Rebel Runners Breeze Past Norwood

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A Walpole Runner leads the pack

Aidan Lancaster

A Walpole runner leads the pack.

The Rebels, in one of the most important meets of the year, came out with a strong performance by blowing out rival Norwood 70-18.  The Rebels had their most first place finishes of the year with eight.  Newcomer junior PJ Hayes continued to excel coming in first for the 55m as well as the Long Jump, in his first attempt.  Hayes did not break any records in the 55m, but PR’ed in the Long Jump with a distance of 19’44”.

Seniors Justin Connolly and Joey Petruzziello have continued to excel since their injurys.  Petruziello said, “this was the best victory of the season so far.”  Connolly ran the 1000 with a PR of 2:43.04.  Also,  junior Bill Rockwood came up clutch with his best performance of the year.  Rockwood agreed saying his great performance,  “could not have been against a better team.”  Rockwood recorded his first, first place finish this year by winning the 300.  He also ran the last leg of the 4×400, his first 4×400 race.  Junior Connor McCarthy continued his exceptional year coming in first for the 55mHH, and second in the Long Jump.  Senior Conor Murtagh did coming in second for the High Jump, and the 55mHH.  Unfortunately, senior Zach Ganshirt did not break any school records, but he broke his own in the 600 with a time of 1:27.12.  Junior Kevin Delaney ran a PR best mile with a time of 4:56.75, and sophomore Mike Van der Linden ran a personal best 10:58.23 in the 2 mile.  All three runners came in first for their respective races.

The Rebels trend this year has been to run for around 5 first place finishes and receive the bulk of their points with second place finishes.  Senior Chris Conley ran a PR best 1000 with a time of 2:44.31 and finished second in the 1000.   A common trend in this meet was the Rebels sweeping races and the 1000 was no exception.  Senior Matt Zampi was able to edge out a Norwood runner for a third place finish in the 1000.  Junior  Will Whearty ran an impressive 11:27.29 2 mile, a PR, wich was good enough for a second place finish.  Junior Kemble Lindh came in second place for the 300 behind Rockwood.  Lindh and Rockwood have shown promising signs for next years team because both underclassmen continue to perform at a high level.  The Rebels ended up sweeping the 300 because junior Winston Ho was able to place third.  Petruzziello came in second for the 55m behind Hayes.  Even though Petruzziello missed a good portion of the season, he has not disssapointed as he has gained at least a point in every race he has been back.  Junior Aidan Lancaster continues to throw well, gaining his first second place finish of the year with a throw of 34’2″.  Senior Ryan Morris continues to have a great final season running the 1 mile in 4:57.30, a PR.  The mile was also swept thanks to junior Sean Herlihy running a personal best 5:02.90.  Also, junior Alex Fraser came in third for the 2 mile.

Not making top three finishes, but still running personal bests in there respective races were sophomores Jon Kelland and John Barry in the 600 – as well as junior Alex Taurone and sophomore Mike Orsi in the mile.  These underclassman, running impressive PR races are proving to themselves and the coaches that they will be able to contribute a lot next year, if not at the end of this year. The Rebels have two more opponents to conquer to complete and undefeated season.  They will face their toughest team in Wellesley in their next meet.