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.”
Giacalone also won the 300 for Gloucester while Buckley took home a big second place finish in the 50 yard dash. Gloucester finished first and second in the 50, an event that was going to be tight and could have gone either way according to Moran, as Gloria Kabulo came away with a first place finish in the event.
Liz McCormack won the shot put while Sabrina Marnoto drew praise from Moran for a second place finish in the 1,000 shaving five seconds off her personal best time.
“It was a great meet for us,” Moran said. “It was nice to see a lot of runners step up because we needed every point we got.”
Gloucester improves to 2-1 with the win.
Both teams will be in action this weekend at the Red Auerbach State Freshman/Sophomore meet at the Reggie Lewis track in Boston. Gloucester’s next Northeastern Conference meet will be next Wednesday against Swampscott.