Warriors turn in dominating performance to go to 4-0 in dual meet competition
BOSTON — Even without its full lineup, the Warrior boys’ indoor track team had a pretty dominating performance against rival Melrose as it posted a 63-23 triumph on Tuesday night in the fourth block of Middlesex League dual meets which was held at Boston University.
Wakefield increased its dual meet record to a perfect 4-0 with the win as it closes on a possible M.L. Freedom division championship which will be determined in two weeks.
“Overall it was a good meet and we were able to rest some guys for our upcoming state relays competition this weekend,” said Head Coach Ruben Reinoso. “We are sitting on a 4-0 record right now and after relays, we start focusing on Burlington for a showdown of the two undefeated teams in the Freedom division. If we win we are league champs, something that probably has not happened since the 1960s or ‘70s.
“The kids all know that it is a good opportunity for them, to be undefeated and have a chance to compete for a league title. Our goals every year are the same, to improve as a team, win a league title, a state relays title and a Div. 4 state title,” added Reinoso. “I feel we keep improving each day and each meet. Now we are going to go after one of our other goals which is to win a state relays title. We start this weekend as we will compete to win a state relays tittle and then we will focus on our other goals.”
In the 55 meter dash Wakefield swept the event with juniors Eric Chi (7.04 seconds), Kevin Russo (7.10 seconds), and Jian Gallardo (7.16 seconds) taking the top three places. Pat Boodry, a senior, also competed in the event and he ran a time of 7.84 seconds.
The Warriors got first and second in the 300 meters with seniors Joe Hurton running 38.58 seconds and Cam Yasi clocking in at 38.72 seconds. Kyle Geaney, a senior, also ran the 300 meters in a time of 41.58 seconds.
In the 600 meter run, Tyler Strauss, a senior, had a great last lap to just out lean the Melrose runner. He ran a time of 1:30.21 and the Melrose runner, Griffin Barrass, ran a 1:30.22. For Strauss, it was his first varsity win and he qualified for states.
Joe Boudreau, a junior, was third with a time of 1:35.24 in the 600. Also competing the in the 600 meters were juniors Jeremy Keegan (1:43.57) and Adam D’Ambrosio (1:45.15).
In the 1000 meters, senior Ian Ritchie won the event and ran his personal best so far this season with a 2:40.64. Richard Custodio, a junior, was second with a time of 2:50.01. Sophomore Jack Stevens also competed in the 1000 meters and he ran a 3:06.56.
Alec Rodgers, a junior, ran a time of 4:48.30 and was second in the mile. Nick McGee, a sophomore, ran a time of 5:04.58 and was third. Junior Tyler Whipple also competed in the mile and he ran a time of 5:08.08.
In the two mile, sophomore Adam Roberto ran the event for the first time this season and had a great time of 10:24.64. He was first against Melrose and had the second best time of the block of all the runners from both the Liberty and Freedom divisions.
Chris Skeldon, a junior, was third with a time of 11:07.19 in two mile. Freshman Tom Lucey also competed in the two mile and he ran a time of 11:27.14.
In the 55 meter hurdles, sophomore Ben Thompson was third with a time of 9.97 seconds. Tyler Moore, a sophomore, also competed in the hurdles and he ran a time of 10:45 seconds.
In the non-scoring 4×200 meter relay, the Warriors ran time of 1:37.36. The runners were Gallardo, Chi, Geaney and Russo.
In the 4×400 relay, Wakefield won with a time of 3:42.35. The runners were Yasi, Boudreau, Strauss and Hurton.
Pat Casaletto, a senior, won the high jump with a 5-5 and Russo jumped 5-3 for third place. Yasi also competed in the high jump and he jumped 5-1.
In the shot put, senior Ben Joly won with a personal best throw this season of 44-8 1/2. Senior Jake Cataldo was second with a distance of 32-11. Senior Pat Boyson also competed in the shot put and he had a throw of 29-10.
In the long jump, a non-scoring event, Gallardo jumped 18-6 and Thompson jumped a distance of 14-6.
Wakefield is now gearing up for the Div. 4 state relays which will be held on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center.