AMESBURY — The Amesbury boys track team wrapped up one of its most successful seasons ever yesterday, beating Newburyport in the team’s dual meet finale to finish the season 7-2.
The boys team won 79-66, while the girls also held up their end of the bargain and won 92-53. Both teams won thanks to a series of outstanding performances in the field events, while the Indians picked up just enough points on the track to keep Newburyport’s top runners from stealing the meet in the final races.
“Our kids stepped up and did a real nice job, I knew it was going to be a close meet,” said Amesbury coach Ernie Bissaillon. “Newburyport is tremendous on the track, and last year we were up by 35 points and got beat by a point, but today we performed well on the field and just well enough on the track to hold them off.”
The star of the day for Amesbury was junior Adam Elfiki, who beat out Newburyport’s star sophomore Alec Reduker in the pole vault and high hurdles while also taking first in the triple jump.
Amesbury also got first place finishes from Nick Fortuna in the shot put, Tabor Smith in the javelin, Alex Ingersol in the discus and Bailey Flanagan in the long jump. Flanagan also took first in the 200-meter dash, Patrick Halloran won the 800-meter run and was also able to hold off Reduker in the 400-meter hurdles, and in the mile, Fred Halloran was able to grab second to prevent a Newburyport sweep in the event.
“Amesbury is as good as they’ve been all season, we expected a tough meet and some of their kids performed even better than we expected,” said Newburyport coach Tim Foley. “Their field event teams were exceptional today, we did the best we could do. On the track we can run with pretty much everybody, but they had a couple of distance kids that ran very well today too. Hats off to Ernie, it’s the best season he’s ever had, good for him. I hope he gets coach of the year.”