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Division 1 state coaches relays

Lowell boys, Andover girls win Div. 1 state coaches relays

Lowell boys’ track and field coach Scott Ouellet knew his team was built for the Division 1 state coaches relays.

The Red Raiders validated his belief by placing first with 62 points Friday night at the Reggie Lewis Center. Newton North finished second with 36, and Brockton placed third with 34.

Lowell won a pair of events — the 4-x-50-meter relay (22.09 seconds) and the 4-x-800-meter relay (8 minutes, 10.47 seconds). The Red Raiders placed second in the 4-x-50-hurdle relay (26.26) and shot put (140 feet, 7 inches), and third in the distance medley relay (10:44.06).

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“We have the depth,” Ouellet said. “It’s important to the kids because it takes a balanced effort. No other meet is your sixth, seventh and eighth guy going to score for you. That’s really important because that’s how we built our team.”

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The Red Raiders won the 4 x 800 in bend-don’t-break fashion. Chris Galarza gave Lowell a lead heading into the second leg, but Newton North’s Andrew Mah made up the ground for his Tigers to take the advantage prior to the third leg.

Lowell’s Nasir Gibson got the baton about 20 meters behind Newton North’s third runner, and regained the lead by the fourth lap before passing the baton to Jadiel Pinales, who spent his portion of the relay fending off Brockton’s anchor runner.

“I was just thinking, I had to do what I can to get us back in that first-place position,” Gibson said. “Once I got there, just hold it.”

Like Lowell, the Andover girls won with depth — especially on the sprinting side. The Golden Warriors won the 4-x-50-meter sprint relay (29.57 seconds), the 4-x-200-meter relay (1:45.34) and the 4-x-400-meter relay (4:03.01). In total, Andover placed in the top-two in six events.

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Andover placed first with 62 points, followed by Wachusett (52) and Newton North (40).

“We have a special girls team,” Andover coach Peter Comeau said. “It’s amazing to win as many events as we did with the quality teams we had [here]. I’d like to take the credit, but the kids worked hard and my coaching staff is amazing. They bought into the program.”