The Malden High School boys track team has ended a successful season with a record of 3-1. Unfortunately, their second meet against Cambridge, an unexpected loss, ended their Greater Boston League (GBL) champion title. Disappointment flooded the air, but the team stuck together and stayed strong. Overall, they have improved and worked hard throughout the season. Even with the construction at McDonald Stadium, the team was not fazed and practiced just as hard to beat Medford at their last meet. The boys are still optimistic and preparing for summer running.
The past few meets were invitationals for runners that qualified and for the relay team. The boys 4×100 relay team did very well with a record of 53.32 seconds with senior runners Eddie Fisher, O’Shane McCreath, junior Franklin Huynh, and freshman Ralph Dupervil. Many runners at invitationals beat records and made it to states the following weekend. McCreath and Huynh qualified for states in the 100 and 200 meter dashes. McCreath also placed sixth place at the Division 1 state meet. Fisher and Dupervil also qualified for states in the 400 meter hurdles. Dupervil also qualified for the 110-meter hurdles and became ranked number one freshman in New England in the 110-meter hurdles with a record of 16.09 seconds and in the 400-meter hurdles with a record of 60.6 seconds. For the distance team, senior Yusuf Mohamed qualified for the Division 1 meet for the two-mile race. It was an exciting moment for many runners who qualified for invitationals or states and for runners who also beat their personal records. Especially the seniors because they will not be returning to the team.
Even though the season has come to an end, many runners still practice so that they can maintain their running abilities and improve. Taking a few days or weeks off from running can really make a difference on performance later on if an athlete decides to run again. That is why most of the runners try to continue to train regularly. The next season is cross country so they are in the process of running longer to prepare themselves and to build their stamina. Many of the runners switch to running for hours instead of their usual jog during track.
There are many seniors departing now that the end of the season has arrived. They will be dearly missed, but their impact will withstand the test of time. For example, senior William Wong has provided his “leadership” to the freshman in the mile and two mile, says Coach David Londino. He helped many of the freshman build their stamina. Many other seniors have also made an impact on the team.
With the season being officially over the boys track team will take a break and then get ready for summer running coming up. They are very proud of each other for putting in all their effort this season and for ending strong. Many of the boys are very dedicated and strive to get better for future seasons.
March 2013** Correction: Page 12 should say "Class of 2014 Presents..."**