Happy Holidays Red Devil Track Fans. Over the break we had three meets: The MSTCA Speed Classic that had over 1000 athletes compete, the Red Auerbach State Freshman Sophomore meet, and the GBL Freshman Sophomore meet.
At the MSTCA Speed Classic at Reggie we had some strong performances. Our top finisher was Senior Mariama Kamara who finished 5th in a field of 128 competitors in the 55m dash with a time of 7.55. Mariama has been working hard and this time ties her personal best from last year. Also finishing well in the dash was sophomore Martin Simon, finishing 14th, also with a personal best of 8.00. Simon also finished 16th in the Long Jump with a personal best of 14’10.25″. This distance is just off the qualifying mark for the state meet. Freshman Jocelyn Poste finished 20th (out of 125 competitors) in the 600, an event she usually does not run, with a time of 1:51.69. The girls 4×400 relay of Kamara, Simon, Poste, and Awa Bajinka just missed qualifying for the state meet with a 5th place finish in a time of 4:40.58.
On the boys side Senior Jose Aguiar finished 17th in the 300 (out f 135 competitors) with a time of 39.31. Also finishing well in the 300 were Alezio DaSilva (25th, 39.92), and Leonardo DeAlmedia (40th, 40.82). Our top finisher in the 55m dash was Junior Adriel Cedano in a time of 7.19. The highlight of the day for the boys was the 4x200m relay of Aguiar, DaSilva, Cedano, and Junior Nick Ieng, who finished 10th with a time of 1:38.10. Click on the above link for full results.
This past Saturday our top Freshman / Sophomore competed in the State Freshman Sophomore meet at Reggie Lewis. Sophomore Martin Simon finished fourth in the Long Jump with a jump 14’7.25″. Simon also finished 22nd in the 55m dash in a time of 8.11. Freshman Jocelyn Poste finished 24th in the 1000 with a time of 3:35. Freshman Yarid Deras ran a personal best time of 6:36 in the mile. Freshman Masireh Ceesay finished 22nd in the shot put. It is great to bring our younger athletes to meets of this caliber. By competing on the state wide level this early in their careers they will get used to the ‘bright lights’ and be able to focus on competing, not adjusting to their surroundings. These girls all have a promising future and could be the core of the team for the next few years to come.
At the GBL Freshman sophomore meet at Somerville on 12/30 we had a good showing. Our only individual winner was Hector Garcia in the mile with a time of 5:46. Hector is only a sophomore and coming off foot injuries to start the season. We still have no idea how good he can be. Also turning in a strong performance was Freshman Yarid Deras who ran a 6:39 mile.
Next up is Medford this coming Thursday.