The Pilgrim boys took a backseat to Toll Gate in the fall cross country season, finishing behind the Titans in the dual-meet standings and in the city meet.
But with sprinters and throwers coming into the mix for indoor and outdoor track, the Patriots have been in the driver’s seat, finishing second in the indoor track division championships and getting off to a strong start this spring. It continued Tuesday, as the Pats surged past Toll Gate and Vets to capture the city championship.
“I think we went out and did what we set out to do, which was to win a championship and keep these guys motivated,” said Pilgrim head coach Mike Daniels. “We’ve got a larger team compared with the other two schools, so we knew we would have the edge, and it went pretty much like we thought. My sprint team and my throwers did a great job.”
Pilgrim beat Toll Gate 84-58 and topped Vets 112-15.
On the girls’ side, Toll Gate captured the title with an 81-72 victory over Pilgrim and a 126-13 win over Vets. The Titans won 10 events to hold off a strong charge from Pilgrim.
Sprinters, throwers come through for Pats
The Pilgrim boys targeted Tuesday’s meet as a key one in the season. While every team in the state mostly focuses on gearing up for postseason meets, the Pats looked at the city meet as an opportunity to stay motivated – and pick up some bragging rights along the way.
“I always want to keep the guys motivated and I tell them this is a unique thing,” Daniels said. “You don’t get to have a city championship anywhere else, so it’s a big meet. It’s nice to be a part of.”
And for the Pats, it was nice to do well.
On the track, it was Pilgrim’s strong core of sprinters that led the way. In the 100 meters, Derek Daluz took first in 11.2 seconds, Steve Croft was right behind him in second at 11.3 and Phil Tantimonico took third in 11.8.
Croft won the 200 in 23.4 seconds with teammate Carl Sjogren taking second in 23.8. And in the 400, Sjogren, Tantimonico and Cameron Devine went one-two-three.
The Pats also won the 4x100 relay, with Croft, Tantimonico, Daluz and Sjogren crossing the line in 44.3 seconds.
“My sprint guys all stepped up,” Daniels said. “It’s a personal thing for them. They want to run well and represent their school. We shoot for certain meets, and it’s nice for them to have a little extra motivation.”
Other strong performances on the track came from Brian Masse, who took fifth in the 800 and sixth in the 1,500, and from Sam Eleuterio, who grabbed fourth in the 800. Devine added a seventh-place finish in the 3,000. Matt Enos and John Martinez finished second and third in the 300 hurdles.
The Pats also did a lot of damage in the throwing events. They took first place in each of the four and had 11 top-five finishes.
Junior Peter Golish was the top performer. He won the discus with a throw of 115 feet, 8 inches and also took first in the shot put with a best of 39 feet, 9.5 inches. Golish also placed second in the hammer throw and third in the javelin.
The other winners for Pilgrim were Daluz, who threw 139 feet, 5.5 inches to capture the javelin, and Kevin Conner, who threw 144 feet to place first in the hammer.
Also for the Pats, Dan Johnston took second in the discus, fifth in the javelin, fifth in the hammer and fifth in the shot put. Alex Malm added a second place in the shot put and Dylan Gardner took fourth in the discus.
“Our throwers got 32 of our points against Toll Gate and 35 against Vets, so they were huge,” Daniels said. “My throws coach Jason Huddon has been doing a great job, and the guys have all been helping out.”
Pilgrim picked up some points in the jumps as well. Anthony Souza won the triple jump with a best of 36.4, Enos took second and Martinez finished third. Souza also won the long jump, with Daluz taking second and Martinez taking third.
Toll Gate couldn’t match Pilgrim’s depth but delivered some solid performances and beat Vets 78-27.
The distance corps led the charge for Toll Gate. In the 800, the Titans took four of the top six spots, with Javier Restrepo winning in 2:08.6, Evan Carley taking second, Brandon Golda placing third and Brock Massa finishing sixth. The Titans also took four of the top six in the 3,000, with Joe Frost winning in 10:03.7, Henry Smithers taking second, Ben Dinobile taking third and Alex Pires finishing sixth.
In the 1,500, the Titans were even better, getting five finishers across before anybody else. Smithers won in 4:20.3, Frost was second, Dinobile took third, Massa finished fourth and Pat Rocchio placed fifth.
Also on the track, the Titans won the 4x400 relay and Tom Martella won both hurdles events.
Tyler Inkley led the throwing team with a second-place finish in the javelin and a third in the discus. Dan Josephson added a third in the shot put, with James Norman finishing fourth and Will Downie taking sixth. In the hammer, Cory Duquette placed third, Norman took fourth and Josephson finished sixth. Matt Cullen added a sixth in the discus.
Toll Gate’s Max Procopio was the only competitor in the pole vault and cleared nine feet. In the long jump, the Titans were led by Restrepo and Martella, who finished fifth and sixth.
Vets was led by sophomore Stephen Fancher, who placed in three events. He took third in the 200 and fourth in both the 100 and the long jump.
Also for Vets, Ian Anderson and Evan Anderson took fourth and fifth in the 3,000, Nick Howe tied for fourth in the 200 and Jamie Buteau placed fifth in the 100. In the throwing events, Brian Schofield placed fourth in the javelin and fifth in the discus, while Drew Haxton finished sixth in the javelin.
Titans edge Pats for girls’ crown
Toll Gate has been among the top girls’ programs in the state in recent years, and while Pilgrim made a strong run Tuesday, the Titans maintained their status as the best in the city.
Senior standout Jordan Gray paced the Titans with three first-place finishes. She won the 100 in 13 seconds, captured the 200 in 27.3 and took first in the 400 in 60.2.
The Titans also had some versatile performers who came up big. Shannon Garvey and Kathleen Morlock each had four place finishes to their names. Garvey won the 300 hurdles, took second in the 100 hurdles, third in the high jump and fourth in the triple jump. Morlock won the 100 hurdles, took first in the pole vault, placed second in the 300 hurdles and finished third in the long jump.
The Titans had several other strong performances on the track. Tess Russo won the 1,500 in 5:20.1, with Haley Moen placing second and Erika Pena taking third. Elena Chace added a sixth. In the 800, Moen, Pena and Russo went two-three-four with Katie Lavallee finishing fifth. Stine Hildeness, Jess Cawley and Casey Soares took third, fourth and fifth in the 3,000, Nora Hall finished second in the 400 and fifth in the 200, Haley Rouleau placed fourth in the 400, and Jordan Inkley grabbed fifth in the 100 hurdles. The Titans also won the 4x400 relay.
Pena led the way in the jumps, clearing 4 feet, 10 inches to win the high jump. Inkley and Rouleau finished fourth and fifth in the long jump.
Inkley also finished second in the pole vault, with Casey Soares taking third.
The Titans were also strong in the throws, with Katie St. Amand and Alyssa Jordan leading the way. St. Amand won the javelin, took second in the shot put and finished third in both the discus and the hammer. Jordan placed fourth in the javelin and fifth in the shot put and the discus. Also for the Titans, Victoria Bucci took fifth in the hammer and Arielle Frank finished sixth in the discus and the javelin.
Pilgrim made its charge thanks in large part to big performances in the throws and the jumping events.
Senior Maggie Dufault was the top performer with first-place finishes in three events. She won the shot put with a best of 33 feet, 11 inches, took the discus with a toss of 102.11 and won the hammer with a throw of 148.4. Dufault also placed third in the javelin.
Teammate Destinee Barrette wasn’t far behind Dufault, finishing second in the discus and the hammer and third in the shot put. Clare Birney added a second place in the javelin, with Mackenzie Caron taking fifth. Madison Caron had fourth-place finishes in both the discus and the hammer while Olivia DeLuca took fourth in the shot put.
Sophomore Becca O’Donnell was also a standout for the Pats, winning both the long jump and the triple jump. O’Donnell also finished third in the 200.
Freshman Melanie Brunelle won the 800 – the only event the Pats won on the track – while also taking second in the high jump and the triple jump.
In other strong jumping performances, Breyon Brown took second in the long jump, Emma Mascoli finished third in the triple jump and Jen King took sixth in the triple jump.
Mascoli helped lead the way on the track with third-place finishes in both the 100 hurdles and the 300 hurdles. King took fourth in the 100 hurdles and fifth in the 300 hurdles, while Julia Mazzei was sixth in the 100 hurdles.
Brown finished just behind Toll Gate’s Gray for second in the 100, Birney took third, DeLuca was fourth, Brianna Tuscani finished fifth and Savannah Smith grabbed sixth. Birney also took second in the 200, with O’Donnell in third, Brown in fourth and DeLuca tying for sixth.
Natalie Tocco was a standout in the distance events, finishing second in the 3,000 and fourth in the 1,500. Erin Phaneuf added a third in the 400, Julissa Gonzalez took fifth in the 400 and Megan Wilks finished fifth in the 1,500. The Pats also won the 4x100 relay.
Vets was led by junior Katie Evans, who captured the team’s only first-place finish of the day. She won the 3,000 in 11:48.3.
Also for Vets, Katelyn Ravenell took fourth in the 300 hurdles, Katelyn Johnston took sixth in the 800, Angie Marcks finished sixth in the 3,000 and Abby Paul tied for sixth in the 200.
Bria McAloon led the Vets throwers with a sixth in the hammer, while Hunter Bastan did well in the jumps, placing fifth in the triple jump and sixth in the long jump.