Tony Sapienza Math Scholarship Fund
1958 the price of gas was 24-cent a gallon, the Boston Celtics won
the NBA Finals over the Minneapolis Lakers and Yugoslavian Fanjo
Mihalic won the Boston Marathon. Three places behind him was longtime
Haverhill resident Tony Sapienza.
would not be until 1979 when Lowell's Bob Hodge finished third overall
that another runner from the Merrimack Valley would break into the
top five at Boston. Despite the long list of great runners this
region has produced, Sapienza and Hodge are the only top five finishers
in the last 100 years.
Sapienza had a long and distinguished running career. He finished
sixth at the 1963 Olympic Trials, won 36 New England Championships
and was a teammate to running greats such as John Kelley (the younger),
Al Confalone, Jim Green and John Lafferty. These runners barnstormed
the New England racing circuit in the late fifties and early sixties
and set the table for today's events and athletes.
also worked for 27 years as a teacher at Haverhill High School and
coached indoor and outdoor track, cross country and the math team.
He headed HHS math department from 1974 until his untimely death
of the proceeds from this year's event will go to the Tony Sapienza
Math Scholarship fund. A fund setup in his memory and awarded each
year to a HHS student pursuing studies in mathmatics.