Last Thursday Chelsea Girls & Boys opened the 2015-16 indoor season with wins over CAC rival Greater Lawrence.
The girls won in convincing fashion with a score of 52 – 25. Winners included Junior Melanie Nguyen in the hurdles, Senior Captain Katherine Cabral in the 300, Freshman Jocelyn Poste in the 1000, Freshman Yarid Deras in the mile, Senior Jazmine Castellon in the shot put, and a tie for first in the dash between Senior Captain Mariama Kamara and Sophomore Martine Simon. Caping off the victories was the 4×400 relay team of Kamara, Simon, Poste, and Cabral.
Other scorers for the lady Red Devil’s include Senior Captain Wendy Becerra (3rd in the 2 mile), Junior Diena Romero (2nd in the hurdles), Sophomore Awa Bajinka (2nd in the 600), Sophomore Keila DeLaCruz (3rd in the 300), Senior Cynthia Guzman (2nd in the mile), and freshman Mariseh Ceesay who finished second in the Shot Put.
It was a great way to start the season for this team. Becerra had tough competition in the 2 mile, an event that she typically owns. After that event the meet opened up for us. Greater Lawrence is coached well, we were not taking them for granted in any way. We have a great mix of veteran leadership and talented underclassmen. For this team to continue to win the young athletes will have to continue to develop and the amazing group of veterans we have will have to continue to lead by example. The road gets more challenging this week when we travel to Somerville Wednesday night to take on a talented Somerville squad. The week ends with our first trip to the Reggie Lewis Center Sunday for the Winter Festival Meet.
Similar to the girls the boys won in convincingly with a 51 – 34 score. Winners for the boys included Junior Adriel Cedano who won not only the dash but also the high jump, other winners include Junior Bryan Rivas in the hurdles, Senior Alezio DeSilva in the 300 (also finishing second in the high jump), Senior Captain Jose Aguair in the 600, and Senior Captain Luka Braga in the Shot Put.
Other athletes to score were Junior Nick Ieng (2nd in the dash), Senior Captain Johnny Gomez (3rd in the 2 mile), Sophomore Alex Pedrero (3rd in the hurdles), Junior Leonardo DeAlmedia (2nd in the 300), Senior Sam Hernandez (2nd in the 1000), and Sophomore Nelson Hernandez who finished 2nd in the shot put. The score would have been even higher except DeAlmedia got clipped and fell during the 4×400 relay.
This was the best way we could start our season. Greater Lawrence is always tough on the boys side, we did not think this was going to be easy. This group of boys is not the biggest team we have had but they are tough. We will need to have solid performances from our veterans while our young guys develop. Helping this team is the infusion of some of the Red Devil football team who bring discipline and skill. This team will only get better and better as the year goes on. Just like the girls, the boys travel to Somerville this week to take on a team that is constantly a Division 1 power house. It will be a good early season test for our top boys to see how they stack up. Sunday we travel to Reggie Lewis in Boston to take part in the Winter Festival meet.
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