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April 22, 2013

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


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — 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.

ALEX DEHULLU

Central Catholic Senior, 55 Hurdles

Placed second at Division 1 States (7.83), 17th at All-States (8.28) and eighth at Elite Meet (8.14). Ran a 7.95 at State Pentathlon, where he finished fifth in a field of 116 with 3,132 points. Ran a 34.5 300 and high jumped 6-0. Team MVP. Led Raiders in scoring by a wide margin. Captain in indoor and outdoor track. Member of sixth-place 4x200 team at Division 2 States. Eagle-Tribune All-Star decathlete last spring.

STARLIN ORTIZ

Londonderry Sophomore, High Jump

Cleared 6-4 twice, including to earn a fourth at Dartmouth Relays. Jumped 6-2 once. Went 6-0 to capture Division 1 state title. Had hand-timed bests of 7.8 in high hurdles and 6.7 in 55 meters. Ran on third place 4x200 team at Division 1 States. Lancer coach Matt Smith said, “He’s very gifted, a great athlete. I think we’ll be looking at school and division and potential state records in the high jump.”

RYAN DOHERTY,

Central Catholic Senior, Shot Put

Threw 51-9 3/4 vs. Lowell. His next best throw was 51-1 for third at Division 2 States. Placed 13th at All-States (49-1) and 11th at Elite Meet (49-8 1/4). Earned Eagle-Tribune All-Star honors last spring when he uncorked an area-leading 52-8 1/2 throw. Threw the javelin 164-1 last spring. Captain in football, indoor track and outdoor track. Eagle-Tribune Defensive MVP last fall. Hopes to play Division 2 college football.

JOHN BRAGA

North Reading Senior, Utility

Former basketball player made impressive indoor debut. At Division 4 States finished first in the hurdles (8.12), fourth in the high jump (6-0) and fourth in long jump (20-2 1/2). Won hurdles and high jump at CAL Meet (8.21, 6-0). Season bests of 8.11 hurdles, 6.98 dash, 6-2 high jump, 21-0 long jump. Being recruited by Assumption, URI and UNH. “He could be a great decathlete,” said coach Sotirios Pintzopoulos.

GUNNAR ERICSSON

Timberlane Senior, Utility

Placed fourth in the hurdles (8.42), fifth in the 300 (37.26) and fourth in the 4x400 (3:37.48). Ran a hand-timed 6.6 in 55 meters. Also ran a 1:26.88 600 meters. Four-sport athlete (football kicker, soccer, indoor track, spring track) already has 13 varsity letters. A 5-11, 160-pounder from Atkinson. UNH soccer recruit. Ranked 30th out of 360 in his class. Scored 1,860 on SATs. His freshman brother Nils played varsity hockey.

JEREMY ZANNINI,

Central Catholic Senior, Pentathlon

Placed eighth out of 116 competitors with 3,049 points at State Pentathlon. It was his first-ever pentathlon. His scores were: 7.93 hurdles, 5-7 3/4 high jump, 19-0 3/4 long jump, 33-4 shot put and 3:08.83 1,000. Member of sixth-place 4x200 team at Division 2 States. Had bests of 7.85 in hurdles and 5.6 hand-timed 50-yard dash. Eagle-Tribune All-Star 110 hurdler last spring (15.02 personal best). Starting defensive back in football.

Honorable Mention

Andover: Mike Maldari, Sr., 1,000; Cam Farnham, Sr., 55; Cole Organisciak, Jr., 55

Central Catholic: D’Andre Drummond-Mayrie, Jr., HH; Danny O’Connell, Sr., 1,000

Greater Lawrence: Hector Payano, Sr., 55; Miguel Cumba, Soph., 600; Yosvaldy Tejeda, Soph., 2-mile

Haverhill: Phil Sasso-Flanagan, Sr., 55; Christian White, Soph., mile

Lawrence: Jose Adames, Jr., 55; Andy Rosario, Sr., 600; Kery Cajou, Jr., HJ

Londonderry: Damon Kilgore, Jr., 3,000; Josh Leahy, Sr., 1,000

Methuen: Sam Weeks, Sr., SP; John St. Hilaire, Soph., 600; Ruddy Severino, Jr., 55

North Andover: Kyle Quinn, Sr., 600; Jacob Johns, Sr., 2-mile; Ahamdi Ogwuru, Sr., HJ; Patrick Irwin, Sr., HJ

North Reading: Cam Hastings, Sr., 300; Eli Spicer, Jr., 2-mile

Pelham: Sutton Bradbury-Koster, Jr., HH; Brandon Hannon, Sr., 1,000

Pinkerton: Mark Franklin, Sr., HJ

Salem: Jordan Bowman, Jr., 300

Sanborn: Shaun Howard, Jr., SP

Timberlane: Zach Bowen, Sr., 1,000; Tom Sullivan, Sr., 300

Windham: Pat Fitzgerald, Sr., HH; Brandon Dreyfuss, Jr., 55

agateHed:Former Eagle-Tribune MVPs

2012: Mike O’Donnell, Methuen; 2011: Jerickson Fedrick, Salem; 2008-10: Christopher McConnell, Andover; 2006-07: Pat Fullerton, Haverhill; 2005: Freddie Wills, Londonderry; 2004: Johan Rafael, Lawrence; 2003: Dana Burbank, North Andover; 2001-02: Tristan Hall, Londonderry; 2000: Dave Barrett, Londonderry;

1999: Greg Mason, North Reading; 1998: Taylor Smith, Timberlane; 1996-97: Andy Alsup, Haverhill; 1994-95: John Mortimer, Londonderry; 1993: Lance Washington, Salem; 1992: Matt Woelfel, Haverhill; 1991: Larry Elizalde, North Andover; 1990: Scott Fawcett, Londonderry

MVP: Another major honor for Methuen's O'Donnell Mike O'Donnell is making his fourth appearance on an Eagle-Tribune All-Star team and this is the third time as our MVP. He also won the award last winter and in cross country this past fall. On the heels of his MVP cross country season, the UConn recruit kicked it up another notch. He placed 10th in the New Balance Nationals mile in a time of 4:14.88, taking a second off his career best from last spring and placing him sixth all-time in our area. The versatile 5-10 senior also ran a career-best 1:55.25 800 in a December meet at BU to move up to a tie for eighth all-time in the region. The redhead's 2:27.22 1,000 meters broke the 4-year-old Elite Meet record and earned him Athlete of the Meet honors. Only two other high schoolers had faster 1,000 times this winter, according to Track and Field News. O'Donnell won Division 1 States in the mile in 4:18.01 and All-States in 4:15.81. Methuen coach Roger Fuller said, "He's always handled race situations well. He doesn't mind establishing the pace after the first 200. He has that kick ... that 61 or 62-second last leg. He's physically strong."

Boys Indoor Track All-Stars Name School Year Event Alex Mayhew Haverhill Sr. 55 Zach Cicio Pinkerton Jr. 300 Connor Kwiecien Pinkerton Jr. 600 Chris Poggi Pinkerton Sr. 1,000 *Mike O'Donnell Methuen Sr. Mile Pat Chabot Pinkerton Sr. 3,000 Alex Dehullu Central Sr. 55 HH Starlin Ortiz Londonderry Soph. HJ Ryan Doherty Central Sr. SP John Braga North Reading Sr. Utility Gunnar Ericsson Timberlane Sr. Utility Jeremy Zannini Central Sr. Pentathlon * Eagle-Tribune MVP