Oosting, Ar­ling­ton take D-2 Coaches Re­lays

Boston Herald - - SPORTS - By JOE REAR­DON Kyle Prud­homme con­trib­uted to this re­port.

When you have the state’s best dis­tance run­ner on your ros­ter, good things are go­ing to hap­pen on the oval.

So when Ryan Oosting took the ba­ton from team­mate Ryan Buck­ley on the an­chor leg of the 4x800 at yes­ter­day’s Div. 2 Coaches Re­lays, Ar­ling­ton had a strong shot at the meet record of 7:57.74 set by Marsh­field two years ago.

Oosting blazed through the open­ing 400 in 55 and change and pow­ered his way to an im­pres­sive 1:54.9 leg. Oosting, Buck­ley, Jeff Can­dell and Miles Har­ri­son com­bined for a win­ning time of 8:00.52, just short of the meet record, but the fastest time in Mas­sachusetts this sea­son. Welles­ley ran to a strong sec­ond-place fin­ish in 8:06.93 and Con­cord-Carlisle clinched third in 8:08.04.

The race was just the third of the sea­son for Oosting, who will com­pete in the scholas­tic mile at the New Bal­ance Grand Prix Meet on Jan. 26. He took a two-week break after cross coun­try and, with just two track work­outs un­der his belt, is run­ning on dis­tance strength from the fall.

“I felt pretty good,” he said. “The 800 is al­ways hard. Fifty-five (sec­onds) was a lit­tle fast, but I was un­der 60 for the sec­ond quar­ter so not too bad.”

Welles­ley’s boys ran away with the dis­tance med­ley, clock­ing a new meet record of 10:30.95. The Raiders’ time put them more than 15 sec­onds in front of run­ner-up Lin­coln-Sud­bury’s 10:46.30.

North An­dover brought three bus­loads of ath­letes and they all con­trib­uted, tak­ing the boys ti­tle with a whop­ping 60 points to eas­ily de­feat Cen­tral Catholic’s 47 points and give them four wins in the past five years.

Head coach Steve Nu­gent got a big day out of Peter Couros, who was part of the win­ning 4x400, 4x200 and sprint med­ley teams. North An­dover also cap­tured the long jump and shot put events.

“Our field events re­ally made the dif­fer­ence,” Nu­gent said. “Our shot put­ters had a big day. The team that does well here has a chance to do well at the state meet.”

North An­dover made it a clean sweep as Sarah Lav­ery cleared 5-5 to give the Scar­let Knights a tie for first in the high jump with Welles­ley and the team ti­tle with 53 points. The Raiders were a point back at 52, and Nat­ick (51) fin­ished third.

Boys bas­ket­ball

Matt Boen scored 14 points, in­clud­ing five of his team’s eight in over­time, as Mans­field (8-1) topped Hanover, 56-54, in a non­league matchup.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.