Gagnon, Ianetta are record setters

Senior Brian Gagnon of Lowell High finished second in the mile, in a school-record time of 4:20.07, at the 36th annual Dartmouth Relays Meet in Hanover, N.H.

Track roundup - Former Red Raider standout David Cremin had held the Lowell High record for best time in the indoor mile since 1986, when he posted a clocking of 4:24.0. [ Bob Hodge "technically" held record of 4:22.4 from 1973 - see article below. - ed.]

Dan McManamon of Shenendehowa, N.Y. finished first in the mile at 4:14.28, which, according to Lowell coach Phil Maia, is the fastest indoor clocking by a high school runner this winter.

Gagnon wasn't the only local athlete to set a school record at the prestigious meet.

Kevin Ianetta of Tewksbury established a school record in the 55 meter hurdles when he finished second.

Lowell - The Red Raiders also got a strong effort in the 2-mile from John Gallagher, who finished in a state qualifying time of 10:09.2.

Stephen Torigian (10:15.9) and David D'Urbano (10:18) also turned in strong showings in the 2-mile.

The Red Raiders got excellent performances from Paul Gendron (4:54.4) and Steven Iem (4:58.2) in the mile.

Lowell Sun - April 26, 1973

Beverly tops Lowell; Beland in double win

Beverly -Yesterday’s weather was fit for neither man nor beast, but apparently track teams don’t fall into either category. Despite the heavy rains and generally atrocious conditions, Lowell and Beverly High sloshed through their scheduled Essex County league dual meet.

The powerful crew proved to be better mudders, moving to an 86-49 victory as the Red & Gray dropped their first meet of the outdoor season.

This actually could be classified as an indoor outdoor meet, because the shot put, high jump, 880 and mile events were held inside the Beverly Fieldhouse after the outdoor facility became swamped. The final relay race was cancelled altogether.

Larry Beland once again paced Lowell with a double victory in the 100 & 220 yard dashes. Beland has now captured seven events in the three LHS meets.

Coach John Lang’s Red & Gray had four other winners including steady Bob Hodge who turned in a great mile run of 4:22.4.

Ned Flood took first place in the high hurdles and second in the lows, while Paul Fawcett captured the high jump and Vic Archambault heaved the shot put 51’4”.

Flood also placed second in the long jump and Chuck Purtell was runner-up in the half mile.

Third place finishers for Lowell included Tim Allard (pole vault) Steven Conant (triple jump), Ed Stopyra (shot put), Joe Gys (220) Steve Piersall (low hurdles), Dick Obdens (discus), and John Crowther (Javelin).

Gary Smith chalked up a double for the Panthers, leading a sweep of the 440 and breaking the tape first in the 880.

Lowell returns to competition tomorrow in the Mass. State Coaches Relays at Acton-Boxboro High.

Next Essex County League dual meet for the Red Raiders(2-1) will be Monday afternoon at Peabody.

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