The Gloucester boys track team broke into the win column on Monday with a 73-8 win over Winthrop at the Benjamin A. Smith Fieldhouse.
The Vikings were severely undermanned so a win for Gloucester was evident, but the Fishermen still put forth some personal bests in the process.
“I give the Winthrop coaches and athletes a lot of credit for the work they do,” Gloucester head coach Jeff Destino said. “But it’s hard for them to compete with such a small team.”
Gloucester, which improves to 1-2 on the season, was led by Jared Marshall, who tied his personal best time in the hurdles with a time of 7.1, good for first place. John Curcuru won the dash with a personal best time of 5.7, Mark Horgan won the 300 with a personal best time of 40.1 and Matt Carpenter drew praise from Destino for his first place and personal best time in the 600 (1:28).
The Gloucester girls had another thrilling meet on Monday, but this time they came away with a 47-39 win. The Gloucester girls lost in dramatic fashion to Danvers last week after a controversial photo finish in the meet-deciding relay.
On Monday the meet once again came down to the relay and this time Gloucester left no doubts as the quartet of Timia Buckley, Zoe Cortizo, Corinne DeLouise and Bianca Giacalone came away with the win and the important five points.
Once again Giacalone came through with a big anchor leg closing a deficit by the first lap.
“She wasn’t going to be denied twice in a row,” head coach Liz Moran said of Giacalone, who nearly closed a big gap against Danvers last week but finished just short in the eyes of the officials. “She ran another great leg. She took off like it was a 50 yard dash and kept it going.”