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February 16, 2013

Gloucester track to take on Division's best this weekend

The Gloucester boys and girls track teams already proved themselves during the Northeastern Conference season this winter. On Sunday 13 Fishermen runners and throwers will get the chance to see where they stand at the state level in the Division 2 State Championship Meet at the Reggie Lewis Track and Field Center in Boston (1:00 p.m.).

Two weeks after turning in a second place performance in the Northeastern Conference Championship Meet, the Gloucester boys will send eight runners to compete against the best of the best in Division 2 on Sunday. The Gloucester girls will send five runners to Sunday’s meet.

The boys will be led by a quartet of distance/middle distance runners, all of whom are competing individually and as a team in the 4x800m relay.

Sophomore Everest Crawford leads the way for the Fisherman as the No. 2 seed in the 1,000m with a qualifying time of 2:34.96. Senior Noah Mondello is the No. 3 seed in the 2-mile (9:49.44), senior Matt Carpenter is seeded seventh in the 600m (1:24.88), an event that appears to have a very tightly contested field, and senior Jacob Holscher enters as the No. 8 seed in the mile (4:33.28).

Crawford, Mondello, Carpenter and Holscher also comprise the 4x800m relay team, which will enter Sunday’s meet as the No. 2 seed with a legitimate chance to take home first place.

The Gloucester boys will also be sending the 4x400m relay team of Mark Horgan, Tyler Muensaveng, John Curcuru and James King. The 4x400 team enters the meet as the No. 14 seed.

“The boys are healthy and in great shape. They are hungry to compete at a high level and want to do excellent,” Gloucester boys head coach Jeff Destino said. “In each event other than the 4x400 we are seeded in the top 10 and should have reason to be excited about the possibility of scoring some points.”

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