North Reading High to Host Division 4 Meet
Kenney Field to host big track meet this weekend.
This weekend there will much ado about running at Kenney Field at North Reading High as the MIAA Eastern Mass Division 4 track meet will be coming to town this weekend. Over 700 athletes are expected to clock times on the Kenney Field track before the eyes of a crowd of between 1,200 and 1,500 people. NRHS athletic director Dave Johnson is excited about this weekend’s event.
“People are aware of our nice facility we’ve invested in,” Johnson said. “Normally, it’s run in Seekonk. Your facility needs to meet all the specs for the events. We solicited the MIAA, and they came, took a look, and thought it was a good facility." Seekonk and Weston have alternated hosting the event for the last five years.
In a town that loves their high school so much they color-coded the street signs to match the school colors, hosting an event as big as this is a sign of town pride, according to Johnson.
“From what I’ve heard, people in town are really excited,” Johnson said. “The town has shown a lot of pride in hosting."
While it will be a big day for the town, it will also be a big day for the Hornets track teams who will look to improve upon last year’s performances. The girls finished tenth and the boys finished 11th in 2010.
The girls will be led by the senior tandem of Kristy Conway and Kristina Martin in the pole vault. The duo tied for the highest qualifying vault with a height of nine feet. Martin won the division title with a vault of nine feet.
Conway will always be the second leg of a 4 x 100 team that put up the fifth fastest time in the division with a mark of 53 seconds. Senior Brittany Angiolillo will run the first leg while juniors Rebecca Kelly and Leanne McNall will run the final two legs.
For the boys it will be senior Nick Capezzuto leading the way in the 800 meters. Capezzuto ran the fastest time in the division at 1:56.62 which was over a second faster than the next fastest time. Senior Mark Rollfs, who finished second in the two-mile last year with a time of 10:02.61, qualified third this year with a time of 9:58.25. He was one of only three runners to break the sub-ten minute mark this season.
“Hopefully we put on a good show and they ask us to run it again,” Johnson said. “We’re hoping that the weather holds out and everyone has a good time.”