Lunenburg Wins District Track Title
FITCHBURG -- The Lunenburg boys’ indoor track team claimed the District E Gerry Frew Indoor Invitational Track Meet Division 2 championship Saturday at Fitchburg High School’s Doug Grutchfield Field House.
The Mid-Wach D league champions held off second-place Quabbin Regional, winning 40-38. Murdock (34) took third, followed by Sutton (32) and Littleton (24).
“When we get to districts, there are around 40 other teams from other leagues. Its hard to keep track of their performances. So we usually just focus on ourselves and try to do the best we can in the events we qualify in,” Lunenburg head coach Michael Spare said. “This year it worked out.”
David Gardner won the mile for the Blue Knights and Joe Rivers claimed the district shot put title. Luneburg clinched the team championship with a third-place showing from the 4x400 relay team of Robbie Nash, Seamus Gordon, Michael Alleva and David Gardner.
The 4x200 relay team of Mason Infantino, Joseph Montemurro, Nick Hall and Nick Huntington also finished third, while Alleva (2-mile) and Huntington (55 dash) each claimed fourth-place finishes.
J.R. Nelson added a solid seventh-place finish in the shot put and Hall was 10th in the 55-meter dash.
Lunenburg finished first as a team with 40 points, while Quabbin Regional was second at 38 points. Monty Tech scored eight points as a team, and Oakmont Regional finished with 1 point.
Division 2 girls
Lunenburg placed second in Division 2 with 41.5 points, trailing only Bromfield (54). Oakmont Regional was fifth with 31 team points and Gardner finished with 10.
Seventh-grader Lauren Long was the lone individual winner for Lunenburg, finishing the 2-mile in first place in 12:11:87. Amber Green was second in the 55-meter hurdles at 9.24 seconds, and Camille Elbthal took fourth in the shot put at 32 feet, 3 inches.
Placing fifth for Lunenburg were eighth-grader Abby Rodriquenz, who set a personal record in the 1,000 at 3:22, and Nicole Lawrence (high jump, 4-10). Also performing well for Lunenburg were Gabby Maia (6th, 600 meters, 1:52), Devin Tormey (6th, 55 hurdles, 9.7), Ava Pilon (mile, PR of 6:06) and Breanna Bajko (1,000, PR of 3:45).
In the relays, Lunenburg’s 4x440-meter team of Angelica Helmer, Breda Page-Violette, Paige Gengler and Rodriquenz took third, while the 4x220 (Isabella Brackett, Amber Green, Lawrence and Latifah Ouro-Sama) and 4x880 (Keena Kelly, Ava Pilon, Grace Roy and Maia) placed fourth.
Also in Division 2, Oakmont Regional got a first-place finish from Alyssa Madden in the 300 meters in 41.95 seconds, as well as a first from the 4x220-yard relay.
Division 1 boys
Shrewsbury won the Division 1 boys’ team title with 92 points, followed by runner-up Wachusett (70.5). Leominster finished with 24 points, while North Middlesex had 11 and Fitchburg scored 10.
Jonathan Polanco led Leominster with a first-place finish in the 600 (1:31.03), and the Blue Devils’ 4x440 relay team also placed first.
For Fitchburg, Evans Oduro won the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 7.99 seconds.
Division 1 girls
Wachusett Regional won the Division 1 girls’ team title with 84 points, easily outdistancing runner-up Westboro (53). North Middlesex was seventh with 31.5 points, followed by Fitchburg in eighth with 10.
See Monday’s edition of the Sentinel & Enterprise for more results from Saturday’s meet.