Watertown High track running in high gear
Record performances by DallaCosta, Powderly highlight impressive day for WHS at Division 4 meet; All-States on tap this weekend
June 5, 2015376 Views
The Watertown High outdoor track team has zoomed into statewide conversation as having some of the best athletes in the state.
On Wednesday, June 3, a small group of students who qualified for the MIAA Division 4 track championships took to Norwell High School to compete for titles and placements and to move onto All-States coming up this Saturday.
The main talk before the event? How annoying the weather was going from warm to cold, back and forth. Nerves were high all round, but that didn’t keep these runners from slowing down.
Athletes for the WHS girls team included Elizabeth Powdery, Katherine Tolman, Tina Touri, Emily Koufos, Keegan and Grace Duguay, Molly Day, Gabriella Cacia, Janaki Thangaraj, Hannah Cook, Hannah McCall, and Melanie Alberico.
Powderly, Touri, Tolman, and Koufos were in the first event, the 4×800-meter relay, starting the competition off on a high note when they placed second in 9 minutes 48.75 seconds. With that time, they qualified to compete in All-States this Saturday. Even more exciting, the team also qualified for Nationals in North Carolina on June 19.
Powderly, a freshman, set a Watertown High record in the 2-mile, finishing in 11:53.65 and placing ninth out of 27 girls.
“Running with all the girls in the 2 mile was such an unreal experience,’’ she said. “It was a long eight laps, but it goes a lot faster than you think.”
Tolman ran in the 400 and placed third with a time of 1:00.23. In the 800, Koufos ran 2:22.85, placing fifth, and Keegan Duguay placed seventh in the 100-meter hurdles finals with a time of 16.72.
The girls’ 4×400 team (Cook, McCall, Thangaraj, and Day) ran a 4:40.72 and finished 24th, while the girls’ 4×100 (Alberico, Keegan and Grace Duguay, Cacia) finished 21st with a time of 55.13.
The boys’ team also scored well this meet, with competitors such as Prosper Lubega, Nate Ryan, James Piccirilli, David Conlon, Vasken Kebabjian, Jeremy Breen, Farid Mawanda, Cyril Brutus, and Amin Touri.
Also representing Watertown High was senior Brian DallaCosta, who won the outdoor pentathlon, an event that is made up of the shot put, 100-meter hurdles, long jump, high jump, and the 1,500. He finished first with 2,907 points, breaking the meet record of 2,609 he set last year.
Junior Amin Touri took second in the 800 with a time of 2:00.13. Lubega tied for second in the high jump by clearing 6 feet (his personal record) and placed sixth in the 400 hurdles with a time of 59.97.
Breen, Touri, and Lubega ran with Kebabjian in the 4×400 relay and finished second with a time of 3:34.52.
Breen placed 13th in the mile (4:47.51) as the Watertown boys’ finished fifth overall with 36 points. The WHS girls were 11th with 20 points.
The All-States this Saturday are next for Tolman, Lubega, DallaCosta, Amin Touri, the girls’ 4×800 team, and the boys 4×400 team.
For some of the athletes, the meet was the end of a great season. If you ask anyone on the track team what is life, almost 100 percent of the time they will say, “Track is life.” The WHS competitors at the Division 4 meet truly embodied that in their performances.
When Powderly was asked about the season as a whole, she said, “I think our outdoor season went really well, both the boys and the girls. Both teams got really good individual times and our relay teams are really strong,’’ she said. “I hope for next year we can win some dual meets.”
But next year they will be without their seniors.
“We are really gonna miss Tina, Molly, Keegan, and Sahar [Khan, one of the WHS captains]. They were not only really strong runners, but always really supportive and close friends.”
–June 4, 2015–
Alexis Caira is a veteran member of the Raider Times staff (2014-17).