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Newton North boys, Andover girls rule at Division 1 state relays

Acton Boxborough’s William Liu is all alone as he crosses the finish line in the boys' 4 X 800 relay at the MSTCA Division 1 state relays Saturday at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center.Barry Chin/Globe Staff

The Newton North boys’ broke a 33-year-old meet record in the 4x200 relay by running a blistering time of 1 minute, 30.25 seconds at Saturday’s MSTCA Division 1 state relays at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center.

The Newton North quartet of Everton Muir, Matt Paquette, DJ Harvey, and Myles Scott finished more than a second faster than runner-up Acton-Boxborough (1:31.44) to eclipse the record set by Brockton (1:30.40) in 1990.

It ended up being a crucial 10 points the Tigers needed to win the team title over Acton-Boxborough, 60-50, their first since 2019.

But it almost didn’t count: the Tigers were flagged for a handoff violation between leadoff runner Muir and Paquette at the start of the second leg and initially disqualified. But Newton North head coach Shawn Wallace challenged the disqualification, which was overturned.


“It was close, but it wasn’t close enough to warrant a DQ,” Wallace said. “He [Paquette] still had a whole stride-plus before he reached the red triangle.”

It took a first-place finish in the 4x400 (3:24.80), with Paquette, Jack Tsai, JuanTallisayon, and Scott teaming up in the final event to seal it.

“We always have a very good 4x400,” Wallace said. “The fact that these guys won and ran a 3:24, it was phenomenal.”

The Westford Academy distance medley relay — Jack Graffeo, Owen Schultz, Austin DeSisto, and Paul Bergeron — ran a 10:24.08 to shatter Xaverian’s meet record (10:26.00) set in 2006.

“We had three goals,” DeSisto said. “We wanted to qualify for New Balance Nationals at 10:30, we wanted the meet record, and we wanted to PR, which would’ve been 10:26, so we did all that.”

St John’s Prep finished in third (39.5 points), Lexington wasfourth (29) and Weymouth finished fifth (17).

Andover’s Shayla Quill, competing in the girls' 4X50 hurdle shuttle, was edged out for first-place by Westford Academy (30.32). The Golden Warriors finished runner-up in the event by a scant .01-second margin.Barry Chin/Globe Staff

On the girls’ side, Andover outlasted Westford Academy and Wachusett, who tied for runner-up, 36-32. and Franklin was fourth (31) and Brookline fifth (30).


“It’s the best meet to win because it’s true team,” said Andover head coach Peter Comeau. “At the state meet you only need six or seven studs. You can’t win with studs here. You’ve got to win with every single kid on your team.”

Andover amassed 30 early points thanks to the results on the infield, a second-place finish in the long jump relay, and a third-place time in the 4x800. Their third-place finish in the high jump relay — the last event to be scored — was enough for the win, despite Westford’s victory in the event.

The Golden Warriors even survived a narrow loss in the 4x50 hurdles to Westford Academy (30.32). Andover finished second by a .01-second margin.

“I told the girls at practice yesterday, and they looked at me like I was crazy, ‘Don’t be surprised if you win the meet,’” Comeau said. “But we had to perform, and we performed and hit the hard events.”