Girls And Boys Track Finish The Season Strong

In a short yet eventful season, the boys’ and girls’ outdoor track season was . The girls’ team was undefeated in the Greater Boston League for the 2 consecutive year and had a number of girls qualify for states. The boys’ team, while they were not GBL champions, had a successful season, with a number of members of the team qualifying for states.

The GBL closing meet was successful for many members of the team. The girls won, beating nearest competitor Somerville 192-189.

Individual league champions were: sophomore Allie Russo in the 800 meter dash, sophomore Jasmine Gray on the mile,  senior Gillian Willcox in the two mile, junior Cleverina Cong in the 400 meter dash and hurdles, freshman Shataeya Smith in Shot Put, freshman Genny Murphy in discus, and junior Aigul Fitzgerald in javelin.

The boys were runners up to Somerville and individual league champions were senior Allen Liang in javelin, discus, and shot put and senior Daryl Loreus  in the long jump.

When asked, senior Angus Mo stated that he felt “the last track season was a bit rushed for time,” and senior Timothy Nsubuga claimed that “[he is] truly grateful to [his] coach, teammates and everyone who supported [him]. [He is] confident that the team will be in good hands because of that same culture.” Head coach David Londino stated that “The boys had a great season full of personal bests.  Their efforts in training have been second to none and [the team] couldn’t be prouder of their achievements,” and “the girls had a great season, coming out with the rivalry win against Somerville and going undefeated.  [The team has] a great group of underclassmen, and to see state qualifying performances and even a new school record from them has [the team] feeling really good about the future.” With this being the last season of high school track for the seniors, a number of them will continue track in college while some have decided against it.

Out of the boys’ team, senior Daryl Loreus qualified for states in the 200m dash, the long jump, and triple jump and senior Allen Liang qualified for the shot put, discus throw, and the javelin as well as breaking the school record by throwing 153’ in discus. On the girls’ team, Rachel Eaglin qualified for the 100m hurdles and high jump as well as breaking the school record by clearing 5’ in the high jump, Marie Sylvain qualified for long jump, freshman Shataeya Smith qualified for shot put, and freshman Genny Murphy qualified in the discus throw. The girls’ team also had a 4x100m relay team qualify for states, which included Allia Julien, Aida Ali, Marie Sylvain, and Rachel Loreus. 

While the seniors are leaving, both the boys’ and girls’ teams have runners in lower grades with a lot of potential and a lot of young talent. Coach Londino claimed that “it’s funny, [the] senior boys and girls are quite different in that the guys have quietly led by example and the girls have been vocal leaders, full of personality.  Both approaches have proved effective and they’ve done a great job leading their teams.”

The division 1 state competition will be on May 29 and the all-state competition will take place on June 4. The team members who qualified will continue to practice hard and do their best in the meet, challenged by a lot of talented competition from around Massachusetts.

Freshman hurdler. Photo taken by Alysha McDevitt.
Freshman hurdler. Photo taken by Alysha McDevitt.

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