Warriors turn in some outstanding performances in opener

Published in the December 22, 2016 edition.

BOSTON — The Wakefield Memorial High boys’ indoor track team didn’t have its full complement of runners, particularly in the distance events but had enough to defeat Stoneham in the season opener.

The Warriors prevailed against the Spartans by a 47-39 score in the first block of Middlesex League dual meets held on Tuesday night at the Reggie Lewis Track Center.

Wakefield posted a sweep in the mile behind the efforts of sophomore Carter Margolis (4:59.07), sophomore Billy Stevens (4:59.22) and freshman Tanner Jellison (5:07.51).

In the 55 meter dash, Dan Sallade, a senior captain, captured first place with a time of 6.97 seconds.

Seniors Dan Summers and TJ Sellers provided a nice one-two punch in the 300 meter dash as they claimed first and second with times of 39.35 seconds.

In the 600 meter run, Brian Smith, a sophomore, prevailed in a close race against Stoneham’s Anthony Magazzu. Smith clocked in at 1:31.72 while Magazzu posted a time of 1:31.91.

Taking third in the 600 was Derryn Langlois, a sophomore, who ran a time of 1:41.06.

Robert Shaw, a junior, prevented a Spartan sweep in the 1000 as he came in third at 2:56.67.

In the two mile, the Warriors had a second and third place finish. Riley Brackett, a junior, and Casey Brackett, a sophomore, recorded times of 11:20.97 and 11:22.18.

Sam Morey, a junior, earned a second place showing in the 55 meter hurdles with a time of 9.93 seconds.

Wakefield won the 4×400 relay in a time of 3:47.81. The four runners included Smith, Sellers, Summers and senior captain Adam Roberto.

In the high jump, junior Marc Biennestin cleared 5-7 to secure first place.

The Warriors also excelled in the shot put as they captured first and second place. Cole Mottl, a senior captain, had a terrific throw of 48-11 to win the event. Patrick Redmond, a junior, had a distance of 43-9 for second place.

“Cole Mottl had a great throw, currently the top in the league and D4. Sam Morey had his second place and gave us some huge points,” said Coach Ruben Reinoso. “Dan Sallade goes under seven seconds in his first meet. Billy Stevens and Carter Margolis both go under five minutes in the mile.”

There were also some good performances from the nonscoring athletes in the meet.

Junior Henry Stikeman (7.13 seconds), Biennestin (7.26 seconds) and freshman Ryan Obear (7.38 seconds) all ran the 55 meter dash.

Jared Hurley, a junior, posted a time of 50.02 seconds in the 300.

In the 600, senior Mike Frezza and junior Ryan Smith posted times of 1:41.53 and 1:45.46.

In the 1000, sophomore Nick Connor and senior Shahnawaz Anwar ran times of 2:57.38 and 3:03.18.

Justin McGonagle, a senior, ran the two mile and clocked in at 11:35.43.

Also running the hurdles were junior Jordan Fauci (10.52 seconds), freshman Eli Gosslin-Smoske (10.62 seconds) and junior Brendan Coughlin (10.68 seconds).

Sellers and Carmen Sorrentino, a senior captain, both competed in the high jump and cleared 5-3 and 5-1, respectively.

In the long jump, which is a nonscoring event, Biennestin had a distance of 19-2 1/2 and Sorrentino had a leap of 17-10 1/2.

Alex Joly, a senior, also was entered in the shot put and had a throw of 35-9.

Wakefield’s next dual meet is Thursday, Dec. 29 when it runs against Wilmington at 10 a.m. at the Reggie Lewis Track Center.