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February 3, 2013

Memory Lane: Best friends shatter track record

10 years ago: Best friends set new record

During the 2003 McIntyre Elite Relays, St. John’s Prep carved over five seconds off its distance medley relay school record as North Andover’s John Gillespie and his best friend, Haverhill’s Mike Grant, helped the Eagles turn in a time of 1:24.9.

In the same race, Methuen’s Federico Lara, Kyle Jackson, Matt McCann and Stephen Plouffe came in third in 10:48.7, three seconds faster than the school’s best time.

Central Catholic got into the act, shattering records in both the boys and girls 4x400, winning each. Justine Douvadjian, Gillian Mundry, Dominique Caruso and Erin Doherty recorded the 10th fastest girls relay time in area history, indoor or outdoor, by running a 4:04.27. Brett Perron, Andy Verdura, Ryan McCarthy and Kevin Towler won in 3:26.7.

In the State Coaches Meet, Andover’s Phil Shaw was seeded ninth in the mile but ended up finishing third in a school indoor record time of 4:21.1.

At the New Hampshire Carnival Relays, Pinkerton’s 4x160 group of Monica Ronaghan, Kiah Quarles, Sarah Bakanosky and Jacki Sherry set a new school mark with a 1:28.2.

10 years ago: Stone stepping down at UMass Lowell

Jim Stone didn’t wait until the end of his season to announce his retirement, he decided to make the news known prior to UMass Lowell’s 2003 baseball season.

For 36 seasons, the Atkinson resident helmed the River Hawk program, taking the team to 19 postseason berths including 13 NCAA tourneys and two straight Division 2 College World Series appearances. He was named New England Division 2 Coach of the Year nine times while compiling a 769-381-7 record before his final season.

“He will retire with more wins than any coach in Lowell’s athletic history, and that says a great deal about not only his coaching talents, but his ability to motivate young people,” said AD Dana Skinner.

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