Weeden dashes to top honors

In a typical track meet there is plenty of built-in recovery time for athletes in multiple events. But that recovery time was nonexistent for Dighton-Rehoboth’s Jacquaar Weeden at yesterday’s MSTCA Coaches’ Invitational at the Reggie Lewis Center.

After winning the 55-meter hurdles in 7.92 seconds, Weeden had just enough time to get back to his starting block for the finals of the 55-meter dash where he ran an impressive 6.71 to take second place behind Latin Academy’s Malik Anderson (6.65). Weeden’s efforts earned him honors as the outstanding male athlete of the meet.

“It’s kind of hard, because as soon as I was done I had to jog right back, but I am really excited because it’s my last year and I was able to go all out,’’ said Weeden.


“He is a really good athlete,’’ said Dighton-Rehoboth coach Ben Pease. “It’s only his second year running, but he has a lot of natural talent and he’s working really hard in practice.’’

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Waltham senior Emily Williams was named the most outstanding female athlete with a second-place finish in the 55-meter dash and a fourth place in the long jump.

Lynnfield’s Lexi Buonfiglio earned the meet’s outstanding female runner, winning the 1,000 meters with the fastest time in the state this year (3:01.11) and besting the next closest competitor by more than seven seconds and her own personal best by four seconds.

“Winning was definitely one of my goals, I’m really happy,’’ she said. “I knew I had to take over the race from the start and not wait around, and I was just able to keep that pace the whole time.’’

The day’s most exciting race came in the boys’ 300, as Durfee’s Nick Silva ran a personal-best 36.24 to edge Jake Foynes of Douglas by .02 seconds.


“The best I’ve run all year is a 37, but I just had to catch up to him on the straightaway and tried to edge him out in the last second and it worked out in my favor,’’ said Silva, who was named male runner of the meet.

The girls’ 300 wasn’t as close, but Tewksbury’s Jessica Bridle took home top honors in 41.38, a school record and the third-fastest time in the state this year.

“I’ve been working hard for this one, my goal was to beat the school record,’’ said Bridle, who was happy to have qualified for states.

In the field events, Hopkinton’s Ryan Webster earned the male outstanding performer nod with his winning long jump of 21-1 1/2.

On the girls’ side Tewksbury’s Lisetta Jacintho’s 36-4 shot put earned her the honors.


Lincoln-Sudbury swept the high jump. Senior Mitchell McGinty won the boys’ honors by leaping 6-2, while classmate Leah Potter cleared 5-3 to capture the girls’ event. Teammate Emily Knaul won the girls’ 2-mile in 11:49.04.