WESTFIELD — While the day was highlighted by the first place finishes by senior Lucas Frost in the javelin and Makayla Paige in the 800-meters, there were a handful of other solid performances by members of both the Tewksbury Memorial High School boys and girls outdoor track-and-field teams during Saturday's All-State Meet held at Westfield University.
Starting with the boys team, junior Zach LaLonde finished 8th in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.72. He was seeded 11th with a time of 14.85. His performance puts him into this weekend's All-New England Meet to be held in Sacco, Maine.
"Zach made his first all-state finals and he has his second fastest time of his career," said head coach Peter Molloy. "He was only off his fastest time bu three one-hundredths of a second. He was fantastic."
In the same event, Ethan Exilhomme was 16th at 15.29 seconds.
"Ethan had a real good showing. It wasn't his best but I think it was his third best of the career," said Molloy.
The two of them, along with Shane Aylward and Colby Wilson finished 12th at 43.73 seconds.
"Our 4x100 relay team ran their second fastest time of the season so we showed up today," said Molloy.
Frost and LaLonde will now move onto the New Englands, and then after that, Molloy said the group of LaLonde, Exilhomme, Thomas Barinelli and Wilson will compete in the Nationals in North Carolina as part of the shuttle hurdle relay team.
Turning to the girls, besides Paige, the only other individual to compete was senior Marissa Ladderbush, who was tied for 18th in the pole vault, clearing 9-0. She also joined Stephanie Baptiste, Kerry Shea and Cassidy Gruning to finish 12th in the 4x100 relay with a combined time of 50.59.
"The 4x100 relay team ran their fastest time of the season and that was great," said Cusick. "The team is four seniors and it's hard with seniors. They have been out of school for a while now. It's not the easiest thing to be done with school, still coming to practice and going to Westfield State for an entire Saturday when all of your friends are hanging out at the beach. I was proud of that crew."
The 4x400 relay team also ran their best time of the season as Abby Hansbury, Paige, Ryan Quinn and Grace Higgins were 16th at 4:07.63.
"It was a good day for us. It was a lot of fun. We were here three years ago when we won the while thing. This a is great facility and it was a beautiful day," said Cusick.