They were the top seed going in to the outdoor track state championship, and Bishop Hendricken’s quartet of sprinters didn’t disappoint.
The 4x100 team of Marco DelVecchio, John Cute, Power Kanga and Lee Moses made the most of their opportunity, setting a new personal best and breaking the school record in the process, all while taking first place in the state.
Winning a state title was another notch in that group’s belt, as it also won the title at the Central Division meet and the Class A meet.
Hendricken may not have won the team state title, but the 4x100 team did more than its part.
“They have complete dedication to track,” Hendricken head coach Jim Doyle said. “When they go out there, they set some goals. We have that school record in the 4x100 and they wanted to break it.”
The team – which ran together the whole season – shattered its qualifying time at state, as it went from a 43.20 to a 42.61. DelVecchio ran the first leg, followed by Cute, Kanga and Moses.
While Moses, Kanga and Cute have been heavily successful in track in the past, DelVecchio – a football standout – stepped up to make the team complete.
“I think Marco DelVecchio wasn’t expected,” Doyle said. “He just was perfect. He self-dedicated and worked tremendously hard at becoming a better runner. He was an integral part of that team.”
DelVecchio was a senior, while Cute was a junior and Kanga and Moses were sophomores. Regardless of age differences, they came together on the track to produce a state championship.
“The thing that was amazing for me was that those guys were perfect every time,” Doyle said. “They never dropped the baton.”
And, with just DelVecchio being lost to graduation, the other three should have a tremendous chance to team up with someone else next year and try to claim the crown again.
“There will be some great competition for that fourth spot,” Doyle said. “Those guys will just get better and better.”