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Billerica's Nyrah Joseph wins the pentathlon in New York

Billerica High junior Nyrah Joseph won the pentathlon at the Loucks Games in White Plains, NY this past weekend. (Photo courtesy)

Billerica High junior Nyrah Joseph put on a show at the prestigious Loucks Games in White Plains, NY

She took first place in the girls pentathlon. Joseph, one of the top track and field athletes in Massachusetts, took first place in the 100 hurdles in 15.65 seconds, the high jump (5 feet 1.75 inches) and the long jump (16-8.75).

She also placed second in the shot put (32-3.75) and sixth in the 800 with 2:35.26 for a total score of 3,194 points, a personal best. Joseph won the pentathlon by 120 points and ran away from the field.

Crusaders rise: Groton-Dunstable had three top performances at the MSTCA State Coaches Invitational.

For the girls, Meghan McEleney ran 2:20.94 to place second in the 800 and Eliana Lothrop took fourth in the long jump (17-7.75). For the boys, Zak Metzger took fifth place over the two miles in 9:48.27.

Tyngsboro stands out: The Tigers competed in the 62nd Boys and 51st Girls District E Division 2 Central Mass Championships at Ayer-Shirley Regional High School in Ayer.

The boys finished 14th overall with 21 points.

Scoring for the boys was sophomore Christian Riley, who placed second in the triple jump with a 40-10.5 jump in the finals, fifth in the long jump with a 20-4 PR jump and one in the 110 hurdles Time third was 4:30 p.m.

Sophomore Troy Gregoire placed eighth in the 800 with a time of 2:09.97, and freshman Evan Donnelly placed seventh in the shot put with a throw of 41-11.

Boys lacrosse

Catholic Monument 12, Central 3: The Raiders were overwhelmed in the non-league contest despite two goals from Chase Akstin. Ryan Tighe contributed a goal and two assists.

Girls lacrosse

Central 10, Concord-Carlisle 8: Central Catholic earned an impressive nonleague win as Nicolette Licare and Kerri Finneran each scored four goals.

Finneran added five train controls. Kierstyn Zinter and Fiona DeLisle each scored a goal, and Zinter contributed five draws. Anne Cashman made 11 saves for the Raiders (13-2).

College baseball

The UMass Lowell baseball team lost 13-10 to the NJIT Highlanders in the series finale on Sunday at LeLacheur Park in Lowell.

Freshman Sean O'Leary (Foxboro) went 4-for-5 with two home runs and five RBI to lead the River Hawks (22-27, 11-12 AE). Sophomore Carlos Martinez (Coamo, Puerto Rico) went 3-for-5 with three RBI, while junior Alex Luccini (Hopedale) and graduate student Ryan Proto (Centerville) each had two hits.

Senior Andres Hulfachor (Nashua, NH) fell to 0-1 after 3.1 innings this season. Senior Zach Fortuna (Newburyport) pitched 3.1 innings with three strikeouts and one earned run.

Freshman River Hart (Nashua, NH) picked up where he left off in the second game with another incredible diving grab for the first time in the game. The freshman makes his second highlight reel grab in two games against the Highlanders. Graduate student Miles Cota (Hampstead, NC) grabbed the runner first to complete the frame.

Senior Fritz Genther (Kingston, NY) and Luccini got on base in the bottom half of the inning when Martinez took the plate. The sophomore blasted a hit to left-center for his 25th double of the season, tying the UMass Lowell program record for single-season doubles, scoring two runs and giving the River Hawks the lead.

College track

The Fitchburg State University men's outdoor track and field team placed 26th overall with a total of seven points at the 2024 All-New England Championships in Worcester.

Sophomore Liam Bourassa (Shirley) led the Falcons, placing fifth in the javelin with a throw of 62.06 meters, while he placed ninth in the discus with a throw of 46.33 meters.

On the women's side, senior Makany Camara (Lowell) placed 11th in the high jump with a mark of 1.59 meters.

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