Friday, May 30, 2014

Outdoor Track & Field Sweeps the States

Another Network first will be crossed off the proverbial 'to-do' list tomorrow, as we'll be covering live a largely all-day event - The Hendricken Invitational, from Dennis Hayden Stadium. Throughout the course of the day's coverage we'll alternate between in-the-booth commentary (we'll be stationed under the pavilion, in case anyone wants to stop by)and the most important events of the day: relays, throwing, jumping, name it, and we're gonna do our best to cover it. We'll be learning as we go, of course, so if there appear to be some hiccups in the way that we go about things, please just be patient. 

The Hawks' outdoor track program goes into its own invitational having taken the crown in both the Class A and Freshman state championships during the course of the past week. Last Saturday, our guys' assault on the Class A crown was led by the athletes who've always gotten them there: Lee Moses (1st in the 100-meter dash, 2nd in the 4x100, 5th in the 200), Colin Tierney (1st place in the 3000-meter run), Alex Cerbo (1st in the shot put and 6th in the hammer throw), Shane Olson (1st place in the javelin), Ben Murphy (2nd in the high jump), and the 4x400 relay team of Mazzulla/MacLeod/Swift/Kanga (2nd place with a time of 3:28.60). The Hawks accumulated 109.5 points on the day, easily outdistancing the second-place finisher, LaSalle Academy. 

The final standings and important results:

On Tuesday, the freshman Hawks took the other track crown and were led by the performances of Justin Mazzulla, Robert Merlino, Kwity Paye, Cam Leahy, and Max Waite. The relay teams were also on top of their game, as the 4x400 placed first in its race, while the 4x100 and 4x800 squads pulled in second. 

A couple of highlights from the freshman state meet can be seen right here - 

Robert Merlino, who finished 1st in the 300-meter hurdles and 2nd in the 110 hurdles, getting off the mark:

Dario Smith, leading off for the 4x800 relay team:

Important final results from the freshman states can be seen here -

So, don't forget - The Hendricken Invitational, live from Hayden Stadium, right here on The Network.