Coming off his first-place finish in the state Division 2 meet a week earlier, Hopkinton High School senior Sean Golembiewski won the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 7.60 seconds at the state Meet of Champions on Saturday at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Boston.
“He didn’t even get a great start, but he finished very strong and won comfortably,” HHS coach Jean Cann said of Golembiewski, noting that he is believed to be Hopkinton’s first male champion in the competition formerly known as the all-state meet.
Senior Luke Boothroyd almost made it two champions for the Hillers as he finished second in the 600, rallying in the homestretch to finish in 1:23.38. He won the event at the Division 2 meet, setting a school record with a time of 1:22.8.
Also competing for Hopkinton on Saturday was junior Drew Bialobrzeski, who finished second to Golembiewski in the 55 hurdles in the Division 2 meet.
Additionally, the boys 4×400 relay team of Boothroyd, Paul Litscher, Ruben Noroian and Golembiewski put together a school-record performance (3:26.69) and finished second at the Meet of Champions, one week after taking third at the Division 2 meet.
“Every single one of them ran phenomenal times and the handoffs were great,” Cann said. “They navigated the traffic well, even when one of the teams lost the baton.”
Cann also noted that while team standings are not kept, Hopkinton would have finished third behind Newton North and Lexington.
“They were ahead of a lot of big schools that beat them in the divisional meet,” Cann said.
Golembiewski, who also finished third in the high jump at the Division 2 meet, is slated to participate in the state pentathlon meet on Wednesday. Boothroyd will run in the New England Championships next weekend.
On the girls side, Elyse Srodawa earned a medal by finishing eighth in the 2-mile at the Meet of Champions.
“Elyse was with the leaders for a good part, then she fell off but finished strong, setting a personal best with a time of 11:16, which is really impressive for a sophomore,” Cann said.
Srodawa was second in the event at the Division 2 meet.
Also at the Meet of Champions, senior Autumn Tumbleton competed in the 2-mile as well, and junior Loryn Canty just missed reaching the finals in the shot put.
Sokol heads to New England wrestling
In the state wrestling championships, senior Justin Sokol finished fourth in the 285-pound division, earning a spot in the New England meet.
In the Division 2 state meet the previous week, Sokol took second place, while John Carlson was sixth and Adam Distasio finished eighth.
HHS coach Tim Nelson was honored for recording his 200th career victory.
Boys hockey opens tourney Wednesday
The HHS boys hockey team (16-4) earned the No. 8 seed in the Division 2 state tournament and will host 25th-seeded North Attleborough in the Round of 32 on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. at New England Sports Center in Marlborough.
The Hillers closed out the regular season last week by winning the Fairleigh Dickinson Tournament on Martha’s Vineyard, beating the host team 5-0 in the final.
In that game, Pavit Mehra, who returned to the Hillers for his senior season after playing junior hockey last year, surpassed 100 career points. Meanwhile, Cam McPherson broke Mehra’s freshman scoring record.
Girls hockey plays Thursday
The HHS girls hockey co-op team (6-12-2) is the 28th seed in the Division 1 tournament and will visit fifth-seeded Winthrop on Thursday at 7 p.m. (note updated start time) at Larsen Rink in the Round of 32.
The team recently won the Kelly O’Leary Tournament in Auburn, routing Burrilville (Rhode Island) 7-2 in the title game. Goalie Riley Collura (a Nipmuc freshman) earned tournament MVP honors.
Boys basketball to visit Brookline
The HHS boys basketball team (14-6) is seeded 36th in the state Division 1 tournament and will visit 29th-seeded Brookline in a preliminary-round game on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
The winner advances to a date with fourth-seeded Central Catholic.
Skiers advance to state meet
Senior captain Libby Herlihy, junior Klara Niss, sophomore Lila Mato and sophomore Annaleigh Crantz advanced to the girls Division 1 state championship meet, which is scheduled for Tuesday at Berkshire East Ski Resort.
Herlihy, Niss and Mato all are making their second appearance in the meet.
On the boys side, junior JB Flynn will represent the Hillers in the state meet.
Cheer finishes strong
The HHS cheer team won the sportsmanship award at the Shepherd Hill Winter Invitational on Friday night. The Hillers then competed in the TVL Showcase Meet at Bellingham over the weekend.