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Acton-Boxborough boys first overall after record 4x50 relay

Newton North’s Theo Burba surges to the lead in the 4x400 relay, which the Tigers won to propel themselves to a third-place overall finish at the MSTCA Division 1 Coaches Invitational Relays at the Reggie Lewis Center Saturday afternoon.
Newton North’s Theo Burba surges to the lead in the 4x400 relay, which the Tigers won to propel themselves to a third-place overall finish at the MSTCA Division 1 Coaches Invitational Relays at the Reggie Lewis Center Saturday afternoon. (Nathan Klima for the Globe)

Led by a record-setting performance from its 4x50-yard relay, the Acton-Boxborough boys took first place at the MSTCA Division 1 James Kalperis Indoor Relays at the Reggie Lewis Center Saturday.

The foursome of seniors Noah Sweeney and Adam Yang, junior Felix Huang, and sophomore Jacob Kao finished the 4x50 in 21.33 seconds, shattering a seven-year all-division meet record set by Lawrence in 2012 (21.88).

“We knew we had the guys to execute and dominate the field,” Yang said. “All we wanted to do was make sure no one left too early and then we knew we would have it in the bag. We were super happy about the result and knew it would be a great day from there.”

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Yang, as well as senior Ethan Logue and sophomore Cole Harris, also took first place in the high jump with a combined height of 5.39 meters (17.68 feet). Additionally, the Colonials won the 4x200-meter relay with a time of 1 minute, 30.64 seconds and finished on top of the team results with a total of 44 points.

“It’s a total team effort,” A-B coach Brian Crossman said. “This meet is great because you can have a JV guy step into a varsity race and be a star for the day and support the whole team.”

St. John’s Prep (34.5) was second and Newton North (31) third.

The Acton-Boxborough Regionals boys’ track team celebrates their Division 1 title at the MSTCA James Kalperis Coaches Relays Saturday at the Reggie Lewis Center.
The Acton-Boxborough Regionals boys’ track team celebrates their Division 1 title at the MSTCA James Kalperis Coaches Relays Saturday at the Reggie Lewis Center.(PJ WRIGHT/FOR THE GLOBE)

On the girl’s side, Andover (59 points) ran away with the team title for the fourth straight year, finishing 30 points ahead of Brookline (29).

It was complete dominance for Andover with first place finishes in five of the 10 events (4x50, 4x200, 4x400, 4x50 shuttle hurdle, and long jump)

“The girls have worked very hard and my coaching staff has been amazing,” Andover coach Peter Comeau said.

“I was very impressed with our field events. We don’t typically do well in indoor in the long jump and the high jump and we got 18 points out of those two events today.”

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Most impressive was the Golden Warriors’ display of depth. Kassie Brink, Delia Barbanti, Grace Dunn, Julianna Kennedy, and Jodi Parrot were members of three winning relay teams.

“We’re real serious about what we think we can do this year,” Comeau said.

“We’ve got a lot of obstacles – Wellesley, Natick, Wachusett, Newton North – but we’re going to continue to do what we can do to put us in the best position to be state champions.”


P.J. Wright can be reached at pj.wright@globe.com.