Bass medals at decathlon, Trojan relay scores, Henry and Ando compete
Published 1:03 am, Wednesday, June 23, 2010
All four local track teams performed on the big stage.
Staples boys senior Eliot Bass medaled at the state decathlon last Wednesday by placing fifth with 5,418 points.
"I worked on the events I wasn't sure about because they weren't my strengths," Bass said. "In the end, I was able to do well in them."
He was referring to the 110-meter hurdles, where he placed 26th with a time of 18.19 seconds, and the high jump (5-3.75), where he was tied for 35th place. Although those weren't gaudy finishes, he still scored 512 points in the hurdles and 480 in the high jump, which enabled him to make the medal podium at the end of the competition.
Bass did extremely well in the shot put (41-0.5), where he placed third and tallied 637 points, pole vault (11-5.75), where he took fourth and came away with 482 points, and javelin (145-01) with a fifth-place finish and 504 points. He also did well in the long jump (19-11) and 1,500 meters (5:04.41), grabbing eighth and 22nd place, respectively, and scoring 602 and 535 points.
"I was really happy because I was able to put it together to end the season and end my senior year with a bang," Bass said.
Staples girls senior captain Joselyn Henry finished 23rd in the heptathlon with 3,137 points. Henry won the shot put (37-7.25) . She also did well in the long jump (16-5.25), where she placed fourth and held her own in the javelin (74-3) with a 14th-place finish.
"I was really tired after a long season but I did OK," Henry said. "There was always the potential to do better. I had a lot of fun and I'm very sad it's over."
The Weston boys track team sent a 4-x-mile relay team to North Carolina and the quartet of junior Steven Vento, senior captains James Bloom and Ryan Gilmore and classmate Steve Piscatelli took seventh place with a time of 17:40, missing All-American honors by one place but nevertheless, scoring two points as a team. Vento and Gilmore had personal bests in the race.
"We did really well," Bloom said. "We went in knowing we had to leave it all on the track, which was the key to our success. We were happy to be one of the two teams to score in the meet."
Piscatelli said, "We did a lot of preparation and tried to kill it and run as hard as we could but we came out short."
The Trojans easily won their heat and believe if they were in the faster heat, they would have earned All-American honors.
"I just took it out hard and I tried to position my teammates for the race," Vento said. "I'm happy because we achieved our goal of 17:40. Being in the slower heat, hurt, and I believe we would have been more aggressive in the faster heat. Overall, I'm happy with it."
Piscatelli said, "We were happy because we won our heat by 20 seconds and if we were in the faster heat, we would have given sixth place a shot. In the last three legs, we ran alone and you can drop a few seconds by having someone next to you, pushing you. It would have been nice to be in the fast heat."
Gilmore said, "All of us had solid races. We were very happy with the time and it's unfortunate we weren't in the faster heat. We just ran our race because there was no one to latch onto. It would have been nice to get All-American but you can't complain with how we ran."
Weston girls senior captain Emily Ando placed 20th in the pole vault (11-4) at the National championships in North Carolina on Friday.
"I did all right but I didn't do my best," Ando said. "I could have done better and I'm a little disappointed. It was still a good experience being at Nationals and I'm so thrilled with my high school career. I'm glad I pole vaulted and I look forward to do it in college."