Division 4 Hardware Goes To Wakefield Boys, Holliston Girls

A long five-day stretch featuring the MIAA Division State Championship meets reached its conclusion on Sunday with the Div. 4 schools battling it out on Sunday.

With depth on its side, Wakefield Memorial captured the boys’ title with a 69-41 win over second-place Pembroke. Holliston dominated the middle and long distance events and earned the girls’ crown, courtesy of a 69-48 victory over the runner-up Titans.

Wakefield took gold in just one event, but scored in 11 of 13 events to take the hardware. The lone victory for the Warriors came in the 4×400-meter relay where the foursome of Brody Wyatt, Joseph Patt, Isaac Melo and Ethan Mezikofsky combined for a winning time of 3 minutes, 32.18 seconds. Wakefield also collected eight points in the 4x800m (8:25.43) by taking second to Norton (8:21.12). Other top finishes from the Warriors included a third from Liam Taggart (4:23.14) in the mile, a third from Mezikofsky (1:24.59) in the 600m, and a 3-4 finish from William Mezikofsky (2:40.29) and Oliver Polster (2:40.52) in the 1,000m.

Ludlow’s Logan Walsh had impressive triumphs in the mile (4:20.73) and the the 1K (2:35.22). In both races, Walsh didn’t have it easy. The Lions’ senior edged Bedford’s Jonathan Garraway by just two hundredths of a second in the mile (4:21.75) and then had to hold off Dover Sherborn’s Matt Rooney down the stretch in the 1,000m (second, 2:35.41).

Pembroke’s Joseph D’Angelo won the 55m dash with a fast 6.52. He also ran a leg on the Titans’ first-place 4x200m squad that was timed in 1:31.69.

Holliston scored 40 of its points in the longest events on the track. The Panthers’ Carmen Luisi copped two events with victories in the mile (5:02.58) and the 1,000m (2:58.24). The 1K essentially sealed the deal for Holliston as it scored 24 points with a with a sweep of the top three placements. Following Luisi across the line were Maggie Kuchman (second, 2:58.97) and Annabelle Lynch (third, 2:59.83). Kuchman was also a runner-up (11:19.15) to Groton Dunstable’s Georgia Brooks in the two mile (11:11.73). She also ran a leg on the second-place 4x800m squad (10.01.84). Bedford won the 4×8 in 9:59.55.

Pemborke’s Sarah Claflin was a double-winner. She won a close race with Norton’s Jillian Strynar in the 55m dash with a time of 7.12 to Strynar’s 7.13 effort. She also struck it rich in the long jump where she leped a season best of 18 feet, 6.75 inches. Strynar was second (PR, 40.18) to Whitinsville Christian Avery Glidden in the 300m. Glidden became the state’s second runner to break 40 seconds with a time of 39.89.



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