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June 2, 2014

Six win state championships over the weekend

Track

State Championship Meets

Four local athletes have reached new heights, as Pentucket’s Ali Attenasio, Newburyport’s Alec Reduker and Triton’s Austin Stevens and Kerstin Darsney each won state championships over the weekend while setting new records in the process. Attenasio cleared 11-1 in the pole vault to win her championship, breaking the Division III State Championship Meet record of 10-6 in the process while also surpassing her own school record of 11-0 that she set last year. Stevens, meanwhile, recorded a height of 13-7 1/2 in the pole vault on Thursday to break a school record that had stood for 30 years.

Darsney won the triple jump with a length of 39-1, breaking the old Division II State Championship meet record of 38-1 that was set by Stoughton’s Joanne Durant back in 1992. Darsney also placed second in both the 100-meter hurdles (15.57) and the high jump (5-4), where she finished behind Ellen DiPietro of Marshfield, who cleared 5-8 to tie the meet record and record one of the best heights in the country all at once. Reduker, meanwhile, won the boys championship in the high jump, setting a new school record by clearing 6-5 while also placing second in the state in the pole vault by clearing 11-9, a new personal best.

In addition, Amesbury’s Marissa Randall won the state championship in the discus by throwing 117-9 while also placing second in the shot put (36-0), and Newburyport’s Nick Carleo defended his indoor championship in mile with a time of 4:22.

Besides Attenasio, Pentucket got strong performances from the following: McKenna Kilian placed second in the girls high jump (5-0) and third in the girls 400-meter run (60.14); Paige Wesolowski placed third in the girls pole vault (9-3); Ayeshah Malhi placed fourth in the girls discus (104-0, a new personal best); Ian Sands placed fifth in the boys pole vault (10-5); Alex Demeule placed fifth in the mile (4:31.95, a new personal best) and Sterling Seymour placed sixth in the girls 400-meter hurdles (69.18, a new personal best by almost a second). Attenasio, Kilian, Wesolowski and Malhi will each advance to the All State meet.

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