Coming off of a strong winter season at the Reggie Lewis Center, with numerous personal bests, 12 new school records, 3 New Balance Nationals Qualifiers, and a Division III Championship from the boys, Walpole Track and Field athletes looked to continue their success in the spring season. This season, the Girls 4x800 and Caroline McGrath both qualified yet again in the Emerging Elite division at New Balance Nationals, this time in Greensboro, North Carolina. In addition, the Girls and Boys Sprint Medley Relays along with Erin Regan as an individual triple jumper reached the qualification standards for the first time.
“Qualifying for Nationals is surreal,” senior Captain Jack O’Meara said. “Track is not a highly publicized sport so it feels good to get the recognition as being one of the top runners in the country.”
At the Division II Relay Meet, the Boys SMR, consisting of junior Shane Grant (800m), senior Captain James Berton (200m), O’Meara (200m), and junior Steve Colleran (400m), clinched their spot at Nationals running a 3:35.92. For Berton, O’Meara, and Colleran, this will be their first Nationals appearance and a second for Grant who qualified individually in the 800m this winter.