Melrose (2-1) runs past Stoneham & Watertown

Published January 4, 2019

BOSTON—The Melrose High boys indoor track team are officially on a winning streak thanks to back-to-back victories over Stoneham and Watertown that improves them to 2-1 on the season. 

LIAM RITTENBURG continues his strong season for the Melrose Red Raider indoor track team, now 2-1 after back-to-back wins. (courtesy photo)

On December 27, Melrose competed in the Middlesex League Dual meet against Watertown at Boston University and prevailed 61-39. In the meet, Melrose showed a good amount of depth that helped them collect points against their rivals. 

First place finishes included: Liam Rittenburg in the 600, a 1-2 sweep by Will Dugan and Matt Stockwell, respectively, a first place finish by the 4×200 relay team of Nate Monges, Fabrice Francois, Jesse Gardener and Alex Brincherio. Melrose also swept the 55 hurdles behind Liam Rittenburg, Brendan Ingalls and Jesse Gardener. Melrose also collected points behind the efforts of Nate Monges (second in the 55 dash) Charles DeMayo and Jerry Murphy in the 1 mile (2nd and 3rd), Ethan Brodeur, third in the 600 and Jimmy Markhan (2nd in the 300). 

Prior to this, the team prevailed over Stoneham on December 20 at Boston University, 64-36. It was a solid day for senior captain Liam Rittenburg, who jumped 6’0″ in the high jump, a personal best and good enough for first. He also came in 1st in the 600 meter with a time of 1:29.

 Other first-place winners included Brendan Ingalls, who took first with a time of 9.03. Right behind him was Rittenburg in second. Melrose’s 4×200 relay team also prevailed behind the work of Ingalls, Nate Monges, Jesse Gardener and Alex Brincherio. The team’s high jump squad swept thanks to Rittenburg, Alex Brincherio and Gardener, who topped all their Stoneham opponents. Melrose’s high jump team also prevailed through the work of Fabrice Francois and Nate Monges. John Fortier also placed first in the shot put.  

At 2-1, Melrose looks to gain a league edge when they travel to Boston University on Friday to compete against undefeated league rival Wakefield.