By John Anderson
Last week’s Southern Worcester County League’s Indoor Track Meet was the final local competition for the season and the end of an era for SWCL Central. Shepherd Hill’s move to a Wachusett league in the fall is the right thing to do for this large, regional school.
The Rams topped both divisions, 98 points for their girls and 97 points for their boys. The Auburn girls earned 36 points which put them in 4th place. The boys amassed 86 points and were second. Coach Jason Bergman said, “We are very proud of our effort. We scored over 80 points which usually puts you in the driver’s seat. Not many years does the winner score over 95 points which the Hill did.
Scoring was against all the other teams in the meet, a total of 13 schools, and 1st place gets 10 points, 2nd place 8, 3rd place 6, 4th place 4, 5th place 2, and 6th place 1. Events where Auburn earned points are listed.
300 Meter Dash Jamie McNamara 6th Place 1 Point
1000 Meter Run Sarah Cavanaugh 4th Place 4 Points
2 Mile Run Sarah Cavanaugh 3rd Place 6 Points
55 Meter Hurdles Lauren Bolduc 6th Place 1 Point
4×200 Mtr Relay Auburn 5th Place 2 Points
4×400 Mtr Relay Auburn 5th Place 2 Points
4×800 Mtr Relay Auburn 2nd Place 8 Points
High Jump Nicole Plona 5th Place 2 Points
Shot Put Jessica Pittman 1st Place 10 Points
Total: 4th Place 36 Points
300 Meter Dash Scott Williams 2nd Place 8 Points
Matthew Nelson 4th Place 4 Points
600 Meter Run Kevin Foley-Foster 3rd Place 6 Points
1000 Meter Run Colin Gallaway 4th Place 4 Points
1 Mile Run Aiden Foley-Foster 2nd Place 8 Points
2 Mile Run Thomas Gannon 3rd Place 6 Points
55 Meter Hurdles Matthew Nelson 2nd Place 8 Points
4×200 Mtr Relay Auburn 2nd Place 8 Points
4×400 Mtr Relay Auburn: 1st Place 10 Points
Kyle Quitadamo, Aiden Foley-Foster
Kevin Foley-Foster, Jake Mikolajczyk
4×800 Mtr Relay Auburn: 1st Place 10 Points
Colin Gallaway, Dillon Mastrorio,
Matt Healy, Thomas Gannon
High Jump Dominick Smreczak 3rd Place 6 Points
Shot Put Dillon Bruso 2nd Place 8 Points
Total: 2nd Place 86 Points
The Relays were obviously big for both the boys and girls. In the boys 4×800, Auburn topped Shepherd Hill by ¼ of a second. The 4×800 is not part of the regular season, but it will be important in the post-season.
Coach Bergman summed it up for the boys, “So all in all we had a great day. Credit is due to the Hill. They ran great. We just didn’t have enough to win the meet with all the other teams competing the same day.”
Bergman continued, “Either way, as a coach I couldn’t be happier with our finish this year. Our team is a premier team that won SWCL Central the last year it will exist. We beat the Hill in a dual meet for the first time in a very long time, and we had an undefeated regular season.”
He concluded, “Lastly, we are not planning on finishing anytime soon. These seniors refuse to give up, and they are ready for their next challenge at the Division II, District E Championship.” The Championship will be held at Fitchburg High School, Saturday, February 8th, 9AM.