As Springfield Central senior Edison Perez celebrated what he thought was a first-place finish in the 55-meter hurdles Saturday at the 27th annual New England Interscholastic Indoor Track & Field Championships, BC High senior Jordan Samuels patiently waited for the official results to appear on the Reggie Lewis Center scoreboard.
“I could see him right next to me the whole way and I knew it was going to come down to me and him,” Samuels said. “We were just neck and neck the whole way and I just tried to keep my composure and just go for the win.”
The times flashed onto the scoreboard, but Perez’s 7.49-second performance was not displayed at the top of the list. The winning time of 7.48 seconds belonged to Samuels.
“When he finished he did another celebration, but it’s not over until the times come up,” Samuels said. “And I just kept everything in and waited until that time came up and thank God my name was on top that time.”
Marshfield’s Ellen DiPietro won the girls’ hurdles in 8.30 seconds. The senior also claimed the top spot in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 9 inches.
Hingham senior Andrew Bolze, who set the state record in the 300 meters this year, won his signature event in a blazing 34.25 seconds, just .06 seconds from his record time. Bolze’s teammate, junior Sierra Irvin, captured the girls’ 300 title in 38.67 seconds.
“Both of us just worked so hard all fall, since late August all the way up until now,” Bolze said. “We train together, we never missed one practice, and got some really hard workouts. It’s really paid off.”
Bolze also took home the long jump crown with a mark of 23 feet, 7 inches and Irvin anchored the Harbormen’s winning 4 x 400-meter relay. Bolze said winning two events was “really special.”
“And also, both marks were close to personal bests, so to do that at a meet like this is really great,” he said.
Bolze will compete in two weeks at the New Balance National Indoor Championships in New York. Bolze will compete in the long jump and the 400, because there is no 300 at the national competition.
“I’m really excited for nationals,” he said “Today was actually great practice for that. At nationals, I have to long jump first and then run the , and today I had to long jump first and then run the . So I know I’m prepared for it so I’m really excited.”
Meet records fell Saturday in the girls’ 1,000 and the boys’ and girls’ 2 mile. In the 1,000, senior Maddy Berkson from Classical High School in Providence eclipsed the meet record by .03 seconds with a time of 2:49.29. Connecticut native Christian Alvarado bested the boys’ 2-mile meet record of 9:02.58, as the Fairfield Prep senior clocked in at 9:00.29.
Staples (Conn.) sophomore Hannah DeBalsi destroyed the girls’ 2-mile meet record with a winning time of 10:12.95. DeBalsi not only topped the meet record of 10:30.55, but finished almost 50 seconds faster than the second-place finisher, senior Jessica Wojnicki of Danbury, Conn.’s Immaculate High School.
Amherst-Pelham junior Taj-Amir Torres won the boys’ 55-meter dash (6.43) and anchored the Hurricanes’ first-place finish in the 4 x 400-meter relay (3:26.67).
St. John’s Prep junior Joe Luongo won the 600 in 1:20.59, edging North Kingstown (R.I.) senior Zachery Emrich (1:20.67).
“It didn’t go as I wanted,” Luongo said, despite winning the event. “It ended up being really close, but it went well. I reacted well to what happened in the race.”
The boys’ 1,000 was another close race, as Gloucester junior Everest Crawford won in 2:26.11. Newton North senior Gabe Montague finished second in 2:26.38.