More than a dozen local athletes competed at this past weekend’s MIAA All State Outdoor Track and Field Championships, and by the time the dust had settled, two champions had been crowned and four school records had fallen.
Newburyport’s Nick Carleo and Triton’s Kerstin Darsney will receive much of the publicity for topping the competition at All State’s in the mile and triple jump respectively.
Carleo further developed his ever-cramped trophy case by winning another All State title, his third this year, while Tom Graham joined in on the fun with a 10th place 800-meter performance that, while not good enough to earn a bid to New Englands, etched his name into Newburyport’s record books. With a time of 1:56.83, Graham broke John Stansel’s previous record of 1:57.
Likewise, Clipper Alec Reduker set a school record, his second in a week, by finishing 13th in the pole vault with a jump of 12-3 inches, topping a record set by Garrett Harms in 2006. Reduker had also set a school record in the high jump at last week’s State Championship Meet, clearing 6-5 inches.
Darsney, meanwhile, competed in three events for the Vikings, finishing in the top 10 twice and the top 15 once. While qualifying for New Englands with a sixth-place finish in the high jump and a first-place triple jump title, Darsney also finished 13th in the 100-meter hurdles.
The accomplishments of this past weekend only work to further establish what has been a tremendous year for her. After traveling to participate in nationals for indoor track in March, Darsney has now earned her opportunity to compete to return.
Also making the trip for Triton was Austin Stevens, who is fresh off his first-place and school record finish in the pole vault at last week’s State Championship. Stevens wouldn’t fare nearly as well, finishing 17th with a jump of 11-9 inches. Stevens had claimed to be aiming for a jump of 14 feet at All States — a jump that would have secured him first place. Stevens’ teammate, Brandon Duford, finished six inches behind him in the pole vault and finished 20th.