Hometown Sports: Central’s Katharine Duren twice breaks New England record | Local sports


Katharine Duren, a senior Catholic from the center, has traveled the country and experienced spectacular moments.

In the 60-meter hurdles, she ran an 8.62 on Jan.31 for second place at the 757 Showdown. On February 6, returning from the East Coast Invitational, she took the silver in 8.57. She followed that at the Adidas Nationals in 8.63 for a 7th place finish on February 28. These three meetings took place in Virginia Beach.

On March 6, University of Alabama-Birmingham Division 1 rookie Haverhill surpassed himself with an 8.50 to win the Illinois Meet of Champions in Chicago.

Haverhill track historian Larry Newman said she first set the New England high school record with her 8.57 and then beat it with 8.50.

In the most popular 55-meter hurdles, she also opened her eyes. She was eighth in 8.03 at the Adidas Nationals. Her best time was 8.01 (third all-time at Mass.) And she also had an 8.17 this winter.

The mass record is 7.97 by Vanessa Clerveaux of Brockton in 2012.

Duran easily broke her regional record of 8.19, which she raced to win the All-States last winter at Reggie Lewis. Prior to KD, the area mark was 8.36 by Haverhill High’s 2019 MVP Eagle-Tribune Jayla Kitchings.


Haverhill sophomore Finleigh Simonds also performed well at the Adidas Nationals. She ran a 2: 19.34,800, a 4: 49.86 1,500 and a 5: 07.29 mile. Mile Time has propelled her to No. 11 all-time (indoor / outdoor) in the region.

Junior Freddy Coleman of Methuen ran a 1: 59.71,800 and a 4: 27.01 mile.


UNH football took a hard hit when former Timberlane star Jason Hughes decided not to stick around this winter / spring.

As a junior in 2019, Hughes beat the 33-year-old UNH field goal precision mark (14 of 17, 0.824) and was 7 of 8 over 40 yards.

According to her LinkedIn account, the finance major works as a credit analyst.

The good news for the Cats, another local mainstay is heading to Durham. Central Catholic star kicker Nick Mazzie has just announced his engagement. Boxford’s 6-2, 205-pounder made 32 PAT and four field goals last season.


Former North Andover High player Mike Cavanaugh Jr. of UConn is one of three finalists for Hockey East Coach of the Year. … Former Salem High School goalkeeper Brady Roux has been selected for the Catholic Conference squad. He is a senior at Malden Catholic. … Northeastern junior defenseman Jordan Harris of Haverhill was part of the East Hockey’s second all-star team. Six players formed each team.


Redshirt’s freshman pitcher Sebastian Keane pitched a full game (9 innings) with 2 hits to give Northeastern a 2-0 win over UMass Lowell on Friday. The ex-MVP Eagle-Tribune of North Andover High fanned nine and didn’t beat a batsman. … UMass Lowell senior Kaley Richards of Lowell High was fourth in the NCAA division over 1 mile in 4: 36.26.


Haverhill graduate student Jenna Solimine placed 10th in a field of 79 (18: 19.25, 5K) to assist UMass Lowell at the East American Cross Country Championship on March 5. Sophomore Keith May of Haverhill was Hartford’s No.2 runner and 47th overall in East America. He completed the 8K Seaview Golf Course (Galloway, NJ) in 26: 41.44.

A few other ex-Hillies, first-year middle distance runner Delani Dorsey and second-year sprinter Sean Glass, look forward to strong spring seasons at UML.

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I hated the way the Merrimack Valley Conference made their winter teams for all the conferences.

Two athletes from each team is just plain silly. Yes, an undefeated team and a winless team have the exact same representation. In reality, it’s not even a conference-only team.

And no MVP or Coach of the Year. It’s always a lot of fun debating MVPs.

Tatum Shaw from Andover or Ashley Dinges from Central? Aidan Cammann from Andover, Xavier McKenzie from Central, Adrian Torres from Dracut or Jaceb Mackenzie from Lowell?

These are debates that make sports in high school so fun.


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