“I think we realized it was going well when Steve threw for the school record in the shot put,” Carleo said. “Even though it was early in the meet, it set the tone for all of us.”
Amesbury was a surprise fourth-place finisher after a 2-6 season. Doug Masi (55-meter dash, 6.95), Nicholas Fiorella (long jump, 17-5 1/2) and Perry Mroz (shot put, 46-5 1/4) posted second-place finishes.
The girls’ meet offered much more parity, with the top five teams placing within 20 points of each other. Ipswich (68 points), Masconomet (64) and Hamilton-Wenham (54) finished in the top three spots, with local teams Pentucket (49) and Newburyport (48) rounding out the top five. Amesbury (16) was eighth, and Triton tied for ninth (12).
Pentucket’s Paige Wesolowski earned a league title in the 600 meters (1:43.06), finishing just ahead of teammate Marissa Porter (1:43.50). Pentucket’s Ali Attenasio (55-meter hurdles, 9.31) and Chase Marcotte (55-meter hurdles, 9.36) also placed second and third, respectively.
Newburyport’s Carly Brand placed second in the 55-meter dash (7.79), just ahead of teammate Katie Gorenflo, who placed third (7.85). Meri Adsit was second in the shot put (31-11) for the Clippers. Newburyport’s Bella Palma (1:44.38) placed third.
Amesbury’s Julia Shorter placed third in the mile (5:27.95), while teammate Marissa Randall finished third in the shot put (31-0 3/4).
Foley was ecstatic with his team’s fifth-place finish a year after the Clippers tallied all of two points in the CAL Open.
“The girls were great,” Foley said. “To go from two points to 48, we’ll take it. Mike (McCormick) and Donny (Hennigar) put the kids in the right places, and they run well. It’s all good.”