Boys’ teams prevail against young Red Raiders at the Beasley Track and Field course
WAKEFIELD — Recently the Galvin Middle School cross county teams hosted the Melrose Middle School teams on the Wakefield High School course — Beasley Track and Field.
The scores were 15-44 in favor of Wakefield for the seventh and eighth grade boys and 18-43 in favor of Wakefield for the fifth and sixth grade boys. Melrose won by a 17-41 score in fifth through eighth grade girls race.
In the seventh and eighth grade boys’ race, Brian Smith had the fastest time of the day winning in a scorching fast time of 12:00. To put it in perspective the time was comparable or better than the times Matt Greatorex and Robert Shaw ran while in middle school last year. Both boys are now ranked as top freshmen in Massachusetts.
Rocco Patel (12:25), Billy Stevens (12:29), Tanner Jellison (12:38) and Colin Powers (12:48) were close behind as they helped give the Galvin seventh and eighth graders a perfect score of 15 points to Melrose’s 44 points. This makes for a very promising future for the high school program that is already filled with young and talented athletes.
James Crump (13:33) led the next pack of Wakefield boys with a ninth place finish, while Tucker Hanson (13:42), Trevor Noble (13:51), David Root (13:57) and Brock Johnson (13:58) finished 10th through 13th. Matt Roberto (18th, 15:03) and Jovan Nortellus (20th, 15:13) rounded out the top 20.
In the fifth and sixth grade boys race, the Galvin ran away with it to defeat Melrose by a score of 18-43, thanks to the top three finish of Alex Jacob, Michael Petitto and Lea Yardumian. Sixth grader Jacob ran away from the pack early to take the win with a time of 12:46. Petitto was second in 13:04 while Yardumian was third in 13:06.
Braden Carroll was fifth with a time of 13:23 and Brendan McCarthy was seventh with a time of 13:44 to give
the Wakefield team a low score of 18 points.
Rounding out the top seven were Diego Winsor in eighth (13:50) and Matthew Petitto in ninth (14:01).
Evan Simoneau (14:20), Bryce Dunlap (14:21), Drew Riley (14:22), Brendan Jaena (14:40) and Aidan Riley (14:41) secured 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th overall.
Zach Kent was 16th at 14:48, while Michael Parent (14:54), Matt Cinelli (14:58) and Jake Dubiel (15:16) claimed 18th, 19th and 20th in the race.
The Galvin girls also competed against Melrose. Melrose came away with a win as it took the first four spots. Liliana Carioli was the first Wakefield girl in fifth in a time of 13:41 and Sophie Brown was sixth at 13:53.
Amanda Westlake finished ninth in a time of 14:36, while Molly Grady (14:48) and Maeve Racene (14:49) secured 11th and 12th place.
Angelina Nardone came in 14th as she clocked in at 15:09, while Ashley LeBlanc (15:17), Kayleigh Callahan (15:21) and Aisling Casey (15:35) took 17th, 18th and 20th in the race.