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February 18, 2013

Dehullu makes up for struggles in big way

BOSTON — Central Catholic hurdler Alex Dehullu hasn’t had the indoor track season he quite expected.

His best time in the 55-meter hurdle last year was 8.01. But he was seeded seventh with a top time of 8.05 this season entering yesterday’s Division 2 state track meet at the Reggie Lewis Center.

“I’ve had some bad meets this year,” Dehullu admitted. “I just haven’t been the same as I was last year.”

But Dehullu was at his very best yesterday. He ran a 7.83 to claim second place and advance to All-States. He finished just behind winner Ryan Maney of Reading (7.81).

“I’m very happy but a little disappointed I lost by .02,” he said, smiling. “But yeah, I’m good with second.”

Central senior Ryan Doherty said Dehullu is one of the best athletes on the track team.

“He comes out and competes every day,” Doherty said. “He wasn’t getting the times that he wanted. But he definitely competes. It’s not a lack of effort. It’s not a lack of talent.”

Dehullu’s goal yesterday was to beat his seed time.

“I knew I could do better than I have,” he said. “I just really wanted to get one of the top places and make All-States.”

Dehullu helped Central take fifth with 23 points in the boys meet. North Andover took 14th place with 12 points.

In the girls meet, North Andover finished 10th with 22 points. Central took 13th with 16 points.

Knights win 4x800

North Andover boys’ 4x800 relay was seeded fifth with a time of 8:19.26 entering the meet.

But not only are Dan Marino, Chris Dalke, Zach Frahlich and Jacob Johns headed to All-States, but the boys also are state champs. They won with a time of 8:12.58.

That obliterated the school record they already had set this year.

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