NORTH ANDOVER — After enjoying a successful regular season with four dual meet victories in the tough Middlesex League Freedom Division, the Wilmington High School Boys' Outdoor Track-and-Field team carried that momentum over to the post-season meets, ending it with a 23rd place finish at the Division 3 Eastern Mass Meet held at Merrimack College's Duane Stadium on a humid Sunday morning/afternoon.
At the Divisional Meets, the top eight in each event account for the team's points, and then the top three in each event — as well as the next six from all of the other divisions across the state — then advance to this weekend's All-State Meet which will be held at Westfield State University.
Wilmington had five individuals place between fifth and eight place to account for the team's nine points, however, none of those athletes will advance another week.
"Overall we had some strong performances," said Wilmington head coach Mike Kinney. "Colin Rooney was fifth in the pentathlon on Thursday so I am really happy for him. He's really our Team MVP. He's really a dynamic person and just a well-behaved kid, very respectful and (displays) good sportsmanship."
Rooney indeed finished fifth out of 12 competitors as he compiled 2,632 points in the pentathlon competition. His best event was long jump as he was third at 19-07.50, and then he was tied for fifth in the high jump (5-05.75), seventh in both the 1,500 meter run (5:13.64) and shot put (32-00.75) and was ninth in the 110-meter hurdles (17.49).
At the Divisional Meet, Rooney was 23rd in the 110-meter hurdles at 16.95.
His teammate, Mike Fothergill finished 11th in the pentathlon, which included taking first in the shot put at 31-00.25, was tied for fifth in the high jump (5-05.75), was ninth in the long jump (18-00.50), 11th in the 110-meter hurdles (18.39) and was 12th in the 1,500-meters (6:10.01).
On Saturday, he participated in the javelin and finished 24th with a throw of 124-06.
Tyler Thomas, Patrick O'Mahoney and Greg Adamek all finished in seventh place in their respective events. Thomas threw 130-08 in the discus.
"Tyler just keeps improving. He has an unbelievable work ethic. Coach Don Wilson did a real nice job with the discus throwers especially for Tyler and Dean Nally, who had a big personal record today (of 125-05 to take tenth place)," said Kinney.
O'Mahoney was clocked at 2:04.34 in the 800 and Adamek finished at 4:38.26 in the mile.
"Greg placed seventh in the mile. It was tough today with the heat, but he's a tough kid and it was nice to see him pull through with a seventh place and get a medal," said Kinney. "And I was real happy for Pat O'Mahoney. He's another tough kid and good worker so glad to see him have a strong day."
Aiden McGrath was eighth in the 800 at 52.28 and then Owen Surrette had a busy day as he was ninth in the pole vault (9-6), 13th in the mile (4:45.62) and 28th in the javelin (110-03).
The 4x100 relay team of Ankur Neogi, Jeandre Abel, Richard Stuart and Fothergill were 10th at 45.15. The 4x400 relay team of McGrath, Jake Danieli, Sean Riley and James Valente were 17th at 3:44.87 and then the 4x800 team of Brian and Kevin Elderd, Adamek and O'Mahoney were 11th at 8:45.12.
Riley was also 11th in the 800 (2:06.83), Kevin Elderd was 15th in the 800 (2:14.70) and Danieli was 25th in the 400 (55.41). Also competing included Ben Packer in the two-mile at 10:50.66, Matt Thomas in the 110-meter hurdles at 17.54 and Sam Vince in the 400-meter hurdles at 1:04.50, as all three finished in 29th place.
"We have some real good underclassmen, so we're hoping to be real strong next year," said Kinney.