Boys Track Returns to State Relays


Zach Hutchinson, who anchored the 4x400 meter relay, finished second at the State Relay meet on Saturday. Photo by Kellie Lodge

By Kellie Lodge
On Saturday, January 15th, members of the Hopkinton boys track team had a strong showing at the Division 3 State Relay meet in Boston at the Reggie Lewis Center.  Although they were missing one of their best sprinters due to injury, HHS junior Joey McNulty, the Hiller boys were able to improve last year’s seventh place finish to a sixth place finish, and had at least one relay team competing in each event.

The Hiller relay teams had impressive performances.  Andrew Johnson, Peter Bransfield, Jake Whittles, and Josh Hacunda placed third in the 4×200 meter relay (1:35.25), Mike Ronan, Andrew Johnson, Ryan Slack, and Zach Hutchinson placed fifth in the 1600 meter sprint relay (3:48.08), Mike Ronan, Zach Hutchinson, Peter Bransfield, and Jake Whittles placed second in the 4×400 meter relay (3:34.22), and Ryan Webster, Jeff Corkum, and Jack Ryan placed fourth in the high jump event.

HHS junior Jeff Corkum achieved a school record for the second time in the past month.  Corkum jumped 6’5”, which was both a personal record and school record by two inches.  Teammates Ryan Webster and Jack Ryan jumped 5’1” and 5’5”, allowing the high jump team to place fourth out of fourteen in division three.

With a meet against Westwood less then a week away, Timmy Bolick said, “Yes, I do feel confident after the results of the relay meet.  Westwood showed a lot of depth, which, as expected, will make this meet extremely close.  I am confident that our team can perform at its best.”

The Hiller boys are preparing for one of their toughest meets this season against Westwood on Saturday, January 22nd.