Bossio, Wright lead Pittsfield track teams to wins over Drury
PITTSFIELD -- Evan Bossio didn't make the Pittsfield High School baseball team this year -- which may have been the best thing to happen to him this spring.
Bossio, a junior, continued a breakout first season with the track and field team on Tuesday, winning both the 200 meters and the javelin in the Generals' 119-22 win over Drury at Taconic High School. The PHS girls completed a sweep, getting two wins from Amanda Wright and a sweep of the relays to beat the Blue Devils 104-37.
Bossio cruised to a 200 win in 23.49 seconds, and won the javelin with a throw of 148 feet, 8 inches.
"I don't think I could have asked for much more. It's really good to feel that turnaround," Bossio said.
The time he's always trying to beat in the 200 is 23.5. That was the top time his father, Robert, ran as a high schooler. Tuesday marked the second time Bossio has run a faster time than his father's best.
"I got into the 200 because my dad used to run it when he was in high school," Bossio said. "Beating him was a big inspiration for me."
Pittsfield also got a two-win day from Amancho Adopo, who won the long jump (18-9) and high jump (5-4). Pittsfield's boys also swept the relays.
Drury's top performer was freshman Connor Meehan, who won both the 800 (2:12.12) and mile (4:50.81) on Tuesday.
"I thought [the mile] was all right; 4:50 is my second-best time," he said. "I had some pretty good splits, so I'm happy with the time.
"I was a little tired after the mile, but going out and getting a win, and tying my personal best [in the 800] is pretty good."
Pittsfield's Aaron Coty won the 110 hurdles in 17.23. He said the time is much better, especially in his return to the track after a year off.
"It's all about getting in the groove of things," Coty said. "I've got good coaches, and [fellow hurdler] Josh Bonny keeping me ahead of the game."
Pittsfield girls coach Stephanie Ambrose made a few lineup changes, leaving Wright out of her usual 100 and 200. It didn't matter; she won the 400 (1:05.2) and the long jump (14-3 1/2), ran the anchor leg of the 400 relay (53.5) and took second in the triple jump to teammate Taylor Patti, who jumped 31-3 1/2.
"Coach just wanted to throw me in different events to see how I would do. It was pretty exciting," Wright said. "It felt pretty good to win [the 400], considering it was my first time doing it."
And Wright found out the hard way why some feel the 400 is the toughest running event there is. She said she hit her wall, so to speak, in the final 100 meters of the sprint around the track.
"I just pump my arms, look at the finish line and say ‘I can do it. I'm almost there,' " Wright said.
Drury's Alyssa Marceau swept the hurdle events, winning both the 100 (16.8) and 400 (1:12.9) events. Celene Koperek won the 800 (2:43) for Drury, while Breanna Simard won the discus (66-1).
"I know Alyssa got under 17 for the first time. That's a PR for her," Blue Devils coach Jim Buffoni said. "She's right at 1:12 in the 400s, so that's great.
"Celene goes out and runs the mile and the 800 and does a good job in both. She's working on getting those times down."
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