Warriors come in second in Div. 4 State Relays
Published in the January 18, 2017 edition
BOSTON — The Wakefield Memorial High boys’ indoor track team won a big dual meet last week against Burlington which clinched at least a share of the Middlesex League Freedom division championship.
The Warriors nearly added another title on Sunday as they finished second overall in the team scoring with 37 points in the Div. 4 State Relays which were held at the Reggie Lewis Center.
League foe Burlington won the team title this past Sunday with 50 points which shows just how strong the league is. Melrose finished fifth with 18 points as well.
“We had a very good showing this past weekend, to come away finishing second to a very good Burlington team. It is great for the Middlesex League,” said head coach Ruben Reinoso. “We knew going into this event that we were one of the favorite teams to win it and we came up 13 points short from doing just that. But to be runner up, we are very happy from where this program has come from.”
Wakefield had two relay teams crowned champs, while two others came in second place.
The 4×800 A relay team captured first overall at 8:20.06 and beat out 30 other teams. The four runners included junior Matt Greatorex, senior Ryan Sullivan, senior Nick McGee, and senior Adam Roberto.
The shot put relay team also was crowned a champion as the trio of Ben Clark, Patrick Redmond, and Cole Mottl combined for a winning distance of 124-3 1/2. There were 17 teams in the field. Clark and Mottl are seniors and Redmond is a junior.
The 4×200 A relay team was the runner-up to Holliston. Wakefield ran a time of 1:35.14 to Holliston’s 1:35.07. There were 46 teams that finished. The four runners were senior Dan Sallade, senior Dan Summers, senior TJ Sellers, and sophomore Brian Smith.
Wakefield also was the runner up in the distance medley relay to rival Melrose. The Warrior A team clocked in at 11:09.07 while Melrose won the event with a Div. 4 record time of 10:40.20. The four Wakefield runners were Roberto, Smith, Sullivan, and Greatorex.
The Warriors also scored a point in the 4×50 yard dash relay. The A team of Sallade, freshman Ryan Obear, junior Marc Biennestin, and junior Henry Stikeman posted a time of 23.25 seconds. There were 42 teams entered.
There were fine performances by the rest of the Warrior entries. However none of them placed among the top six.
The 1600 sprint medley relay A team came close with a seventh place time of 3:58.42 among the 36-team field. Freshman Tanner Jellison, Sellers, senior Carmen Sorrentino, and junior Jared Hurley were the four runners.
The Warriors also had a seventh place finish from its distance medley relay B team with a time of 11:24.92. The four runners were McGee, Summers, sophomore Rohan Singhvi, and junior Tom Lucey.
The 4×50 shuttle hurdle relay team of senior Peter Crump and juniors Brendan Coughlin, Sam Morey, and Jordan Fauci took seventh place at 30.21 seconds. There were 18 teams entered.
Wakefield grabbed seventh place in the high jump relay with a combined height of 16-3 1/4 among 10 teams. Biennestin, Sorrentino, and Sellers were the trip of jumpers.
In the 4×50 dash relay, the B team finished 32nd with a time of 25.06 seconds and the four runners included Clark, junior Brendan Coughlin, junior Travis Marsh, and freshman Eli Gosslin-Smoske.
The 4×200 relay B team claimed 40th place with a time of 1:49.01 and consisted of Gosslin-Smoske, Marsh, junior Ryan Ritchie, and sophomore Derrick Scheeler.
The Warriors had two out of the 40 teams that finished the 4×400 relay team. The A team of Hurley, Tanner Jellison, Singhvi, and Derryn Langlois came in 27th at 3:53.59. The B team of Nick Connor, Scheeler, Shahnawaz Anwar, and Ryan Smith placed 34th with a time of 4:07.15. Hurley is a junior, Singhvi, and Langlois are sophomores, and Jellison is a freshman. Anwar is a senior, while Smith is a junior and Scheeler and Connor are sophomores.
Wakefield took 15th in the 4×800 relay with its B team that posted a time of 9:03.96. The four distance runners were junior Riley Brackett, sophomores Billy Stevens and Carter Margolis, and senior Jack Stevens.
The Warriors also placed 21st in the 1600 sprint medley relay. The team of junior Robert Shaw, Ritchie, and seniors Crump and Mike Frezza combined for a time of 4:11.04.
The long jump relay team of Biennestin, Sorrentino, and Hurley finished in ninth place with a combined distance of 52-5 1/2. There were 17 teams entered.