Four members of the Silver Lake High outdoor track and field teams had an opportunity to shine this past weekend out in western Massachusetts.
The Lakers sent four athletes to the MIAA All-State meet out at Westfield State–and they enjoyed some positive results in the process.
Alex Loyd was the lone representative from the boys’ team. The senior, who is a first year member of the spring track team, came in ninth place in the triple jump (43 feet and 7.75 inches). His season is still not over as he already qualified for the New Balance Outdoor National Championship which will take place in two weeks.
On the girls side, senior Ali McDonough wrapped up her highly productive Lakers career. She took 17th place in the 100 meter hurdles (15.84 seconds).
It might have been the last event of her high school career, but she will continue running at Bridgewater State (NCAA Division III) next season. McDonough holds the Silver Lake High record for girls in the 100 meter hurdles (15.51 seconds); it was that strong performance at Div. II states which allowed her to advance to All-States as a wildcard.
The girls team also had a pair of freshman competing at All-States, indicating the future is bright for the team. Riley Paskow came in ninth place in the 400 meter dash (59.55 seconds). Meanwhile, Summer Bejarano ran the two mile and finished 21st overall (12:31.15).
It is worth noting Paskow had the top performance of any freshman in the 400 meter dash, edging out the next best freshman by 0.78 seconds. Meanwhile, Bejarano was one of just two freshmen to compete in the two-mile event. That said, both have an opportunity to continue shining and improving over the next few years for the Lakers.