The Milford High School boys’ and girls’ indoor track teams head into this Saturday’s Hockomock League championships with several chances to finish at the top of the podium.
“We have a few kids who are seeded in the top-three right now and have a shot at winning a couple of events, so I am feeling pretty good,” said head coach Derek Rose. “I think the kids feel good too after having a full week of practice without having to go hard at any meets.”
Junior Joey Madden comes into the weekend as the runner to beat in both the 600 and 1,000 meter races. Rose said Madden will run only one of the two events, but would have a good chance to win either. Senior Patrick Brogioli is seeded first in the shot put, with his eye on a league title and a new milestone.
“He wants to break 50-feet,” Rose said. “He has been hovering around that 49-foot mark for awhile but he’s working hard. He’s number one in the shot by about a foot.”
The boys 4×400 relay team is also hoping to make it a memorable meet by breaking a school record set last season. Madden was on last year’s relay team and will join three new runners, Paul Speliakos, Kenny Duong, and Rafael Feliciano, to try to set a new program mark. The Hawks’ relay team also has a chance to finish in the top-three in the league, Rose said.
The MHS girls also have several shots at winning a league title. Leanne Kibbee enters the meet as the top-seeded long jumper in the Hockomock. Teammates Christina Speliakos and Kerry O’Connor are right on her heels, however, tied for fourth in the league. Rose said all three have put together “huge jumps” in practice leading up to the league meet.
O’Connor is seeded third in the 300 meter dash, but is only a half-second behind the second-fastest time in the league this year. Speliakos and Kibbee are first and third, respectively, in the hurdles. Mere hundredths of seconds separate the top four or five spots, Rose said, so either runner has a chance at a top spot.
The Scarlet Hawks also feature a strong 4×200 relay team, with Speliakos, O’Connor, Sydney Sutton, and Aidaliz Perez entering the meet seeded third.
Both MHS teams finished 2-3 in the dual meet season. The league championship meet is set for an 8:30 a.m. start Saturday morning at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury.
This article appears in the Feb. 9 edition of the Milford Town Crier.