Newburyport junior Nick Carleo has already won a lot of accolades in his track career, and now he can add a new title to his resume as the fastest miler in Massachusetts.
Carleo placed first in the 1-mile run at Saturday’s All-State Indoor Track Championships, beating out Burlington’s Paul Hogan on the final stretch to claim the second All-State championship in school history.
Carleo won with a school record time of 4:15.29, holding off Hogan (4:15.45) by less than two-tenths of a second. After the race, Newburyport coach Tim Foley praised his athlete, saying he did everything he needed to do to win the race.
“He ran a very smart and very intelligent race. He stayed in the front of the pack for the first five laps, and the last three he made his strategic break,” Foley said. “Paul Hogan was the only one to follow and Nick held him off in a terrific finish.”
With the win, Carleo becomes just the second athlete in Newburyport history to win an All-States Indoor Championship. The other was Kyanna Stallings, who won the 55-meter dash in 2000.
Stallings went on to win the event at the New England Championship Meet shortly afterward, but Foley said Carleo would likely bypass New Englands to compete at Nationals in two weeks instead.
“This is a major accomplishment for Nick Carleo,” Foley said. “He’s put in the work and effort to attain this achievement and it’s a credit to him and distance coach Don Hennigar.”
Carleo’s championship highlighted what was a successful day overall for the Newburyport track team. The team placed 11th overall in the meet with 12 total points. Others who had strong performances included Alexander Reduker, who placed seventh in the high jump with a jump of 6 feet, 2 inches, and Tom Graham, who placed 11th in the 600-meter run with a time of 1:23.63.
The 4x400 relay team, which consisted of Brendan Byron, James Nutter, Graham and Jared Healey, also performed well, placing 15th with a time of 3:33.28. Though it didn’t perform as well, the 4x800 team of Tim Englehart, Tyler Newfell, Carleo and Gabe Ficht placed 22nd with a time of 8:45.77.
Other local athletes who had strong performances included Adam Elfiki of Amesbury, who finished 18th in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.20, and the Pentucket 4x800 relay team, consisting of Alex Demeule, Josh Wildes, Drew Capener and Sam Coppola, which placed 18th with a time of 8:29.09.