2016 Boys’ Track and Field All-Scholastics

Esu Alemseged (left) won the mile at the All-State and Division 1 meets.
Esu Alemseged (left) won the mile at the All-State and Division 1 meets.(Matthew Healy for The Boston Globe)

Athlete of the Year

William McManus, Sharon, senior

The Sharon senior has a great life skill — clearing hurdles. He did that so well this spring that he won the 110 and 400 hurdles title at the All-State meet. At the Division 2 meet he was third at 110 meters and second at 400.


Esu Alemseged, Cambridge, senior

After All-Scholastic seasons in cross country and indoor track, Alemseged made it 3 for 3 with a state title in the mile for the Falcons. He won the All-State title in 4:17.60 after finishing second at the Division 1 meet in 4:19.74.


Smith Charles, Milton, freshman

Charles was that rare freshman who could dominate the 100. He won the All-State title in 10.77, Division 3 in 10.96, and the State Coaches Invitational in 10.90. He was also part of the school’s winning Division 3 4 x 100 relay team.

Anthony DeNitto, Newton South, senior

DeNitto began his senior year as an All-Scholastic wide receiver for the Lions and ended it with a state title in the long jump. His leap of 23-9 earned him the All-State crown. He also won Division 1 at 24-5.5.

Erick Duffy, North Andover, junior

Duffy won his second straight All-State title in the pole vault, clearing 15-0 to win the All-State title. Duffy also won the Division 2 title, clearing 16-0.5. A talented sprinter, Duffy also won the 110 hurdles title at the Division 2 meet.

Andrew Ernst, Marblehead, senior

A three-season runner, Ernst was the Division 2 runner of the year in cross-country. This spring he was the All-State champion in the 800, finishing in 1:51.17. He also won the 800 at the Division 3 meet.

Connor Finnegan, Billerica, senior

Finnegan saved his best for last, launching the javelin 199-7 in Westfield to win the All-State title. A senior, he also won the Division 1 title at 170-4 and took first at the New Englands with a throw of 188-0.


Mike Gould, North Attleborough, senior

Gould finished first in the Division 2 pentathlon and second at All-States. Along the way he broke his own school pentathlon record. He also set the All-State 1500 meter record in the pentathlon. He’ll attend Fitchburg State.

Nate Hobbs, St. John’s Prep, sophomore

Hobbs made his presence known this spring, winning the triple jump at the All-State meet in 45-9. A Catholic Conference All-Star, he also won the Division 1 title with a jump of 47-3.25. At New Englands, he was second in 45-9.5.

Myles Holt, Natick, senior

Holt was tops in the 400 in Eastern Mass and joined with his brother Lucas to lead Natick to the 4 x 400 relay title. Myles was second at the All-State meet in the 400 and won the event at the Division 2 meet.

Justin Lewis, Lynn Tech, senior

For the second straight year, the best high jumper in the state was Tech’s Lewis. He won the All-State title, clearing 6-8. He also cleared that height to win the Division 4 title and won the New England crown as well at 6-7.

Noah Malhi, Pentucket, senior

From football to wrestling to track, Malhi ended his season in style, winning the All-State title in the discus at 158-11. The Cape Ann League All-Star finished second at the Division 3 meet at 141-11.


Mike Munroe, Quincy, senior

Munroe came out on top in a competitive event, winning the All-State shot put title with a throw of 57-7. He also took the Division 1 title in 56-11.5, was fourth at the State Coaches meet, and second at New Englands.

Miguel Oyler-Castrillo, Newton North, senior

Oyler-Castrillo proved to be the best in Eastern Mass this spring in the 200. At the All-State meet he was second in 21.97. He also won the Division 1 title in 22.40. He’s also a Bay State Conference All-Star.

Thomas Ratcliffe, Concord-Carlisle, senior

Ratcliffe prepped for the state meet by breaking the state record in the mile at the Adrian Martinez Classic two days earlier. He then went to Westfield State and ran a 9:00.52, barely missing Alberto Salazar’s record.


4 x 100: Jamyre Soberanis, Anthony DeNitto, Jake Epstein, Dan Epstein (Newton South)

The Lions team took the title at the Division 1 Relays in 43.26, then won Division 1 at 42.62. At the All-State meet they won in 42.13. The Harvard-bound DeNitto was the All-State long jump champ as well as a football All-Scholastic. Jake Epstein is a senior and headed for Lehigh, while his brother Dan is a junior. Soberanis is a senior and headed for Western New England.

4 x 400: Myles Holt, Lucas Holt, Brian Holihan, Peter Ryan, Matthew Walak (Natick)

You might say it was a team effort that led to Natick’s All-State title. The Holt brothers, Chris Peabody (not pictured), and Holihan combined for a Division 2 Relay title and a win at the Bay State meet. But Peabody was hurt and replaced by Holihan as the Redhawks won the Division 2 title. By the time All-States rolled along, Walak had replaced Ryan and Natick won the title in 3:18.51, breaking the meet record.


4 x 800: Zachary Manickas-Hill, Matt Stevens, Robert Mackenzie, Thomas Lingard, Jonathan Mason (Lexington)

The fab five hit their stride when they won the Division 1 title in 7:56. 51. They were even faster at the All-State meet, finishing second in 7:51.64. Manickas-Hill, a Globe Scholar-Athlete, is headed to Harvard while MacKenzie is a three-season Middlesex League All-Star and will attend St. Lawrence University. All five earned Middlesex League All-Star honors.

Coaches of the Year

Division 1: Jim Blackburn, Newton North

After 56 years of coaching, Blackburn knows a thing or two about what it takes to win. This spring the Tigers turned great depth into wins at the Division 1 Relays and the Division 1 meet followed by the All-State title.

Division 2: Scott Price, Reading

Led by strong field events, the Rockets won the Division 2 Relays and the Division 2 state meet under Price’s guidance. As a head coach and 16-year veteran of the sport, the Wakefield High and UMass-Amherst graduate is 18-3.

Division 3: Matthew Carr, Burlington

Carr makes it back-to-back Coach of the Year selections for the Globe after leading the Devils to the Division 3 Relays title and the Division 3 state crown. Burlington finished 5-0 this spring and won the Middlesex Freedom title.


Division 4: Ernie Bissaillon, Amesbury

In his 27th year coaching, Bissaillon turned talent and depth into the Division 4 state title. The Indians went 7-1 and were the Cape Ann League Open champions. Bissaillon also coaches cross country and indoor track at Amesbury.


Atlantic Coast — Dennis-Yarmouth: Chris Carey. Falmouth: Jack Koss, Tristan Leachman. Marshfield: Chris Bunker, James Condon, Joey Donovan, Christian Friedel, Derek Holmes, Ransom Horne, Joe Joyce, Andrew Lamb, Mike Maglio, Jack Masterson, Zack Stocking, Devin Talbot. Nauset: Akeem Atkinkson, Brian Brooks, Devin Cannistro, Mente Kerse-McMillin. Sandwich: Jake Carter, Dylan Klaiber.

Bay State — Brookline: Lucas Aramburu, Sam Beaucejour, Noah Kortkamp. Framingham: Marc Umumbu. Milton: Smith Charles, Domenic Cozier, Earvin Ofulue, Derek Perkins, Michael Silva. Natick: Brian Holihan, Lucas Holt, Myles Holt, Christopher Peabody, Peter Ryan, Matthew Walak. Needham: Will Aschenfelter, John Benner, Davonte Burnett, Patrick Glennon, Max Lobel. Newton North: Ed Acuna, Nathaniel Klein, Andrew Mah, SeanRoss McClinchy, Alex Montague, Miguel Oyler-Castrillo, Jared Prior, Alex Rus. Wellesley: Matt D’Anieri, Thomas D’Anieri, Graham Harris, Ben Matejka.

Boston City — Burke: Kierston Griffith, Raymond Little, Jordan Riggs, Tamadre Rodgers. Dorchester: Lamont Haynes. East Boston: Alec Parnell, Joel Pastrana, Nick Shea. Latin Academy: David Edouard, Kenneth Holman, Gabriel Onthank. O’Bryant: Zi Liu, Ricky Preston. South Boston: J’Suan Bastien. West Roxbury: Delpierro Beaumont, Curtis Hackett, Joseph Okafor, Nasiar Rivera.

Cape Ann — Amesbury: Fred Halloran, Heath King. Hamilton-Wenham: JJ Thissell. Masconomet: Peter Kitsakos. Pentucket: Sam Coppola, Noah Malhi.

Catholic Central — Archbishop Williams: Brian Keating, Anand Panigrahy, Jonathan Pierre. Austin Prep: Peter Blake, Brendan Carpenter, Andrew Kazmer. Bishop Fenwick: Shawn Carlson, Derek Dellisola, Matthew Loehle, Anthony Maida, Mitch Rivers. Cardinal Spellman: Xavier Cato, Cooper Daly, Fred Dauphin, Vladimar David, Lesly Decembre, Kevin Duterville, Henry Esikumo, Bernard Grant, Alex Paige. Marian: Jay Carreiro. Matignon: Yale Duffy. St. Mary’s: James Brumfield, Tony Mwangi.

Catholic Conference — BC High: Danny Abraham, Alex Caliguri, Will Deevy, Marco King, Michael Mecha, Luke Sideropoulos, Pat Watson. Catholic Memorial: Christian Denny, John Lara, Abubakar Suleiman, Nicholas Techiera. Malden Catholic: James Augustin, Ian Dolaher. St. John’s Prep: James Carnevale, Nate Hobbs, Nik Reardon, Tristan Shelgren, Jackson Skelley. Xaverian: Mattison Cronin.

Commonwealth — Lynn Tech: Justin Lewis.

Dual County — Acton-Boxborough: Matt Antes, Connor Cates, Will Collins, Luke Davidson, Andrew Dresser, Colin Grip, Jack Maddox, Peter Murphy. Bedford: Isak Johnson, Zachary Stevens. Boston Latin: Yuta Belmont. Cambridge: Esu Alemseged, Daniel Aschale, Jacob Briel-Weills, Isaak Prenler, John Teal. Concord-Carlisle: Eli Decker, Thomas Ratcliffe, Lior Selve. Lincoln-Sudbury: Breylen Ammen, James Anderegg, Aaron Corin, Peter Lindblom, Nick Virkler. Newton South: Anthony DeNitto, Dan Epstein, Jake Epstein, Gal Fudim, Alex Kiritsy, Yuval Levy, Dan Rosenzweig-Ziff, Jamyre Soberanis, Andrew Theall, Amos Trinidad Gonzalez, Benett Walkes, Brad Weissel, Noah Whiting. Waltham: Antonio DiGenova. Wayland: Patrick Butler. Westford: Ajeya Balasubramanyam, Mark Dunnz, Mirh Holman, Brian Murray, Karthik Ravichandran.

Eastern Athletic — Bishop Feehan: Bryce Conner, Ben Goslin, Zack Goslin, Devin Jolin, Andrew Pearl, Ian Ross, Cole Stewart, Sean Vincent, Charles Yoder. Bishop Stang: Destin Barboza, Jeff Chicea, Adam Estes, Garrett Morris, Nick Pacheco. Coyle & Cassidy: Joseph Celia, Joseph Gill, Peter Horvath, Connor Rodriguez. Martha’s Vineyard: Ennis Foster, Chase Silvia. Somerset Berkley: Andrew Farias, Nate Schobel.

Greater Boston — Everett: William Barrett, Lewis Cine. Malden: Allen Liang, Daryl Lorues, Jonathan Solomon. Medford: Jordan Howard. Somerville: Carls Alphonse, Demar Chapman, Travis Dolcine, LeDondy Francious, Henry Hover, Andre James, Shaquille Joseph, Phillips Magre, Ilmer Ozit, Ben Pierre, Marcus Thomas.

Hockomock — Attleboro: Jacob Hardy, Nataniel Joyal, Isaiah Rodriguez, David Seybert. Canton: Mark Clancy. Franklin: Ryan Spelman. King Philip: Jack Allan, Michael Roby. Mansfield: Joseph Affanato, Kyle Amerantes, Jack Crawford, Kevin Crawford, Devin Maughn, Jackson Murphy, Nicholas Rispoli, Mike Shannon. Milford: Jack DeSantis, Leonardo Moronta, Ryan Nesta. North Attleborough: Mario Bresko, Mike Gould, Gareth King, Matt Tarantino, John Thompson. Oliver Ames: Jarod Boone, Doug MacDonald. Sharon: Juvan Elisma, Xavier Hacket, Matthew Hoffman, Mark Kendy Paul, Matthew McManus, William McManus. Stoughton: Clifton Gerring. Taunton: Lucas Alves, Brian Cherenfant.

Mayflower — Diman: Ashton Begin, Kyle Cordeiro. Southeastern: Dylan Dukes.

Merrimack Valley — Andover: Raymond Gorzela. Billerica: Jacob Carlson, Connor Finnegan, Felipe Freitas, Roshan Nair. Central Catholic: Lukas Blythe, Pietro Fina, T.J. Vaughn. Chelmsford: Walker Horton. Dracut: Jacob Gaudette, Steven Pelletier. Haverhill: George Papoulis, Jack Pettis. Lawrence: David Morales, Benammi Rodriguez, Fabian Tineo. Lowell: Christopher Polanco, Anthony Rodriguez. Methuen: Eric Rosario. North Andover: Anthony Christian, Erick Duffy, Matt Mantega. Tewksbury: Billy Bennett.

Middlesex (Freedom) — Burlington: Dylan Bonfilio, Patrick Cassidy, Derek Forte, Matthias Gloor, Jack Hirsch, Matt Jankowski, Joe Kim, Fernando Lamin, Tim Pinkham, Ben Piotti, Eddie Reis, Alec Rollins, Matt Tierney, Angel Vargas, Allan Villagran. Melrose: Steven Abbott, Sean Conlan, Adam Cook, Rob Hanlon, Isaac Seide, Kevin Wheelock. Stoneham: Anthony Magazzu, Michael Reilly. Wakefield: Eric Chi, Matt Greatorex, Devin Pronco, Patrick Redmond, Adam Roberto, Alec Rodgers, Kevin Russo, Brian Smith, Eric Smith. Watertown: Jeremy Breen, Austin Lin, James Piccirlli. Wilmington: Brad Aldrich, Joe Gaudreau, Steven Godfrey, Deven Langenfeld, Kyle Nelson, Chris Patrone, Evan Sperlinga.

Middlesex (Liberty) — Arlington: Faolan Coogan-Pluck. Belmont: Calvin Perkins, Luke Peterson. Lexington: Zaeem Adamjee, Toby Foelix, Conor Hill, Thomas Lindgard, Robert MacKenzie, Zachary Manickas-Hill, Jonathan Mason, Thomas O’Donoghue, Noah Shute, Mark Solomon, Matthew Stevens. Reading: Paul Chong, David DiMare, Chris Donaster, John Eldridge, Kevin King, Benq Lynch, Mark Porter, Kevin Shannon, Eric Webb. Winchester: Nick Franco, Jacob Zuch. Woburn: Ja-Vaughn Beal, Jacob Casey, Tyler Catania, Paul Desir, Elijah George, Travis Hunt, Patrick Hurley, Matt Juko, Andrew Nicolas, Kevin Stachowski, Brendan Tumwesigye, Aryton Zargani.

Northeastern — Beverly: Hugh Calice. Gloucester: Alex Militello. Marblehead: Andrew Ernst, Oliver Jacob, Jakob Wikar. Peabody: Phil Bynum, Moisse Irizzary, Ramon Medrano, Patrick Pang, Connor Ramos, Marcelo Rocha. Revere: Nelson Cevallos, Josh Flanders. Salem: Rick Arias.

Old Colony — Barnstable: Jackson Burbic, Cam Donoghue, Nick Johnson, Lucas Lanzo, Ray Todoroff. Bridgewater-Raynham: Khari Brown, Brandon Calley, Andrew Hallman, Shawn Noel, Trey Sheridan, Alex Weiler. Dartmouth: Peter Boukheir, Isaac Sequiera.

Patriot — Duxbury: Will Bittrich, Andrew Borg, Chris Chaisson, James Miele. Hingham: Jay Beckett, Mike Durkin, Ivan Frantz, Evan Goddard, Jack Muldoon, Sam Oomen-Lochtefeld. North Quincy: Nick Kelly. Pembroke: Tyler Bryant, Brian Burns, Matt Davis, Aaron Diauto, John McMahon, Vince Mitchell, Dan O’Neil, Isaiah Savage, Chris Spellman, Kyle Watts, Alex Wengryn. Plymouth North: Zac Bouhalloufa, Aaron Chase, Nick McNamee, Josh Pestana, Bryan Ryder, Max Tripp. Plymouth South: Jared Bernal, Devin Leahy, Drew Mahoney, Jake Rooney, Ty Santos, Dillon Slattery, Andrew Wagner. Quincy: Mike Munroe. Scituate: Sean Rezendes. Silver Lake: James McCarthy, Christian Moran. Whitman-Hanson: Pat Duffey.

South Shore — Abington: Alex Nacopoulos. Carver: Josh Dion, Sean Rudolph, Sawyer Shaw. Cohasset: Dan Toomey, Ian Turpel. East Bridgewater: Nick Blauner, Will Carter, Eric Duhamel, Dan Lovell, Mike McBirney, Evan Ross, Kevin Smith. Mashpee: Gunner Ahearn, DeShaun Dias, Cameron Kergo, Alex Wood. Monomoy: Chris Jaques. Randolph: Sheldy Caze, Miles Graham, Patrick Mette, Gassendi Zany. Rockland: Shane Darcy.

How we picked the team

The All-Scholastic boys’ track team was selected by the school sports staff. Selection is limited to MIAA schools that compete in EMass leagues. Text by Bob Holmes. Photos by Mark Lorez.