Magicians run Big Blue off the track in first meet

Marblehead’s Maren Rowe sprints towards the finish line with Avery Barbeau in pursuit. Photo by Cat Piper

Both the boys and the girls track and field teams bested Swampscott Sunday at the New Balance Track in Boston. The girls ran away with the victory, winning 75-11, while the boys won by a 53-33 margin. Here is how the athletes performed individually in each event:

Girl’s 55m hurdles 

Devin Whalen took first place with a time of 9.48 seconds and Claire Davis finished right behind her in second, running a 10.21. Anna Vina de Garnica rounded out the top finishers with a time of 10.89. 

Boy’s 55m hurdles 

Alex Hersey ran a .3 second personal best from his time last season, coming in first for the team with an 8.78. Errol Apostolopoulos came in 2nd with a 9.09, and Marc Grazado finished 5th running a 10.02 which was a half second personal record from his time last year as well. 

Girl’s 55m 

Ava Machado secured first place in the opening race with a 7.86. Coming in right behind Machado was Sadie Halpern with a time of 8.07. Gabby Hendy took third, sprinting to a time of 8.16. 

Boy’s 55m 

Harrison Curtis’s time of 7.03 in the opening race was good enough to earn him a runner-up finish on the day. Thomas Carlson came in third running a 7.17 and Matt Mahan was fifth with a 7.33. Jake Bobowski and Riley Schmitt also ran solid races with times of 7.62 and 7.64 respectively.

Girl’s 300m 

Cate Trautman snatched another first-place finish for the team, running a time of 45.15 seconds. The Lady Magicians swept the event thanks to performances from Le’Daisha Williams (2nd, 46.63) and Morgan Zion (3rd, 48.18). 

Boy’s 300m 

Sebastian Pantzer took first, running a sub-40 opening race time of 39.45. Jack Burke (3rd, 42.86) and Slater Johnson (4th, 43.67) both ran impressive races as well. 

Girl’s 600m 

Grace Mortenson (1:49.12) and Sofia Grubor (2:04.18) ran extremely well for the team and finished first and second respectively, helping their team to rack up the points against Big Blue.

Boy’s 600m 

Ryan Thompson fought hard and earned a first place finish in the race, running a 1:27.87. Xavier Grazado (1:42.81) and Sean Heenan (1:52.43) finished 3rd and 4th respectively. 

Girl’s 1,000m 

Yet another first and second place finish for the girls came courtesy of Maya Mahoney (3:50.84) and Piper Morgan (3:54), who ran a four second personal best. Savannah Caruso (4:00.52) came in 4th, just missing out on third by under 2 seconds.

Boy’s 1,000m 

Gabe Bayramian won the 1000m with a time of 2:58.55. Nicholas Regnault (3:15.40) ran a two second personal best and finished 3rd, and Peter Sullivan (3:18.62) finished 4th with a personal best as well. 

Girl’s 1-mile 

The girl’s distance runners came out firing and swept the one-mile run. The effort was led by Ada Merrigan (6:15.99) who came in first overall, followed by Cat Piper (6:23.97) in second, and Maren Potter (6:31.04) in third.

Boy’s 1-mile 

Ryan Blestowe and Jonah Potach kept the strong showing going for the distance squad. Blestowe was first overall with a 5:10.69 and Potach was second with a 5:44:11. 

Girl’s 2-mile 

Angie Fischer ran a time of 14:30.36 in the two-mile, earning her a second place finish in the race. Anne Simcoe was not far off, running a 14:49.82 and finishing in third. Martha Heffernan rounded out the top finishers in the event, coming in 4th with a time of 14:56.91. 

Boy’s 2-mile 

Isaac Gross broke the ten-minute mark, finishing in first with a time of 9:57.48, running on his own for most of the race. Nate Assa had a big day for Marblehead, coming in third place with an 11:24.62. Will Cronin was right behind Assa in fourth with a time of 12:21.20.

Girl’s high jump 

Keira Sweetnam soared to first place, posting a jump of 4’10” for the Lady Magicians. Machado also competed in the high jump, recording a height of 4’8” which was good for a second place finish. Campbell Crane was third for the team with a height of 4’6”. 

Boy’s high jump 

Apostolopoulos cleared the 5’6” mark and led the way for Marblehead in the event, and Graham Tips followed with a 5’4” clearance immediately following his 300m race. 

Girl’s shot put 

Rachael Albert was the leading thrower in this event for the Lady Magicians, coming in first with a distance of 26’4”. Lillian Reddy was third, throwing for a mark of 23’10”. In sixth was Hannah O’Brien with a throw of 18’11”. 

Boy’s shot put 

Riley Schmitt performed well for Marblehead, coming in third with a throw of 37’6”. Following him was Alex Hersey (4th, 35’6”), Anthony Vizy (28’), and Matthew Mahan (25’11”). 

Girl’s long jump 

The girl’s long jump event was not scored, but Whalen (13’11”), Davis (13’10”), and Vina de Garnica (13’7”) all jumped well for Marblehead.

Boy’s long jump 

Will Cruikshank jumped 15’1” and finished eight overall and first for his team. Coming in second for Marblehead was Claduio Gusmao Gonzalez who finished 10th with a jump of 14’7”.

Both teams are off to a great start with a victory in their first meet of the season, and look to build off of the early success when they take on Salem and Danvers in a tri-meet at Marblehead High School on Monday, Dec. 19.

  • Ryan Vermette is the Item's Marblehead reporter. He graduated from Springfield College in 2021 with a Bachelor's degree in Communications/Sports Journalism. While in school, he wrote multiple sports articles for the school newspaper, the Springfield Student, and joined Essex Media Group in August, 2022. Ryan is a college basketball fanatic and an avid Boston sports fan and in his free time, enjoys video games and Marvel movies.