Published in the May 19, 2016 edition
NORTH READING — The North Reading Boys Spring Track team finished its historic undefeated season as with two victories versus Pentucket (82–63) and Newburyport (81–64) last Wednesday at the NRHS Track. The 8-0 Hornets completed their second ever CAL Dual Meet season title in history, the first being in 2013. “This accomplishment is a total team effort,” said Head Coach Ryan Spinney. “Our coaching staff and athletes are second to none and everyone played a part in this historic event. I couldn’t be prouder of this team,” said Spinney.
Overall event winners included Justin Bruzzese in the 400 Meter Hurdles (59.85), Zach Robarts in the Triple Jump (39’ 11”), David Smith in the Javelin (134’ 2”), Bob O’Donnell in the Shot Put (47’ 3.5”), Jackson Hastings in the 100 Meters (11.68), Nick Copelas in the 200 Meters (23.06) and 4×100 Relay team of Angelo DiSanto, Matt McCarthy, Nick Copelas and Jackson Hastings (44.77).
Tom Helms had the performance of the day as he qualified for the State meet in both the Mile (4:45.59) and the 400 meters (52.66). His 400 time is now ninth all-time in NRHS history.
The champion Hornets hope to continue their successful season as they will compete at the CAL Open Championship on Saturday, May 21 at Masco.
Sprint Medley Team zips into Nationals; Carter Sets PR in Mile at Andover Boosters Meet
Senior Captain Brendan Carter ran a personal record 4:34.73 in the Mile at the Andover Boosters meet last Saturday and that time puts him fourth all-time in NRHS history.
The biggest thrill for the team came in the Sprint Medley Relay as the team of Jackson Hastings, Matt McCarthy, Nick Copelas and Tom Helms ran a time 1:37.54 which has qualified for the Championship category at Nationals which will be held in North Carolina in June. A major accomplishment for these gentlemen!