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MSTCA DIVISION 3 RELAYS

Hingham boys and girls win Div. 3 track titles

PEMBROKE — The boys’ and girls’ track teams from Hingham continued their domination on the oval and in the field, each walking away from the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association Division 3 Relays with meet titles for the third consecutive season on Saturday.

The win was also each team’s third state title of the 2012-13 school year, after both won the indoor relays and indoor meet titles.

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“We’ve never done anything like this before,” said Harbormen boys’ coach Fred Jewett. “In the winter, we just came out and clobbered people, but I knew that wasn’t going to be the case [today].”

The boys’ team finished with 58 points, ahead of Pembroke (44) and Randolph (41.25), despite a scary start in the first running event, the hurdles. Zack Awtry caught a cleat and fell, dislocating his shoulder.

After the final handoff, Burlington gained on Hingham anchor Bill Lumbert, but Lumbert fought off the charge to take the race for the Harbormen in 3:30.09. Burlington was disqualified afterward for a lane violation at the beginning.

Lumbert also played a key role in the 4 x 200, running the third leg and nailing the handoff to Andrew Bolze, who sprinted to a 1:31.99 finish.

Senior Kevin O’Neill opened both the 4 x 200 and the 4 x 400 at his last state relays and said his teammates were all in it together.

“I knew my teammates would get it done,” he said. “We couldn’t do it without our teammates cheering us on. Everyone in my relay did awesome. I handed off and had full trust they’d get it done.”

The boys also earned first place in the long jump, with three jumpers — including Bolze — covering a combined 18.18 meters. The 4 x 800 team took second in 8:20.05, while the sprint medley (3:40.71) and triple jump (36.85 meters) teams placed third.

On the girls’ side, coach Dave Jewett, Fred’s son, worried early in the meet that his field events wouldn’t keep their spot atop the standings after the running events. But a school record in the discus by the trio of Annalise Carroll, Jess Cheu, and Emily Falvey of 80.6 meters helped Hingham to second place.

“They all threw their bests by a lot,” he said. “I thought we’d get a point or two out of that, not eight.”

The triple jump and long jump teams each earned top prize to contribute 20 points toward the Harbormen’s final score of 80 points, ahead of Hopkinton (48) and Pembroke (46).

In all, Hingham’s girls placed in the top six in 10 of 14 events, with eight in the top two spots.

“We always stress team first, team first, team first and you hope that it works out, and it doesn’t always, but it did today,” Dave Jewett said.

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The MSTCA has already donated $5,000 to the One Fund and has challenged the four divisional meets to match it. There was a moment of silence before the first event. Through donations and the selling of ribbons made by athletes, officials estimated the Division 3 meet raised almost $1,500 and Division 2 approximately $750. The effort continues Sunday at the Division 1 and Division 4 meets.

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