, Newburyport, MA

February 16, 2013

Gloucester track to take on Division's best this weekend

By Nick Curcuru
Sports Editor

---- — 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.”

The Gloucester girls are led by a pair of No. 9 seeds in Bianca Giacalone in the 300m and Liz McCormack in the shot put.

Giacalone comes into the meet off the heels of a second place performance in the Northeastern Conference meet, a race where she bested her own school record (42.56).

McCormack capped off an unbeaten season in conference play against Lynn English last week and she has been consistently topping 33’ all season long.

“Bianca is running her best right now,” head coach Liz Moran said. “And I’m excited to see what Liz can do on a state level after a great regular season.”

Also competing for Gloucester is the 4x200m relay team, seeded 14th, comprised of Elle Wierbicky, Gloria Kabulo, Timia Buckley and Giacalone. Wierbicky returned two weeks ago at the Northeastern Conference Meet after a hamstring injury kept her out of the majority of the regular season. She gave the team an instant boost at the NEC meet helping the team post its qualifying time of 1:52.95.

“Having Elle back makes our team much stronger,” Moran said. “She is a true competitor who worked hard all season long to stay motivated and get back on the track. The 4x200 is a tough race that comes down to positioning and solid handoffs, anybody in the top heats could be in contention for a medal.”