The 2016-17 indoor dual season got underway last night as Chelsea traveled to Everett high. The boys suffered a hard fought 52-34 loss while the girls won an exciting meet 47-41 that came down to the 4×400 relay.
Going into the meet the girls knew they had a tough fight on their hands. This years girls squad features just 24 athletes against an Everett squad that has over 50. The Lady Red Devils stepped up to the challenge and fought hard for the victory. Individual winners included Junior Martine Simon in the dash, Sophomore Jocelyn Poste in the 1000, Sopmome Yarid Deras in the mile, Sophomore Amanda Dias in the 2 mile, and Sophomore Masireh Ceesay in the Shot Put. Other point getters included Sylvia Agywaa (2nd in the hurdles), Freshman Isha Osman (3rd in the dash), Senior Owliyo Mohamud (2nd in the 300), Junior Awa Bajinka (3rd in the 300), Freshman Karina Avalos (2nd in the 2 mile), and senior captain Alex Martinez (2nd in the shot put). Every point mattered in this meet.
The 4×400 team of Poste, Simon, Deras, and Mohamud had a tough fight from Everett but were able to pull ahead for good during the last part of Deras’s key third leg to secure the victory. This team is not the biggest we have had in recent years but they are certainly very talented with several school records already falling this year. Another promising aspect of the team is that we are very young with only 3 seniors on the roster.
On the boys side the Red Devils fought hard for the 52-34 score. As with the girls, numbers are an issue for this team with just 20 boys on this years squad. The good news is that each and every member is talented and fights hard. We love this group of boys and will expect great things from them.
As for the meet, the well coached Everett squad took first in every individual event. The lone victory for Chelsea came in the 4×400 relay where the all senior team of Nick Ieng, Bryan Rivas, Isaac Colcord, and Adriel Cedano took first. In every other event we were able to take at least second place and in many cases 2nd and 3rd to keep the meet close.
In the hurdles Rivas took second and Colcord third. In the dash Ieng finished second v. a very tough Everett sprint crew. Cedano took second in the 300. Sophomore Wilfidu Hernandez was the surprise of the day finishing 2nd in the 600. Freshman Badreldin Sidik fought hard to finish 2nd in the 1000 with teamate Junior Kevin Umanzor finishing 3rd. Junior Jose Leclerc finished second in the mile and sophomore Justin Turner finished third. In the 2 mile freshman Abraham Barientos had a breakthrough race finishing second. Ieng and Cedano combined to take second and third in the high jump and Colcord was able to take third in the shot put.
We are super proud of the way the boys team competed in every event. We knew this was going to be challenging and the boys did everything they could and came out with an impressive performance. There are a lot of bright spots on this team that will continue to grow.
The winter break features three great meets. Next Wednesday out top athletes will travel to Reggie Lewis to compete in the multi state Boston Holiday Challenge. The meet features teams from all over New England, New York, and PA. Click here for the link to meet information and for the performance list.
Our Freshman and Sophomore will head to Malden next Thursday morning to compete in the Greater Boston League Freshman Sophomore meet. Next Friday we head back to Reggie Lewis for the annual Speed Classic. Click here for meet info.