Colonials’ win goes down to wire

Whether it was by an inch or a mile, Acton-Boxboro found itself on top at the Reggie Lewis Center. James Sullivan won the mile with a time of 4:15.33.

Robert E. Klein for the Boston Globe

Whether it was by an inch or a mile, Acton-Boxboro found itself on top at the Reggie Lewis Center. James Sullivan won the mile with a time of 4:15.33.

The Acton-Boxboro relay team of Dominic Abacherli, Nick Usoff, Eric Nord, and Brian Sommers won the 4 x 400 at yesterday’s MIAA Division 1 Indoor Track and Field championship at the Reggie Lewis Center, clinching the meet for the Colonials for the first time in school history.

Trailing by 5 points heading into the relay, the Colonials needed to beat Lowell in a de facto head-to-head. It came down to the last lap, with Sommers passing Lowell’s Gilberto Brown near the third turn and holding on for the win as Brown collapsed near the finish line.


“It’s a total team effort,’’ Acton-Boxboro coach Brian Crossman said. “We had these guys working hard all season long, they started back in November and it finished up today. They paid the price, they put the work in.’’

The Colonials, who finished with 45 points, used some of the afternoon’s shortcomings as fuel down the stretch. Sommers was disqualified from the long jump for a violation of the check-in procedure, and the 4 x 800 relay team fell to Lowell by five-100ths of a second.

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“It definitely wasn’t going our way,’’ Sommers said. “I think that gave us momentum to run fast in this, when we were behind, and I was able to come back at the end, luckily.’’

James Sullivan won the mile with a time of 4 minutes, 15.33 seconds, shaving 15 seconds off his time from last year. The Colonials finished in the top five in six events.

Crossman called the victory a testament to how far the program has come.


“These guys have come a long way,’’ Crossman said. “This program, six years ago, we would get 3 points for this meet, or 5 points, and now we’re getting 45, it just blows my mind.’’

Newton North and Lowell (40 points), Brookline (32), and Chelmsford (25) rounded out the top five for the boys.

The Newton North girls continued their indoor domination, winning their third straight Division 1 title.

“It doesn’t get old,’’ Newton North coach Joe Tranchita said. “We graduated so many key scorers a year ago that we really weren’t sure at the beginning of the season where this team would shape up competitively, but they’ve really molded themselves.’’

Junior standout Carla Forbes won the long jump with a meet record of 19 feet 9 inches, and teammates Kayla Wong (16-10 3/4) and Kayla Prior (16-7) took fourth and sixth place, respectively.

Forbes, the only multi-event winner, also finished first in the 55-meter dash with a time of 7.21 seconds in a near-photo finish with Attleboro’s Brianna Robitaille (7.26).

Meghan Bellerose, Madison Nadeau, Isabella Reilly, and Forbes won the 4x400 relay with a time of 4:00.84. The Tigers scored in eight of the 13 events, and their 66 points put them well ahead of second-place Lincoln Sudbury (43.5 points).

“It’s been a team effort all year-round,’’ Tranchita said. “And that’s what they put together today.’’

Franklin’s Kendal Knous was the only runner other than Forbes to set a mark, breaking the meet record she set last year in the 600 with a time of 1:34.15.

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