Courtney Comeau may still be fighting off the pain of the back injury that cost her an entire season, but the Andover High senior was certainly in top form on Monday.
Comeau broke the tape in 8.74 to win the Division 1 state title in the 55-meter hurdles at the Division 1 State Track Meet.
“It was very exciting, almost unreal,” Comeau said. “It means so much more considering the season I have had and everything I have been through. To know that I can still win and be a state champion is great.”
The UMass recruit’s teammates Hannah Chapman (3rd, 8.92) and Lizzie Kobelski (8th, 9.19) also scored.
Comeau was coming off a second-place effort at the MVC Championships at Reggie Lewis where she was clocked in 8.76.
“I am still running in a flexible back brace that keeps my muscles warm,” Comeau said. “After the preliminaries, I was the only runner that broke 9 seconds, so that was a confidence boost. The finals were close, but I knew when I crossed the finish line that I had won. Now I can go into the rest of the winter and spring feeling strong and confident.”
Comeau’s close friend Catherine Haut added another big finish, placing second in the long jump with a 16-5.25.
For the boys, the 4x200 (1:32.71) and 4x400 (3:29.84) each took third.
Giribaldi nets 34
David Giribaldi set a new season-high with a whopping 34 points to lead Andover past Lawrence 67-47 last Monday, Feb. 10. Connor Merinder added 10 points for the winners.
Casey, Caveney shine
Colleen Caveney scored 20 points to help Andover hold off pesky Whittier 51-39 last Wednesday, Feb. 12. Alyssa Casey and Jessica Witten each added nine points and Rachael Cormier had eight points for the winners.
Alyssa Casey scored a team-high 14 points to help Andover top Billerica 40-35 last Monday, Feb. 10. Colleen Caveney added 13 points of her own for the Warriors.
Despite 10 points for senior Rebecca Alois and 17 points for freshman Alyssa Casey, including a trio of 3-pointers, upset-minded Andover fell to archrival Central Catholic 67-57 last Friday. Colleen Caveney added 16 for the Golden Warriors.
Lawler, Ganley in top 5
Olivia Lawler was fifth overall in 49.76 and Julia Ganley once again starred by taking second in 47.08 to lead Andover to a second-place finish as a team at the Interscholastic Meet last Monday, Feb. 10. The Warriors scored 514 points, just off the lead of rival North Andover (523).
Aronov keeps wowing
Joseph Aronov took second in the vault, high bar, rings and all-around to help Andover capture third as a team at the State Meet last Wednesday, Feb. 12. Dan Harvey added a second in the pommel horse and fourth in the all-around and Evan Igor was fourth in the high bar and fifth in the all-around.
Quercia notches 2 points
Matt Quercia scored one goal and assisted on another to pace Andover in a 3-3 tie with Westford Academy last Wednesday, Feb. 12. Paul Russo and Will Sauerbrunn each added a goal and Nick Scarpa and Pat Schena combined for 33 saves for the Warriors.
Andover fell to archrival Central Catholic 6-0 last Saturday.
Farris places fourth
Tyler Ferris took fourth overall at 126 points to star for Andover at the Division 1 North sectional. Andover scored 30 1/2 points as a team.
Jake Tarricone placed eighth overall in 45.69 to help Andover take fourth as a team at the Interscholastic meet last Monday, Feb. 10.
Deloury, Curtin lead way
Brianna Deloury and Caroline Curtin each scored a goal as Andover played Westwood to a 4-4 tie last Monday, Feb. 10. Veronica Alois added the other two Golden Warrior goals and Jacquelyn Leone had an assist.
Despite a goal each for Jacquelyn Leone and Veronica Alois, Andover fell to Acton-Boxboro 3-2 last Wednesday. Brianna Deloury added an assist for the Warriors.