This article on Tuesday's track meet vs. Peabody came from Swampscott girls' coach Joe Tenney and Swampscott boys' coach Peter Bush.
Swampscott Boys' Results
Swampscott (31) vs Peabody (91)
Against Peabody, the middle distance and distance runners ran times consistent with their most recent race performances.
Sophomore Matt Mahoney ran yet another consistent two mile, placing second in 10:23. Freshman Robert McLaughlin came in with his second fastest time ever, an 11:25.
In the one mile, senior captain Ryan Kelley moved up from his usual 800 meters to run his fastest mile time of the outdoor season, crossing the line in 4:51. Kelley was followed closely by senior captain Nick Hartmann, who ran a 4:55. Junior Thomas McEnaney also ran a personal best time of 5:45, his third consecutive PR in the one mile race this season; McEnaney has now taken thirty seconds off his time since the season began.
The 400 meters proved to be an exciting race, with junior Declan McClung running a huge personal best time of 51.8, placing second overall for the Big Blue. Ian Munnelly (55.2), Noah Conti (57.6), and Bennett Smith (58.4) all ran consistent times for Swampscott.
Junior Peter Hale bumped down to the 800 for a different racing experience and placed first overall in a personal best time of 2:02. Senior captain Trevor Whelan ran a smart race, hitting even splits to cross the line in 2:21. Junior Jake Powell (2:22) and freshman Tyler Gateman, in his first race back in a while, ran 2:41.
The 100 meter and 200 meter races also produced some very fast times. In the 200, sophomore Maleek Newsome (23.4 - 2nd place finish - state qualifying time) and juniors Gabe Golden (24.4) and Shacoren Adams (24.7) shattered their previous personal bests. The rest of the 200 field included junior Nick Shultz (27.4), sophomore Eli Diaz (25.1) and freshman Jordan James (27.0). In the 100 meter dash, junior Zach Blonder continues to be consistent with a 11.6 and a third place finish. Seniors Bill Legere (11.8) and D'Aaron (12.0) rounded out the varsity event with solid times.
In the 110 hurdles, sophomores Kevin Nguyen (17.6 - 3rd Place) and Sam Walker (21.7) battled the top two Peabody hurdlers. Under the tutelage of assistant coach Deems Hatch, Kevin and Sam have improved tremendously over the course of the season.
The 400H proved to be a battle of the ages as senior Matt Nardiello took on Zach Grube of Peabody. Grube had a slight edge going into the final 200 meters but Nardiello kicked it into high gear earning him a first place finish. Nardiello's time is a personal best by over a second and is also the top 400H time in the NEC. Sophomore Aidan Brawley started off slow but finished strong with a time of 63.8. This is Brawley's first outdoor track season and he has improved his 400H time by five seconds.
The field event crew battled through the rain and wind to finish with some strong performances. In the shot put, Junior Rob Seymour continues his streak of first place finishes with a throw of 42'1". Sophomore Justin Chasse (35'7") teamed up with freshmen Mark Rittiboon (34'4") and Jordan James (35'2") to round off the shot put participants.
Senior discus thrower James Beane, tossed a 116'9" in the pouring rain to finish second.
First year discus throwers, Seymour, Rittiboon and freshman Barry Tevrow also battled the elements and continue to be consistent. The highlight of the jumping events was Matt Nardiello and Zach Blonder competing against some of the best long and triple jumpers in the NEC. Blonder just missed finishing third with a 18'8" (personal best) jump and Nardiello's 36'9" triple jump placed him fourth overall.
The javelin, which was the last contested event, saw Aidan Brawley (113'4"), Peter Hale (106'2") and Trevor Whelan (103'7") slipping and sliding their way to finish the meet.
Next up is the Coaches' Invitational meet in Somerville on Saturday and the Big Blue will finish off their NEC schedule when they go up against rival Marblehead next Wednesday.
Swampscott Girls' Results
400 hurdle 3rd Vy Le 79.7
100m 1st Tiara Smith-Matthews 13.1 2nd Nancy Do 13.2
100 high hurdle 1st Vy Le 17.0
400m 2nd Aisling Dennehy 62.2
800m 1st Melinda Wilson 2:31 3rd Caitlin Ludke 2:40
High jump 2nd Nancy Do. 4'8"
Long jump 2nd Nancy Do 15'8" 3rd Haley Irwin 15'3"
Triple jump Haley Irwin 32'11"
Shot put 2nd tiara smith-Matthews 31' Melinda Wilson 3rd 30'
Discus Melinda Wilson 1st 103
Javelin 2nd Shauna King 76'
4x4 Melinda Wilson, Emma Walsh, Shauna King and Aisling Dennehy 4:39
Peabody 87 Swampscott 53 (Swampscott's record 4-2)