Track & Field

Brockton’s Vanessa Clerveaux records track hat trick

Brockton runner owns 100 hurdles

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Brockton’s Vanessa Clerveaux shows off her winning form in the 100-meter hurdles at MSTCA Invitational at Dilboy Stadium on Saturday.

Brockton’s Vanessa Clerveaux broke the MSTCA Coaches Invitational meet record in the girls’ 100-meter hurdles not once, but three times Saturday at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville.

In the trials, Clerveaux finished in 14.54 seconds, breaking the meet record of 14.58 set by Hopkinton’s Tiana Riel in 2003. She then bested her time with a 14.42 in her semifinal heat, before posting a personal-best 14.08 in the final - the second-fastest time run by a Massachusetts girl, according to race officials.

“My goal this season is to get into the thirteens,’’ Clerveaux said. “Three races is kind of tough . . . I was just trying to use what was left of my energy to get over every hurdle efficiently and as fast as possible.’’


Clerveaux also ran the first leg of the Boxers’ 4 x 100 relay, which they won in a record-setting 48.84, breaking the previous meet record of 49.5 set in 1988 by Lexington.

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Also setting records was Newton North’s Carla Forbes, who broke records in the triple jump and the long jump that were set before she was born.

Forbes finished the long jump with a personal-best leap of 20 feet 3 inches, surpassing the previous record of 18-8 set in 1993 by Cristin Napier. In the triple jump, Forbes finished first with a jump of 40-10, clearing the previous record of 39-8 1/4 set in 1991 by Tammy Peeples.

“I think the last [long jump], I just gave it everything I had and was really aggressive with it,’’ Forbes said. “It’s really just getting those steps down and getting them as fast as possible.’’

Also crowned winners in the girls’ events were Lincoln-Sudbury’s Lucy Alexander (high jump, 5-4), Newton North’s Steph Brown (pole vault, 10-6), Wakefield’s Elizabeth Bray (shot put, 40-2), Cambridge’s Brianna David (discus, 118-10), and Somerville’s Nicole Genard (javelin, 120-9).


Taking wins in the girls’ running events were Attleboro’s Brianna Robitaille (100, 12.09), Arlington’s Rebecca Robinson (200, 24.78), Franklin’s Kendal Knous (400, 57.55), Ursaline’s Meghan Grela (800, 2:15.40), and the 400 hurdles went to Wellesley’s Karla Ganley (1:04.66).

Danvers’s Catalina Dominick won the mile in 5:12.39, Sarah Saccoach of Archbishop Williams took the 2 miles in 11:16.15, Wellesley won the 4 x 400 (3:59.66), and Franklin took the 4 x 800 in 9:57.98.

On the boys’ side, Marshfield’s Joel Hubbard and Kevin Thomas pushed each other through the mile race as the top two seeds, with Hubbard winning at 4:18.39.

“We just wanted to get a hard effort in this heat today. It was very hot,’’ Hubbard said. “We wanted to practice running hard in the heat at a controllable pace.’’

Setting a meet record was Hingham’s Andrew Bolze, who shattered the previous high jump record of 22-4 set in 1987, with a jump of 23-4.


Also winning were Newton North’s Nick Fofana (javelin, 166-7), Hingham’s Brian Sullivan (discus, 161-8), North Attleboro’s Eric Beckwith (shot put, 57-3), Tchuijo Nkamebo of Amherst-Pelham (shot put, 46-10), Durfee’s Todd Devlin (pole vault, 12 feet), Lincoln-Sudbury’s Mitchell McGinty (high jump, 6-4).

Walpole’s PJ Hayes won the 100 in 10.73, Jaquan Harris of North Quincy won the 200 in 22.09, Nathan Pierre-Louis of Waltham took the 400 in 47.59, and Somerville’s Andre Rolim won the 800 in 1:55.54. Also winning were Hingham’s Mike McConville (2 mile, 9:24.47), Apponequet’s Dylan DeMoranville (110 hurdles, 14.98), and Marshfield’s Joe Lasalle Marshfield (400 hurdles, 56.22).

Brockton’s 4 x 100 team took first in 43.23, Franklin won the 4 x 400 in 3:26.17, and Marshfield won the 4 x 800 in 8:06.20.