus today. As a sophomore member of the team she is excited to continue working on her throwing.
Emma Ethier placed third in the 400mH and second in the 100mH. Emma as a senior captain has been a true leader to younger hurdlers, Campbell and Bieksha. She looks forward to competing in the heptathlon.
Marisa Amato placed third in javelin and second in discus. Marisa is a consistent point earner for the lancers.
Erin Kennedy place second in the triple jump today. She has placed first in every other meet this season in this event.
Danielle Whitman, Anya Dilorenzo, Caroline Weber, Cece Browne, Nicole Germano and Molly Bieksha all placed third in their respective events.
The program would like to thank senior captains Katie D'onofrio, Allison an Brittany Alioto, Bekah Sargent, Emma Ethier and Bri Arcaro for their dedication to the program and leadership over the past year.
Katie is one of the only mile runners who smiles with every step. Her light hearted spirit and commitment to the program will be missed
Allison Alioto is an 800m runner who inspires all with her strength. She is a confident leader, who is willing to stand up for her team.
Brittany Alioto was part of the mile crew until an unfortunate discus accident earlier this season. Brittany persevered and was able to come to many of the follow meets. Brittany's courage inspired us all to strive for the best.
Bekah Sargent is a stellar athlete for the lancers who was extremely willing to share her wealth of knowledge about track and field. Bekah is also very calm in situations of pressure, which is comforting to younger athletes.
Emma Ethier is the lancers veteran hurdler who on many days has had to step up to make hurdler workouts and to help the program grow. Emma is fearless and truly dedicated to track and field.
Bri Arcaro had been injured all season but has shown her leadership by supporting the thrower girls all season long. She has also worked as the coaches right hand during home meets.
The seniors will be greatly missed!! We thank you for all of the time and effort you have put fourth into this program! It would not have bed. The same without you. We also wish you the best of luck in the future!