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NEW ENGLAND TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS

Marshfield’s Ellen DiPietro wins in high jump

One week after winning the Massachusetts state title in the high jump, Marshfield junior Ellen DiPietro won again, this time at the 68th New England track championships Saturday in New Britain, Conn.

DiPietro cleared 5 feet 8 inches to take first place by 3 inches over second-place finisher Natori Jones of Bloomfield, Conn. Melrose senior Olivia Downey was fifth at 5-3. At last week’s All-State meet, DiPietro won with a jump of 5-6, the same height she cleared in winning the Division 2 title.

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Acton-Boxboro’s Brian Sommers was another winner, taking first in the boys’ 400 in 48.31. All-State champion Sierra Irvin of Hingham was second in the girls’ 400 at 56.79, while Ursuline’s Amy Piccolo was fourth in 56.95. BC High’s Jordan Samuels won the boys’ triple jump in 47-7 and Newton North’s Michaela Smith won the girls’ shot put in 43-3½.

In the boys’ vault, Hopkinton’s Aaron Beckwith was the top local finisher, taking fourth place by clearing 14-3. Lowell’s Grace Ashworth was third for the girls, clearing 11-9. Ashworth won the All-State title last week at 11-0. Also in the boys’ field events, Hingham’s Andrew Bolze was second in the long jump at 23-4 and Xaverian’s Kyle Darrow was fourth at 22-7. Waltham’s TJ Noonan was third in the javelin at 186-6. For the girls, Marshfield’s Kelsey Sullivan was third at 18-10, and Winchester’s Jackie Vahey was fourth in the discuss at 131-5.

Newton South’s Jung Park was second in the 110 hurdles at 14.28 seconds, just off his All-State winning time of 14.26. Ben Colello of Lincoln-Sudbury, who won the All-State 400 hurdles last week, was fourth in the 110 hurdles at 14.60. Colello also took third in the 300 hurdles in 38.97, just behind New Bedford’s Irvin Johnson, who finished second in 38.89.

Dracut’s Karina Shepard was one of two runners to best the meet record in the 800 but had to settle for second in 2:08.05. Hannah Parker from Coe-Brown (N.H.) won in 2:06.42. The previous record of 2:08.34 was set by Liz Mueller of Waterford, Conn., in 1992.

In the 4 x 400 relay, the MIAA state champions from a week ago each finished second. The Acton-Boxboro boys clocked a 3:21.62 and the Mansfield girls a 3:55.05. The Woburn boys took third in the 4 x 100 relay in 42.53, while the Wellesley girls were fourth at 49.23 in the same event.

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