Catholic Memorial has had its fair share of success in Massachusetts high school sports, but one program that hasn’t always been at the top has been the indoor track team.
That changed on Wednesday when Catholic Memorial took home the Division 3 State Indoor Track Championship at the Reggie Lewis Center for the first time since 1974.
Catholic Memorial finished with six top-three finishes in five events to pull away with 67 points. Concord-Carlisle was runner-up with 46 points and Amherst-Pelham was third (43).
“We’ve had a lot of great runners, but they don’t always come in the same year. This year they did,” Catholic Memorial coach Vincent Catano said. “They have great camaraderie. They all like each other and come to practice and have fun.”
A pair of first-place finishes from junior Ore Ojo and senior John Lara in the 55 and 600 meters, respectively, helped lead the Knights. Ojo won the 55 in 6.54 seconds and Lara won the 600 in 1 minute, 22.43 seconds.
“I just needed to be smooth and relax because if I try to push it too much I’d slip up and mess up my stride,” Ojo said after his narrow victory over over Shepherd Hill’s Kevin Mensah (6.55 seconds). “That’s just what I try to focus on and try to get a good start.”
In the girls’ championship, Concord-Carlisle edged Hopkinton by half a point, 64.5 to 64. Concord-Carlisle used four top-three finishes to outpoint Hopkinton.
Hopkinton’s Isabelle Giordano won the 1,000 meters for the second straight year in 2:58.36, but it wasn’t enough to propel the Hillers.
“It almost makes it more nerve-wracking because I want it that much more,” Giordano said of her second straight first-place finish. “Last year I didn’t even have the expectation of winning, so it made me work harder because now this is the expectation and the goal.”
Concord-Carlisle and Hopkinton had to fend off Bishop Feehan, which was led by senior Anne Leahy’s first-place finishes in the 55 (7.36 seconds) and 300 (41.00 seconds).
Rivers 69, Roxbury Latin 59 — Senior guard Azar Swain of Brockton became the 67th player in state history to net 2,000 career points, pouring in a game-high 31 points and collected 10 rebounds to power the host Red Wings (16-9). Swain (2,026 points), who will play basketball at Yale, also is the school’s career leader in touchdowns.
Latin Academy 75, South Boston 50 — Senior guard Victor Monegro (32 points) and senior center Jeffry Marcellus (19 points, 20 rebounds) powered the Dragons (11-4).
Brooks 49, Belmont Hill 40 — Senior Fru Che had 20 points and 10 rebounds as the Bishops (19-0) dealt the host Hillies (11-1) their first loss in the ISL.
Malden Catholic 4, Franklin 1 — In a matchup between the defending Super 8 and Division 1 state champions at Valley Forum II, the fifth-ranked Lancers (11-3-3) outshot the Panthers (11-6-0), 32-11, and Thomas Albert scored his fourth goal in two games.
Walpole 3, Newton North 1 — Junior Tyler Page scored twice and senior Paul Heffernan added one to power the seventh-ranked Rebels (19-0-1).
Bishop Feehan 6, Smithfield (R.I.) 5 — Junior John Anghinetti scored his third goal of the game with 13:10 remaining in the final period to put the Shamrocks (13-3-1) up for good. Senior Kyle Browne scored his 100th career point after netting Bishop Feehan’s fourth goal.
Revere 56, Danvers 34 — Junior Tatiana Iacoviello scored 17 points and classmate Valentina Pepic had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the top-ranked Patriots (17-0).
Beaver Country Day 78, Berwick 56 — Junior Maddie Mullin of Wellesley poured in 36 points for the Beavers (14-4).
Dana Hall 69, Concord Academy 24 — Senior forward Autumn Ceppi (24 points) netted the 1,000th point of her career as the Dragons (11-4) rolled in Wellesley. The Bedford resident has committed to Bucknell.
Reading 3, Woburn 2 — Senior Michaela Boyle scored a pair of goals, her go-ahead tally in the second period her 34th of the season, as the No. 5 Rockets (14-2-1, 12-2-1 Middlesex Liberty) edged the No. 4 Tanners (16-2-1, 12-2-1) at Burbank Arena.
Hingham 6, Fontbonne 5 — Sophomore Lizzie Jacobson scored with 58 seconds left to lift the 19th-ranked Harborwomen (9-5-5), who qualified for the state tournament.
Nobles 5, Andover 1 — Freshman Kasey O’Brien netted three goals and one assist and junior Kelly Pickreign had 27 saves for the Bulldogs (21-2-1).
Whitman-Hanson 5, Norwell 0 — Mel McAleer (two goals and one assist) and Hannah Tracy (one goal, two assists) led the No. 17 Panthers (12-3-3).
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