Route 228 Invite Produces Three Meet Records!

Newton North's Theo Burba broke the 800-meter record at the Route 228 Invite on Saturday.


For an early-season meet, the New Balance/Marathon Sports Route 228 Freshmen-Sophomore Invitational had its share of quality and record-setting performances on Saturday.

The team titles went to the Dennis-Yarmouth girls and the Newton North boys. Dennis Yarmouth defeated runner-up Hopkinton, 74-69. Hingham was third with 68.5. Newton North was an 81-74 winner over second-place Cambridge Rindge & Latin. Newton South was third with 60 points.

In one of the closest races of the day. Littleton sophomore Sarah Roffman held off fellow tenth-grader Sarah Reichheld  of Concord Carlisle to take the girls' mile with a meet record of 5 minutes, 7.35 seconds. Reichheld just missed dipping under the old mark of 5:07.83 with her time of 5:07.99.

Newton North sophomore Theo Burba established a MR in the 800-meter run. Burba broke the tape in 2:00.10, erasing the 2014 record of 2:00.36 by former Concord Carlisle standout Thomas Ratcliffe.

The boys' mile was decided by a mere stride with sophomore Alex Ehrenthal of Concord Carlilse out-leaning freshman Ian Horsburgh of Newton North. Ehrenthal was timed in 4:38.50 to Horsburgh's 4:38.68, which is the second fastest time by a ninth-grader in the country.

Although not record-breaking, freshman Peter Diebold of Weston won the 400 by more than three seconds with an impressive clocking of 52.31.

In the field events, sophomore Aiden Felty of Innovation Academy set a MR in the shot put with a distance of 47 feet, 6.5 inches.