By Tim Lima
---- — 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.
For Amesbury, Marissa Randall followed her graduation night with a record-setting day in this past weekend’s All State Competition. Randall qualified for New Englands in both the shot put and the discus throw, finishing eighth and fifth, respectively. Along with advancing, Randall worked to further etch her name in Amesbury’s history with a record-breaking 37-foot-9 throw in the shot put, breaking her own record from earlier this year. It’s a record her coach said she has broken six or seven times over the course of her high school career.
“I am extremely pleased with her going to New Englands,” said Amesbury track coach Ernie Bissaillon. “She’s a hard worker and I’m glad to see her come through. She had graduation the night before, but she did the right things, got all the sleep she could and came through at All States. She’s a pleasure to coach.”
Randall has worked well with assistant coach Keith Walton, who has helped to improve her strength this season.
“Most of the credit goes to coach Walton,” Bissaillon said. “We are really proud of her. She represents herself very well. It’s good for her, for the team and for the community in general. She’s also very good in the classroom and is a very nice person. It will be sad to see her go.”
Four girls from the Pentucket track team made the trip to Bridgewater State University last weekend in the hopes of earning a spot in this weekend’s New Englands competition. Ali Attenasio would be the only one to succeed, finishing fourth in the pole vault with a 10-9 jump.
The event’s top performer belonged to Algonquin’s Carly Railing with a jump of 11-9. Also making the trip to compete for Pentucket was Paige Wesolowski, McKenna Kilian and Ayeshah Malhi. Wesolowski finished 13th in the pole vault while Kilian placed 18th in the high jump and 400-meter dash. Malhi finished 19th in the state in the discus throw.