The Silver Lake boys’ and girls’ track teams took to the track and proved they have some of the best runners in the state.
On Sunday, Feb. 19, top performing individuals from the two teams gathered at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston to show what they could do compared to their peers statewide. Certainly, they gave it their best effort.
On the girls side, sophomore Ali McDonough made Lakers history which goes down as the biggest achievement — team or individual — for the Lakers. She set a school record with her 55-meter hurdle run (9.21 seconds), topping the record set by Ali Supple in 2012. She also placed 23rd in the 55-meter dash (7.78)
Long distance runner Ali Gavigan competed in the 2-mile run and came in 14th among competitors (12:34.77).
As a team, the Lakers girls team competed in the 4×200 meter relay. They finished 16th overall (1:56.28).
The team also had a pair of field event competitors with Tess Lalley and Karen Ho in the long jump. Lalley placed 20th (13 feet 3 ¼ inches) and Ho came in 21st with a near-identical jump (13-03).
On the boys side, Max LaFerrara earned a 26th place finish in the 55-meter dash (7.04) while Max Shirikjian took 17th in the 300-meter dash (38.61). Shirikjian also did the long jump and earned a 14th place finish (19-02.50).
John McCarthy and Brian Sherry ran the 55-meter hurdles and came in 16th (8.55) and 24th (9.01) respectively.
As a team, the Lakers competed in two events: the 4×200 relay and the 4×400 relay. The 4×200 was their better event as they snagged a 10th place finish (1:37.48). In the 4×400, they came in 17th (3.47.78).
Neither the boys nor girls squads qualified anyone for All-States, which effectively ends both their seasons.