Newburyport Daily News
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Drew Beaupre was one of the top shot putters in the Cape Ann League this past season, placing first in 9 out of 10 meets. The highlight of his season was throwing a personal best 42-3, and at the CAL Indoor Track Championship meet, he placed sixth in the league with a throw of 40-5.75. Beaupre also competed in the Division 5 State Championships, placing 18th in the state with a throw of 39-2. Beaupre will attend North Shore Community College in the fall, and he looks up to his father Chris as a mentor and role model.
One of the Cape Ann League's top performers in the 55-meter dash this past season, Cooper Carifio placed third in the CAL Indoor Track Championships with a time of 6.80. Prior to that, he placed first in the preliminary round with a time of 6.82, beating out eventual league champion Alexander Jean-Charles of Ipswich. Following his graduation this spring, Carifio will attend Endicott College, and he credits coach Darrel Cox for helping him develop as a runner.
Ben Cullen had a busy season for Amesbury, competing in the 300-meter run, the 600-meter run and the high jump. Cullen's best performance at the CAL Indoor Track Championships came in the 600, in which he placed fourth in the league with a time of 1:28.94. He went on to place 10th in the state in the 600 at the Division 5 State Championships with a 1:31.24 time. Off the track, Cullen has a GPA of 4.4, and his college plans are still up in the air.
Alex Demeule was Pentucket's top distance runner this past year, placing second in the 1-mile race at the CAL Indoor Track Championships with a time of 4:37.18 while also helping lead the school's 4x800 relay team to the league championship. The 4x800 relay team would go on to compete in the Division 4 State Championships, where they placed fourth in the state with a time of 8:25.54, and at All-States, where they finished 18th with 8:29.09. Demeule said he looks up to coach Darrel Cox.
Brandon Duford was Triton's leading point-getter and team MVP this past season. He competes primarily in the 55-meter hurdles, in which he finished fourth in the league at the CAL Indoor Track Championships with a time of 8.81. He also ran a 9.05 in the event's preliminary round, finishing fifth. After graduation, Duford hopes to go on to study photography in college, and he credited assistant coach Graham Eaton as a mentor.
Adam Elfiki was Amesbury's team MVP and one of the most dominant and versatile athletes in the league. He was the Cape Ann League champion in the 55-meter hurdles and long jump, winning the events with a time of 8.15 and a school-record jump of 19-7. He also placed fourth in the league in the high jump by clearing 5-6, and after the meet he was honored as the CAL Baker Division Athlete of the Year. He went on to place third in the state in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.17 at the Division 5 State Championships and 17th in the long jump, and at All-States he placed 18th in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.20. Elfiki is also a star in the classroom, maintaining a GPA of 4.71, and next season he will be a team captain.
One of Newburyport's top distance runners, Gabe Ficht placed second in the Cape Ann League in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:42.33 and was also a member of Newburyport's state championship-winning 4x800 relay team. Ficht also placed seventh in the state in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:41.90 at the Division 5 State Championships. Ficht said the highlight of the season was winning the program's fourth-consecutive state championship, and he said he look sup to coach Don Hennigar as a mentor and role model.
In his first season of indoor track, Tom Graham had one of the best seasons in Newburyport High School history. Graham captured the school record in both the 600-meter run (1:23.62) and the 800-meter run (1:59.01), and capped off his season with an appearance at Nationals, where he placed 23rd in the country in the 800 and established the new school record. Graham also won the Cape Ann League championship in the 600 with a time of 1:24.82, beating his next closest competitor by three seconds, and went on to place second in the state in the 600 at the Division 5 State Championships, where he set the new school record. He also competed at All-States, where he ran a nearly identical time to place 11th in the event.
Jared Healey's senior season exactly the way as his freshman, sophomore and junior years, with a state championship. Healey was one of the team's top contributors as a sprinter, placing fourth in the league in the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.86 while anchoring the team's 4x400 relay, which placed 15th at All-States with a time of 3:33.28. Healey also placed fifth in the state in the 300-meter dash with a time of 37.17 at the Division 5 State Championships.
Ryan Kent was one of the Cape Ann League's top performers in the 600-meter run, placing fifth at the CAL Indoor Track Championships with a time of 1:29.24. Kent also performed well at the Division 4 State Championship meet, where he placed 14th in the state with a time of 1:28.66. Kent also participated in Triton's 4x400 relay team, and after he graduates next year, he hopes to pursue a degree in engineering.
Doug Masi had a strong junior season in the 55-meter dash for Amesbury, finishing the season by placing sixth in the league at the CAL Indoor Track Championships with a time of 7.00 seconds. Masi went on to compete in the event at the Division 5 State Championships, where he placed 16th in the state with a time of 6.97. This coming season Masi will be a team captain, and he said he looks up to coach Mike Farmer as an inspiration.
A state champion all four years of his career, James Nutter was one of the most prolific athletes on the team, competing in the 600-meter run, the 1,000-meter run, the 4x400 relay and the 4x800 relay at various points in the year. More than that, he was one of the best in the league in each of those events too, placing third in the league in the 600 (1:27.37) while helping lead the 4x400 team to a second place finish (3:36.64) and the 4x800 team to third place (9:08.40). Nutter also placed seventh in the state in the 600 with a time of 1:28.28, and he ran the second leg of the 4x400 at All-States.
Though he didn't get to compete much towards the end of the season after falling ill, Chris Orlando was Newburyport's top performer in the 2 mile for most of the year, placing first in every dual meet he participated in. He was also a member of Newburyport's championship-winning distance medley relay team, running a 3:20 in the 1,200-meter leg of the race. His best time in the 2 mile came against Hamilton-Wenham, when he ran a 10:15, which would have been good for fourth in the league had he run at the CAL Indoor Track Championships. He was also Newburyport's recipient of the MIAA Sportsmanship award, and though his college plans aren't set in stone, he said his top college choice is Stonehill College.
Alec Reduker was sensational in his sophomore season, establishing new school records in the high jump and in the pentathlon while also ranking among the league leaders in the 55-meter hurdles. He placed 14th at the MSTCA Pentathlon with 2,902 points (a new school record) and was named Athlete of the Meet at the Freshman-Sophomore Meet. Reduker's most dramatic performance came at the Division 5 State Championships, where he cleared 6-4 in the high jump to place second in the state, setting a new school record in the process. He went on to place seventh at All-States, clearing 6-2.
A middle distance standout for Pentucket, Brett Repke came up big in the CAL Indoor Championships, placing fifth in the league in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:50.39. Repke also placed first in the 1,000 in Pentucket's meets against Triton and Saugus, and he holds the school record in the event as well. Repke also competed in the 1 mile from time to time, and he credited his cross-country coach Darrel Cox as one of the main factors in his development as an athlete.
James Stone came up huge for Amesbury in his senior season, going undefeated in the 1,000-meter run during the regular season before placing third in the league at the CAL Indoor Track Championships with a time of 2:43.15. Stone holds the school record in the event, and at the Division 5 State Championships he placed sixth in the state with a time of 2:41.69. Going forward, he's still undecided on his college plans, and he thanked coaches Ernie Bissaillon and Mike Farmer for everything they've done for him.
Mark Theberge had a performance he'll never forget at this year's CAL Indoor Championships, throwing the shot 43-10 to place second in the league, while setting both a new school record and a new personal best. He went on to compete at the Division 4 State Championship meet, where he placed 24th in the state with a throw of 41-3 1/4. Off the track, Theberge has a GPA of 3.0, and he looks up to assistant coach Graham Eaton.