MOROCCO | Bishop Noll’s team bus broke down on the way to Thursday night’s Greater South Shore Conference meet, and the Warriors didn’t arrive at North Newton until about 5:30 p.m.
Once the Warriors got on the track, they had all their pistons firing, even with a steady rain falling through much of the meet. Noll used its depth to overcome a strong start by the host Spartans to come away with a 149-127 victory over North Newton. Wheeler was a third with 110.
“I think we scored in every single event except the pole vault, which we didn’t have an entry,” Noll coach Chris Nicolini said. “Some better than others. We got 10 points in the discus I didn’t expect.”
Noll senior Donavan Hayes won the long jump and 200 meters and was on the winning 400 and 1,600 relays to help the cause. Classmate Brayden Banske won the 400 and was on both winning relays.
“The seniors, they really want to do it,” Nicolini said.
Will Kasprzycki and Lee Howard finished 1-2 in the high jump for Noll, and Sal Cordova took second in the 3,200. Kasprzycki also placed third in the high jump.
“We had no goose eggs, and that had a lot to do for us winning the meet, that‘s for sure,” Nicolini said.
North Newton went 1-2 in the pole vault and the high hurdles to build the early lead. Schuyler Gargano won the pole vault, while Andrew Harwood was second. Austin Olive and Gargano did likewise in the high hurdles.
“We didn’t give it away. Bishop Noll just won it,” North Newton coach Tim Loughmiller said. “We scored where we thought we could.
“For the most part our kids performed. They were just a little stronger, a little more depth. You’ve got to tip your hat to them.”
It was Noll’s first GSSC crown in four years.
“I’m really grateful that everybody waited for us and gave us reasonable time to warm up,” Nicolini said. “It certainly wasn’t our fault.”