Boys Track Aspires to Qualify for States

By PATRICIA LUONG

Coach David Londino has high expectations for this year’s outdoor season. He hopes to win as many duals meets as the team can in the Greater Boston League (GBL) as well as get as many athletes as possible to qualify for the Division 1 State Meet. Coach Londino states that throughout the season so far, the team has already found “great success at the state level.” The team is already striving to meet his goal as there are already some great efforts to reach state qualifying times as well as some state qualifying performance.

Ready to meet their coach’s expectations, Malden High’s boys outdoor track team opened up the season with a win in their meet against Medford on Apr. 4, 2013. They won with a score of 111-25. Sophomores Nahom Ghile, Berhanu Tsige, Jonathan DeCicco finished first, second, and third in the two-mile race, respectively. Junior Danny Gould, senior Abdelhak Belatreche, and sophomore Jonathan Ye placed first, second, and third in the one-mile race. Gould is happy with how the season is starting off, stating that the boys set the tone for how they would like the rest of the season to be, which is for the team to “have a strong show in every event.” The track team had an extremely successful first meet of the season.

On Apr. 11, 2013 the team had a meet against one of their strongest rivals, Cambridge. Unfortunately, they lost with a score of 74-62. Despite losing, the team had a strong show with twelve runners placing second and ten runners placing third. Also, many runners on the boys team ran personal bests. The loss won’t hold down the team as they aspire to come back better than ever.

On Apr. 17, 2013 the outdoor track team had their Freshman/Sophomore meet. In the meet, freshmen and sophomores compete against each other and get a chance to show off their talent as well as try out new events.. Although there was no scoring and no winning or losing team, the boys did a great job on a personal level. Freshman, Kelvin Cheng Bo usually runs the 400 meter race but ran the 400 meter hurdles for the first time in the meet. “The team did really well as we tried our best,” he states.

The track team is going strong and training to meet their goal of having the most people qualify for states. The season has yet to end with plenty or meets and invitationals to compete it.

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