Westborough boys’ track and field team win Class A championship in Fred Warren District E meet
SHREWSBURY – At the 59th Annual Fred Warren District E Boys’ Track and Field Meet on Saturday at Shrewsbury High, things looked pleasantly normal.
Tents in the grass beyond the track, loud cheers from a large crowd, and maskless athletes performing at their best, that was all a track and field competition should be and was before the pandemic.
Westborough (143.5 points) came away with a Class A victory in terms of standings, but in the end everyone who was part of the competition came out on top.
“I thought it was a great performance,” said Westborough captain Cole Anderson. “I thought everyone here (Saturday) gave their all, and a lot of the guys got really good grades and some redemption for this season that we lost last year. I think it really affected a lot of people, but we really bounced back and I’m proud of the team.
“Everyone here (Saturday) has worked a lot despite the lack of certainty this season,” said Rangers captain Ian Welch. “It really showed … how hard everyone is trying.”
Ethan Nolin-Halpern, Westborough’s third captain, said being able to compete and win was a great feeling.
“We also got a lot of points in the lower ranks, and I think that’s what really won us this competition,” said Nolin-Halpern. “Going from next to nothing at these meetings is a great feeling. I’m so happy to have been able to finish my season and my high school experience with these competitions.
As for the top spots, Westborough also got those in Class A, including one from Alan Nguyen in the long jump (20 feet, ¼ inch). Welch won the triple jump (41-8) and Khang Vo won the javelin (141-6).
“I think the best part of (Saturday) is that all the coaches were watching, and that helped me along the way,” Vo said. “Even the ones where I breathed, they helped me do better, then I jumped.
“It’s really awesome,” Vo added. “I haven’t competed like this in two years, so coming back and having that energy is really, really nice.”
Burncoat’s Yoofi Abaka also won the shot put (51-5) and the discus (134-3).
“I didn’t feel any pressure, I was hoping to set a (personal best) and in training I threw pretty consistent 48, 49 and 50,” Abaka said of the shot put. “So I was just looking to cross the 50 mark during a competition. It was amazing (Saturday) to beat a (personal best), especially on the first pitch.
Freddy Collins of Nashoba won the class A mile in 4: 33.38. His teammate Tristan O’Riorden won twice, in the 200 (22.99) and 110 hurdles (15.16).
In class B, Quabbin’s Shea Lindley won the 800 in 2: 01.40, and the Panthers won the 4×400 relay with a time of 3: 38.84. Owen Faulha won in the shot put (48-9¾) and javelin (170-8). Shea Skowyra won the disc (126-5).
Littleton was second with 106 points. Leading the Tigers was MVP Reed Cherry, who won the long jump and won the 400 with a record 49.88. The previous record of 50.00 had been around since 1980.
“I was hoping to jump better,” said Cherry, “but I was happy to win the long jump, then in the 400 it was a meet record, so I’m really happy with that.
In class C, Bromfield was followed by Parker Charter and Clinton.
Ayer-Shirley’s Liam Bourassa won the Class C javelin with a throw of 177-5.
“It took a long time against a difficult peloton to get the victory (Saturday, said Bourassa. It was not good conditions, it was a little wet and the track was slippery, but in the end I won.
“It’s a great feeling to go out and face a good competition,” he added. “We’ve been so locked in our fields that it’s nice to branch out and go against other people.”
Henry Lonstein of Tahanto won 100 (11.69) and 200 (23.38).
Cole O’Neil of Bromfield won the 400 in 51.09 and Mike Alleva of Lunenburg won the mile (4: 25.84) and 800 (2: 01.22).
Steven Marchionni of Hopedale won both hurdles events. His team finished fifth in Class C with 40 points.