Indoor track teams win their way to postseason.
HOLDEN - The Wachusett Regional indoor track teams, both boys and girls, recently completed an excellent dual meet season.
The boys were 7-1 overall and 5-1 in the Mid-Wach A League, while the girls were unbeaten overall 7-0 and 6-0 in the league.
Now both teams, with an impressive combined overall record of 14-1, are preparing for the league and Central Mass. championship meets scheduled at the Doug Grutchfield Field House at Fitchburg High School on the next two Saturdays.
The boys' team, coached by Kevin Briggs, began its dual meet season in mid-December with a convincing win over Leominster. Then came consecutive victories over St. John's, North Middlesex, Shrewsbury, Milford, Fitchburg and Doherty.
Last week in the boys' final dual meet against Algonquin, it all came down to the final, 1,600-meter relay with the meet tied at 43-43 before the Tomahawks edged out the Mountaineers.
Senior captains for the boys' team are Hayden Frechette-McCall, Sam Mayo, Mario Otchere and Matt Tinsley.
In the meet against Shrewsbury, Wachusett pulled out the victory with an exciting win in the final relay. "It was within 10 points, and it came down to that relay before we won it," Briggs said. "It was a great race."
Like the boys, the girls' team, coached by Mike O'Malley, kept chalking up dual meet victories beginning with the first back in December against Leominster. The closest meet for the Wachusett girls came against Shrewsbury with the Mountaineers winning by only 9 points, 50-41.
Senior captains for the girls' team are Gena Catalucci, Katie Dion, Meaghan Dowd and Laura Williamson.
"We have a lot of strong seniors," said O'Malley. "And the other kids are coming along pretty well, too."
Both coaches agreed that the dual meet against Shrewsbury was the season's most exciting, with the boys race coming down to the 1,600-meter final relay and the Mountaineers pulling out the close win.
In the final dual meet against Algonquin, a 58-33 victory for the Mountaineers, Rebecca Skodis won the mile, Jasmine Cook won the 600 and took second in the 55 dash, Amy Collins won the high jump and 300, and Williamson took first place in the 1,000.
At last weekend's Mass. Coaches Elite Meet at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, Wachusett sophomore Colleen Sands won the 2-mile in an impressive time of 11 minutes, 34.9 seconds, while teammate Amy Collins won a jump-off to claim the gold medal gold in the high jump, clearing 5 feet, 4 inches. Collins, along with Cook, Dowd and Williamson, also helped the Mountaineers to first place in the 800 relay with a school record 1:47.18.Starring for the boys against Algonquin were Mike Owusu, second place in the 55 dash; Justin Conor, second, and Brandon Smith, third, in the 55 hurdles; Mayo third in the 600; Frechette-McCall first in the 300; and Tai Ash third in the shotput.
PHOTOG: JAY GEARAN
CUTLINE: The captains of Wachusett Regional High School's indoor track teams, front row, from left, Laura Williamson, Katie Dion, Meaghan Dowd and Gena Catalucci; back row, Mario Otchere, Hayden Frechette-McCall, Matt Tinsley and Sam Mayo.