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May 17, 2012 Mansfield at D2  - 85 degrees and Sunny

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The anticipation of this year's MA State Division 2 meet was quite high as Mansfield had continued to evolve as a strong team throughout the outdoor season.  The weather was cooperating and there were minimal injuries to be concerned about.  The competition was going to be quite intense, as outdoors has always proven to be a tougher kettle of fish for the Hornets, as there are many more events that are contested.

The meet was switched from Bridgewater State University to Whitman-Hanson High School, much to the chagrin of all teams involved in the Division 2 showdown.  But the host team coaches and staff did a very nice job in getting the facilities ready and the late Sunday start make it a bit easier for everyone to get up at a decent hour and get ready for the big day.

Although the weather forecast was for temperatures in the low 70's, temperatures actually got up to almost 90 degrees as the sun and low winds made for an almost perfect day. Not even the distance runners seemed to mind the conditions as King Philip's Chris Allen went out very hard and ran a strong 9:19.79 for the win.  Mitch Negus ran a 4 second personal best at 9:49.84 to place 9th overall.

The 400 intermediate hurdles were the second running event of the day and senior Kevin Giffels had some tough competition facing him.  Cameron Hebert of Masconomet had been improving all season long, winning the Cape Ann title in 55.18.  Giffles similarly had won the Hockomock title, but did not have a great race as his steps were off and he hit the 8th hurdle extremely hard.  A week's worth of specific workouts to fix the step problem results in Giffles recording a 2nd place finish behind Hebert and, in addition, setting a school record. 

In the high jump, Brian Ferreira had cleared 6 feet for the first time this outdoor season, but could not advance beyond that.  His jump did help pick up another 3 points for Mansfield as he placed 6th overall.

Meanwhile, Central Catholic and Marshfield were gearing up for some big points, with Central already in front as they scored 23 points in the pole vault, which was held on Friday afternoon.

The mile proved to be a very exciting as two of the best middle distance runners in the state were to meet head to head.  Josh Lampron, who has been coming along very well as he prepares for the end of the championship season, was looking forward to the matchup between he and Hubbard.  Hubbard was the state leader in the mile and 800, while Lampron had run a super 1500 a week ago, recording a time that was equivalent to a 4:03 mile.  Hubbard had cranked out a 1:52.66, so he was also at the top of his game.  Lampron, never one to be shy when it came to making a move, took off with 400 meters to go and then put on another move with 200 meters to go to win going away, recording a 4:09.59 time. Hubbard hung in there until the final 50 meters or so, recording an excellent 4:12.59 for his efforts.

The 10 points along with the earlier points gained in the high jumps and intermediate hurdles, enabled Mansfield to move a bit closer to the front running Raiders of Central Catholic.

The 400 meters was up next and Mansfield had two strong candidates in Matt Baldasare, a surprise winner of the Hockomock Championships, and Griffin Robertson. Robertson went out for the early lead, while Baldasare hovered close by.   Robertson went out in 23.1 for his first 200 and then tried to finish off the race with a win.  But the  rookie, Baldasare, came around the final meet hoping to get another win for himself and for the team.  The two Hornets came down the homestretch, step in step, but it was Matt taking the win with Griffin coming in second.  Baldasare broke through the 50 second barrier for the second week in a row, posting a 49.79 win.  The 18 points were a nice addition for Mansfield and there were still some good performances to come.

Brian Ferreira had been bothered with some leg problems for a good portion of the season.  However, he would not let that stand in the way, as he continued to provides lots of points with his efforts in the high jump, the 4x100 and his main event, the 110 high hurdles.  Ferreira had taken off the last few days to give his aching legs a bit of a rest, but as was seen in the high jump, Brian was at the meet to compete and gain more valuable points for Mansfield.  Ferreira did not let down as he ran away with the win in the hurdles, despite hitting the 8th hurdle, letting his competitors just that much closer to him over the final two hurdles.  It helped that Central Catholic had a pretty good hurdler as well and the win over Jeremy Zannini gained another two points against CC.

The 200 meters was up next and the Mansfield coaches had made a strategic decision to switch Robertson and King, with Robertson going up to the 400 and King moving down to the 200.  King had some leg issues that hindered him a bit in the Hockomock 400, but he recovered well enough during the week to make the 200 meters a good bet for him.  Nick came through the trials handily and was facing one of the fastest 200 meter runners in the state in Donovan Henry out of Catholic Memorial.  Matt Powers of Natick was also a stalwart 200 runner, so the competition was quite tough.  King got out to a good start, ran the turn well, but still found himself behind Henry and Powers coming down the homestretch.  However, the added 6 points went a long way in getting a bit closer to Central Catholic, who scored 3 points.

The meet was starting to wind down and reports were coming in from the field events.  Unfortunately, Mansfield did not do as well as hoped as only Ollie Erickson, a 7th place in the shot put, and Miguel Perez with an 8th place in the long jump, were able to bring home any points for the Hornets.  So, it was left up to Josh Lampron and the relay teams to try and make up more of the scoring against Central Catholic.

By the time the 800 was on the track, it was obvious that only CC and Mansfield were in the hunt for the title.  Marshfield and Reading were quietly receding into the background.  Central Catholic continued to bring home important points in the field events and still had some relay points projected as well.  All Mansfield could do was continue on with some good performances and hope for the best.

Lampron did not disappoint as he went out in a comfortable 56 for the first 400 and then added on a nice 1:23 at the 600 mark.  A very tough Sean Gorham from Oliver Ames was not to be dismissed to quickly, as he held on and continued to shadow Lampron around the final turn.  Josh, however, wanted to get a good time and break his school record, so he upped the gears one more level and scooted down the homestretch, just missing running sub 1:52, as he recorded a time of 1:52.03, a meet record and school record.

Lampron's performance inspired his teammates and training partners as the 4x800 relay came along shortly thereafter.  Central Catholic had scored a second place in the 4x100, while Mansfield was a distant 8th, as Ferreira was replaced by frosh Curtis Boisvert, who did an admirable jog filling in.  The team just could not get under the 44 second mark, finishing off with a 44.88.

The 4x800 team of Tommy Maguire, Brendan McCarthy, Kham Haleudeth and Jimmy Murphy ran a seasonal best of 8:13.41 for a strong 4th place finish, just one place behind Central Catholic.  Although the performance was very good for the Green, Central's finish put the meet out of reach for the Hornets.

That did not affect the 4x400 relay team as they continued to dominate their event with Nate Somes subbing for Nick King and then Kevin Giffles, Griffin Robertson and Matt Baldasare winning easily for another 10 points, with a time of 3:25.04.

So, the meet was very exciting as the final score read Central Catholic 100 and Mansfield 83.5.  Marshfield was third with 44 points followed by Reading at 38 and Catholic Memorial at 31.

The performances by the team were outstanding as everyone continued to compete at the high level one now expects from a Mansfield team at all the big meets.  The team did not disappoint.  Perhaps in future years a decision will be made to include the pole vault as an event in the Hockomock League, but certainly Central Catholic did an very good job across the board to win their Division 2 title.

Writeup from Coach Collins

MIAA Eastern Massachusetts Div. II Championships
Sun. May 27, 2012
Whitman-Hansen Regional HS

Team Rankins:  Central Catholic 100, MANSFIELD 83.5, Marshfield 44, Reading 38,
 Catholic Memorial 31

Starting the day 23 points in the hole to Central Catholic HS due to the whopping 23 points scored by Central Catholic in the pole vault event, the Mansfield Boys knew that they would need a massive day to catch the well rounded Red Raider squad.  Brian Ferreira was able to grab 2.5 points in the high jump (6’0), Oliver Erickson held on the 7th place (2 points 47’5.5) in the shot put and Miguel Perez added 1 point in the long jump (8th  20’1.75) in the first events contested in the boys meet.  Mitch Negus would just miss adding to the team point total in the hot, grueling 2 mile run; placing 9th with a personal best of 9:49.84. Nate Michener also ran a PR of 10:09.07 in the hot mid-day sun.  Kevin Giffels ran a super disciplined race in the 400m hurdles, chasing down 2 competitors in the final straight for an auto time PR of 55.63…good for 2nd place and 8 solid points.  Josh Lampron ran a controlled one mile run but was pushed by Joel Hubbard (Marshfield) to a quick 4:09.59 for a new meet record and 10 team points.  Super soph. Jimmy Murphy broke in from the unseeded section with a 5 second PR of 4:30.89 (8th place…1 team pt.)!  Lampron would return to the track a few events later to set another meet record and new school record winning the 800 meter run in 1:52.03.  The 400 meter dash proved to be a big event for the hornets as Matt Baldasare (49.79) and Griffin Robertson (50.23) went 1-2 for 18 big points!  Meanwhile, after looking smooth in the prelims to qualify for the 200 meter final, Nick King (22.64) would hold on strong for 3rd place in the final with his hamstring giving him some trouble.  Brian Ferreira also came back for the finals of the 110 meter high hurdles.  After clipping the 7th hurdle hard, Ferreira stayed composed and held on for the win (10 pts. 15.01).  The Mansfield boys struggled in the triple jump, javelin and discus…coming up short for points in all 3 events as the meet wound it way to the exciting relays.  The 4x800 meter squad (Tommy Maguire, Kham Haludeth, Brendan McCarthy, Jimmy Murphy) would surprise the competition by grabbing the last coveted position for the All-State meet (4th in 8:13.41)!  The 4x100 meter team (Kevin Makie, Curtis Boisvert, Robbie Rapoza, Greg Donahue) ran 44.88 (just off their seasonal best) to hang on for 8th place (1 point).  Coach Schuder’s favorite event was up next and his boys did not disappoint despite the last minute substitution of Nate Somes for the hurting Nick King.  Kevin Giffels, Griffin Robertson, Somes and Matt Badasare raced to a team seasonal best of 3:25.04 for the victory and the final 10 point contribution.  The boys move on to the MIAA State Meet this coming Saturday at Fitchburg State College.  Stayed tuned for the suspenseful end of the season!

Team Scores
Varsity - Mens
1. Central Catholic CeCa 100
2. Mansfield Mans 83.5
3. Marshfield Mars 44
4. Reading Memorial ReMe 38
5. Catholic Memorial CM 31
6. King Philip KiPh 30.5
7. Dartmouth Dart 28.5
7. Whitman-Hanson Reg WhRe 28
9. Woburn Wobu 23
9. North Attleboro NoAt 23
9. Needham Need 23
12. Natick Nati 22
12. Walpole Pole 22
14. North Andover NoAn 20.5
14. Malden Catholic MC 20
16. Masconomet Regional MaRe 19
17. Wellesley Well 16
18. Oliver Ames OlAm 15
18. Salem Sale 15
20. Dracut Drac 14
21. Concord-Carlisle CoCa 13
21. Sharon Shar 13
23. Lynn Classical LyCl 12
24. Arlington Arli 11
25. Falmouth Falm 10
26. Belmont Belm 7
27. Tewksbury Memorial TMHS 5
27. Silver Lake Regional SLR 5
29. Gloucester Glou 4
30. Stoughton Stou 2

Mansfield Results

Mens Results

X 100 Meters - Varsity - Prelims  
11 Greg Donahue 11.67a Mans 12
X 200 Meters - Varsity - Finals  
3 Nick King 22.64a Mans 12
X 200 Meters - Varsity - Prelims  
3 Nick King 22.57a Mans 12
13 Robbie Rapoza 23.71a Mans 11
14 Matt McCarthy 23.72a Mans 12
17 Jonathan Butler 23.82a Mans 12
X 400 Meters - Varsity - Finals  
1 Matt Baldasare 49.79a Mans 11
2 Griffin Robertson 50.23a Mans 12
12 Nate Somes 52.28a Mans 12
X 800 Meters - Varsity - Finals  
1 Josh Lampron 1:52.03a Mans 12
X 1 Mile - Varsity - Finals  
1 Josh Lampron 4:09.59a Mans 12
8 Jimmy Murphy 4:30.89a Mans 10
X 2 Miles - Varsity - Finals  
9 Mitch Negus 9:49.84a Mans 12
15 Nate Michener 10:09.07a Mans 12
22 Zach Frazier 10:29.46a Mans 12
X 110m Hurdles - 39" - Varsity - Finals  
1 Brian Ferreira 15.01a Mans 12
X 110m Hurdles - 39" - Varsity - Prelims  
1 Brian Ferreira 15.20a Mans 12
X 400m Hurdles - 36" - Varsity - Finals  
2 Kevin Giffels 55.63a Mans 12
X 4x100 Relay - Varsity - Finals  
8 Kevin Makie
Curtis Boisvert
Robbie Rapoza
Greg Donahue
44.88a Mans

X 4x400 Relay - Varsity - Finals  
1 Nate Somes
Kevin Giffels
Griffin Robertson
Matt Baldasare
3:25.04a Mans

X 4x800 Relay - Varsity - Finals  
4 Tommy Maguire
Jimmy Murphy
Kham Haleudeth
Brendan McCarthy
8:13.41a Mans

X Shot Put - 12lb - Varsity - Finals  
7 Oliver Erickson 47-05.50 Mans 10
X Discus - 1.6kg - Varsity - Finals  
17 Oliver Erickson 113-04 Mans 10
X Javelin - 800g - Varsity - Finals  
10 Dan Ivas 153-05 Mans 12
13 Adam Hemond 141-07 Mans 12
X High Jump - Varsity - Finals  
6 Brian Ferreira 6-00.00 Mans 12
X Pole Vault - Varsity - Finals  
X Long Jump - Varsity - Finals  
8 Miguel Perez 20-01.75 Mans 10
X Triple Jump - Varsity - Finals  
16 Greg Donahue 40-01.00 Mans 12
17 Miguel Perez 39-11.00 Mans 10