The Tony Sapienza Math Scholarship Fund

In 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.

It 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.

Tony 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.

Tony 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 in 1987.

Part 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.