THE MELROSE High girls 4×400 relay team placed second and nearly qualified for Nationals last weekend at the D3 State Relays. Pictured from left: Autumn Whelan, Kate Sikkema, Charlotte Tysall and Anna Mackey. (courtesy photo)


BOSTON—Both the Melrose High girls’ and boy’s indoor track teams competed in the Div. 3 State Relays held last weekend at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. The girls team collected medals and finished 4th out of 20 teams and the boys finished 20th out of 25 scoring teams.

The girls’ esteemed 4×400 relay team wowed with a second place silver medal finish with a time of 4:18.70, which happens to be 5 seconds away from a National qualifying standard; all thanks to the work of seniors Autumn Whelan, Kate Sikkema, Anna Mackey, and Charlotte Tysall.

Melrose’s 4×800 ream of Jillian Bakey, Ava Piccone, Sofia Weissman and Maizie Frakt placed 3rd and qualified for states with a time of 10:36.

It was a strong day for Melrose’s jumping team. Senior Julia McAree earned third place in the high jump and led the high jump team of Molly Lytje and Scarlett Timm to a bronze medal third place finish overall.

Melrose 1600 sprint medley placed third behind the work of Sikkema, Whelan, Tysall and Mackey. And Melrose’s DMR team of Jillian Bakey, Maizie Frakt, Darby Thompson and Amy Rowe also made the podium with a 6th place finish.

Boys team lands on podium 

Members of the MHS boy’s indoor track team also represented at the event and finished strong, including earning a spot on the podium. Melrose’s long jump team collected a medal in the 6th spot thanks to the work of Matt Whelan, Trentyn Hodges, Gabe Buffonge and Brendan Radzik.

Their 4×800 relay team of Ellis lourilli-Hough, Peter Story, Caleb Barnes and Stone Liu ran to a time of 8:51. Melrose’s sprint medley relay team of Jake Skane, Keegan Maloney, Sam O’Donnell and Russell O’Donnell finished with a time of 4:08. Melrose’s 4×200 relay team of Tyler Lecomte, Matt Whelan and Trentyn Hodges finished at 1:40.26. Melrose’s DMR had a strong time of 10:58 behind the work of Ryan Cotugno, Sam O’Donnell, Russell O’Donnell and Will Duggan. And Melrose’s 4×400 team of Eric Hall, Jonah Tully, Ben Donovan and Stone Liu also ran solidly.

This weekend (weather pending) Melrose will compete in the Coaches Invitational at the Reggie Lewis Center.