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Reggie Lewis Center, Boston MA.
The Nauset Warriors posted 4 top 10 finishes and notched a total of 7 personal best performances at last night's MIAA Division 3 State Indoor Track Championship meet. Molly Crowell, Andrew Herwig, Coralea Geraniotis, and the Boys 4x800 meter relay team all saw season best runs enter them into the top 10 finishers in the Division, led by Crowell who medaled with an 8th place run of 43.76 in the girls 300 meter run.
First up for the Warriors was freshman Coralea Geraniotis in the Girls Mile Run. By virtue of a few scratches, Geraniotis (5:31.84, 10th place) found herself in the seeded section of the event in only her second mile of the year. She ran conservatively over the first 800 meters slowly moving up through the pack until closing with a quick final four laps that netted her a ten second personal best in the event. Her 10th place run, which improved over her pre-race ranking of 22nd, will be a good sign as she continues to work on her strength heading into the outdoor season.
Nauset had three athletes entered in the night's next event, the Boys Mile Run. Each of the milers ran very competitive races and landed career best times in their final meet of the indoor season. Senior Jake Moore (4:35.84, 13th place) led the way after running near the front of the second heat for most of his race. Stephen Gomez ran his second PR in as many weeks with a time of 4:46.88 in a race where he vied for the lead several times over the course of 8 laps. He was followed by sophomore Andrew Burke (4:48.07, 28th place) who used his now signature sprint last lap to shave a second off of his previous best mile set 2 weeks ago at the ACL Indoor Championship.
Senior Andrew Herwig (2:42.7, 10th place) improved his 1000 meter time by 6 seconds and ran to a second place finish in his heat of the five lap race. The captain ran even splits throughout the race to land a performance that made him the highest scoring male competitor from Nauset. He will now focus on the 800 meter run for the outdoor season and use the strength gained this winter to improve upon his performances to date.
Molly Crowell (43.76, 8th place) became the team's top placing finisher of the night as she won her heat to medal in her event. Crowell steadily improved all season to become the school's leading sprinter of the indoor year. As always, she ran an extremely aggressive race holding excellent form and driving all the way through the finish line as she won her section of the event.
Ben Erin, on loan from the school's weight training room for his second meet of the indoor season, improved almost a full foot over his toss from the ACL meet last night in the Shot Put. Erin (42' 9", 1th place) worked on his technique in the shot put leading into the competition to spur the large jump in his performance.
In the final event of the night, the Boys 4x800 team finished in 9th place overall after running at time of 8:39.9 in the relay event. Doubling back from individual events were Jake Moore (2:06 leg), Stephen Gomez (2:14 leg) and senior captain Andrew Herwig (2:05 leg). Nathan Scalise (2:12 leg) joined the other three members as the second leg of the relay as the senior competed well in his first ever state track championship. All 4 Warriors showed impressive strength as they were able to compete well and run solid splits en route to the school's fourth and final top ten finish of the night.
The Nauset Warriors will now look ahead to improving on last night's successes this outdoor season. Team practices will begin on March 19.
Full Results Link: http://miaa.ezstream.net/index.cfm?itemid=6810
Heat Sheets are up: http://miaa.ezstream.net/index.cfm?itemid=6800
Event starts at 4:30 pm, Friday February 17 at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston
A few shots from this morning's session
MIAA Div 3 Indoor Track & Field Championship registration for Nauset (M) as of 02/07/12 19:21 PM
Men's 600m Run Open:
Meredith, Jake: 1:26.59 (MSTCA Invite/Reggie Lewis Center 01/28/12)
Men's 1,000m Run Open:
Herwig, Andrew: 2:48.31 (ACL Meet /Reggie Lewis Center 01/10/12)
Men's 1 Mile Run Open:
Burke, Andrew: 4:49.41 (ACL Champs/Reggie Lewis Center 02/06/12)
Gomez, Stephen: 4:47.83 (ACL Champs/Reggie Lewis Center 02/06/12)
Moore, Jake: 4:43.76 (MSTCA Invite/Reggie Lewis Center 01/28/12)
Men's 4 x 800m Relay Open:
A: 8:36.04 (ACL Champs/Reggie Lewis Center 02/06/12) (Scalise,Burke,Moore,Callahan,Gomez,Wilkins,Herwig)
Men's Long Jump Open:
Avery, Chad: 19' 0" (ACL Champs 02/06/12)
Men's Shot Put Open:
Erin, Ben: 42' 10" (ACL Champs/Reggie Lewis Center 02/06/12)
MIAA Div 3 Indoor Track & Field Championship registration for Nauset (W) as of 02/07/12 19:23 PM
Women's 300m Dash Open:
Crowell, Molly: 44.06 (ACL Champs/Reggie Lewis Center 02/06/12)
Women's 1 Mile Run Open:
Geraniotis, Coralea: 5:41.33 (MSTCA Invite/Reggie Lewis Center 01/28/12)
Reggie Lewis Center, Boston MA:
Although unable to participate in the team scoring at their first ever ACL Indoor Track Championship Monday night in Boston, the Nauset Warriors made an impact with big implications for the upcoming State Meet.
The highlight of the night was undoubtedly the Warriors' 4x800 victory where they not only qualified for the MIAA State Championships by over 15 seconds, but also outdistanced nationally ranked ACL foe Marshfield by 7 seconds. Jake Moore(2:08), Nathan Scalise (2:17), Jake Meredith (2:04 800m debut), and Andrew Herwig (2:05) combined for a time of 8:36.04 in what became a clear victory after Meredith's punishing final 200m left all competitors out of range of Herwig's impressive solo final 800. En route to this thrilling victory, these four athletes became the school's first ever relay team to qualify for the MIAA Indoor State Championships and established themselves as the team to beat in the league for the upcoming outdoor season.
In the boys mile, both senior Stephen Gomez(4:47.83) and Andrew Burke(4:49.41) notched qualifying marks for the State Meet next Friday. Running over 100 meters ahead of their next closest competitors, Burke handled the early pacing duties of the race before Gomez took over for the second half and brought home impressive solo efforts for both athletes. They bring the total up to 3 Nauset runners that will compete in the mile at States, and will spend the next 10 days sharpening up for that meet. Ryan Saunders continued his steady improvement as well, running a time of 5:18.
Chad Avery (19'0" Long Jump) and Ben Erin (42'10" Shot Put) became the first 2 field event qualifiers from Nauset as both punched their tickets to the MIAA State Championships with great performances last night. Avery and Erin both qualified for the finals in their events and will continue to improve their technique heading into the State Meet and the outdoor season. Avery's jump was a personal best for the junior, who will look to lead the team in the jumps both this Spring and all of next year.
Junior Molly Crowell continued her steady improvement in the 300 meter run, once again setting a personal best last night with a time of 44.06, good for 6th best in the ACL. She looks to be rounding into excellent condition for her final meet of the season next weekend. Freshman standout Coralea Geraniotis continued her focused preparation for the mile at States by running the 1000 meter run last night and winning her heat by virtue of a final 200 meters run in 37 seconds. Geraniotis, who battled illness all last week, used the 1000 to improve her speed as she readies herself to face the best milers in MA one week from Friday. Her time was 3:24.1.
After last night, Nauset High School will now be represented by 9 individual State Qualifiers and one relay team in the program's first ever indoor track season. The season was started with the goal of 10 entries from our school in the MIAA Indoor Meet: Mission Accomplished.