Warriors have a fine showing in Nashua North Invitational Meet

NASHUA, N.H. — There may have been no dual meets scheduled during the vacation week but that didn’t stop the Wakefield Memorial High boys’ track team from competing in the Nashua North High School Invitational meet on Saturday.

The Warriors had a fine showing in the New Hampshire meet with several first places and many top six places.

“We had a strong showing and a lot of very good performances at the Nashua North High School Invitational on Saturday,” said Head Coach Ruben Reinoso. “We had several personal bests, won a few events and had many top six places. This was a nice way of ending our vacation week and it is nice to see that our team is progressing nicely and adapting to the workouts. We now set our eyes on Wilmington on Tuesday and the Freshman/Sophomore meet and Twilight meet on Saturday (May 2).”

In the 800 meter run, senior Ian Ritchie came in first overall with a time of 2:02. Senior Jackson Gallagher secured fourth place with a time of 2:04 and junior Alex Guerriero was 23rd overall at 2:16.

Joe Hurton, a senior, secured first place in the triple jump with a distance of 41-1. Kyle Geaney, a senior, came in 14th place with a leap of 36-0 and Devin Pronco was 18th overall with a jump of 34-8.

In the shot put, senior Ben Joly had a terrific winning throw of 49-2 1/2. Patrick, Redmond, a freshman, had a distance of 38-9 1/2 for 13th place. Rob Vozella finished in 32nd place wit a throw of 30-1 3/4.

In the 4×800 relay, Wakefield’s entry posted a time of 10:03. The four runners were freshman Ryan Ritchie, freshman Riley Brackett, senior Nick Hill and junior Jeremy Keegan.

Sophomore Ryan Sullivan finished 10th overall at 5:06 in the freshman/sophomore mile. Two freshmen, Tommy Lucey and Matt Greatorex, captured 16th and 22nd overall with times of 5:10 and 5:12.

In the varsity mile, sophomore Adam Roberto secured 14th place in a time of 4:48. Junior Alec Rodgers finished in 19th place at 4:55 and sophomore Jack Stevens was 24th at 5:11.

Rich Custodio, a junior, and Jackson Kehoe, a sophomore, ran the two mile and finished in 13th and 19th place. They posted times of 10:36 and 11:14.

In the 100 meter dash, Eric Chi, a junior, made it to the finals and clocked in at 11.74 seconds for 12th place. Junior Jian Glen Gallardo and freshman Henry Strikeman came in 30th and 36th with times of 12.24 seconds and 12.70 seconds.

Geaney and Dan Sallade, a sophomore, competed in the 200 meter dash and took 32nd and 33rd overall with times of 25.52 seconds and 25.59 seconds.

Hurton had another fine performance in the 400 meter run. He ran a personal best time of 52.76 seconds and captured second overall.

In the 110 meter hurdles, Zach Conlon, a junior, timed in 18.81 seconds and made it to the finals where he finished 15th overall. Peter Crump, a sophomore, clocked in at 21.58 seconds and finished in 23rd place.

Brian Dickey, a senior, secured 11th place in a time of 45.47 seconds in the 300 hurdles. Conlon and Crump also ran the event as they finished in 17th place and 20th place with times of 49.78 seconds and 52.30 seconds.

Wakefield’s 4×100 relay clocked in at 46.40 seconds for a seventh place showing. Gallardo, Geaney, Chi and junior Kevin Russo were the four runners.

In the high jump, senior Pat Casaletto cleared 5-7 and took fifth place. Dickey finished seventh as he cleared 5-4.

Casaletto distanced 18-11 1/2 for sixth place in the long jump, while Gallardo finished 11th with a leap of 18-1 and Vozella secured 28th place with a jump of 15-2.

In the discus, Joly had a throw of 86-9 for 19th place. Sophomore Joe Connell had a distance of 81-7 for 25th place. Patrick Bertini, a freshman, took 30th place with a heave of 62-3.

Russo had a personal best distance of of 147-2 for a fourth showing in the javelin. The throw also qualified him for states.

Wakefield hosts Wilmington tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 p.m. at the Beasley Track and Field facility.