Vandi and Grégoire break records – Lowell Sun

No matter the season, the New England Athletic Championship is usually a mixed bag.

Sometimes those who qualify skip the competition to give their bodies a rest for national championships. Others choose to compete, using it as a springboard to prepare for national championships or as a last chance to break school records.

And the latter is what happened on Saturday for two local 800-meter runners.

In the same race, Lowell High senior David Vandi broke the school record. finishing second overall with a time of 1:52.53, breaking Brian Gagnon’s long-standing record of 1:52.55, while Max Gregoire senior of Tyngsboro was fourth at 1:54.14, beating the program mark longer than two full seconds.

“Great career for David,” LHS head coach Scott Ouellet said. “We are very happy for him. David loves the 800 meters and was focused on the work needed to run that fast. It was a great way for him to get out. We are really happy for him.

“Not all school records are equal. Our 800 meter record with Gagnon and now David is as good as it gets. It certainly motivated David and earned him credit for doing what was necessary.

Gregoire noted that the 800 field was quite dynamic.

“I was with (the first ones) all the way until there was about 150 (yards) left and they started moving away,” he said in an interview with Bay State Running. “I tried to match them, but I couldn’t, but I managed to keep everyone in the race.”

Eythan Luxene of Dracut was also in competition, seventh in the triple jump (44-07.25); Alex Arbogast of Tewksbury, who finished 13th in the 100m (11.27); Jack Ashworth of Alvirne, who finished 13th in the 300m hurdles (41.06); and Cam McLeod of Littleton, who finished 21st in the 300m hurdles (41.93).

On the girls’ side, Shae Regan of Littleton was eighth in the 3,200 in 10:57.72 while teammate Norah Kobaly was eighth in the javelin throwing 113-04. Lowell’s Ronnie Jones was ninth in the discus (116-09) and 10th in the shot put (36-10), while AnnaMaria Abuyu was 11th in the triple jump (31-09.25) and the 4x relay team 400 finished 16th (4:11.13).

Alvirne’s Molly O’Donnell was 18th in the long jump at 15-09.50 and Alin Thumi was 20th in the shot put at 42-11.25, while the 4×800 relay team was 18th at 10:01.27 and the 4×400 team was 23rd at 4:22.48.