Stoughton High's Brandon Alves improved his distance in the shot put by more than four feet from the Hockomock League Championships to last Thursday’s Division 2 MIAA Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center.
As a result, Alves finished seventh in all of Division 2, and qualified for the All-State meet on February 26, coach Harvey Blonder said.
Alves’ distance of 47’9” at the Division 2 championships was the second best output of his career. Alves finished fifth at the Hockomock Championship with a distance of 43’7”.
Nick Green also turned in his second best time in the 2-mile event, finishing in 10:03, good for 10th place at the Division 2 championships.
Blonder said Green was making an “attempt to break the school record of 9:40 held by Dave Barbato. The record has stood since 1980. Nick was on pace through the first mile, but he couldn't hold it to the finish. The short time from the league meet [Saturday, February 11] until this meet [Thursday, February 16] might have been a factor.”
“In what seemed to be a trend,” Blonder said, Wayne Barnaby also ran his second best mile ever, finishing in 4:47, and Jack D'Addieco had his second best time in the 600-meter, finishing in 1:33.
The 4 x 200-meter relay team of Pat Jackman, Lennox Green, Zach Gibb and Malachi Baugh knocked almost 2 seconds off their time, finishing in 1:37.01.
“The team which consisted of three sophomores and one junior was certainly one of the meet highlights,” Blonder said. “They should be a formidable quartet next year.”
Jackman and Baugh also ran respectably in the 55-meter dash, Blonder said. Jackman also competed in the long jump.
Finally, in the 4 x 400-meter relay, Sheldon Oliviera, Barnaby and Nick Green all ran personal bests while Jason Marshall equaled his previous best, as the team finished the event in 3:44.82.