Warriors come up short against rival Melrose
BOSTON — In indoor track, a team needs to be able to fill all 10 events and score points in most if not all of them to win a meet. The Wakefield Memorial High girls’ indoor track team is doing well in many of the events, but was swept in both dash and the high jump and that proved to be a big difference in a 46-40 setback against rival Melrose on Tuesday night in the fourth block of dual meets which were held at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center.
The Warriors fell to 1-3 on the season with the loss.
Wakefield was swept in the 55 meter dash and the high jump. Also it only earned a third in the shot put as it was outscored 27-1 in three events. That was too much of a difference to be made up in the other seven events.
In the 300 meter dash, Sam Ross, a junior, remained undefeated as she secured first place with a time of 46.30 seconds.
Emily Hammond, a senior, captured first place in the 600 meters as she clocked in at 1:44.00. Taking third place was sophomore Jordan Stackhouse as she ran a time of 1:54.08.
In the 1000 meter run, senior Meghan Chapman posted a winning time of 3:20.20. Taking third was Emily Heil, a sophomore, who ran a time of 3:36.18.
Wakefield took first and third in the mile. Juniors Sara Custodio and Reilly McNamara scored six points as they ran times of 5:40.20 and 6:08.14. Those were personal best times for both runners.
In the two mile, junior Meaghan Hudson and freshman Gillian Russell came away with a first and second place. Hudson clocked in at 12:57.87 and Russell posted a time of 13:05.60. It was the best race Hudson has run all season.
There was a close race in the 55 meter hurdles between Wakefield’s Sarah Buckley and Melrose’s Haley Moss. Buckley, a junior, was edged out for the top spot by Moss who ran a time of 9.97 seconds. Buckley’s time was 9.98 seconds.
Wakefield captured first place in the 4×400 relay in a time of 4:26.44 which made the final score more respectable. The four runners were Chapman, Ross, Custodio and Hammond.
In the shot put, the Warriors had a third place finish from junior Isa Cusack with a throw of 24-10.
There were some good performances in the non-scoring events as well.
In the dash, sophomore Taylor Messina ran a time of 8.48 seconds, junior Jillian Cataldo ran a time of 8.64 seconds, junior Nicola Patel clocked in at 8.77 seconds and senior Olivia Mastrangelo timed in at 10.12 seconds.
In the 300, freshman Morgan Haggerty and senior Gianna Tringale also competed and posted times of 51.29 seconds and 53.88 seconds.
Cassie Lucci, a sophomore, ran the 600 and timed in at 1:55.03.
In the hurdles, sophomore Theresa Fallon (11.49 seconds), a sophomore Christina Freni (11.60 seconds) and junior Maddie Shea (12.76 seconds) all competed.
Fallon also competed in the high jump but didn’t make opening height.
In the shot put, junior Alessanda Amatucci and senior Nicole Amalfitano had distances of 23-0 and 20-1.
The Warriors will be competing the Div. 4 state relays on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center.