IPSWICH – This past weekend, the Pentucket track team took home the top prize at the Henry Sheldon Triton Triple Classic for the second year in a row, edging out four other schools in one of the most emotional Triple Classics ever.
This year’s Classic came less than a week after the death of the meet’s founder, Henry Sheldon, and prior to the start of the meet, coaches and competitors took a moment to honor the late coach and present his wife with flowers.
Sheldon is also slated for induction into the Triton Regional High School Hall of Fame, and during the ceremony, the words that will be engraved on his Hall of Fame plaque were read aloud.
“I think he would have enjoyed seeing it and a part of me believes he was watching it,” said Triton coach Joe Colbert. “Having that big crowd there and having all those Triton kids there to present her with some flowers, I thought it went well.”
The Classic was originally created by Sheldon as a way for local teams to come together for a different type of competition than the standard dual meet. The Classic is scored as a co-ed meet, and originally the idea was that every competitor would have a chance to compete in a track event, a field event and a relay.
This year’s Classic, which was held under the lights for the first time, wound up being a similar story as last year’s from the perspective of Pentucket. The Sachems won the meet for the second year in a row, taking first place with 378 team points. Triton came in second, followed by Ipswich, Amesbury and Masconomet.
“The weather really held off, it was cool but it was dry, and the kids had a blast and we had a bunch of personal best times,” said Pentucket coach Steve Derro. “Some of the kids their eyes were just wide being able to run down that straightaway under the lights.”