Outstanding Individual Performances for Both Mashpee Track Teams

Sprinter DeShaun Dias chugs along to a win in the 100m race against Norwell on Monday afternoon. Dias, in his first race back from an injury, won the event in 11.8 seconds. He also won two other events for the Falcons.
RICH MACLONE/ENTERPRISE - Sprinter DeShaun Dias chugs along to a win in the 100m race against Norwell on Monday afternoon. Dias, in his first race back from an injury, won the event in 11.8 seconds. He also won two other events for the Falcons.

While the end results of the meets were lopsided in the other direction, the Mashpee High School boys’ and girls’ outdoor track and field teams had some outstanding individual performances on Monday afternoon during their meet against Norwell High School. Both clubs suffered lopsided defeats, to fall to 0-2 on the young season, but there was still plenty for the Falcons to crow about.

On the boys’ side, DeShaun Dias returned to action for the first time since suffering a severe leg injury during football season that required surgery. The sophomore looked like he’d barely missed a beat as he won three individual events for MHS. “He was awesome,” coach Mark Ballestracci said. “We need to tape him up a little better next time for the sprints, but he looked really good when you consider the injury.”

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Dias will run faster in the 100m dash down the road, but his 11.8-second time was still good enough to capture first place as he charged out to the lead and held off the field. He also competed in the high jump for the first time ever, and won that event with a leap of five feet, six inches. In the long jump, one would never know he’d been out of action for so long as he nearly got to 20 feet in his first meet of the year, clearing 19-6.

Justin Rose set a personal record in the shot put, winning the event with a throw of 35-10. That was almost five feet further than his first meet a week earlier, against Abington, where he threw 31.

Alex Monterrey was third in the 400m hurdles race. In just his second ever competition in that event, he finished in 67 seconds flat. Carl Turner-King placed third in the 400m race with a time of 68 seconds.

Ryan Boyd impressed with a second place finish in the 110m hurdles. He finished with a time of 19.9 seconds.

Alex Wood showed a huge improvement in his second meet of the year in the long jump as he was second overall. He added four feet to his previous effort, jumping 16 feet even.

On the girls’ side, Samoya Gray had a great day for the Lady Falcons, earning points in three separate events. She threw the shot put 29 feet, one inch to win that event outright. She also grabbed third place in both the 100m dash and the discus. In the dash she ran 14.2 seconds, and in the discus, she threw a distance of 56 feet.

Shannon McGovern had a nice day as well. Running the mile for the first time ever in a competitive setting, the sophomore finished first overall with a time of 5:57. Coach Celeste Reynolds said that with practice, and warmer weather, that she believes that McGovern should be able to qualify for the Division Meet in that event.
McGovern also teamed with Katie Wellington, Lindsey Barrows and Allison Kondracki to win the 4x400m relay for MHS. They combined to finish the race with a time of 4:41, which is just shy of a qualifying mark.

Kondracki also finished second in the 400m hurdles, running a time of 1:17. Wellington, an 8th grader, ran the 800m race in a tie of 2:36 to take second. Barrows was third in the 100m hurdles, in 20.9 seconds, and also third in the 400m race, in 74.8 seconds.

Brenda Price claimed second in the 110m hurdles, running 19.7 seconds. Kayla McMahon was second in the high jump, leaping 4-8. Aya Miller, an 8th grader, was second in the two-mile race with a time of 14:14.

Ciara Oakley-Robbins was a third place finisher in the shot put (15-1). Jessica Tosches was third in the javelin (50-2) and Catherine Wood was third in the triple jump (29-4).

Last week, the boys’ team had some nice showings against Abington in a loss. Monterrey was second in the 400m hurdles, running 69 seconds. He also won the javelin with a throw of 109 feet. Turner-King finished second in the 400m race with a time of 66 seconds. Ryan Boyd was second in the 800m race, running 2:29. Austin Grey won the mile against Abington, running 5:32.

The teams are both back in action on Monday when they will run against the Cohasset/Hull team, as well as Rockland, in a tri-meet at Cohasset High School.

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