Boys Track: Racing to Victory

By PATRICIA LUONG

The boys outdoor track team had an amazing season, gaining a win over one of their biggest rivals, Somerville, on May 1, 2013 . Although the season has neared an end, the team has proved themselves in the many meets and invitationals that they have competed in throughout the season.  The team has improved tremendously as the season progressed, with many runners qualifying for the state meet. “You play the way you practice,” stated Coach Stephen Rubin, emphasizing the importance of practice on the team’s success.

On May 11, 2013 the State Freshman / Sophomore meet was held at Newton South High School, hosting the qualified runners.  Many runners ran their best time, also known as Personal Records. On the same day the Weston Twilight meet was held in Weston for the upperclassman.  Only being the second year the team has participated in the invitational, the athletes were very excited to race. There were many personal bests and everyone who worked hard to meet the standard exhibited their ability. Both Rubin and coach David Londino were proud of the team’s performances.

The boys team had an incredible win in the Greater Boston League Championships meet on May 16, 2013. The final scores of the teams that competed were Everett with a score of 43, Medford with a score of 45, Cambridge with a score of 123, Somerville with a score of 129, and Malden placing first with a score of 152. Freshman Rory Milan was proud of the team’s performance stating that “team came together to do really well.

Not only did the runners perform the best they could, they also made history in the GBL Championship meet. Junior Richard Mulo placed first in the 100 meter race with a time of 10.95 seconds. Mulo’s time is the third fastest time Division 1 Massachusetts. Senior Kelly Desane finished the 100 meter race with a time of 11.22 seconds, which is the tenth fastest time in Division 1. There were outstanding individual performances in this meet and other meets alike as the relay teams also had great success. The 4x100 meter relay team consisted of junior Mulo and seniors Tyler Williams, Desane, and Franklin Huynh, and they placed first in the event. With their time of 43.13 seconds, Malden set the record for the fastest 4x100 relay time in the state at the time.

 

At the Division 1 meet, the 4x100 finished first with a time of 43.23 to qualify for the All-State  meet. Londino was proud because the win “represents that [their] team has talent and depth.” Mulo ran a time of 10.90 seconds during the preliminary 100 meter race. On the final 100 meter race, he ran an impressive time of 11.09 seconds beating his personal record.

The 4x100 relay team of  junior Mulo, and seniors Huynh, Desane, and Williams did a great job in representing the MHS track team at the all state meet on June 2, 2013. The boys finished second by just two one hundredths of a second in a time of 42.77 seconds and beat their personal records by .36 seconds which, Londino stated, is a “big chunk of time in sprinting terms.” Not only that, their time of 42.77 seconds is a school record by almost two full seconds. The relay team will be heading to New Englands as one of the top seeded teams.

Londino has sentimental words for the seniors on the team as the season comes to an end stating that although this is their last season running, they are still committed to the sport and have “done a good job of setting an example for younger athletes.” As for the state qualifying individuals and relays teams, Londino is extremely proud of what they have accomplished. As this year’s outdoor track season has come to a close, the coaches aspire to develop talented individuals and relay teams to compete at state level in next year’s outdoor season.

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