Winchester’s Easton Tan competed in the MIAA Division 2 Athletics Championships on Sunday with a sore right knee and calf.
It made no difference to the result of the 55 meter hurdles.
Massachusetts’ No. 1 hurdler and current No. 3 in the nation cleared his preliminary run in 7.66 seconds. He left no doubt in the final either as he blasted blocks and rolled at 7.50 to easily claim victory on the indoor court of the Reggie Lewis Center.
Tan was one of three hurdlers in under eight seconds, with Mansfield’s Jake Wall taking second (7.71) and North Andover’s Alexander Niejadlik taking the bronze medal (7.89). Wall also took second in the 55 dash in 6.63 and won the long jump by more than a foot with a jump of 22 feet 8 inches.
Tan, who will be taking his talents to Princeton University, feels ready for a gold medal at All-States and plans to work on his starts and do a lot of icing until then.
“I wasn’t very quick in the first three hurdles of the prelims,” said Tan. “I tend to relax a bit when I have the lead, but not too much. I always try to improve my pure speed. Even in the final, however, I was second for the first three hurdles.
The boys from Catholic Memorial and North Andover battled it out throughout the afternoon and were tied at 51 points heading into the final event, the 4×400 relay. Soham Nath, James Allard and Jack Determan clinched things with a third-place finish in 3:35.95 for the win with 57 points, six ahead of CM, who stayed at 51.
“We worked hard all week in training and we were very focused and it showed today,” North Andover head coach Jason Guarente said.
The 4×800 team took a huge win as Ryan Connolly, Camden Reiland, Ryan McGarry and Matthew McDevitt combined for a quick 7:57.82 win. The Scarlet Knights topped the mile behind Connolly’s victory in 4:21.78 and a third from Reiland.
Led by Rory Clare’s emotional victory in 2:59.40 in the 1,000m and two gold medals in the relay, Wellesley led the girls’ team competition with 88 points.
Clare, Delaney Dyer, Lauren Caughey and Grace Whelan combined for the 9:51.83 win in the 4×800, while the lineup of Gaia Jacobs, Abigail Tucker, Chantal Coelho and Abigail Lothian roared to a 1 win : 47.55 to capture the 4×200 in the final stages of the competition.
“The girls have been working hard and we’re healthy for the most part,” said head coach John Griffith. “Megan Webb has an injury but a lot of girls have stepped up.”
Lothian and Coelho scored big in the 55, finishing second and fourth respectively. Tucker took a fourth place in the 55 hurdles, while Annie Comella was second in the 300 and Coelho fourth.
Charlotte Tuxbury also placed sixth in the 600m, and Lillie Caiazzo and Jacobs went 2-3 in the long jump.