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Boys’ Team Falls to Wilmington in a Close Battle

David Schurter 3/28/21

Despite a valiant effort by the boys’ track and field team at Wilmington Saturday, the Wildcats came away with a close win, 52-47. Even in the loss, there were several bright spots for the warriors as they fought for every single point against Wilmington. Everyone gave it their all but unfortunately it did not end up on the winning side for Wakefield, to which Wilmington deserves credit for pulling out a close one. Today we will take a look at each event and break down the scoring.

Wilmington got off to a perfect start as they swept the 55m hurdles, led by Sam Juergens at 8.4, Chris Wong in 8.9 and John Ware at 9.2. Wilmington also swept the 55m dash with Jeandre Abel winning in 6.7, followed by Colton Sullivan in 6.9 and Isaac Avila in 7.3. Off to a rough start, the warriors looked to bounce back in the distance events. Starting with the mile, the scoring went the other direction. Sophomore Ben Stratton won the mile with a 2 second pr of 4:41.8. Following Stratton was senior Jonathan D’Ambrosio in second with a time of 4:42.1. Wilmington’s Sean Riley took third in 4:47.6. In the 1000, 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 on his tail finishing third with a 2:47.8. To the 600, junior Bradley Diaz won in 1:25.5, followed by senior Zack Jellison with a 4 second pr of 1:27.7, and Aidan McGrath of Wilmington in 1:29.8. Despite not scoring, junior James Christie also ran a pr of 1:34.9. Wakefield swept the two mile led by junior Ajay Haridasse in 10:37.1, then sophomore Leith Jones with a new pr of 10:42.5 and senior Guy Jacob in third at 10:47.1. In the 300, Willie Stuart of Wilmington won in 38.4, then junior Bradley Diaz finished second in 38.7, followed by Wilmington’s Anay Gandhi in 40.9.

To the field events. Starting with the high jump, Wilmington won with Sam Juergens in 5’7”, followed by Willie Stuart in 5’1”. In long jump, Wilmington took first and third with Colton Sullivan at 17’4” and Isaac Avila in 16’6”. Junior Josh Catino scored second for Wakefield in 17’0”. In the shot put, senior Logan Cosgrove won throwing a new pr of 47’8”. Wilmington took second and third with Liam Lydon throwing 28’9” and John Ware with 28’8.5”. Lastly we have the relays. In the 4x200, Wilmington won in 1:37.6, and Wakefield finished with a 1:45.5. In the 4x400, Wakefield squeezed out a tight win running 3:42.5 edging Wilmington’s 3:42.8.

Overall the warriors had a solid meet in almost every area, but came up just short in the end. With Burlington up next, Wakefield has a lot of work cut out for them this week but they are more than capable of bouncing back against the Red Devils. Stay tuned for what will be another highly competitive meet! As always, it’s a great day to be a warrior!


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