Thursday, May 2, 2013
Senior shot-putter Ny'Cole Young-Thomas was overjoyed Tuesday with her personal best throw that qualified her to compete in the state track and field meet.
The Big Blue girls track and field team defeated Gloucester April 30 at Upper Jackson, 85-51. But one of the victories within the victory was a senior's shot put throw of 30 feet 10 inches. That throw brought senior Ny'Cole Young-Thomas to her knees in elation and to tears in teammates' arms. Coach Peter Bush said Ny'Cole's eclipsing the 30 feet mark qualifies her for the state track meet. Not only that but the throw broke the barrier she has been trying to break since last year. She set the 30-foot mark as a goal for winter track and fell short. She set it again for spring, but was stuck in the 28-foot range. But on Tuesday her hard work got her past the mark, and now that she has surpassed it and gained confidence, there is no telling …
Monday, January 28, 2013
The proposal is scheduled for a vote at the next selectmen's meeting, Feb. 6.
Selectmen are scheduled to vote next week on a proposal to name the Upper Jackson track after Dave Whelan, a parent and Swampscott schools supporter who died in September. Dave's wife, Jean, his son, Trevor, and former Swampscott track coach Dom Finelli were in the audience Wednesday when School Committee member Marianne Hartmann presented the proposal to selectmen. Dave Whelan was a former School Committee chairman, town treasurer, track supporter and tireless advocate for Chapter 70 education funding for Swampscott. He spent some of his best days at the Upper Jackson track watching the Big Blue teams and his son Trevor compete, Hartmann said. Upper Jackson is located behind the high school off The Greenway. School Committee members …
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Three Big Blue track athletes will compete in the All-States this weekend.
The Big Blue Distance squad took the track in three separate races on Saturday in Pembroke, nicknamed "Track Town Massachusetts" after Pembroke's many state titles. Sophomore Matt Mahoney started things off for the Big Blue, running the two mile in the first of two heats. Many runners took off to the front of the pack at the start of the race, going out much faster than Mahoney intended on running. Remaining calm, Mahoney got into a groove and began running consistent 75 second laps, which put him on pace for a 10:00 two-mile time. Slowly moving up through the field, Mahoney eventually found himself on the shoulder of the leader. Mahoney did not stay there long, passing the runner while continuing to run even splits. Running solo the …
Sunday, May 20, 2012
The boys and girls' track teams earned second place finishes Saturday at the NEC championships at the Manning Bowl in Lynn. Meanwhile the Swampscott High girls tennis team gained further momentum for the upcoming tournament by blanking Danvers 5-0.
Swampscott High girls' tennis beat Danvers 5-0 Friday upping their record to 10-2 on the season. Freshman Anna Raptunovich played at No. 1 and won her match 6-1, 2-1. Her opponent was injured and unable to continue playing. Senior Rita Tsokanis played at No. 2, winning 6-0, 6-0. Senior Tatum Pederson played at No. 3, winning 6-0, 6-0. The first doubles team of Ashley Petras and Veronica Pyatigorskaya won their match 6-0, 6-1. The second doubles team of Alicia Coyle and Danica Villanueva won their match 6-0, 6-1. Coach Nina Rogers told her team before the match to pay attention to their footwork, bend their knees and play aggressively. "They did and the scores showed it," the coach said. Girls Track Northeast Conference League…
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Varsity track athletes from two strong programs competed in the rain at Upper Jackson Field Tuesday, with Peabody scoring victories over the Swampscott boys and girls.
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 …
Monday, April 23, 2012
The boys took down Lynn Classical 106-30, while the Blue girls walked away with a 104-32 victory in their meets on Saturday.
Monday, April 23, 2012
The boys took down the Classics 106-30, while the Blue girls walked away with a 104-32 victory in their meets on Saturday. Swampscott 106 vs Lynn Classical 30 Coach Pete Bush reports: "This meet was a great opportunity to compete at the facility which is hosting the NEC championship meet. We had some great performances and it is a direct result of the focus and hard work during practice. Many of our athletes have surpassed their personal records from the previous outdoor season and we currently have 10 individuals who have qualified for the Division III state meet. We still have a long way to go but the coaching staff is pleased with everyone's performances thus far. Our attention is now focused on the Salem meet which will be held in …
Monday, February 6, 2012
The high school senior sets his sights on goals and takes the steps to reach them.
Trevor Whelan sweats the small stuff. He's organized and chases goals, too. It's minutes before the Swampscott High senior and indoor-track captain joins teammates for practice the first week in January. He's wearing spotless boots, neat rolled-up jeans and a wrinkle-free jersey. Nearby, on the field house's rubber track, teammates train — doing sprints, runs and distance running. Some look over and smile when they pass Trevor. He has never run a 5-minute mile in his four-year track career. “I’m hoping to break five," he says. That would make him the fifth miler on the team to break that barrier. He ran his best time the day before, a 5:06, so he needs to shave seven seconds to join the Big Blue mile club. Trevor runs distance races …
Monday, January 30, 2012
Both boys and girls Big Blue track teams turned in impressive performances in their meet against Salem Thursday. They ran hard to the very end of their races at the end of their season.
Both boys and girls Big Blue track teams turned in impressive performances in their meets against Salem Thursday. They ran hard to the very end of races at the end of their season. Only post-regular-season meets remain including the State Meet in February at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Boston. On Thursday at the Swampscott High field house the boys won their meet, 70-15; and the girls won theirs, 62-23. Both teams competed with grit. Coach Joe Tenney was pleased to see the athletes push themselves and encourage teammates as the season wound down. A highlight was the mile run by Trevor Whelan. He ran his first ever sub-5-minute mile, reached a longstanding goal and was urged on by yelling teammates who waved him across …