By Nick Curcuru
---- — Saturday’s Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association (MSTCA) Meet served as a preview for what next month’s state meets have in store.
For the Gloucester boys and girls, it was their first chance to show how they stack up with the state’s best. As it turned out, Gloucester showed that it can hang with the best of the best as there were several strong performances in the boys meet at New Bedford High School and the girls meet at Somerville High School.
“Great day all around,” Gloucester head coach Jeff Destino said. “Everyone who competed yesterday earned spots to compete and proved that Gloucester track and field is alive and well. We had more state qualifying times and personal bests throughout the day which is always a great thing.”
Leading the charge for Gloucester this weekend was the distance runners on the boys side and the sprinters on the girls side.
Jacob Holscher continued his strong senior campaign with a second place finish in the mile (4:27.03). Sophomore Everest Crawford continues to make noise at the state level turning in a third place finish in the 800 with a personal best time of 1:57.59.
Matt Carpenter placed sixth in the 800 also turning in a personal best with a time of 1:58.18. Noah Mondello also had a PR with a time of 4:38.92 in the mile.
On the girls side Bianca Giacalone competed in two races turning in a personal best time in the 200 (26.32), good for a 10th place finish, she also finished 17th in the 100 with a time of 13.14.
Elle Wierbicky also had a strong day in the 200 with a 13th place finish (26.91).
“It’s particularly nice to see the distance boys and the girls sprinters continue to perform well,” Destino said.
Noah Hillier, the only sophomore competing in the discus, finished 14th in the event with a time of 124’4 1/2” while the boys 4x400 relay team of Holscher, Crawford, Carpenter and Josh Rudolph turned in a seventh place finish with a time of 3:36.26.
Fiona Davis finished ninth in the 2-mile with a personal best time of 11:45.91, Kaci Quinn also turned in a personal best time in the 2-mile (12:37.5).
Liz McCormack continued her stellar senior campaign with a 9th place finish in the discus (100’), Megan Clark finished 14th in the mile (5:34.61) and the 4x800 relay team of Davis, Clark, Anna Heffernan and Sabrina Marnoto came in with a state qualifying time of 10:28.34.
Gloucester now turns its attention to Marblehead for the biggest meet of the season on Tuesday. Both the Magicians boys and girls teams are unbeaten on the season. The Gloucester boys can clinch a share of the Northeastern Conference title with a win.