Athlete of the Year
Clare Martin, Newton South, senior
Martin won individual All-State titles in the mile (4:48.88, school record) and 800 (2:10.80). The Princeton-bound senior also ran the fastest 2-mile in the nation (10:27.73), set a state record in the steeplechase (6:46.63) and took second in the 800 at New Englands (2:07.91, personal record).
Meryl Bantefa, O’Bryant, senior
Bantefa goes out on top as the best sprinter in the City League. The senior was a triple winner at the league championships, taking the 100 (12.70 seconds), 200 (26.80), and 400 (1:01.60). She is also a Globe Scholar-Athlete.
Grace Connolly, Natick, sophomore
Connolly followed up her All-American and All-Scholastic indoor season by repeating as state champion in the two mile (10:43.61). Her 10:41.79 at the Division 2 state meet broke a 40-year-old meet record.
Chloe Eressy, Dennis-Yarmouth, senior
Eressy is back as an All-Scholastic this spring after tallying third-place finishes in the shot put (39-3) and discus (117-1) at the All-State meet. She also won the discus and finished second in the shot put at the Division 3 meet.
Cameron Garabian, Seekonk, sophomore
Garabian recorded the top shot put mark in Eastern Mass., a meet-record 40-7 at the MSTCA Small School Freshman/Sophomore. The honor roll student was the All-State meet runner-up and the Division 4 meet champion.
Meg Hughes, Old Rochester, freshman
Only a freshman, Hughes stormed onto the scene for the Bulldogs. She swept the 400 at the Division 4 meet (58.22) and All-States (56.56). She also finished third in the 400 at New Englands, setting a personal record of 56.55.
Julia Jordahl-Henry, Wellesley, sophomore
Jordahl-Henry captured the New England high jump title, leaping a season-best 5-7. The sophomore also won the MSTCA Freshman/Sophomore meet and the Bay State title, and took home a thid-place finish at the All-State meet.
Anoush Krafian, Belmont, junior
Krafian took home state titles in the pentathlon (3,243 points) and the 100 hurdles (14.64). The junior added 100-hurdle wins at the State Coaches and Division 3 meets, and was named Middlesex League MVP.
Haley Lightbody, Reading, sophomore
Lightbody soared to a state title in the pole vault with a personal record (11-3). The sophomore also won the Division 2 meet (10-0), took eighth at New Englands (9-9), and captured the long jump at the Division 2 meet (17-2.5).
Jasmine McFarlane, Dennis-Yarmouth, senior
McFarlane proved to be the top discus thrower in Eastern Mass. at the All-State meet, setting a personal record of 121-8 to finish in second place. The senior was also the runner-up at the Division 3 state meet (116-11).
Elise O’Leary, Milton, sophomore
O’Leary and the Wildcats captured indoor and outdoor state titles. The sophomore and Bay State League All-Star was the Division 3 champion in the 400 (56.85). She was the runner-up in the 400 and 400 hurdles at the All-State meet.
Rachel Sessa, Tewksbury, junior
Sessa earns her third All-Scholastic honor after a state title in the 4x800 relay. She won the mile and 800 at the Division 3 meet and took second in both events at All-States. The class president was also a three-event MVC champion.
Madelyn Sessler, Plymouth South, senior
Sessler ends her impressive career with a slew of wins in the 100 hurdles. She was the Patriot League champion, Division 2 champ, and All-State runner-up. The Columbia-bound senior was also MSTCA South Heptathlon champion.
Shraeya Srinivasan, Foxborough, senior
Srinivasan could not be beat in the triple jump, as she swept the Division 3, All-State, and New England championships. The senior’s personal best came at the Hockomock championships, which she won with a leap of 40-8.5.
Shira Stoller, Sharon, junior
Stoller dominated in the javelin, winning the Hockomock Championships, the Division 2 state meet, the All-State meet, and All-New England meet. She saved the best for last, setting a personal record at the New Englands (148.8).
Saige Tudisco, Pentucket, junior
The junior earned a state long jump title (17-11.5). A week earlier, Tudisco took second at the Division 3 meet with a personal record (18-4.5). She capped the season by finishing third at the New England championships (17-11).
Brooke-Lynn Williams, Norton, senior
The queen of speed finishes her career on top. Williams won the 100 at the State Coaches, Division 4, All-State, and New England meets. She also won the 200 at the Division 4 meet and All-States. She will run at Penn State.
4 x 100: Natick
Sophomore Abigail Gerdes, junior Rachelle Parker, freshman Kylie Langan, and senior Madison Howland took home the All-State title (48.52). They also ran the fastest time in the state (48.14), good for second place at New Englands and a school record.
4 x 400: Andover
The Golden Warriors were consistently on top all season, claiming the Merrimack Valley Conference title (4:00.7), the Division 1 crown (4:01.36), and the All-State title (3:55.42). Junior Hannah Lansberry teamed with sophomores Emma Joel, Julianna Kennedy, Delia Barbanti, and Grace Dunn.
4 x 800: Tewksbury
The Redmen followed up on their indoor title, winning the relay at the All-State meet in the spring (9:21.53). UMass Lowell-bound senior Emily Sessa, freshman McKenzie Clark, Jacksonville University-bound senior Lauren Polimeno, and junior Rachel Sessa made up the team.
Coaches of the Year
Division 1: Peter Comeau, Andover
Comeau earns Division 1 Coach of the Year honors for the second outdoor season in a row. The 1984 Andover graduate led his Golden Warriors to victory in the Division 1 relays before they repeated as Division 1 state champions.
Division 2: Matt Strother, Natick
Natick continues to emerge as a top contender at the state level under Strother. The Redhawks finished third at the Division 2 Relays, second at the Division 2 meet, and capped the season with a fifth-place finish at All-States.
Division 3: Fran Cusick, Tewksbury
After five years as an assistant, Cusick took the helm for the Redmen and guided them to second place at the Division 3 and All-State meets. The MVC Coach of the Year also led the Redmen to a league championship.
Division 4: Joseph Schroeder, Martha’s Vineyard
Under Schroeder, the Vineyarders made their mark in Division 4. They trekked to North Reading and finished 10th at the Division 4 relays. One month later, they took third place at the Division 4 meet in Norwell.
Atlantic Coast — Dennis-Yarmouth: Tiana Bazie, Chloe Eressy, Katie Holmes, Sydney McCann, Jasmine McFarlane. Marshfield: Isabela Cunio, Brianna deGrasse, Alyssa Doust, Kiki Horgan, Marina MacKinnon, Kayla O’Connell, Katie Olson. Nauset: Tara Ellard, Ellie Hartmann, Kara Moore, Madaket Nobili, Alena O’Connor. Sandwich: Emily Duryea, Emma Eastman, Julia Hanson, Kelly Murphy.
Bay State — Braintree: Shallen James. Brookline: Mary Corcoran, Patricia Douglas. Dedham: Lude Meril. Milton: Ella Affanato, Manciana Cardichon, Finley Congdon, Genevieve Connelly, Josie Cousineau, Alexis Daly, Jayda Dillon, Jessy Iwuala, Abigail Jean-Baptiste, Kayla Mathieu, Bridget Mitchell, Cianna O’Flaherty, Colette O’Leary, Elise O’Leary, Amanda Ofulue (MVP), Olayeni Oladipo, Cate Robertson. Natick: Grace Connolly, Kassidy Gallagher, Abigail Gerdes, Rachelle Parker, Kelsey Walak. Needham: Nicole Stevens. Newton North: Natalie Marshall (MVP). Wellesley: Abby Comella, Maggie Donahue, Anna Jordahl-Henry, Julia Jordahl-Henry, Cassandra Winkelman, Isabelle Winkelman. Weymouth: Cassondra Crisafulli.
Big Three — Brockton: Marie Elysee, McKenzi Manigault, Julieth Nwosu, Nkechinyere Nwosu. Durfee: Jamelah Foster, Isabel McDonnell. New Bedford: Sarah Fernandes.
Boston City — Brighton: Brianna Stultz. CASH: Teya Drumm. East Boston: Heidy Meza. O’Bryant: Meryl Bantefa, Katherine Keating, Courtney Lambright, Destaunia Perry. Snowden: Sarah Lawton.
Cape Ann — Amesbury: Maia Esty, Sophia Fortier, Michaela Halloran, Chelsea Lynch, Flannery O’Connor, Emma Richardson, Schuyler Snay, Skylar Snay. Ipswich: Abby Fitzpatrick. Lynnfield: Kate Mitchell. North Reading: Kirsten Bradley, Meredith Griffin, Rachel Hill, Juliette Nadeau. Pentucket: Kaley Enright, Katie Giusti, Madi Krohto, Samantha Matthews, Siobhan O’Keefe, Meghan Rodriguez-Cowl, Saige Tudisco, Taylor Walsh. Triton: Sara Stackpole.
Catholic Central — Archbishop Williams: Kristen Burke; Meagan Donovan; Arian Hay; Taylor Jackson; Alanna Kubik; Ruth Labranche (MVP); Erica Silvia; Chigozie Sumani; Ashley Tran. Austin Prep: Stephanie Casaletto, Kristina Coffey, Bridget Kelley, Catherine Mawn, Caroline Russell, Maggie Weber. Bishop Fenwick: Kate DelTorchio, Olivia Juneau, Courtney Kline. Cardinal Spellman: Maddie Loney, Claire O’Brien. Cathedral: Amani Boston. Saint Joseph Prep: Joadly Duplan.
Catholic Conference — Fontbonne: Tasha Lima. Mt. Alvernia: Elizabeth Cronin. Notre Dame (Hingham): Kelsie Dwyer, Katie Kennedy, Shannon LeVangie, Carly Pattison, Kelsey Stewart, Sarah Weeks. Ursuline: Kelly Cheevers, Jessica Dow, Siobhan O’Sullivan, Jillian Skerry, Ashley Thomas, Catherine Treseler, Bella Vina.
Commonwealth — Chelsea: Sylvia Agyewaa, Amanda Dias, Martine Salmon. Essex Tech: Laraine Harring, Ashleigh Kelley, Catherine Niziak, Maeve Sousa, Jenna Tocco, Elena Ueland. Lynn Tech: Makalay Handley. Mystic Valley: Gaelle Gourdet, Menel Lamadzema, Ashley Martorana, Lillian Rhuda. Presentation of Mary: Liliana Foucault. Shawsheen: Jackie Broderick, Shannon Fitzgerald, Lauren Piotte, Ivana Whisky.
Dual County — Acton-Boxborough: Danielle Beerman, Samantha Cannarozzi, Samantha Friborg, Stella McDermott, Sara Mitchell, Alex Saganich, Gabi Sullivan. Bedford: Oby Nwodoh, Jennifer Rennich. Boston Latin: Valentina Doerre-Torres, Annie Jackson, Katelyn Pease, Julie Tassinari. Cambridge: Phoebe Smith, Sophie Wright. Concord-Carlisle: Sarinnagh Budris, Margot Ehrenthal, Charlotte Franck, Claudia Koontz, Eline Laurent, Daria Pietropaolo, Sarah Reichheld, Valerie Reiling, Liana Shames. Lincoln-Sudbury: Alexa Babick, Caitlyn Carter, Sophie DeFreitas, Marielle Faucher, Meghan Garrett, Francoise Hultin, Julia Hultin, Marie Nevils, Milly O’Brien, Olivia Pistorio. Newton South: Allison Arruda, Caroline Barry, Phoebe Blumberg, Alana Bojar, Emily Bulczynski, Katie Collins, Jonnai Howard, Hannah Katz, Shannon Laughlin, Calene Lazare, Clare Martin. Waltham: Melanie Cano, Kylie Danier, Janiah Marrero, Emma Martin, Melissa Nicolas, Mish Oscar. Wayland: Sheryl Chin, Christina Goldin, Fiona McHarg. Westford: Mel Almasian, Jacki Harding, Paige Kacherian, Katherine Pawlak, Rachel Porter, Grace Santana. Weston: Hannah Brown, Jillian Howard, Varvara Plotnichenko, Bharathi Subbiah.
Eastern Athletic — Bishop Feehan: Lilly Bond, Riley Fauria, Savanna Keefe, Molly Lahiff, Anne Leahy, Catherine Mulligan. Bishop Stang: Amber Lattuca, Mary Lyn Sullivan. Coyle & Cassidy: Rachel Johnson, Jenna Piatelli. Martha’s Vineyard: Mackenzie Condon, Madison Moreis, Whitney Schroeder, Olivia Smith, Pearl Vercruysse. Somerset Berkley: Kristina Bodner, Christine Nasiff, Cassidy Shaker, Kathryn Sullivan.
Hockomock — Canton: Sarah Collins. Foxborough: Meredith Cronin, Lexi Quinn, Shraeya Srinivasan (MVP). Franklin: Nicole Clermont, Emma Clifford, Julia Fenerty, Ella Gutkowski, Kate Hartnett, Jess Kroushl. King Philip: Courtney Kelleher, Abigail McKeown, Fahra Whichard. Mansfield: Jordan Brill-Cass, Julia Harrison, Caitlin Whitman. Milford: Leanne Kibbee, Christina Speliakos. North Attleborough: Celine Ibrahim, Vanessa Ibrahim, Leah Jette, Julianna Martin, Julia Mechlinski, Lily Wetherbee. Oliver Ames: Dana Lowney, Elizabeth Peckham, Desiree Snead. Sharon: Meaghan Connolly, Jada Johnson, Sydney Mayo, Shira Stoller, Ariadne Tolay. Taunton: Victoria Gravel, Samantha Tichelaar.
Mayflower — Bishop Connolly: Chellsie Pearson. Blue Hills: Karimah Land. Bristol-Plymouth: Erica Norvish. Holbrook: Lucy Ambroult, Riley Cochran. Southeastern: Kay-Marie Hines. Tri-County: Kaylee Dunn, Sabrina Howarth. West Bridgewater: Maggie Allen, Emma Bedard, Ellie Smith.
Merrimack Valley — Andover: Delia Barbanti, Alli Bennett, Kassie Brink, Sarah Cain, Emma Griffin, Julia Kennedy, Tony Kobelski, Miranda Lawrence, Anna Livingstone, Kyra Morissette, Sammy Shea. Billerica: Diedra Anderson, Nicole Anderson, Vanessa Attaya, Sarah Burns, Hannah Doherty, Taylor Gibson, Sydney Hall, Alyssa Harris, Samantha Jacques, Sam Maffeo. Central Catholic: Julia Bonanno, Nadeshka Bridgewater, Sarah Brown, Emily Carmichael, Helen Connolly, Emily DeMinico, Paige Dunleavy, Amanda Fay, Sarah Freeman, Kate Hasenstab, Julia Jankowski, Ruth Mahoney, Grace McDowell, Marianna Miller, Victoria Moda, Kathryn Montgomery, Janessa Nault, Emma Sorenson, Julia Worden. Chelmsford: Lillian Cardone, Kristin Hohenstein, Grace Maniscalco, Grace Maniscalo, Nicole McGinnty, Julia Squeri, Meghan Stagnone. Dracut: Erin McMeniman, Katherine Morissette. Haverhill: Maddie Buco, Gabrielle DeRoche, Jenna Solimine, Amanda Van Cor. Lawrence: Lissette Robles, Brandy Rodriguez, Ganelis Torres, Janelys Torres. Lowell: Lindsey Ahearn, Rebecca Bitegetsemanna, Patricia Chieh, Eunice Tabea, Sophia Vergados. Methuen: Kacey DePina, Luana Machado. North Andover: Taylor Crane, Grace Fallon, Allison Leising, Emma Martin, Allie Rodriguez, Trinity Tapper. Tewksbury: Grace Higgins, Alex Joseph, Ally Joseph, Marissa Ladderbush, Hope Mackenzie, Meghan Ostertag, Tatum Pecci, Lauren Polimeno, Lauren Ricciardi, Emily Sessa, Rachel Sessa, Krista Stracqualursi.
Middlesex — Belmont: Anoush Krafian. Burlington: Carolyn Bonetti, Sarah Conley, Sara Elkins, Makayla Houniet, Julia Hovasse, Sydney Matai, Anna Mathew, MiKenna Mattson, Avyanna Monroe, Jeenal Patel. Melrose: Brooke Barriss, Jenna DelMastro, Katie Donovan, Nia Kovacev, Anne Morrison (MVP), Chelsea Otaluka, Emily Otaluka, Lucia Seide. Reading: Haley Lightbody. Stoneham: Alex Aresco, Bimpe Asuputo, Marielle Avola, Kaitlyn Driscoll, Lindsey Duhamel, Amanda Jordan, Angela McKenzie, Tiana Pignone, Khadidja Ramdani, Emily Simpson. Wakefield: Eadeen Beck, Olivia Fetherston, Christina Freni, Abigail Harrington, Lillian Jones, Ana Lucas, Olivia Lucey, Allee Purcell (MVP), Alex Rollins, Jordan Stackhouse. Watertown: Emily Koufos, Rose Muldrew, Elizabeth Powderly. Wilmington: Emma Garrity, Alexcia Luna, Amie Russell.
Northeastern — Beverly: India Ingemi, Tyler Orlandella, Gracie Sparkman. Gloucester: Carly Curcuru, Eve Feuerhach, Holly Fossa, Sierra Rudolph (MVP). Malden: Rachel Eaglin. Marblehead: Sarah Caufield, Gabriella Mark. Peabody: Sophie Anderle, Amanda Andrews, Nene Onwuogu. Saugus: Haley Dennis.
Patriot — Duxbury: Chloe Jones, Claire Murphy, Eliza Ryan. Hanover: Emma Buckley, Niamh Kenney. Hingham: Lila Belsher, Peyton Belsher, Casey Cavanaugh, Zoe Dainton, Isabelle Gay, Tori Goon, Kaylee Hill. Pembroke: Aly Coyle, Kelly Evans, Lauren Freeley, Amanda Little, Carleigh Messner, Sarah Tormey, Julianne Watts. Plymouth North: Sam Curtin, Kate Fisher, Caitlin Haley, Elizabeth Marshall, Jadyn Tavekelian. Plymouth South: Meg Gallerani, Melissa Macri, Kendra McIntosh, Miranda Murphy, Madelyn Sessler (MVP). Scituate: Julia Cuneo, Paulina Hildenbrand. Silver Lake: Allison McDonough, Madelyn Schlager. Whitman-Hanson: Alexandra Santos (MVP).
South Coast — Apponequet: Dayna Doyle, Emilea Lauzon, Caitlin Sardelis. Case: Meredeth Castro. Dighton-Rehoboth: Julia Campezato, Evie Rodrigues, Abby Teixeira. Fairhaven: Samantha Hathaway. Greater New Bedford: Irlanda Antunes. Old Rochester: Mikayla Chandler, Rachel Demmer, Meg Hughes, Madisen Martin. Seekonk: Cameron Garabian, Abigail Tenreiro. Wareham: Chayla Ewing, Kali Fernandes, Jillian Rawding, Hunter Thatcher.
South Shore — Abington: Katie Marando, Madison O’Connell. Carver: Emma Dion, Holly Lauzon, Katrina Millman, Jordan Turner. Cohasset: Lauren Anastos, Hanna Diemer, Maeve Humphrey, Ciara Redfern. East Bridgewater: Molly Barry, Nickey Bartlett, Bridget Joyce, Serenity Sands, Peri Snow. Mashpee: Allison Kondracki, Katie Wellington. Middleborough: Emily Wise. Norwell: Mackenzie Boyd, Tessa Holleran, Dallis Kehoe, Moriah Knight, Katie Mullahy, Anna Roman (MVP), Mary Kate Scalzulli, Liz Sheedy. Randolph: Kiara Felix. Rockland: Lily Matson, Arianna Roosa.
Tri-Valley — Ashland: Katie Landry, Alyssa Zee. Holliston: Kelly Alves, Isabella Bergloff, Emma Guccione, Alexis Mejia, Rebecca Stevens, Caroline Ward. Hopkinton: Maggie Allen, Annie Feather, Isabelle Giordano, Caitlyn Halloran (MVP), Emily Mastroianni. Medfield: Tess Beardsley, Riley Drometer, Jaimee Hirschfeld, Sydney Joline, Jordan Wilson. Medway: Riley Childs. Millis: Theresa Cerullo, Katie Malewicz. Norton: Isabella Berardi, Kambrynn Bowman, Meg Nichols, Julia Palin, Brooke-Lynn Williams (MVP). Westwood: Sarah Conant, Katelyn McInnis, Ashley Szeto, Ashley Walker.
Text by Alex Schroeder.