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By Robert Rosen
Hometown Weekly Staff
The Wellesley boys’ track team recently competed in the Division 2 State Meet, where they battled to a second place finish.
Don’t be surprised at the Raiders’ success; after all, coach Larry Corda isn’t.
“I would say the hard work and exceptional training have made our team more successful this season,” Corda said. “I’m not really surprised for really the same reason: hard work and training.”
The Raiders have been one of those team that really haven’t been led by any one particular athlete; rather, they’ve received strong contributions from several competitors, including Matt D’Anieri (first place in the 1,000), Sam Gillman (fourth place in the mile), Thomas D’Anieri (first place in the two-mile), Ben Matejka (fourth place in the two-mile), Jamieson Mazzola (sixth in the two-mile) and Collin Sullivan (sixth in the 600).
Matt D’Anieri also competed in the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix on Sunday, February 14 in the boys’ junior mile division and came in 10th place.
“Matt D’Anieri has been one of our best and most consistent runners of the season,” Corda said. “He has improved every week and has been a great leader. His brother Thomas has been injured and his first race was in the conference meet, where he qualified for the Division 2 Meet in the two-mile and went on to win the two-mile and was also one leg of our 4x800. Sullivan, Mazzola, Matejka and Gillman all PR’d in their events.
“We’re looking forward to the All State Meet. We have continued to practice at a high level and hope that will turn into success at the All State Meet. Our coaching staff has done a great job and I believe that’s a big part of our success.”
Robert Rosen is an Editor at Hometown Weekly. He can be reached at email@example.com and followed on Twitter at @roberterosen.