By Jack O’Meara
Walpole Middle School Track & Field competed on Tuesday, May 30 at North Attleboro High School against North Attleboro, Medfield, St. John’s and St. Mary’s. It was the first meet of the year for Walpole in which they not only had many athletes place, but also broke four different Middle School Track records. The boys team finished fourth overall with a score of 33 and the girls team finished third overall with a score of 63.
Eighth grader Mia Costa won the girls mile with a time of 6:05.52. Last year, Costa broke the girl’s Middle School 1-mile record with her time of 5:59.9. Costa is only the fourth Middle school 1-mile runner to break six minutes and is the first girl to do so.
“She is a pretty focused runner and she has a lot of grit and determination and I think breaking six minutes again will be in her near future,” said Head Coach Fiona Murphy.
In the 800m Sophie St.George won the girls 800m with her time of 2:37.96 which is not only a personal record but also breaks the three year old Middle School Girl’s 800m record by over seven seconds. St.George is the only Middle School girl’s 800m runner to run under 2:45.00. St.George also competed in the United States of America Track and Field Middle School cross country championship last fall.
Olivia Chivegato placed with a personal record of 13.74 in the 100m dash which tied her for the Walpole Middle School girl’s 100m record with Ally Saunders (2015).
On the boys side, 7th grader Matt McLaughlin was a top finisher as he set a new personal record and broke the Walpole Middle School boy’s 100m hurdles record with his time of 16.43 seconds.
“Going into the meet my goal was to run under 17 seconds so I’m happy about the time,” said McLaughlin.
Brendan Mahoney doubled in both discus and shot put. Mahoney shined in as he threw 54’ feet in the discus, and threw 26’8” feet in the shot which gave him the Walpole Middle School boy’s 10lb. shot put record.