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Sessa, Redmen Claim First-Ever All-State Track And Field Championship

Jun 05, 2016 01:40AM ● By Bill Gilman

The TMHS girls track team celebrates its first evert All-State Championship. (Peter Molloy Twitter photo)

The 2016 Dream Season of the Tewksbury High girls track team reached new heights on Saturday when the Redmen won a share of first-ever All-State Championship at Westfield State College.
Tewksbury finished with 36 points, tying Milton for the first place. The same two teams battled for the title last week at the Division 3 Championships, with Milton squeezing out a narrow victory.
"We're thrilled to win this title. Consider that we lost to Milton by eight points last week and this week we tied, so say we're happy and proud would be an understatement," said TMHS girls coach John Byrnes. "This is our first All State title in the history of the program and TMHS. It's so hard to win this meet, because you quite literally facing the very best kids in Massachusetts in every event. We're all very happy."
Sophomore Rachel Sessa followed up on her Division 3 title by winning the All-State championship in the Mile in the time of 4:54.94. Sessa outkicked Natick freshman Grace Connolly, who placed second in 4:55.40.
"Rachel has carved a spot as one of the very best athletes to walk the halls of TMHS," said Byrne. "And that's saying something, when you consider the athletes that have come through here (Tackach, Luken, Brady, Boyle, Tucker, Bridle, etc). Rachel had the single most impressive day I've ever seen."
The TMHS 4x400 meter relay team nearly came away with a championship, placing second to Milton by just over one second (
3:54.73 - 3:55.82).
The 4x800 meter relay team also placed second (to Newton South) in a time of 9:23.36.
Junior Lauren Polimeno had a great day, placing fourth in the 400 meter hurdles in a time of 1:05.37. 
recent graduate Molly Robertson placed 6th in the Pentathlon with 2687 points.
Recent graduate Ashley Colarusso placed 7th in the pole vault with a leap of 10-0.
Sophomore Tatum Pecci placed 9th in the 200, just missing a place in the finals in a time of 25.76.

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