The Tribune’s all-time track rankings are limited to local athletes at local schools. But if he were eligible, Belmont Hill fourth-year junior Greg Desrosiers of Lawrence would be No. 1 all-time.

He placed second in the decathlon at New Balance Nationals with a spectacular 6,537 points. The official area mark also was set this year. That was by first-year spring track athlete Roan Marcano of Methuen High. The UMass Lowell recruit totalled 6,275 points in winning the North Sectional.

Desrosiers can’t catch a break with our records. His best friend, Joey Howshan, beat his Central Catholic school record this spring in the 400 hurdles.

On the bright side, in addition to his second at Nationals (and this was the top division) Desrosiers has picked up numerous football offers. He’s tweeted he’s received offers from Division 1-A Navy and 1-AA programs UNH, Bryant, Fordham, Bucknell, Holy Cross, URI and Georgetown.


“Triple Crown” winner Frank McShan IV of Salem did himself proud at Central Catholic. McShan, a swimmer/distance runner for the Raiders, was the only member of the Class of 2019 who was:

A. a legacy student, B. National Honor Society, and C. perfect attendance for four years.

McShan, the top technology student in the senior class, is headed to WPI to study computer science and electrical engineering. His brother, Ryan McShan (CCHS ‘21), is also a top scholar at CCHS. Their dad, Frank III, was a standout hoopster for the Raiders and is still the No. 4 scorer all-time at Thomas College in Maine with 1,713 points.


We recently noted that Andover’s “Jumpin’ Jack” Curtin from St. John’s Prep will be doing track at Davidson.

Worth noting that his sister, Caroline Curtin, is a tri-captain-elect for Trinity College field hockey. The former Andover High three-sport captain is chemistry lab teaching assistant who has made the NESCAC Academic Fall Team (minimum 3.5 GPA) the last two years.


Recent Tyngsboro High grad John Redman of Methuen had quite a senior year. He was a league all-star in soccer and he was a huge surprise this spring in track with a best of 2:03.32 in the 800 meters.

Redman, an Eagle Scout, will study aerospace engineering at Embry-Riddle in Daytona, Florida. He’s the son of Tyngsboro High English teacher Kevin Redman and Rose Maria DiFiore Redman, the head of school at PMA.


Harvard sophomore Erick Duffy of North Andover set the all-time area pole vault mark with his 17-9 against Yale on April 13. The old mark was by Jamison Whiting of Salem/Central Catholic, who vaulted 17-6.75 in 2002, two years after graduating from UNH.Duffy, a captain-elect, placed 19th at the NCAA Championships at the University of Texas.


Bates sophomore Genesis Paulino of Lawrence and Berkshire School won the discus (115-8) and placed third in the hammer (135-4) at the 7-team Aloha Relays, which weren’t in Hawaii but rather Lewiston, Maine.

Her best shot put this spring was 35-7.75.


North Andover’s Jake McElroy and Walpole’s Audra Tosone were honored as the Boston Globe’s 32nd annual Will McDonough Eastern Mass./MIAA Senior Male and Female Athletes of the Year.

The other area winners were North Andover’s Kirsten Kasper in 2009, Andover’s Lisa Tisbert in 2001 and Andover’s James Perry (Malden Catholic 1996).