CARL RUSSO PHOTOS: Tony Sapienza had a fascinating mix of intelligence and athletic ability.

For decades, he taught math at Haverhill High School and was also considered one of the finest distance runners in New England.

Sapienza died in 1987 after competing in a major race, and has long been remembered for his accomplishments. His memory took the spotlight again last week when his family and their guests celebrated the reopening of the renovated Sapienza Memorial Track and Field at Haverhill High.

 The event was followed by just what Sapienza would have wanted — a track meet. The meet featured Haverhill High against Central Catholic.