By Nick Curcuru
---- — To say the Gloucester track team had a strong day at this weekend’s Northeastern Conference Freshman/Sophomore meet at Manning Field in Lynn would be a severe understatement.
The Gloucester boys came away with a second place finish behind first place Peabody while the girls squad finished in fourth place which was a big improvement over scores from recent years.
“This is a great meet for the younger members of the team because they get to compete against their peers and it’s a nice preview of what teams will look like for the next few years,” Gloucester head coach Jeff Destino said. “It’s exciting to watch the kids compete the way they did yesterday.”
Stealing the show for the Fishermen on Saturday were sophomores Everest Crawford and Jared Favazza in the 800 and javelin respectively. Crawford, who was apart of Gloucester’s record breaking 4x400 relay team last week, took home the gold with a time of 1:58.8. Favazza, on the other hand, took home first place in the javelin with a throw of 147’2”.
The gold medal performances were impressive enough, but Crawford and Favazza took it one step further as Saturday’s time and throw are the tops in the entire state for freshman and sophomores this spring.
The Gloucester boys took home three more first place finishes from Willy Pierce in the 2-mile (10:40), Noah Hillier in the discus and the 4x400 relay team.
Earning silver medals for the Gloucester boys were Nate Evans in the mile (4:55.6, PR), Dan Carpenter in the 800 (2:06.6), Jake Schrock in the discus javelin (125’9”), Aiden Lyons in the discus (110’1”) and the 4x800 relay team.
The Fishermen finished with 134 points, just seven points behind the first place Tanners.
On the girls side Hannah Pastagal took home a gold medal in the shot put with a throw of 89’1”. Megan Clark won the mile with a time of 5:36. Gloucester also got silver medal performances from the 4x100 relay team of Kayla Nasser, Timia Buckley, Gloria Kabulo and Zoe Cortizo with a time of 54.5 and Kabulo in the 200 with a time of 27.8. Cortizo also turned in a strong performance in the 400 with a time of 65.1, good for bronze.
The Gloucester girls finished the meet with a solid 63 points behind only first place Peabody, second place Marblehead and third place Danvers.