NORTH ANDOVER – Two of the Shawsheen Tech girls’ outdoor track program's better all-around athletes and performers over the last handful of years, Sam Moriconi and Alex DiPerri, both finished up sensational seasons and careers as they were the top performers from Sunday's Division 3 Eastern Mass Championship Track-and-Field meet held at Duane Stadium at Merrimack College.
Moriconi finished fifth overall in the shot put throwing 33-01 and she missed out on advancing to Saturday's All-State Meet by two places, or 2.3 feet. The top three in each event advance to the All-States to be held at Westfield State College.
"I thought Sam Moriconi was awesome today," said head coach Jeff McGrath. "She had been first in our league at the CAC Meet and first at the State Voc Meet so we had high expectations for her in terms of being able to place. It wasn't a personal record for her today, but per usual, she showed up and threw 33-1 on her final throw and before that she threw 32-11 so that was very typical of her to finish with her best throw. She didn't have her best day with the discus, but for her to qualify for both of those events and get here was a major accomplishment.
"She's the only person to score for us today and she's the first person to score a point for us in this meet since Holly DeCourcey in the triple jump back in 2016. so this was a big deal for Sam and the team today."
Moriconi also competed in the discus finishing 20th overall at 78-07.
DiPerri, who will be competing next year for the Merrimack College Track-and-Field team, finished 10th in the 100 meters at 12.93, 16th in the long jump at 15-10.25 and then joined Carissa Morgado, Shelby Bourdeau and Susanna Gillis to finish 19th in the 4x100 relay with a collective time of 52.95.
"Alex's previous personal best in her career was a 12.91 so today's 12.93 was right in the wheelhouse," said McGrath. "Although she didn't make the finals, she is running here (at Merrimack College) next year and I think her time will put her up there with some of the best girls at Merrimack.
"It's been an unbelievable ride for her. She's been somebody for us, who since her freshman year has qualified for the divisional meet all four years. She did three events today and she has just been one of the best female athletes to come through this school since I've been here. I just can't say enough good things about her and I'm going to miss her like all-heck.
“It was hard to say good-bye to Alex and her mother just now as this is the last time she'll run for us but the great thing is this won't be the last time that she runs here (at Merrimack). She'll have four more years here, it's right down the street, so I'll be coming here to watch her run. She'll be in a different uniform, but she will certainly still be one of ours."
Gillis was also 18th in the triple jump at 32 feet and Bourdeau was also 21st in the 100-meter hurdles at 17.29 seconds.
Also the 4x100 relay team of Erin Ward, Taylor Thurell, Monique Kazelyan and Sara Walsh finished 21st at 4:59.21.