Meet Recaps Of Andover Boosters & MSTCA Coaches Invitationals

At the Weston Twilight Invitational. Gable Gray had a nearly 25-foot best to capture the javelin with a near 200-footer.

Was it a fluke?

Doesn’t seem that way.

It appears as though the Chelmsford sophomore is just getting started.

Competing at Saturday’s Andover Booster Invitational, Gray improved on his best by seven more feet with a winning toss of 206-3. The gifted tenth-grader was nearly 50 feet further than his closest rival with a distance that’s currently tied for No. 6 in the country and first among sophomores.

Gray’s performances highlighted a meet that always seems to draw top competition each year.

Along with the Lions’ standout, Peabody’s Alex Jackson and Cambridge Rindge & Latin’s Aoife Shovlin also produced state-leaders. Shovlin captured the two mile with a PR of 10:49.02. Jackson won the shot with an all-time best of 61-1.25. The Tanners’ junior didn’t stop there. He also took the discus with a toss of 158-11.

Reading’s Katie Caraco was a triple-winner in the meet, She won the triple jump at 38-9.75, the long jump at 18-7 and the high jump at 5-4. Caraco survived a close battle in the high jump where two others also cleared 5-4 – Central Catholic’s Macy Daigle (second) and Wilmington’s Mollie Osgood (third).

Noted for his long history of gifted middle-distance specialist, Newton South appears to have another star in the making with Emily Frawley. The talented sophomore, a winner at last week’s Jim Hoar Freshmen-Sophomore Invitational, won on Saturday with a five-second best of 2:14.38. Frawley also anchored the Lions’ winning 4x800m squad that was timed in 9:57.45.

Westford Academy’s dynamic duo of Jack Graffeo and Paul Bergeron owned the distance events. Graffeo struck gold in the two mile (9:25.0), while Bergeron was triumphant in the mile (4:15.38).

Andover’s Jason DeJesus swept the sprint events by breaking the tape in the 100m (10.89) and the 200m (22.34).



It was a big day for several athletes at Saturday’s MSTCA Coaches Invitational, too.

Wellesley’s Christopher Brooks blazed to a state No. 1 of 21.20 to capture the 200m dash. The defending state titlist had top competition from runner-up Max Deane of Boston Latin, who raced to a best of 21.66.

With a sub 59-second final 400m, Boston Latin’s Colin Fisher was able to edge past Oliver Ames’ Brendan Thomas to win the mile in 4:15.75 to Thomas’ 4:15.78. The OA senior was clocked in 59.3 for his last lap.

Talk about a ridiculous 800m. The top seven in the field were separated by a mere 1.04 seconds. Dartmouth’s Tyler Medeiros won the battle in 1:58.39. Somerville’s Marcus Odilon was second in 1:58.54.

Natick’s Emmanuella Edozien took the girls’ 100m hurdles in 14.84, racing to a state-leading 14.60 in the preliminaries. Attleboro’s Maxwell Crawford moved to No. 1 in the boys’ 110m hurdles with a PR of 14.40. Saint John’s Antonio Wiafe was second at 14.56. Crawford was also first in the high jump at 6-2, while Wiafe soared to a state-leading 23-6.5 in the long jump where three more exceeded 22 feet, including runner-up Dylan Weddle of Natick (22-11).

Oliver Ames’ Grace Okocha won the 100m (12.13), finished second in the 200m (25.29) and ran a leg on the Pirates’ first-place 4x100m relay (49.95.


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