The Chelsea High girls track and field team remained undefeated with an 80-56 triumph over Mystic Valley last week. Coach Kim Huffer’s Lady Red Devils now stand at 4-0 on the season
Chelsea standouts included Thien-Ly Che, who finished first in the 400 low hurdles, breaking the CHS school record for the second meet in a row. Her time of 75.89 broke her previous mark by almost a second. Ly also finished first in the triple jump and second in the 100 high hurdles behind teammate Shuly Sejour.
Sejour enjoyed a banner day with a trifecta of first place performances. Shuly brought home the gold in the 100 hurdles, the 200 dash, and the high jump. She also finished second in the long jump behind teammate Stephanie Moni.
For her part, Moni finished second in the 100 dash to go along with her first place effort in the long jump.
Arandeni Ramos won the two mile, improving her time by almost 30 seconds, with a clocking of 13.36. Quinnee Valenzona won the 400 meter dash and ended the day with a pair of second place finishes in the triple jump and 400 hurdles. Quinnee also had a third place finish in the javelin.
Zuleima Castillo had her best throw in the javelin to capture first place. Teammate Shanice Hernandez won the shot put and also had a third in the discus.
Other Chelsea athletes who finished in the top three included: Andrea Umana (second place in the 400); Tatyana Almeida (second in the 800 and third in the triple jump); Crystal Rodriguez (second in the javelin); and Rebeca Torrento (second in the discus).
“This was a great meet for us,” said Huffer. “The girls really stepped up to the challenge of facing a tough Mystic Valley team. We ended the day with the girls reaching 29 personal bests as a team. Many of our girls are running, jumping, and throwing further than they imagined at the beginning of the season. It’s exciting to see the smiles on their faces when they see their improvement. I’m hoping they can carry this momentum into the last two weeks of the season.”
Huffer and her crew were set to travel to Shawsheen yesterday (Wednesday) and travel to Whittier (along with PMA) for a rain date make-up meet on Monday. They also have to make up a meet against Northeast Regional.
CHS boys team gets back on track
The Chelsea High boys track team defeated Mystic Valley, 93-43, to even its record at 2-2. “Winning this meet has given us some confidence after a tough previous week in which we lost two meets back to back,” said CHS head coach Don Fay.
Luis Hernandez contributed mightily to the Red Devil cause with three first place finishes and a third place effort to account for 16 points on the day. Luis ran a 64.5 in the 400 hurdles; turned in a 16.9 in the 110 meter high hurdles; and high jumped 5-6 for his first place showings. He also added a third in the long jump with a leap of 18-8.
Zavier Martin won the 100 meters in a time of 12.45 while Oscar Erazo was second in the 100 in 12.50.
Kevin Ortiz ran a smart race and ended up winning the 800 meters in 2:17, while Anthony Santiago was second in 2:19. Kevin Luu won the 200 meters in 25.5 and Erazo took third in 26.1.
Brian Pliego was a double winner, capturing the javelin with a chuck of 122-2 and the shotput with a heave of 36-8. Ronny Gomez won the discus with a personal record (PR) throw of 116-8 Brendan Horn won the triple jump with a distance of 34- 7.
Second place finishers for Chelsea were: Wilfredo Leiva in the 400 meter hurdles in 67.4 and the triple jump with a distance of 33-9; Joseph Arroyo in the mile in 5:20; Brandon Rath in the 400 dash in 56.86; Brian Jimenez in the javelin with a throw of 101-0; and Anthony Carrasquilla in both the shot put with a toss of 33-8 and the discus with a twirl of 93-0.
Third place efforts that added one point to the Chelsea score sheet came from: Tony Nguyen in the two mile in 12:02; Leiva in the 110 high hurdles in 19.4 and in the high jump with a leap of 5-0; Horn with a 60.1 time in the 400 meters; Peter Vo with a shot put throw of 33-1; and Jeffrey Estrada who triple jumped 33-3.
Red Devils top Lynn Tech, 13-0
The Chelsea High baseball team received a complete game shutout from Carlos Vega and offensive contributions from throughout the lineup to roll to a 13-0 romp over Lynn Tech Friday on the CHS diamond.
Vega turned in a superlative performance on the mound, allowing just five hits (all singles) and fanning 13 enemy batters in his seven innings of work. “Carlos was great,” said CHS head coach Alan Beausoleil. “He was in complete command from start to finish.”
Among the hitting stars for the Red Devils were Brandon Morales, who had a double, a single, and two RBI; Odonys Urbaez, who scored three runs, singled, was hit twice by a pitch, and stole three bases; Ryan Motta, who scored twice and produced a two run double; and Peter Marmolejos, who had two base hits, scored two runs, and delivered an RBI.
“It was a solid team effort,” noted Beausoleil. “Everybody made a contribution either at the plate or in the field.”
The day before, the Chelsea nine traveled to Northeast Regional to take on a Northeast team which had soundly beaten the Devils in their first meeting, 9-0, behind a no hitter by Northeast’s ace pitcher.
However, Chelsea gave an indication early on that the second time around would not be repeat of the first encounter, striking for solo tallies in the second and third frames to grab a 2-0 lead. In the second, Urbaez singled, stole second, and flew home on a base hit by Juan Encarnacion. In the third, Manny Ferrer and Luis Geurrero drew walks, with Ferrer eventually scoring on a grounder by Dan Velastegui that was misplayed by the Northeast third baseman.
Tech tied matters in the fifth with a pair of markers, but Chelsea threatened to retake the lead in the top of the sixth when the Northeast hurler walked three Red Devils in a row to fill the sacks with Red & Black with none out. However, three straight strikeouts ended the potential for a big rally.
Northeast then pulled ahead in the bottom of that frame. With two outs, a pair of walks and a pop fly that fell in accounted for the winning tallies.
“We battled them much better than in the first game,” said Beausoleil. “Brandon pitched a very strong game for us,” added the coach, referring to Morales’s six innings of work in which he allowed just four hits and fanned seven.
The Red Devils, who now stand at 6-5 on the season, are scheduled to host Maimonides this evening (Thursday) under the lights at 7:15. They will entertain Greater Lowell next Wednesday.