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April 2, 2014

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Amesbury track beats Saugus in first meet of the year

AMESBURY — The Amesbury boys and girls track teams each won their first meet of the season yesterday, beating Saugus 961/3-482/3 and 75-63 respectively to get the spring season off to a good start.

Amanda Martin had a sensational day for the girls, winning four events to help lead her team to victory. Martin won the long jump with a jump of 14-9, the triple jump with 31-71/2, the 100-meter dash in 13.3 seconds and the 400-meter run in 66 seconds.

Adam Elfiki was the top scorer for the boys, winning the triple jump with a jump of 40-5, the high hurdles in 15.4 seconds and the pole vault with a jump of 10 feet.

The boys team’s other winners included Doug Masi in the 100 meters (11.4 seconds), James Worthen in the mile (5:17), James Stone in the 400 meters (53.4 seconds), Pat Halloran in the javelin (125-6), Fred Halloran in the 800 meters (2:17), Bailey Flannagan in the 200 meters (25.3 seconds), Alex Ingersor in the shot put (37 feet) and both the 4x400 relay (3:57) and the 4x100 relay (47.5).

The winners on the girls included Marissa Randall in the shot put (33-11) and the discus (89-4), Julia Shorter in the pole vault (7-6), mile (5:40) and 800 (2:35), Hailee Gibadlo in the 2 mile (12:19) and Annalise Deschenes in the high hurdles (19.3 seconds).

Head coach Ernie Bissaillon said he was happy with his team’s performance, especially given that his team hasn’t had much chance to practice due to the inclement weather Amesbury has experienced since the season began.

“We have a lot of work to do, but with the first two weeks of crazy weather, I’ll take the wins,” Bissaillon said.

With the teams’ first win in hand, Bissaillon said he’s optimistic about his team’s chances going forward, and that his goal for the season is to improve on last year’s finish.

Last year, the boys team went 6-4 to finish as Cape Ann League Baker Division co-champions along with Ipswich. That team was led by a group of throwers who could be counted on to win just about every throwing event, but having all graduated, Bissaillon now goes into this season without any single dominant event but with a much more balanced team overall.

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