Middle School Boys’ and Girls’ Teams Earn State Track and Field Relay Championships

May 8, 2024
The John Glenn Middle School boys’ and girls’ track team both won state relay championship honors on Saturday. Courtesy photo

The track and field program at John Glenn Middle School is a powerhouse.

The girls’ team has won 24 meets in a row, including the 2022 and 2023 state championships. The boys have won 15 consecutive meets, including last year’s championship.

On Saturday, both teams were victorious in Grafton at the first-ever middle school state relays – “in epic fashion,” said longtime Coach Ken Norling.

In the process, the girls’ relay teams set three school records and Jesse Cargiulo smashed the school discus record. Her throw of 93 feet, five inches was the second best in state middle-school history and 28 feet over the previous JGMS mark.

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In the final race of the day, the girls’ 4×400-meter team of Jocelyn Bullard, Taevy Malone, Hannah Malenchini, and Oksana Vasile sealed the victory by taking first place, breaking the school record by nine seconds with a time of 4:31.2.

The girls also took first in the 4×100-meter relay. The foursome of Maia Iorgulescu, Georgia Foley, Sofie Pattaropong, and Mikayla Volcy won with a school record time of 52.9 seconds. The girls also took first in the turbo jav (an elementary javelin, established by Ella Porth, Sadah Luongo, and Shalom Kuhns). They were also tops in the shot put (Cargiuolo, Sadah Luongo, and Megan Zbikowski), and the hurdles (Cargiuolo, Sofie Pattaropong, Sienna Tierney, and Brooklyn Abel). 

The discus team of Cargiuolo, Sadah Luongo, and Claire Udell and the long jump team of Maia Iorgulescu, Oksana Vasile, and Volcy each took second place. And the girls’ 4×800-meter quartet of Bullard, Lucy Scoville, Olivia Washington, and Vasile took third place but set a new school record with a time of 10:49. 

Bedford finished the meet with 84 points, just ahead of the Diamond Middle School, which scored an 82.

The boys also needed a victory in the last race, the 4×400 relay, to clinch the championship. It came down to the final leg of the final relay race. Bradley Huo received the baton with a 40-yard deficit and ultimately pulled ahead in the last few feet to win. The Glenn boys topped the field for the state crown with 60 points, edging second place Diamond by one point.

Jesse Cargiuolo broke the school record in the discus by 28 feet.

The boys took first in the turbo jav (Nolan Abel, Adrian Davidson, and Elias Riley) and third in the long jump (Ashwin Budhathoki, Austin Day, and Carlos Abrego). The high jump team of Isaak Toews, Ansel Chiou, and Pele Barrett-Parker placed second. The boys’ distance medley team (Luke Robinson, Ismail Safi, Josh Armstrong, and Sanders Bertos) also took second.

During regular-season dual meets, members of the boys’ team have set records in four events: Huo in the 200-meter and 400-meter, Bertos in the mile, and the 4×100 relay team of Nock Brecher, Chiou, Toews and Budhathoki.

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Richard D Punko
May 8, 2024 10:50 pm

way to go kids! i am glad my grandkids will be going here where there is an appreciation of athletics as well as the academics!

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