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April 22, 2013

Eagle-Tribune Boys Track: Methuen's O'Donnell named MVP for third time

ALEX MAYHEW,

Haverhill Senior, 55

Placed second at Holiday Challenge (6.66), fifth at Elite Invitational (6.62), second at Division 1 States (6.62), second at All-States (6.50) and third at New Englands (6.47). Broke Rusty White’s 23-year-old school record of 6.58. “He buckled down and was very committed. He was really focused on his starts,” said coach Mike Maguire. Has run an 11.11 100 and a 22.78 200. Has strong background in tumbling and cheerleading.

ZACH CICIO

Pinkerton Junior, 300

Placed second at Division 1 States in the 300 meters (36.25), third in 55 (6.72) and first in 4x200 (1:33.92). Also ran a 36.66 300 and 6.77 55. “The 300 was expected, not the 55. Right from the beginning, he was just running really, really well,” said coach Ian French. Much improved. Sophomore 300 best was 38.32. Former varsity lacrosse player has decided to run track this spring. Enjoys dirt biking, snowboarding and skiing.

CONNOR KWIECIEN,

Pinkerton Junior, 600

Ran a personal best 1:23.24 for third at Dartmouth Relays. Took second at Division 1 States in 1:23.75 and 15th at New Englands in 1:25.16. On victorious 4x400 (3:33.99) and 4x200 (1:33.92) teams at Division 1 States. Ran a 2:40.0 1,000. Last year was clocked in 2:00.56 for 800 meters and 50.44 for 400. Class vice president. Last of four talented middle distance running siblings. Ranked in top 15 percent of class.

CHRIS POGGI

Pinkerton Senior, 1,000

Placed first at Division 1 States in 2:37.23 and second at Dartmouth Relays in school record 2:33.52. Ran on victorious 4x400 (3:33.99) and 4x200 (1:33.92) teams at Division 1 States. Sacrificed an attempt at state record in 1,000 to do both relays. Set school 600 record of 1:21.82. Ran a 50.75 400 and 1:55.25 800 (8th all-time in area) last spring. Eagle-Tribune All-Star in cross country and spring track. Signed with UNH.

PAT CHABOT

Pinkerton Senior, 3,000

Used a devastating kick to place third in Division 1 States 3,000 in 9:18.02. Clocked a 4:24.93 1,500 that day despite his shoe falling off early in race. Early in season had a 9:18.2 3,000, a 4:12.5 1,500 and a 2:42.4 1,000. “He was awesome this year,” said coach Ian French. Eagle-Tribune All-Star in cross country. Plans to run in college. Plays five instruments. Member of The Forgotten Youth rock band.

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