On Thursday, Dec. 8, both the Silver Lake High School track teams, boys’ and girls’, started their seasons against the Duxbury Green Dragons at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. Both teams showed encouraging results as the boys Lakers squad edged the Green Dragons, 51-49, and the girls Laker team fell in a close one, 54-40, to the Green Dragons.
Although they won, it might come as a surprise that the boys’ team did not sweep one single event. There was not one event where they finished in the top-3 spots.
In the 55-meter dash, Christian Moran (6.87 seconds) and Max LaFerrara (6.93 seconds) had a first and third place finish respectively.
For mid-distance events, Max Shirikjian (37.75 seconds) won the 300-meter dash and Willi D’Entremont (1:31.50) took first and Tristan Arendt (1:37.82) took third respectively in the 600-meter dash.
Logan Arendt (2:55.54) finished second in the 1000-meter dash, William Felix (4:53.15) came in second in the 1-mile run while Cameron Dwyer (5:09.95) finished third. Felix also took third in the 2-mile run (10:48.89).
John McCarthy (8.90) and Brian Sherry (9.57) had top-2 finishes in the 55-meter hurdles while Gabriel Roy (34 feet and 3 inches) and Jared Dwyer (33-11) came in second and third in shot put.
LaFerrera finished second in the high jump (5-03.00). Shirikjian (21-05 and Kevin Donahue (17-05 ½) took first and third respectively in the long jump. The Laker boys won the 4×200 Relay (1:37.33).
On the girls’ side, Alison McDonough (7.87) won the 55-meter dash and Grace Gilmore (48.60) came in third in the 300-meter dash.
In long-distance events, Alison Gavigan had a strong performance in the 1-mile run (5:55.03) as she finished first in the event and Alexandra Tonsberg (13:27.40) came in second in the 2-mile run.
Jackie Damery (10.68) won the 55-meter hurdle and Nora Frizzell (11.37) came in third place in the event.
Eleanor Swanson (26-03) had the best shot put throw of the day and her teammate, Allison White, (24-10) came in third.
The Lakers finished first (McDonough, 4-07) and second (Tonsberg, 4-01) in the high jump. Tess Lally (14-00) and McDonough (13-06) finished second and third respectively in the long jump. The girls’ 4×200 relay team (2:00.44) ousted the Green Dragons’ best run in the event.