Friday, 26 April 2013 00:00
The Manhasset Boys Varsity Track & Field team opened up their conference season in fine fashion, earning convincing victories over Lynbrook, Glen Cove and Plainedge high schools on a cold, blustery afternoon on the south shore. The Indians’ wins came as a result of a balanced attack, scoring points in nearly all of the 16 contested events.
Senior captain Matthew Wilshere led the way, anchoring the 4x400m relay time in a personal best split of 54.3, after recording wins in both the 400m Intermediate Hurdles (61.1) and 110m High Hurdles (17.8). Taquan Thomas was the team’s top point scorer, with 16 points, earning the top spot in the 400m (53.4) and 200m (24.1) while adding a second place finish in the triple jump (34’8.75”) in his first attempt at that event. Brad Spilka also turned in a solid performance, finishing third in the 400m IH, second in the long jump, and anchoring the 4x100m relay to a second-place finish. Martin Weismann won the high jump (5’6”) for his first ever varsity meet victory.
In the distance races, Matthew Weilep (10:48) and Tommy Fruhauf both scored in the 3200m, with Weilep, who also scored in the mile, taking the win; John Marcucci led all Manhasset scorers in the 800 (2:13), finishing just inches ahead of senior teammate Jeffrey Nan, to record a personal best before helping lead his team to victory in the 4x800m relay. Stephen Bourguet took the win in the 1600m.
Many newcomers this season have already begun to make a name for themselves. Sophomore newcomer Willy McNamara took second in the 1600m as he continued his impressive start, nipping at the heels of senior distance standout Steve Bourguet to record his second straight sub-5:00 mile to begin his track career. McNamara would later come back to anchor the 4x800m relay to the win. Freshman Griffin Wilson has taken quickly to the jumping events, leaping 32’8” in the triple jump to score in his first varsity meet.
The Indians will look to continue their impressive start as they battle their remaining conference opponents throughout the month of April before embarking on the championship portion of the season.