Tondre claims long jump title at D3 championshipsBy Mike Berger
Both Canton High outdoor track teams fared very well at the Division 3 track and field championships this past weekend in Pembroke, led by senior captain Vicky Tondre, who captured gold in the long jump while finishing a close second in the triple jump and placing sixth in the 200-meter race.
Tondre, who now moves on to All-State competition this weekend in Fitchburg, defeated 17 of the region’s top long jumpers with a best jump of 17 feet, eight inches — a full two inches better than her closest competitor.
Meanwhile, her triple jump score of 35 feet, 9.25 inches was just three quarters of an inch away from the top spot. She also finished the 200 in an impressive 26.55 seconds, running even faster in the preliminaries at 26.46 seconds.
For the boys’ team, junior Obi Nwankwo tied senior teammate Cam Huber for fourth place in the finals of the 400, with both turning in a very fast time of 51.09 seconds. The winning time was 50.15 seconds.
“Obi and Cam ran a nice race and finished with exactly the same time,” noted head coach Brian Conroy. “They worked hard all season and deserve a lot of credit.”
Huber and Nwankwo were also part of a 4×400 relay team that placed fifth out of 17 teams with a time of 3:35.26. Other team members were Jake Fruci and Craig Mills.
A second Canton relay team, the 4×800, also competed at the divisional meet, placing 13th in 9:27.18 behind Ian Mills, Joe Sabatino, Matt Derbin, and Tim Gutowski. Other finishes for the boys’ team included senior Derek Seto, 16th in the 100-meter preliminaries (11.83 sec.); Fruci, 30th in the mile (4:55.25); and senior Julian Malbranche, 11th in the javelin (44’6”).
For the girls’ team, junior Mellyn Costello finished sixth in the 100-meter hurdles in 16.32 seconds; sophomore Michaela Kelley placed 24th in the 400 in 63.87 seconds; and the 4×100 relay finished 12th out of 23 teams with a time of 53.26 seconds. Team members included Costello, Rachel Campagna, Sarojini Schutt, and Erika Boughter.
Overall, the Canton girls’ team finished 11th at the meet out of 31 teams, while the boys finished 18th out of 36 teams.
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