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After moments of distress, Pioneers still emerge on top.

Byline: Brendan Hall

SHREWSBURY - For a moment, you could say Ed McGuinn was unnerved.

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 Relays, the St. John's High coach saw one of his best athletes, Kyle Morette, injure himself warming up for the pole vault pole vault

Track-and-field event consisting of a vault for height over a crossbar with the aid of a long pole. It became a competitive sport in the mid-19th century and was included in the first modern Olympic Games.
. Not to mention, the soggy weather at St. John's, the host field, meant a more level playing field See net neutrality. .

The Pioneers' streak of consecutive Division 1 wins at this event was in jeopardy for a short time, too. Westboro High was initially declared the winner with 65 points, with Nashoba Regional in second and the Pioneers in third. The decision was overturned about an hour later; St. John's point total (80) was initially miscalculated, dropping the Rangers and the Chieftains down a spot.

St. John's has now won the Division 1 title 18 straight times.

"On a rainy, damp, cold day, my hats are off to those kids," McGuinn said.

And especially to Morette. The senior had to pull out of the pole vault and 800 relay as a result of his injury, but still contributed to two of the Pioneers' five first-place finishes - the long jump and the shuttle hurdles. Morette went to the hospital after the meet to determine the severity of his injury, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.


"I hope for a speedy recovery with Kyle," McGuinn said. "He cleared 14 feet in the pole vault earlier in the season, so we need him. ...We're hoping he's OK; he's one of our top performers."

In the shuttle hurdles, St. John's tied a 15-year-old record despite the conditions. The Pioneers' quartet of Andrew Powell Andrew Powell - musical composer, arranger and performer - was born 18 April 1949 in London, England of Welsh parents.

He began taking piano lessons at the age of four and later attended Kings College School, Wimbledon by which time he was also learning the viola, violin and
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, Josh Millea and Morette finished first in 1:05.7, tying a record time set in 1993 by Shrewsbury High. Powell also contributed to St. John's first-place finish in the high jump - an event where he ranks among the state's elite.

Westboro, meanwhile, took second despite winning just one event, the 400 relay. But the Rangers field one of the state's deepest teams, with over 130 athletes, and the quantity paid off.

"We never backed down, we just kept coming," said coach Roger Anderson, who was without two of his top performers - Conor Nolan (shot put) and Justin Strechsetter (javelin).

Said senior captain Ian Hayes, who was part the winning 400-relay team: "Our team is not just senior studs. Our team is full of young guys who can perform. There were a lot of sophomores that ran and performed today, and they were a part of this whole thing."

Nashoba had another solid outing in the meet, taking home two first-place finishes (distance medley, 800 sprint medley) largely on the strong running from Anthony Raduazo and Joe Doyle Joe Doyle (born 1 June 1936) was a member of long-standing public representative of Fine Gael in the Dublin South East constituency. He served variously as a Dublin City Council, Dáil Éireann and Seanad Éireann, becoming Lord Mayor of Dublin in 1998–1999. . The Chieftains totaled 61 points for their third-place finish Noun 1. third-place finish - a finish in third place (as in a race)
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"It was definitely a balanced meet," coach Jim Nosel said. "The kids were really excited for it this year. They spent a lot more time on the exchanges and handoffs."

Rounding out the top five were Shrewsbury High, which won three field events (shot put, discus discus /dis·cus/ (dis´kus) pl. dis´ci   [L.] disk.

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A flat circular surface; a disk.


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, pole vault) en route to 57 points, and Doherty, which had six top-five finishes for 38 points.

Division 1 Results

Team scores

1, St. John's, 80. 2, Westboro, 65. 3, Nashoba, 61. 4, Shrewsbury, 61. 5, Doherty, 57. 6, Wachusett, 22. 7, Algonquin, 21. 8, North Middlesex, 15. T9, Fitchburg, Groton-Dunstable, 13. T11, Leominster, Quabbin, 12. 13, Tantasqua, 10. 14, Marlboro, 8. 15, Shepherd Hill, 4. T16, Burncoat, Gardner, South, 0.

Individual results

440 Shuttle Hurdles: 1, St. John's (Andrew Powell, Dan Foley, Kyle Morette, Josh Millea), 1:05.70 (tied meet record). 2, Algonquin, 1:10.60. 3, Westboro, 1:11.80. 4, Groton-Dunstable, 1:13.20. 5, Shrewsbury, 1:15.70.

Distance Medley: 1, Nashoba (Marc McCloud, Joe Doyle, Brendan Ayalian, Anthony Raduazo), 10:41.50. 2, St. John's, 10:48.60. 3, Westboro, 10:53.0. 4, Doherty, 11:04.10. 5, North Middlesex, 11:06.80.

High Jump: 1, St. John's (Tyler Masi, Andrew Powell, Josh Miller Josh Miller (born July 14, 1970 in Queens, New York) is an American football punter. He formerly played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, and Tennessee Titans of the National Football League. ), 17-04. 2, Nashoba, 17-0. 3, Shrewsbury, 16-06. 4, Marlboro, 16-04. 5, Westboro, 16-02.

400 Relay: 1, Westboro (Greyson Thomas, Kevin Stechler, Ian Hayes, Ryan Ruffing), 44.9. 2, Shrewsbury, 45.6. 3, Nashoba, 46.0. 4, Marlboro, 46.7. 5, Groton-Dunstable, 47.1.

1,600 Relay: 1, St. John's (Dennis Kott, Jon Vignaly, Zach Kofos, Sean Mitchell), 3:33.3. 2, Leominster, 3:33.8. 3, Wachusett, 3:34.9. 4, Westboro, 3:39.1. 5, Algonquin, 3:42.4.

800 Relay: T1, North Middlesex (Michael Wheeler, Alan Cavanaugh, Josh Hussey, D.J. Webb), Nashoba (Conor Megee, Doug Koury, Andrew Wade, Jesse Wade), 1:36.0. 3, Doherty, 1:36.3. 4, St. John's, 1:36.60. 5, Fitchburg, 1:37.20.

3,200 Relay: 1, St. John's (Kevin Turner, Brian Clark Brian Clark is one of the survivors of Al Qaeda's attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001.

Clark is noteworthy as he is one of only a few people in either tower to escape from a floor above the plane's impact.
, Ben Perrow, Cam Tieuli), 8:20.60. 2, Nashoba, 8:30.3. 3, Westboro, 8:39.40. 4, Doherty, 8:41.70. 5, Wachusett, 8:44.70.

800 Sprint Medley: 1, Nashoba (Doug Cary, Travis Johnson Travis Johnson (born April 26, 1982 in Sherman Oaks, California) is an American football defensive tackle for the Houston Texans of the NFL. He attended Sherman Oaks Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California. , Conor McGee, Joe Doyle), 3:36.50 (meet record). 2, Shrewsbury, 3:47.40. 3, Westboro, 3:48.50. 4, Leominster, 3:50.9. 5, Wachusett, 3:53.90.

Pole Vault: 1, Shrewsbury (Justin Bartkiewicz, Eddie Gordon, Anthony Wriche), 34-06. 2, Westboro, 30-06. 3, Algonquin, 27-0. 4, Quabbin, 25-0.

Long Jump: 1, St. John's (Kyle Morette, Shawn Mitchell Shawn Mitchell is a Republican member of the Colorado Senate, representing the 23rd District since 2005. Previously she was a member of the Colorado House of Representatives from 1999 to 2004. , Andrew Powell), 58-00.25. 2, Doherty, 56-03.5. 3, Groton-Dunstable, 55-01.25. 4, Nashoba, 55-01.25. 5, Wachusett, 53-02.75.

Triple Jump: 1, Doherty (NA), 116-06.00. 2, St. John's, 116-02.50. 3, Nashoba, 114-08. 4, Algonquin, 113-08.0. 5, Westboro, 113-06.5.

Shot Put: 1, Shrewsbury (Chris Cole
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, Brad Diamantopoulos, Dylan Allard), 119-04.50. 2, St. John's, 115-08.00. 3, Doherty, 112-10.50. 4, Quabbin, 111-11.75. 5, Wachusett, 109-01.75.

Discus: 1, Shrewsbury (Chris Cole, Jimmy Flynn, Keenan Harst), 323-06. 2, Fitchburg, 323-01. 3, Westboro, 317-08. 4, North Middlesex, 297-08. 5, St. John's, 294-06.

Javelin: 1, Tantasqua (Mike Grubert, Dan Kerber, Mike Mahar), 412-03. 2, Westboro, 397-01. 3, Wachusett, 394-09. 4, Quabbin, 390-02. 5, Fitchburg, 370-04.


CUTLINE: Nashoba's Anthony Raduazo runs his leg of the distance relay.

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