, Newburyport, MA


February 20, 2012

Pedigree on display

Clippers run to second state championship in a row

BOSTON — The bigger the meet, the better the Newburyport boys indoor track team performs.

The Clippers captured a Mass. Interscholastic Athletic Association Division 4 state championship for the second winter in a row Saturday at the Reggie Lewis Center. In the team's biggest meet of the year to date, the Clippers dominated with season-best performances from several athletes, two of whom won individual state championships.

Taking a broad look at the performance of the Newburyport boys track team's performance over the last two years, it becomes evident that Saturday's performance is the continuation of a dynasty.

The only other Newburyport sports team to win back-to-back state championships since the turn of the century is the girls soccer team in 2007 and 2008.

This year's Clippers (8-1) also won a Cape Ann League Championship Meet title for the second year in a row after capturing a CAL Division 2 dual-meet championship.

The Clippers logged a dual-meet record of 18-1 over the last two seasons, with the one loss coming against CAL Division 1 foe North Andover Jan. 25. That loss snapped Newburyport's 26-meet winning streak, which dated back to December 2009.

Saturday's state championship was similar to Newburyport's top finish in the CAL Championship Meet in that the Clippers secured a large lead in the opening events and never left the outcome in doubt.

Newburyport tallied 67 points, dwarfing the scores of the next four teams — Weston (39 1/2), Whitinsville Christian (32), Douglas (31) and Old Rochester (29).

"We exceeded our dreams regarding the performance," said Newburyport coach Tim Foley, who was the CAL Division 2 coach of the year. "Everyone on our team performed as well or better than expected. We can't say enough about the distance group, as they were unbelievable."

Senior captain Keith Conway opened the meet for the Clippers with an individual title in the 2-mile (9:43.78), besting his top time by nine seconds. Freshman Nick Carleo also collected an individual state title in the mile (4:26.92), breaking the previous school record set by Greg Englehart (2011).

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