The Duxbury boys’ track and field team had some strong individual performances Wednesday against the Silver Lake Lakers, but didn’t have the depth to pull out a win.
While the Dragons got their share of first-place finishes, Silver Lake earned more total points to hand Duxbury an 82-54 loss at the high school in the final dual meet before the school vacation.
It was a tough day to run and throw with low temperatures and high winds, which made things difficult for the younger Dragons against a more seasoned Silver Lake team.
“We did what we could today,” head coach Greg Seery said. “We needed some people to step up today, but that didn’t happen. It is what it is.”
Despite the cold and wind, the Dragons were still able to turn in some of their best individual performances of the young season led by a big first-place the 100-meter dash by sophomore James Giumetti.
Giumetti edged out the Lakers’ top sprinter at the finish line to take the race in 11.3 seconds, which was fast enough to qualify for the MIAA State Championship race at the end of the season.
“That was a big highlight of the day,” Seery said.
The Dragons also got strong performances from their distance runners. Jared Neprud, Jake O’Connor and Peter Gandt took first, second and third in the two-mile run after Kevin Coghlan chased down teammate Mike Abbott to win the mile run with Abbott taking second.
In the sprints, Ian Brown turned in a strong performance to take second place in the 100-meter hurdles and Chad Doyle continued to close in on a state-qualifying time in the 300 meters with his second-place finish.
“He’s about three-tenths of a second away,” Seery said. “He ran a great 300 today.”
Junior Ben Caliendo also had a good day for the Drag- ons with wins in the high jump and triple jump. Caliendo cleared 40 feet in the triple jump for the second meet in a row and continued to close in on 20 feet in the long jump before leading off in the 4x400-meter relay in which the Dragons turned in a season-best time.
Both Caliendo and Giumetti will compete in the state pentathlon at Notre Dame Academy over the school vacation before the Dragons return to Patriot League dual meets at Pembroke on April 29. Seery said the team will be looking to add more members to its state-championship roster while also trying to pad the list of underclassmen they will be sending to Abington High School on May 3 for the annual MSTCA Frosh-Sophomore meet.
“We have a lot of freshmen and sophomores who have already qualified for that meet,” Seery said. “That’s going to be very exciting.”