Littleton’s Rieden continues to rule the 1,000 – Lowell Sun


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BOSTON – Before the postseason meets began, Littleton’s Garret Rieden predicted that he would “destroy everyone” in the 1,000 meters.
The senior certainly backed up those words.
After winning at the Div. 5 Championship Meet, he entered Saturday’s Meet of Champions as the No. 1 seed. Things looked bleak with a lap and a half left with Rieden in second place and another runner right on his heels, but he made his move to the outside, passed the front runner, and held off the rest of the field to take home the title with a time of 2:31.85.
“I wanted to make sure that I kept the second position the whole time and then I could make my kick in the last 200 (meters or so),” he said. “I knew (Evan Eberle of Lexington) was really good, especially in the mile, so I expected him to go out in a really fast pace and just kill us all, but that really didn’t happen. I just tried to pace off of him and hang on to him.”
Things didn’t go as smoothly for Tewksbury’s Alex Arbogast, who placed sixth in the preliminary heat of the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.61. But he turned it on in the final with a great burst in the final 20 meters to finish second overall with a time of 6.53.
South Hadley’s Jonas Clark won the event, keeping his top time in the entire country of 6.28 seconds.
“I was a little nervous actually. I saw my 6.51 time and it was obviously not what I wanted and not where I was a week ago,” he said. “I was nervous and just was inching to get into the finals. Looking at the field I knew this was going to be a dogfight (in the finals) and it was. (Clark) were all around 6.4 or 6.5. Nobody really ran what we were ranked at, but it was all so close. I just beat those guys out by two one-hundredths of a second. I knew I would be chasing Jonas and I didn’t get the time that I wanted, but that’s the end of the Massachusetts season and I came out second and I am really happy with that.”
Also placing in the top six to advance to the New England Meet were Westford Academy’s Paul Bergeron, who was fourth in the two mile (9:20.50) and teammate Jack Graffeo, who was fifth in the mile (4:22.50).
Graffeo was followed by Billerica’s Kadyn Kabuga, who was sixth (4:22.76), while Lowell’s Matt Morneau was seventh in the 1,000 (2:31.85).
Greater Lowell’s Albert Ferrera was eighth in the two mile at 9:34.56.
Lowell’s 4×800 relay team of Alex Wahpo, Morneau, Jarlen Arango and David Vandi placed second at 8:03.27, while Westford finished seventh in the same race at 8:19.80.
A number of athletes competed but did not place. Those include in the hurdles, Ayer-Shirley’s Jacob Kalgren, who was 10th at 8.19, North Middlesex’s Ben Coviello, who was 15th at 8.30 and Littleton’s Cam McLeod, who was 21st at 8.48. In the dash, Lowell’s Evan Imasogie was 14th at 6.70 and was followed by Reid DuBois of Dracut, who was 22nd at 6.80. Timothy Rok of Littleton was 16th in the mile at 4:28.12. In the 600, Westford’s Austin Desisto was 18th at 1:26.68. In the 1,000, Vandi was 19th at 2:41.26 and Adam Rieden of Littleton was 20th at 2:45.77. Then in the two-mile, Lowell’s Jack Courtney was ninth at 9:34.89, Billerica’s Ryan Leslie was 10th at 9:38.49 and Littleton’s Bona Bradshaw was 23rd at 10:33.17. Littleton’s 4×400 relay team of Evan Cherry, Cam McLeod and Adam and Garret Reiden finished ninth at 3:33.13, while Dracut’s team finished 22nd at 3:44.52.
In the field events, Dracut’s Eythan Luxene was 15th in the long jump at 20-02.75 and Chelmsford’s Sankalp Bhoyer was 18th in the shot put at 46-03.75.

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