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STATE COACHES RELAY MEET

Hingham girls, boys sweep Division 3 titles

The Hingham boys’ and girls’ track teams, led by father and son coaching tandem Fred and David Jewett, earned their second consecutive Division 3 State Coaches Relay titles Sunday at the Reggie Lewis Center.

Fred, the boys’ coach, watched his team collect four first-place finishes and score 48 points, followed by Danvers (35.5), Burlington (27), and Wilmington (25). The Hingham girls, led by David, trailed Hopkinton, 52 to 47.5, after nine events but secured the title with a second-place finish in the 4 x 400 relay, the final event of the day.

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Hingham finished with 55.5 points, followed by Hopkinton (53), Bishop Feehan (43), and Marblehead (23).

“Going into the game I thought that if we both won, he would win by a landslide and our team would make it close but it ended up being vice versa,” said Fred. “My coaching staff was tremendous today. We scored across the board in all of the events. David is a tremendous coach and he has made an already good program outstanding. He is positive and it is one of the thrills in my life to coach with him.”

The Hingham boys finished first in the 4 x 400 meter relay (3:32.68) behind Kevin O’Neil, Scott Pollara, Grant Whitney, and Billy Lumbert. Whitney and Lumbert, as well as Nick Neilsen and Duncan Burleigh, steered the 4 x 800-meter relay team to first in 8:09.02. Junior Andrew Bolze led the shot put team to a first-place finish and anchored the 4 x 200 team with a blistering 22.4-second 200-meter split in which he charged by Randolph’s anchor leg in the final 100 meters to secure first place.

“I was definitely just thinking about the team,” said Bolze about the 4 x 200 relay. “I knew we had a shot to win the whole meet so I was just trying to do my job and that was my focus on the last stretch.”

The Hingham girls were locked in a back-and-forth battle with Hopkinton and turned to their 4 x 400 team to close out the meet. Morgan Sullivan, their 400-meter outdoor champion, anchored the Harbormen with a 60.5 split and Ali Burns, Kate Fredi, and Sierra Irvin each recorded strong legs.

Senior captain Gabriella Candelieri submitted a 26.0 split to lead the Harbormen to a third-place finish in the 4 x 200 relay (1:48.55) and powered the 4 x 50 relay team to another third-place finish in 25.31. Also, sophomore Julia Noble clocked a 2:24 leg in the 4 x 800 to help secure a second-place finish in 9:52.44 and later ran her 1,200-meter leg in 3:53 in the distance medley relay as her team finished second in 12:42.65.

“Both teams won this meet in the spring, and both wins today were very impressive and it’s a testament to our attitude and teamwork,” said Fred. “That sense of team is ingrained in our program.”

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