Just over 12 seconds was the difference in the boys’ Division 2 Indoor Track Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center on Friday night.
Heading into the final race, the 4 x 400-meter relay, just a half-point separated Mansfield and Needham. Spectators lined the track as Needham raced in the third heat; Mansfield was in the fourth and final heat.
Needham finished its heat in 3 minutes, 46.67 seconds, and Mansfield knew the time it had to beat. The Hornets finished in 3:32.31, taking fifth place in the race.
Mansfield finished the meet with 57 points, Needham with 53.5. Natick, which took first in the race with a time of 3:28.38, finished third with 37 points.
Mansfield’s girls helped complete the sweep.
“We knew it was going to be close, an exciting meet,” said Mansfield boys’ coach Julie Collins, who has been at the helm for 13 years. “We came out on the short end of the stick a lot last year, so I reminded them of that. How it was going to come down to points and fractions of points.”
The Mansfield boys’ 4 x 800 relay team set a meet record, coming in at 8:09.16, three-quarters of a second faster than the Hornets’ 2010 squad. Seniors Chris Murphy and Jimmy Murphy and juniors Mike Duggan and Andrew Simons made up the record-setting foursome.
Duggan also took the title in the mile with a time of 4:22.68, shaving two seconds off his personal best. The Hornets claimed a total of 16 points in the mile, with Duggan’s win, Jimmy Murphy’s third-place finish, and senior Mike Tautiva’s fourth-place finish.
“The 16 points in the mile, that was very, very big,” Collins said. “So very happy with my distance crew.”
The Mansfield girls dominated with 67 points, 11 ahead of second-place King Philip. Needham took third with 50 points.
“We thought we’d be in the meet, but we knew it would be tight,” said first-year girls’ coach Derek Rose. “The girls really came through today.”
Mansfield’s 4 x 400 team of senior Maddie Oldow, juniors Lindsay Goulet and Mikaila Amerantes, and sophomore Rachel Stier recorded the fastest time in the state this year, finishing in 4:00.66.
Ellen DiPietro of Marshfield took home the high jump title with a leap of 5 feet 8 inches. She took three attempts at a meet record 5-10½, but failed to clear the bar. DiPietro also claimed first in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.47.
The only other multiple winner in the girls’ meet was Amanda Henson of Barnstable, who took both the 55-meter dash (7.16) and the 300 meter (40.70) titles.
Needham’s Hantzly Murat was the only multiple winner on the boys’ side, claiming victory in the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.59 and in the 300 meters, finishing in 35.65.