A few dedicated Weston High School sprinter/jumpers decided to compete over the vacation in the Holiday Qualifier, an all-comers meet that provides an opportunity for sprinters/jumpers to get a good time on the fast Reggie Lewis track in Boston.
For the girls, senior Kayla Lawrence made the best of her experience, winning the Long Jump with a season-best 16’ 10” and finishing second in the 55-Meter Dash with a time of 7.83. Lawrence's Long Jump was a top 15 in Massachusetts performance.
Also performing well for the girls, sophomore Brianna Schwartz won her 55M heat (8.04) and finished eighth overall.
On the boys side, senior Geoffrey Pendergast battled last year’s All-State’s runner-up, JD Greenfield of Reading down the back stretch in the 600-Meter but couldn’t hold Greenfield off. Pendergast had to settle for second with a time of 1:26.18, still a top 15 in Massachusetts time, top in Division 4 and good enough for a MileSplit U.S. 2nd Team Elite time.
Junior Brian Yue competed in the 55M Hurdles and posted a personal best time of 9.65 for 30th place overall. Yue also posted a personal best in the Long Jump (16’ 3.25”).
In the 55-Meter Dash, sophomore Collins Ebozue finished fifth overall (6.89) and just off his season best. Additionally, junior Josh Breneville finished 30th (7.27).
The Weston boys team routed Wayland 63-33, and the Weston girls slipped by Wayland 49-43.
Weston Boys took the top two places in the 55-Meter Dash (Collins Ebozue, Josh Breneville), top two places in the 300M (Christian Rougeau, Ebozue), first in the 600M (Geoffrey Pendergast), top two places in 100M (Connor James, Eli Curme), first in the Mile (Matt Herzig), first in the 2 Mile (Herzig), 2nd & 3rd in the 55M Hurdles (Ken Tsui, Marquis Williams), 2nd & 3rd in the Long Jump (Rougeau, Williams), 1st & 3rd in the Shot Put (Blake Asis, Ojo Olubiyi). Weston also beat Wayland in the 4x200 and 4x400 (Rogeau, James, Geoffrey Ziobro, Pendergast) Relays.
Weston Girls took the top two places in the 55 Meter Dash (Kayla Lawrence, Katie Marlow-Benedick), 2nd in the 300M (Sarah Peters), 3rd in the 600M (Hannah Kelsey), top three spots in 1000M (Abigail Pohl, Lina Makino, Madeleine Chase), 1st in the Mile (Edom Wessenyeleh), 3rd in the 55M Hurdles (Bailey Bickford), 1st in High Jump (Fini Bichara), 2nd & 3rd in Long Jump (Kayla Lawrence, Catherine Cebulla), top two spots in Shot Put (Ariana Vasquez, Jasmine Austrie)
It’s early in the Winter Track season but several athletes have already qualified for the Division 4 State Championships: 55 Meters: Lawrence, Schwartz, Marlow-Benedick, Ebozue, Shytle, Breneville. 300 Meters: Rougeau, Ebozue, Peters. 600 Meters: Pohl, Pendergast. 1000 Meters: Wessenyeleh, Pohl, James, Curme. 1 Mile: Wessenyeleh, Curme, Herzig. 2 mile: Herzig. Long Jump: Shytle, Rougeau, Lawrence, Cebulla. Both Boys & Girls 4 x 400 relays and 4 x 200 relays have also qualified.
According to Coach John Monz, the girls’ 4 x 200 relay time of 1:50.47 is Weston’s fastest since 2009. The time is less than two seconds off the school record of 1:48.60 set in 1997.
Up next for the team is the Red Auerbach Freshman-Sophomore Meet on Saturday, Jan. 5 at Reggie Lewis followed by a dual meet Wednesday, Jan. 9 versus Concord-Carlisle at Boston University.