Martha’s Vineyard kicks off indoor track season with a win

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School indoor track teams kicked off their season with two meets at Wheaton College. All teams in the Eastern Athletic Conference compete at Wheaton each week.

Martha’s Vineyard competed against West Bridgewater on Thursday, and the boys won handily 74-21. The boys were victorious in 10 out of 12 events.

Multiple winners included Tom Irwin in the 55m hurdles (9.4) and long jump (18′ 5½”) and Nevin Wallis in the 600m (1:32.4) and high jump (5′ 4″). First-place finishers included Anders Nelson (shot put); Jake Janek (55m dash); Caio Protti (300m); Aivaras Gedvilas (1 mile); and Nate D’Angelo (2 mile). The 4x200m relay team of Irwin, Protti, Janek, and Wallis were first with a time of 1:41.6.

On the girls side, Livi Smith managed to score 16 points by herself. Smith was first in long (15′ 7″), 300m (45.0) and 55m hurdles (9.4). The girls team will struggle for points this year, as West Bridgewater prevailed on the scoreboard.

On Monday, the times and distances improved, but so did the opponent. Bishop Feehan is once again one of the top teams in the state, and their depth was too much for the Vineyard boys. The score was 64-36.

Gedvilas (mile, 4:45), Wallis (600m, 1:28.4), and Irwin (55m hurdles, 9.2) were victorious, as was the 4x200m relay (Protti, Nick Bonneau, Nelson, Wallis).

Livi Smith had a big meet versus Feehan, scoring 18 points. Smith registered 9.22 in the 55 hurdles, 16′ 1″ in the long jump and 44.9 in the 300m. She also was second in the high jump (4′ 6″).

State qualifiers to this point are Smith (LJ, 55m hurdles, 300m), Wallis (600m), Irwin (LJ), Janek (55m dash), Gedvilas (mile), and the boys’ 4×200 relay.

The next meet for the Vineyard is the Holiday Challenge on Sunday at Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury.