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Boys’ Track looks to run the table

By Justin Quinn
Published: April 2010

The Boys’ Outdoor Track team, with wins versus Concord-Carlisle and Waltham, has begun its quest to earn another two-year undefeated streak after Acton-Boxborough snapped the run last winter.

“This season has a lot of promise; our new kids and returning veterans have all looked really good thus far, junior David Melly said. “Everyone is getting healthy, and we are really excited to get the season rolling.

The Track team, recognized for being one of the top athletic programs in South’s history, will have to work hard to reclaim the rank of top team in the Dual County League (DCL) and meet its own expectations.

“Our goals are to have an unblemished record and to win the [DCL Championship], senior and captain Ross McDonald said.

The team looks extremely different from last year, as most of the distance runners, the 4×4-meter relay squad, and a hurdler graduated last June.

“We have a lot of old people and new people who may have an impact, McDonald said.

Five of last year’s graduates were considered DCL All-Stars, and all had qualified for States.

The incoming freshmen have added depth and filled the roster spots the graduates left.

Both Deion Arneaud and Marini Lopci will be competing at the varsity level this season and look to help match the production by last year’s squad.

“The [freshmen] know what they’re doing and they’re already putting up great marks, Connolly said.

South, and Indoor Track champion Acton-Boxborough, rank atop the state and are projected to be the dominant forces in the DCL. The Lions currently hold the title as defending champions for the Outdoor Track season.

“A-B is probably our biggest competition. We just need to focus on staying healthy and keeping our training up, Melly said. “We have the talent to repeat as DCL champions right now, and for the DCL title. We have a host of talented sprinters, and a formidable 4×4 [meter relay team].

“That being said, we have the advantage of a well-rounded team, and our distance running and field events will help us out. The meet will almost definitely come down to the throwing, jumping, and vaulting events.

Although there has been success for the team thanks to some new additions, South has also been affected by injuries, a problem that any title-contender cannot afford to experience.

“One of the biggest goals this year is to make sure our runners are staying healthy, Melly said.

The Track team will be forced to continue its dominance without a home track this season. Therefore, South will not benefit from a home-field advantage, and must run on unconventional surfaces such as the other fields and the street.

Practicing and training without a proper track increases the risk of injury and proves as a disadvantage.

“[Track] members now have to run on unconventional surfaces, such as the street and fields to work out, Melly said. “Now that we don’t have a track, we have to be prepared to run on any surface. We lost one of our best 800 runners for a while in indoor due to an injury so now we gotta make sure were staying healthy in order to win, junior Eugene Peng said.

Despite this, the team is looking solid, is expecting to be undefeated as they were last season, and is optimistic for this year.

“We have a shot at winning the [Dual County League Championship], McDonald said. “People need to step up and we need to do what we are capable of. Basically, just execute up to our expectations. 

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