All spring long the Mashpee High School track and field team had a small number of dedicated athletes putting up strong results. The core of that group was the troika of seniors Cam Kergo and Xavier Gonsavles, and junior Ashley Kelleher. That threesome put an end to the outdoor track and field season with some quality showings at the MIAA All-State Meet at Westfield State University.
Keleher, one of the most well-rounded athletes at MHS, placed 14th in the girls’ 200-meter dash. A starter on both the MHS girls’ soccer and basketball teams, she entered the big meet with a time of 26.11 for her seeding, and improved upon that by running a 26. Anna Jordahn-Henry, of Wellesley, won the state title with a time of 24.49 seconds in the finals. That was 0.71 seconds faster than the second- place finisher, Jayda Dillon of Milton High.
Kergo finished an excellent career of jumping at Mashpee with an 11th-place showing. Last year’s Division 4 champion was never able to quite reach the heights he’d been at a year ago, which might have been in part due to the pounding he took during football season. Still, the all-star football and track athlete finished in a three-way tie for 11th by clearing six feet, two inches. Lowell High’s David Ajama edged Newton South’s Danny Collins for the championship. Both athletes reached a best height of 6-8, but Ajama did it on fewer jumps.
University of Massachusetts-bound Xavier Gonsalves placed ninth in the state in the shot put. Gonsalves topped out with a throw of 48-2.25, which put him in the upper half of the field of 22 competitors, 21 of whom were aiming for second place. Joseph Rivers of Lunenberg High took second with a throw of 57-3, more than four feet farther than Henry Sobieszczyk of Newton North. First place went to Aiden Felty of Innovation Academy. The big-time thrower reached 64-9.5 with his top try. Felty has been one of the top throwers in the country all season and entered the competition with the ninth-longest outdoor throw of the year in the United States.