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    MIAA All-State Boys’ Track championships

    Newton North boys capture track crown

    Methuen’s Mike O’Donnell outkicks the rest of the field down the stretch to win the boys’ mile in 4:20.69.
    Winslow Townson for The Globe
    Methuen’s Mike O’Donnell outkicks the rest of the field down the stretch to win the boys’ mile in 4:20.69.

    WESTFIELD — Powered by its “Big Four,” the Newton North boys’ track team captured the MIAA All-State title Saturday at Westfield State University.

    “Ryan Lucken finished first in the 400 meters, Carl Whitham took second in the shot put, Gabe Montague second in the 800, and David Oluwadara second in the triple jump, so they all came through and did what we hoped they would,” said coach Jim Blackburn.

    The Tigers finished with 48¾ points, dominating the rest of the field. Lincoln-Sudbury took second with 28 points while Newton South finished with 27.


    In addition to the Big Four’s performance, the Tigers took second in the 4 x 400 relay behind Acton-Boxboro. The Colonials finished in 3:22.04, a tad faster than Newton North’s 3:22.48.

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    “All our guys came through,’’ said Blackburn. “We had the lead until the final 10 yards, that was a little disappointing, but to come in second was good.”

    The Tigers expected a strong performance from Newton South, but was surprised by the efforts of Lincoln-Sudbury.

    “I didn’t even think of them at all. I thought of Newton South, Hingham, Acton-Boxboro, but I didn’t think of Lincoln-Sudbury and they did a great job,” said Blackburn.

    The Warriors won the 4 x 800 with a time of 7:51.43, and Ben Colello brought in another first-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles (53.65). Colello also took home second place in the 110-meter hurdles (14.43) behind Newton South’s Jung Park (14.26).


    Notching first place in the 800 was Somerville’s Andre Rolim, who won in 1:53.53.

    Montague finished more than a second behind in 1:54.55.

    Methuen’s Mike O’Donnell took top prize in the mile, and Wachusett’s Colin Bennie in the two-mile.

    Bennie had a photo finish with Swampscott’s Peter Hale. Bennie (9:25.69) edged Hale (9:25.76).

    In the dash events, PJ Hayes of Walpole took first in the 200 (21.68) and Amherst-Pelham’s Taj-Amir Torres won the 100 in 10.72.


    Amherst-Pelham was not able to win the 4 x 100, however, taking sixth. Woburn took first in the event (42.75).

    As for the field events, Chicopee’s Alex Niemiec won both the long jump (23-5¼) and high jump (6-6).

    Greenfield’s Vladimir Popusoi won the pole vault (14-0) and TJ Noonan of Waltham won in the javelin (190-0).

    North Attleboro’s Eric Beckwith grabbed the top spot in the shot put (58-6) and BC High’s Jordan Samuels did the same in the triple jump (48-0½). Newburyport’s Steve Preston won the discus (155-5).