Monday, February 17, 2014

Some Quality Performances at the States, but Indoor Track Comes up Short in Bid for Another Banner

After having won the Class A Championships back on February 1st, the coaching staff tweeted out a message to their athletes that was meant to both congratulate and motivate, knowing that an even more important goal loomed just over the horizon:

Since that time, the indoor track program also took home the freshman state championship.

So, with a cross-country state title and varsity Class A and  freshman state indoor titles in the haul for the year to this point, the day of the varsity state meet arrived this past Saturday for our athletes, and despite some very good individual performances, the Hawks unfortunately came up short in their bid for that 27th banner, finishing 3rd overall on the day.

Lee Moses had a strong day, finishing third in the 55-meter dash (followed closely by Power Kanga in sixth place), third in the 300-meter dash, and taking first place in the long jump. His winning jump can be seen here:

Senior all-state runner Colin Tierney also had a very good day, finishing in sixth place in the 1000-meter (followed closely by Grant Gauthier in ninth place), fourth in the 1500, and second in the 3000 (where he was also joined in the top ten by Michael Potter/4th and domenic Parlato/7th). The 4 X 400 relay team of Ian MacLeod, Chris Cambio, Power Kanga, and Andrew Grady came in third in its race, and the 4 X 800 team of Jared Boulanger, Avery Ingegneri, Matt Constant, and Grant Gauthier placed third as well. 

Other results of note:

Ben Murphy placed second in the high jump. Four of his jumps can be seen here:

Clearing 5'10" -

...6 feet -

...6'2" -

...and 6'4" -

Alex Cerbo, Ben Nelson, and Connor Hurst all finished in the top ten in the shot put. Several of their highlights can be seen here:

Chris Celona and Eddie Barber also finished in the top ten in their event, the weight throw. There are several more highlights available by clicking on The Network's Instagram link at the bottom of the page. 

In all, then, it was a good day for our guys, but in the end somewhat disappointing. Our athletes still have a lot more to come, however, in outdoor competition once the spring sports season begins. 

All of the Hendricken results: