Milestones established, records fall in Boys Lacrosse (Chad Robertson), Girls Lacrosse (Makenzie Jenkins) and Boys Track (Johnny Emmanuel) and Baseball (Brandon McMahon)
The following was provided to the Malden Advocate by Malden Public Schools Athletic Director Charlie Conefrey
Records are made to be broken…and we had several!
Johnny Emmanuel – if the state of Massachusetts didn’t know the name before Saturday’s MIAA Division 1 Outdoor Track and Field State Championship, they do now! Emmanuel, a senior, is known for his speed but the display he put on Saturday brings the word to a whole new level. The 400 meter dash is an all-out spring for one lap around the track, and 48 to 50 seconds is very fast. Enter Emmanuel. He led from the start and about 200 meters in he seemed to hit an afterburner button and accelerated three horse lengths ahead of the second place competitor. As Emmanuel leaned into the finish line, he probably did not even know what he had accomplished. The Final Automatic Time (FAT) clocked Johnny at 46.99 seconds! Good for a new Division 1 State meet record, a Division 1 State Title, and the second fastest recorded time in Massachusetts history, not to mention a Malden High School record. Way to go, Johnny! We are very proud of all the hard work that got you here! On to the All State meet next week! Stay tuned!
Makenzie Jenkins – Sophomore Makenzie Jenkins is making a name for herself on the North Shore as an elite goal scorer on the girls lacrosse field. A couple of weeks ago, she broke her own single season scoring record of 55 as a freshman: 68 goals. However, Jenkins wasn’t satisfied as she had her sights set on the career scoring record at Malden High School. The career goal record held by Kaitlin Mini (110 goals) was shattered by Jenkins over the last two weeks. Going into tomorrow’s season finale vs. Mystic Valley Regional Charter School, Jenkins has 133 goals. It’s safe to say that if Jenkins continues on this pace she could score 200 for her career! We are very proud of you, Makenzie, and we look forward to seeing you reach new milestones!
Chad Robertson – Junior Robertson is a pure goal scorer. He is the player other teams attempt to contain when planning to defend the Malden Boys Lacrosse team. Over the last three years, Chad has proven that regardless of the opposing teams defensive game plan. The career goals scoring record of 126 (Zach Rufo) was broken by Robertson last Thursday at home in a loss to Lowell. Robertson, with seven points in the season finale vs. Mystic Valley Regional Charter School, 6 goals, 2 assists. Robertson now has 133 goals and 162 total career points! Robertson has set several other school records. We are very proud you, Chad, and we look forward to watching you reach new milestones!
Brandon McMahon— The MHS senior has had one of the best careers on record as an ace pitcher for Malden High Baseball for the past three seasons. He missed his freshman year due to COVID-19 cancelling the season, but the past three years he has been All-Conference in both the Northeastern Conference in 2021 and Greater Boston League in 2022 and 2023. Recently, in a 2-0 win over Minuteman Regional Tech in the opening game of the East Boston Strike Out Colon Cancer Tournament, McMahon set a school record when he needed only 65 pitches to go the distance (7 innings) with a one-hitter and 12 strikeouts. In these days of pitch count as a national baseball rule, this was an especially significant accomplishment. McMahon broke a 28-year school record for fewest pitches set by lefthander and Hall of Famer Joe Souza on May 21, 1995, in a 6-0 win over GBL rival Medford at Playstead Park.