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Framingham's Mellusi Wins Division 1 Discus Title

Sophomore sensation Mike McDonald placed 8th in the mile, with a time of 4:30.18 at the Division 1 Championships at Andover High on Sunday.

Framingham High Flyer Eric Mellusi won the Division I championship  in the discus.
Framingham High Flyer Eric Mellusi won the Division I championship in the discus.
Despite an injury, Framingham High Flyer Eric Mellusi won the Division I championship in the discus.

Using only three of his six throws on an injured leg, Mellusi won with a throw of 157-feet, 8-inches, said Framingham High Head Track Coach Chris Collins.

Describing his as an injured "moose," Collins said Mellusi finished 8th in Division 1 in the shot put, throwing stationary on the injured leg, with a throw of 48-feet, 4.5-inches.

Sophomore sensation Mike McDonald placed 8th in the mile, with a time of 4:30.18 and making a key pass in the final 20 meters to medal, said Collins.

It was a very solid day for the Flyers, some of whom participated in graduation ceremonies at 1 p.m. at Bowditch Field, and also competed in the Division 1 finals at Andover High, said Collins.

"Had senior Emmanuel Kalamu been able to work out details of graduation earlier the Flyers might have been a top 12 contender in total points, said Collins.  

Kalamu finished ninth but should have had a 6th place finish after an errant, but unfixable call at the high jump, said Collins. He cleared 6 feet officially, but unofficially was 6-feet, 2-inches, said Collins.

Sophomore Marc Umumbu had a personal best shot-put throw of 46-feet, 4-inches, said Collins. 

Senior Luke Halberstadt ran a solid 100-meter, but a better anchor leg in the 4x100 relay, bringing the Flyers back to third place in their heat by passing 2 runners. Flyers Chris Elliott, Kevin Scranton and Tiago Torres ran with his in the relay.

Halberstadt was the Framingham High class of 2014 valedictorian and played a piano solo at graduation before coming to Andover, said Collins.

"A want to offer out a shout to our girls squad who were equally great today," said Collins. "Huge thanks for the preparedness of our athletes by assistant coaches Ari King, Stewart McKenzie, and Phineas McGovern."

"Hugest prompts to Kevin McGovern, who has unleashed Eric Mellusi into stardom as well as revitalizing our girls program," said Collins. 

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Updated 9:30 a.m. with additional photos. Originally posted on June 1.

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