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.