BOSTON — With so much uncertainty over the past few years, one thing that hasn’t changed is the Wakefield and Burlington boys’ indoor track teams meeting with undefeated records to decide the Middlesex League Freedom Division Championship.
This season was no different.
For the 6th time in the last eight indoor seasons, the Warriors came away with the title after their 58-42 win. The other championships came in 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.
Lucas Kehoe was again outstanding in his first season. Kehoe picked up 15 points as he won the long jump in a PR of 21’4”. He followed that up by winning the high jump, clearing 6 feet for the first time. Then he hit the oval in a last minute change to take the 300 meters in a time of 36.98. Of all ML teams competing through the night, Kehoe topped the rankings in the long jump and 300 and had the 2nd best high jump on the night.
Bradley Diaz may have had to scratch from the 300 meters, but he did run away with the win in the 600 meters to post up 5 points for the Warriors in a controlled 1:31. James Christie placed a critical 2nd place behind Diaz in 1:32.59 with a charge over the final meters to overcome a Burlington runner.
Ajay Haridasse ran confidently from the front in the 1000 meters, breaking his competition early and running a personal best of 2:42.92.
Michael Roberto won the 2 mile easily after pulling away from the field before the first mile mark and ran an indoor personal best of 9:57. Thomas Dowd was 3rd in 10:40.
Jack Berinato put up key points early with this win in the 55 meter dash running a PR of 7.03. Ryan Tracy also ran his career best for 3rd place to cross the line in 7.23.
Josh Catino was 2nd in the 55 meter hurdles with a big PR of 9.48.
Ben Stratton placed 2nd in the mile with an indoor best of 4:36 behind Rithik Prakash, the Boston Globe All Scholastic Division 2 runner of the year. Leith Jones cut 10 seconds off his previous all time best to finish in 4:39 placing 3rd.
Brian Casey placed 3rd in the 300 meters with a time of 41.60.
In the shot put, Haris Hodzic placed 2nd with a PR of 33’4”.
In the long jump, Tracy placed 3rd with a jump of 16’4.5”.
Also in the high jump, Will Riley placed 3rd with a jump of 5’4”.
The 4×400 meter relay team of Christie, Joe Patt, William Mezikofsky and Jones got the win with a time of 3:48.
The Warriors now prepare for the postseason with a number of meets ahead including next weeks’ State Relay Championship.