Leveling Up: Bedford Indoor Track Wraps Up A Stellar Season

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Bedford’s shot-putter Jessica Lin, second from left,  placed 4th in the D4 sectionals at the Reggie Lewis Center ~ Courtesy image (c) 2022 all rights reserved

~ Special to The Bedford Citizen on behalf of Bedford Indoor Track

The BHS boys’ 4×800 meter relay team—11th grader Josh Garraway and 10th graders Oren Brosgol, Jonny Garraway, and Carter Rauch—qualified for States ~ Courtesy image (c) 2022 all rights reserved

With the previous day’s winter storm a distant memory, a handful of Bedford Indoor Track athletes laced up their spikes at the MIAA All-State Meet of Champions on Saturday, February 26, at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston.

Following back-to-back medal finishes at the DCL Championships and the Division 4 Sectional Finals, the boys’ 4×800 meter relay team qualified for States and took to the indoor oval looking to improve their time and perhaps take a shot at the school record.

The team, made up of 11th grader Josh Garraway and 10th graders Oren Brosgol, Jonny Garraway, and Carter Rauch, dropped their time from 9:00.06 at the DCLs, to 8:52.27 at Sectionals, and then delivered a team PR of 8:50.19 at States, good for a 21st-place finish. While the school record did not fall, as all four runners will be returning next year, maybe it will in 2023.

According to head coach Rich Donnelly, “It is really impressive that a team of three 10th graders and an 11th grader made it to States. They learned a lot and hopefully will be able to return next year.” Donnelly also noted that “This is the second state meet this year that these four runners have qualified to run. They also ran in the state meet for cross country. They are an exceptional group and we are all looking forward to the spring season.”

It’s also worth noting that the boys’ indoor track team ended the winter season with an undefeated 5-0 record and a roster loaded with speedy underclassmen to complement an excellent group of seniors. The future is indeed bright.

Also representing Bedford at States was 11th-grade shot-putter Jessica Lin, who got an at-large qualification spot based on her 4th-place showing at the D4 sectionals. Jessica had a 32-foot, 6.25-inch throw at States, placing 20th at the championships. Lin’s performance comes as no surprise to coach Sophia Grammenos, who notes that “Jessica is very dedicated to training and mastering her skill in the shot put and goes above and beyond to learn and improve.” Coach Joe Pike added that Lin “definitely put together a great season for herself, posting one of her best throws at the Divisional Championship to move up the rankings and earn her spot at the All-State Championship. She pays a lot of attention to the technical aspects of the event and relies on more than just power to make her improvements.”

Congratulations to the runners and coaches, and good luck in the outdoor season.


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