Published January 24, 2019

ROXBURY — On Saturday, Jan. 19, the North Reading boys’ indoor track team traveled to the Reggie Lewis Center ahead of the snow to compete in the EMass Division 4 State Relays. Last year, the boys finished 5th overall and are were looking to climb the ladder.

Led by the 4×50 meter dash relay team of Joey DiSanto, Grayson Budny, Joey Frammartino and Billy Lord, the Hornets were able to score 24 total points which placed them 3rd overall on the day behind Burlington (41 points) and Wakefield (28 points).

Dash Relay takes 1st, sets new school record

The 4×50 meter relay team set a great tone for the meet as they won in a school record time of 22.45 which bested the previous record by .26 seconds.

“These boys have been running extremely well all season and it is wonderful to see them work together to break a record and take home a first place medal,” said head coach Ryan Spinney.

BILLY LORD, just 10 days after breaking two school records in the 55 meter dash and the 55 meter hurdles, helped the NRHS boys’ indoor track team take third at the Div. 4 State Relays with great performances in the 4×50 relay, the 4×200 relay and the high jump. (John Friberg Photo)

The high jump relay team of Cam Chinchillo, Billy Lord and Jack Murphy took home 3rd overall with jumps of 5’ 8”, 5’ 8” and 5’ 0” totaling 16’ 4”.

“We needed a relay to step up in an unexpected way and it was definitely the high jump guys answering the call,” said Spinney. “Cam and Billy are consistent and Jack stepped up to get us that 3rd jumper to be able to score points. Awesome work by those three gentlemen today.”

Also picking up points were the 4th place shot put relay and 4th place 4×200 meter relay teams. In the shot put, Joey DiSanto, Will Carpenter and James Garniss were able to achieve a total of 117’ 4” which is only a foot off the school record for the relay.

“Will had his career best throw today,” said Spinney. “These guys have been a steady force for us all season and it was great to see them get rewarded with a high placing today.”

In the 4×200, DiSanto, Lord, David Tingley and Brendan Witts finished in 1:37.22 which improved their state qualifying mark by a few tenths of a second.

“These guys ran awesome today. DiSanto and Lord factored in three out of our four scoring teams. Tingley and Witts ran very quick splits. This will set us up for end of the season success in this event.”

The sprint medley relay of Andrew DeBenedetto (800), Frammartino (200), Witts (200) and Murphy (400) took 7th overall in a time of 3:58.86. The Distance Medley relay of Murphy (1200), Frammartino (400), Zach Rinaldi (800) and DeBenedetto (1600) took 12th with a time of 12:02.61. The 4×400 meter relay of Joey McCarthy, Kyle Rabbitt, Griffin Murphy and Ryan Good took 17th in a time of 3:57.00. The last relay to participate was the 4×800 meter relay of Karlis Plavins, Rabbitt, Anthony Petrosino and Aidan Nadeau as they took 18th overall in a time of 9:23.95.

The Hornets will be back in action on Monday, January 28 as they will take on Newburyport, where the winner will take home an undefeated regular season meet record and the Kinney Division title.