Sports in a Minute: Newburyport and Pentucket girls track battle in dual meet for the ages 

BRYAN EATON/Staff photoLucy Gagnon and the Newburyport indoor track team are looking poised for a dominant showing in the postseason later this winter.

Clash of track titans

In any other year, Newburyport and Pentucket girls track would be runaway favorites to win the Cape Ann League, with both sides featuring numerous state title contenders across their lineups. Instead the two sides gave each other everything they had in an epic dual meet, which Newburyport narrowly won 44-42 to take control of the CAL title race.

Big picture, the meet served as a showcase of Division 4’s top track talent and as a likely preview of the upcoming state championship meets.

“In pretty much every event but the 2-mile and shot put you had what might end up being the Division 4 champion (or at least top three) and likely All-State finalist battling it out,” Moore said. “You don’t see that at top D1 meets. It was pretty epic.”

Newburyport got wins from Julia Tribastone (55-meter dash, 7.7), Liberty Palermino (600, 1:49.9), Lucy Gagnon (1,000, 3:09), Caroline Walsh (2-mile, 12:51.8) and Sam King (30-8 1/4), while Pentucket’s winners included Madi Krohto (hurdles, 8.6; high jump, 5-0), Syeira Campbell (300, 43.4), Phoebe Rubio (mile, 5:47.5) and the 4x400 relay team of Emily Rubio, Olivia Reagan, Phoebe Rubio and Campbell (4:29.1).

Best in the state

Now, when coach Moore said Newburyport and Pentucket have some of the best athletes in the state, he’s not kidding. According to Mass Milesplit’s Division 4 leaderboards, Newburyport and Pentucket athletes currently own the best marks in the state in 10 out of 18 events. Newburyport’s Olivia Sousa owns the top mark in both the 200 (27.46) and 400 (1:01.96), Liberty Palermino is tops in the 600 (1:42.08), Lucy Gagnon is best in the 1,000 (3:05.52) and the Clippers are also tops in the 4x400 relay (4:21.41). Meanwhile, Pentucket’s Syeira Campbell is best in the 300 (42.32), Madi Krohto is tops in the high jump (5-5), Phoebe Rubio is first in the 800 (2:28.64) and the 4x200 relay (1:48.60) and team pentathlon (2,890 points) are best in the division as well. 

Clipper boys roll

The Newburyport boys track team is also having quite a winter, with the Clippers taking care of business in their meet against Pentucket 58-28. Newburyport’s winners included Evan Armano (hurdles, 9.1), Chris O’Donnell (2-mile, 10:40.7), Tyler Hoover (300, 40.0), Peter King (600, 1:36.6), John Lucey (mile, 4:45.7), Eamonn Sullivan (shot put, 36-11 1/2), Stefan Berlind (high jump, 5-9) and the 4x400 relay team (3:59.5). Pentucket’s winners were Keegan O’Keefe (55-meter dash, 6.8) and Seamus O’Keefe (1,000, 2:58.38).

Triton track sweeps

The Triton boys and girls track teams swept their meets against Masconomet on Tuesday night, with the boys winning 49-36 and the girls winning 61-25. The boys winners were Joe Delmonico (55-meter dash, 6.8; high jump, 5-7), Derek Cotter (hurdles, 9.4), Graham Stedfast (600, 1:31.9), Nick Ritchie (1,000, 2:58.3) and the 4x400 relay team of Reilly Gagnon, Tyler Stranc, Delmonico and Stedfast (3:53). The girls winners included Emily Colby (55-meter dash, 7.8), Julia Beauvais (hurdles, 10.1), Sarah Harrington (2-mile, 12:46), Olivia Ritchie (300, 44.5), Kylie Lorenzo (1,000, 3:25), Kyla Prussman (mile, 5:54), Lena Freeman (shot put, 31-6) and the 4x400 relay team of Emelia Hight, Colby, Ritchie and Prussman (4:40).

Captains Corner

The winter sports season is underway and we’re once again looking to highlight our area’s high school captains in the paper. If you’re a local coach, administrator, parent or fan who would like to see your team’s captains’ photo in the paper as part of Captains Corner, please feel free to send a photo of the captains to mcerullo@newburyportnews.com.

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