Snaps five-season indoor Warrior winning streak

Published March 31, 2021

WILMINGTON — The Wakefield High boys’ indoor track and field team suffered their first indoor season loss in five seasons on Saturday to the Wilmington Wildcats. Although it was not the day the Warriors hoped for, the fans were treated to many exciting performances and the meet was competitive to the end.

In the end, the Wildcats came away with a 52-47 win.

Wilmington got off to a perfect start as they swept the 55m hurdles and then again swept the 55m dash.

Fortunately, the mile put the Warriors back in it with sophomore Ben Stratton winning it with a PR of 4:41.8. Senior Jonathan D’Ambrosio finished 2nd with a time of 4:42.1 to overtake Wilmington’s star runner Sean Riley who finished 3rd in 4:47.

BEN STRATTON takes off in the 4×400 relay after taking the baton from Jack Jellison. Stratton also took first in the mile with a personal best 4:41.8 while Jellison got second in the 600 with a personal best 1:27.7. (Colleen Riley Photo)

Following the mile in the 600 meters was junior Bradley Diaz who cruised to 1st place, followed by a strong personal best and 2nd place finish by senior Zack Jellison in a time of 1:27.7.

In the 1000 meters, junior Mike Roberto took the win with a PR of 2:40.9. Sean Lydon of Wilmington barely got by for second in 2:47.2 as senior Colin Rudy was right on his heels for 3rd with a PR of 2:47.8.

Diaz, with a brief recovery, came back in the 300 meters to grab 2nd in a time of 38.7.

Wakefield swept the two mile led by junior Ajay Haridasse in 10:37.1 for 1st, then sophomore Leith Jones with a new pr of 10:42.5 for 2nd and senior Guy Jacob in 3rd at 10:47.1.

In the long jump, junior Josh Catino placed 2nd in a big PR jump of 17’0”.

Senior Logan Cosgrove dominated the shot put once again with a new PR of 47’8”, almost 10 feet ahead of the 2nd place finisher.

In the 4×200 meter relay, Wilmington won in 1:37.6 and Wakefield finished with a 1:45.5.

Wakefield’s 4×400 meter relay team of Jellison, Stratton, D’Ambrosio and Roberto, squeezed out a tight win running 3:42.5 edging Wilmington’s 3:42.8

Next up, the Warriors face off with rival Burlington on Saturday, 9 a.m. at the Shawn F. Beasley Track and Field.