ROXBURY — The Andover High hurdlers put on a show yesterday morning at the Division 1 State Meet at the Reggie Lewis Track.
Not one, not two but three Golden Warriors placed in the 55-meter hurdles.
Senior Courtney Comeau, who has been battling a back injury much of the winter, looked in fine form to break the tape first in 8.74.
“It was very exciting, almost unreal,” said Comeau. “It means so much more considering the season I have had and everything I have been through. To know that I can still win and be a state champion is great.”
The UMass recruit’s teammates Hannah Chapman (3rd, 8.92) and Lizzie Kobelski (8th, 9.19) also scored.
Comeau, who is still regaining full strength from the injury that cost her all of last spring, was coming off a second-place effort at the MVC championships at Reggie Lewis where she was clocked in 8.76.
“I am still running in a flexible back brace that keeps my muscles warm,” said Comeau. “After the preliminaries, I was the only runner that broke nine seconds, so that was a confidence boost. The finals were close, but I knew when I crossed the finish line that I had won. Now I can go into the rest of the winter and spring feeling strong and confident.”
Area girls brought home a pair of silvers with Haverhill senior Riley Gilmore, a UNH recruit, doing it in the 2-mile (11:21.59) and Andover senior Catherine Haut in the long jump (16-5.25).
Lawrence senior Jose Adames was fourth in the 55 meters in 6.68 and helped the Lancers to a fifth in the 4x200 relay. In that same relay, Andover finished third in 1:32.71.
The 600 meters had a local flavor with St. John’s Prep junior Joe Luongo of North Reading, a transfer from Austin Prep, winning in 1:20.5 with Methuen junior John St. Hilaire third in 1:22.01. St. Hilaire sliced 1.31 seconds off his winning time from the MVC meet.
The top four finishers at all the divisional state meets automatically qualify for All-States which are Saturday, March 1. Then the 12 next top performers from all the divisions also qualify.
The highest finishing local team yesterday was the Andover girls’ seventh-place finish with 29 points. The Cambridge girls (55 points) and Newton North boys (79 points) won the team titles.
Division 1 Boys State meet
Team scores: 1. Newton North 79, 14.tie Andover 12, 21.tie Methuen and Lawrence 9
55 meter dash: 4. Jose Adames (Law) 6.68; 600: 1. Joe Luongo (SJP/North Reading) 1:20.05, 3. John St. Hilaire (Methuen) 1:22.01; 4x200: 3. Andover 1:32.71; 5. Lawrence (Jose Adames, Rafael Brito, Aneuris Burgos, Jacob Toledo) 1:33.28; 4x400: 3. Andover 3:29.84, 6. Methuen 3:32.55
Division 1 Girls State meet
Division 1 State Meet
Team scores: 1. Cambridge 55, 7. Andover 29, 12. Haverhill 16, 19. Methuen 7
300 meters: 8. Wileshka Samuel (Meth) 42.40; Mile: 8. Hannah Wunderlich (Meth) 5:26.13; 2-mile: 2. Riley Gilmore (Hav) 11:21.59; 55 hurdles: 1. Courtney Comeau (And) 8.74, 3. Hannah Chapman (And) 8.92, 8. Lizzie Kobelski (And) 9.19; 4x200: 6. Andover 1:48.46; 4x400: 8. Methuen 4:11.36; 4x400: 8. Andover 10:07.33; HJ: 5. Eladia Cespedes (Meth) 4-11; LJ: 2. Catherine Haut (And) 16-5.25; SP: 4. Julia McLaughlin (Hav) 32-11.5, 6. Yonnie Collins (Hav) 32-0.5