Sunday’s Division 4 state relays did not lack for passion. As he crossed the finish line just behind his opponent, one frustrated runner threw his baton to the ground. One girl stumbled out of the starting blocks and tumbled to the ground before that race was restarted. Meet records fell, and starting guns provoked the crowd into cheering, which grew louder as the afternoon wore on.
Amid the bustle at the Reggie Lewis Center, the Weston boys and the Old Rochester girls emerged as the big winners. Weston overtook defending champion Old Rochester in the final two events to win the boys’ meet, 38-35.6. The Old Rochester girls’ win came a year after they finished a close second to Norwell. On Sunday, Old Rochester finished 3 points ahead of second-place Ipswich, 35-32.
“We were second last year, first the year before, so to get there again is exciting,” said Old Rochester girls’ coach Cindy Tilden. “It’s exhausting.”
The Bulldogs showed their strength in the 4 x 200-meter relay, an event Tilden said her team was relying on for a chance at winning the meet. Morgan DaSilva, Hannah Walsh, Paige Santos, and Ally Saccone put together a time of 1:49.60, edging Uxbridge at the finish line. Despite the strong showing there, Tilden knew her team would need to hang on late.
“I just try to hopefully plan the relays the right way so that they’ll get in a place where they can score, so collectively that will add up,” said Tilden.
In the end, Tilden’s team did enough to hang on. Ipswich finished third in the final race, that 4 x 400, but it wasn’t enough to push it ahead of Old Rochester.
Tilden believes her team’s numbers will be a strength the rest of the season.
“I think it shows that we have a lot of depth,” she said. “I have a lot of people that I can pull from to put them in different events.’’
Ursuline Academy’s Amy Piccolo and Merissa Wright were part of two relay teams that broke meet records: the girls’ 1,600 sprint medley (4:17.84) and girls’ 4 x 400 relay (4:06.67). In the girls’ 4 x 800 relay, Kylie Chartier, Anna Capps, Renee Capps, and Krista Webb of Narragansett ran the fastest indoor time in Massachusetts this season with their 9:32.27, according to MSTCA officials.
In the girls’ 4 x 50 shuttle dash, Uxbridge’s time of 25.00 topped the record set by Foxboro in 2004.
The Weston boys’ title was keyed by a win in the 4 x 50 shuttle dash and second-place finishes in the 4 x 50 shuttle hurdle, long jump, and 4 x 200.
The Newburyport distance medley team of Joe Santo, James Nutter, Sawyer Updike, and Nick Carleo, finished in 10:52.78, besting the meet record set by Hudson in 2009.
Meet host Seekonk finished in third place with 30 points, and scored a win in the boys’ shot put with senior Nate Robitaille leading the way.