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February 18, 2014

Division 1 State Track: Andover's Comeau captures hurdles crown

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.

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