Nashoba Regional has been well known for having strong outdoor track and cross-country teams for years but only started competing in indoor track two years ago. The Chieftains struggled last year, scoring only 1 point in the Division 3 MIAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.
After a complete team effort yesterday at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury, Nashoba's indoor track team can now stand proud. The Chieftains scored 46 points to slip past Northampton (42 points) to take the title home to Bolton.
Anthony Raduazo won the 2-mile with ease (9:30.89) and the team flew past Longmeadow in the 4 x 800-meter relay with a time of 8:20.9 to give Nashoba its only individual victories.
There were many other impressive individual performances. Westborough's Ryan Ruffing set a meet record in the 300-meter dash (35.42 seconds). Bishop Feehan's Chris Conway won the 55-meter hurdles in 7.70; and Amesbury's Kevin Johnston came out on top in the 55-meter dash (6.72).
The Hingham girls rolled to the championship with ease, piling up 53 points, while Bishop Feehan finished second (36). Shauna McNiff won the 1,000-meter race (3:03.34) and Hingham placed first in the 4 x 800 (9:43.06) and 4 x 200 (1:47.52) relays. This marked the sixth straight time its 4 x 800 team won in this type of competition.
"Relays are our strength and power," Hingham coach Steve Schlicting said. "We really work hard on those in practices and the kids stepped up."
Other winners were Christina Izzicupo of Stoneham with a 41.80 in the 300-meter dash and Bishop Feehan's Meg Looney in the 600 meters (1:36.70). Canton's Alyse Rocco won the mile with ease (5:07.32) and Stoneham's Ali Simeone took the 2-mile in 11:08.41. Emmaline Berg of Holliston (41-2 1/2) outdistanced her competitors by more than 4 feet in the shot put.