Garraway, Rauch Excel in Esteemed Invitational Meet

May 7, 2024
Carter Rauch and Jonny Garraway continue their impressive BHS running resumes. Courtesy Image.

Bedford High School graduation is a month away. That means Jonny Garraway and Carter Rauch have 31 more days to add to their impressive career resumes in BHS running sports.

The two seniors’ latest achievements were registered on Saturday evening in the prestigious Weston Twilight Invitational Meet, where the high qualifying standards meant the competitors were among the state’s best high-school track athletes.

Rauch finished third out of 57 vying in the 800-meter run, covering the distance at Regis College in one minute, 57.36 seconds. Garraway placed fifth in the mile with a time of 4:22.32. There were 82 competing in that event. 

“Not only did they do well against tough competition, they outperformed their seed placements,” BHS Coach Richard Donnelly pointed out. “Carter was seeded ninth in his race and Jonny was seeded 37th.”

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Meanwhile, both the boys’ and girls’ teams remain undefeated in dual meets. Last week on Wednesday in Wayland, the girls team prevailed, 91.33 to 48.67, and the boys were also victorious, 81 to 5.

The girls swept three events. Zadie Buckley, Farrah Scott, and Vivian Liu were one-two-three in the 800-meter. Buckley, Grace Niu, and Ariane Sweetland won the first three places in the 400-meter. And over on the throwing side, Elena Protasowicki won the shot put, followed by Madison Curlin and Sophia Panagiotou, who also finished first in discus.

The Bucs took first (Anna Massaro) and second (Protasowicki) in the mile, first (Madeline McInnis) and second (Mia Free) in the 200-meter, and first (Massaro) and second (Free) in the two-mile. McInnis won the 100-yard dash and Free came in third. Ciara Shelton won the high jump and Eliza Dickert tied for second. Bedford also won both relay events.

Farrah Scott and Lara Maldonado-Cruz took first and second places in the pole vault. Josie Donnelly earned second in the 200m hurdles and third in the 400m hurdles. Swetha Kaundinya finished second in the triple jump. Aliyah Lussier took third place in the javelin and Sweetland third in the long jump.  

The boys’ team was led by a sweep in the mile: Caden Shimko was first, Patrick Salazar-Weibel placed second, and Micah Harfield took third. Rauch and Garraway finished one-two in the 800 and Ryan Fitzgerald and Martin Nguyen were first and second in the 200. Nguyen also took second place in the 110m hurdles.

Fitzgerald won the 100-yard dash and Mekhi Volcy finished third. Jacob Hollingsworth took the javelin competition for Bedford; Alessandro Salato finished third. Salato and Chase Larimore were two-three in the discus and Vikram Voleti and Larimore were second and third in the shot put. Nguyen was second in the long jump, Vineet Joseph was second high jump. Harfield won the pole vault.

Nguyen and Gil Galman took second and third in the triple jump. Oren Brosgol and Platon Gorkavy took second and third in the 400. The team also took second and third in the two mile, Sahill Rotella and Salazar-Weibel, Ryan Touri came in third in the 400m hurdles. Both of Bedford’s relay teams were victorious.

On Wednesday, the track team takes on Weston at Weston High School.

[Editor’s Note: 200-meter hurdles was corrected to 110-meter hurdles. May 8 at 8:32 am.]

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