Boys Track Defeats Masconomet, 62-33; Watari ’07 Battles For Win in Mile

On Saturday, PA took on Andover High in a dual meet with Wilbraham-Monson. Dave Wilson ’09 won the two-mile with a fantastic early-season time of 10:36.6, beating the nearest Andover High runner by ten seconds to help PA take a 54-41 victory. On Wednesday, Jason Soule ’06 doubled in the 50 yard hurdles and the 300 yards, winning both to contribute 10 points to Andover’s defeat of Masconomet by a score of 62-33. Against Andover High, Merzudin Ibric ’06 came away with the victory in three different events. He ran 1:18.61 in the 600 yards, jumped 5’8” in the high jump, and jumped 21′ in the long jump, all notable numbers. Ibric hung back behind the leading Andover High runner in the 600 until one lap remained when he leapt out to a considerable lead and proceeded to win by over four seconds. The two-mile also provided a good amount of excitement with Wilson and Kentaro Watari ’07. Wilson and Watari battled with the top Andover High runner for most of the race. Kentaro, who was recovering from sickness, blazed through the mile in 5:18, only to drop out with a little over three laps to go (he would redeem himself in the next meet against Masconomet). Wilson continued on to run a personal record of 10:36, winning the race. Mike Discenza ’09 ran a nice race in the mile, clocking 4:56. He is well on his way to breaking the freshman indoor record of 4:49. Phillips also nearly swept the 300 yards. Luinis Tejada ’08 and Captain Greg Hsu ’06 battled, finishing within .02 of each other. Tejada clocked 36.44 and Hsu clocked 36.46. The relay team took six seconds off of their 4×400 to win in 3:53 and finish off the meet with a score of 54-41. Against Mascomet, Ibric again put on a show, this time winning the long jump (21’4”), the 600 yards (1:21.35), and the shot put (47’10”), an event at which he has only been working on for about a week. Also with a good performance in the shot put was Joe O’Hern ’07 who, coming off of a back injury, threw 43’2” for third place. O’Hern plans to be recovered and throwing his best again by the time the spring season arrives Watari came back from illness in the mile, winning in 4:49, a personal record. His Masconomet opponent got out to a huge lead early but Watari tracked him down throughout the race and finally passed him with three laps to go. His competition sat on him until there was a half of a lap remaining, but Watari fended off the charge In the 50 yard hurdles, Soule took the victory by .5 seconds in 6.7. Andover also swept the 300 yards with Soule out front in 35.82. Andover ended the meet by taking the relay in 3:52 to cap off the 62-33 win.