Runners Establish Two BHS Records in State Track Relays

January 23, 2024
Grace Niu, Anna Massaro, Addi Poulter, and Zadie Buckley set the school record by more than six seconds for the girls 4 x 800 meter relay this weekend at the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association Division 4 relays. Courtesy Photo

Bedford High School runners captured four medals at Sunday’s Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association Division 4 relays Sunday afternoon.

And two of the finishes established school records.

The relays took place at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Boston. The girls’ team finished 10th overall; the boys team was 12th.

The BHS girls won the four-by-800-meter relay, and their time of nine minutes and fifty-six seconds (9:56.6) set a school record for the event by more than six seconds. Grace Niu, Addi Poulter, and Zadie Buckley were part of the team that set the new school record in the four-by-400 last week. Anna Massaro joined them for a leg of the longer race Sunday.

The boys’ four-by-800 team placed high and set a record as well, placing second in its race with a school record time of eight minutes and nineteen seconds (8:19.68). Competing were William Protasowicki, Oren Brosgol, Jonny Garraway, and Carter Rauch.  The previous mark was 8:28.31, set last year by Brosgol, Rauch, and Jonny and Joshua Garraway.

Elena Protasowicki, Maddie Ota, Allison Miller and Emma Floyd came in sixth in the girls’ distance medley (1,200, 400, 800, and 1,600 meters), with a time of 14:02.18. That was good for a medal.

So was the boys’ sixth-place finish in the four-by-200-meter relay, with Jonathan Dandridge, Vivek Joseph, Matteo Oliveri Kuhnle, and Rauch covering the distance in 1:38.26.

Boys 4 x 200 meter relay team: Carter Rauch, Matteo Oliveri-Kuhnle, Vivek Joseph, and Jonathan Dandridge. Courtesy Image.

Other results from Bedford High teams were:

Girls’ long jump, seventh place, combined distance of 11.58 meters: Swetha Kaundinya, Emma Mandell, and Iris Lin. Girls’ four-by-200-meter, seventh place, 1:53.10: Mia Free, Ciara Shelton, Grace Niu, and Zadie Buckley. Girls’ four-by-50-yard dash, eighth place, 26.32 seconds: Mia Free, Ciara Shelton, Aliyah Lussier, and Swetha Kaundinya.

Girls’ four-by-50-yard hurdles, 11th place in 35.5 seconds:  Josie Donnelly, Maddie Ota, Eliza Dickert, and Farrah Scott. Girls’ spring medley (200, 200, 400, and 800 meters), 13th place, 4:50.59: Emma Mandell, Aliyah Lussier, Farrah Scott, and Josie Donnelly. Boys’ four-by-50-yard dash, 15th with a time of 23.98 seconds: Matteo Oliveri Kuhnle, Vivek Joseph, Joseph Dandridge, and Vineet Joseph.

Boys’ sprint medley (200, 200, 400, and 800 meters), 17th in 4:19.52: Jared Anderson, Jacob Anderson, Vineet Joseph, and Simon Bendersky; boys’ shot put placed 17th with a combined throw of 30.95 meters: Chase Larimore, Alessandro Salato, and Derek Gallant. Boys’ distance medley, 17th place with a time of 12:29.71: Caden Shimko, Platon Gorkavy, Simon Bendersky, and Sahill Rotella.

Girls’ shot put, 19th with a combined throw of 20.06 meters: Elena Protasowicki, Maddy Thompson, and Farrah Scott. Girls’ four-by-50-yard dash (team B), 26th with a time of 27.96: Catherine Kennedy, Emma Mandell, Iris Lin, and Maddy Thompson. Boys’ four-by-20-meter (team B), Jared Anderson, Jacob Anderson, Platon Gorkavy, and Alesandro Salato. Girls’ four-by-200-meters (team B placed 27th in 2:03.54: Swetha Kaundinya, Catherine Kennedy, Iris Lin, and Eliza Dickert.

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