Warriors remain undefeated with 56-30 triumph over Wilmington
BOSTON — Ask what you can do to help the team instead of just what you can do for yourself. That pretty much sums up the challenge that Head Coach Ruben Reinoso issued the members of the Wakefield Memorial High boys’ indoor track team before its meet against Wilmington on Tuesday night in the third block of Middlesex League meets held at Boston University.
The Warriors took the challenge to heart and did just that as they posted a 56-30 triumph over Wilmington to increase their dual meet season record to 3-0.
“We had another strong performance against Wilmington to remain undefeated,” said Reinoso. “It was a total team effort. I challenged the team on the bus ride to go out and perform not only for themselves but for their teammates and they did that really well today. We had several athletes compete in different events today and they still came through and gave us some much needed points.”
In the mile, Adam Roberto, a sophomore, came in first and qualified for states with a qualifying time of 4:45.30. Chris Skeldon, a junior, finished in second place at 5:03.46 and Alex Guerriero, a junior, posted a time of 5:10.95.
In the 1000 meter run, junior Alec Rodgers won the event with a personal best time of 2:47.84. He also missed qualifying for states by less than a second.
Tyler Whipple, a junior, came in third in the 1000 at 2:55.66 and Jackson Kehoe, a sophomore, ran the event for the first time and clocked in at 3:03.12.
Senior Ian Ritchie ran the 600 meters for the first time and he secured a winning time of 1:27.60.
Tyler Strauss, a senior, was second in the 600 at 1:30.68 and was three-tenths of a second away from qualifying for states.
Both Joe Hurton, a senior, and Joe Boudreau, a junior, ran the event for the first time. Hurton came in third with a time of 1:32.24 and Boudreau timed in at 1:36.13.
Jackson Gallagher, a senior, ran the 300 meter dash for the first time and won the event with a time of 37.42 seconds. Taking second was senior Cam Yasi at 38.69 seconds. Senior Kyle Geaney also ran the 300 and recorded a time of 41.16 seconds.
In the two mile, Rich Custodio, a junior, ran a personal best time of 10:42.44 and came in first in the event. Taking third in the event was sophomore Jack Stevens at 11:16.94. Junior Jeremy Keegan ran an indoor best two mile time of 11:23.63.
Sophomore Ben Thompson ran in the 55 meter hurdles and, although he was fourth, he ran a personal best of 9.82 seconds. Tyler Moore, a sophomore, also ran the event and posted a time of 10.33 seconds.
In the 55 Meter dash, junior Kevin Russo was second with a time of 6.95 seconds and sophomore Eric Chi was third at 7.00 seconds. Senior Pat Casaletto ran a time of 7.21 seconds and sophomore Dan Sallade ran a time of 7.30 seconds.
Casaletto won the high jump with a 5-7 and Russo jumped 5-3.
In the shot put, Ben Joly won with a throw of 42-10 1/4 and Dylan Brady was third with personal best distance of 39-11. Both are seniors.
Joe Connell, a sophomore, had a throw of 37-10 in the shot put.
In the non-scoring 4×200 relay, Wakefield won with a 1:37.46. The four runners were Russo, Chi, Yasi and Geaney.
The Warriors also prevailed with a first place in the 4×400 relay with a time of 3:40.88 and they are currently undefeated all season. The four runners were Hurton, Boudreau, Strauss and Ritchie.
This Friday night, the Warriors are competing in the Dartmouth relays. Wakefield will have entries in the distance medley and the sprint medley. In the distance medley, the four runners will included Gallagher, Roberto, Ritchie and Hurton. In the sprint medley, Wakefield will have Rodgers, Chi, Russo and Yasi running.
Wakefield’s next dual meet is Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 5 p.m. when it runs against Melrose in the fourth block of M.L. dual meets which will be held at Boston University.