Seekonk's Andrew Cabral is the No. 1 seed in the mile where 11 have dipped under five minutes.
The underclassmen will be taking center stage this weekend with the annual Auerbach Freshmen-Sophomore meets at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center. The Large Schools will contest on Saturday, while the Small Schools will compete on Sunday.
Here we feature the Small Schools and a glimpse of some of the top events to watch.
Seekonk's Andrew Cabral appears to be the runner to beat in the mile run. Cabral is coming off a solid cross-country season where he captured the Freshmen Division 1 race at the Ocean State Invitational and was 17th overall at the All State Meet. This indoor season he clocked a best of 4:52.55, which he did to place second overall in the Frosh race at the recent Boston Holiday Challenge. Ipswich's Jack DeMarco is the No. 2 seed with a 4:54.02 best. In all, 11 runners in the field have broken five minutes.
Amherst-Pelham's Isabela Shepard is the clear-cut favorite in the girls' 600m. The talented sophomore was fourth overall in her specialty at the Boston Holiday Challenge where she crossed the line in a PB of 1:41.35. That time is four seconds ahead of her closest rival.
There's a few meet records that have a chance of being eclipsed at Sunday's meet.
Medford's John McNeil is far ahead of the field in the high jump where he owns a best of 6 feet, 3 inches, just an inch from the meet mark of 6-4. Medway's Abby Greely could challenge the MR in the girls' long jump. She did 17-2 last spring, an effort that placed her eighth overall at the Eastern Division 3 Championships as a ninth-grader. The record in this event is currently 16-11. Among other records that could fall this weekend is the boys' 4x400m relay. Dighton-Rehoboth owns a time of 3:34.70, nearly three-seconds faster than the MR of 3:37.50.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
(GIRLS compete before BOYS in running events) Field Event Starting Times: 10:00 a.m. SHOT PUT (Boys throw in the cage; Girls throw in the area to the left of the score board) Top 9 to finals LONG JUMP (Girls before Boys) --Top 9 to finals HIGH JUMP (Two Pits) -- Opening Heights: Girls - 4'04"; Boys - 5'00" [Starts after Hurdles/Dash] Running Events (first event check in 10:15 a.m. then listen for call: ONE MILE RUN - FINAL - Sections on time, fastest section last 600 METERS - FINAL - Sections on time, fastest section last* 1000 METERS - FINAL - Sections on time, fastest section last* 300 METERS - FINAL - Sections on time, fastest section last TWO MILE RUN - FINAL - Sections on time, fastest section last 4 x 200 Meter Relay - Sections on time (A teams only, NO B teams allowed)* 4 x 400 Meter Relay - Sections on time (A teams only, NO B teams allowed)* *Lane preferences for these events: 5-6-4-3-2-1. INFIELD START TIME: 10:00am [Check in for Hurdles 9:40am] Hurdle Trials: serpentine seeding based on entry time, fast to slow, fastest 16 advance to a two-section final. Dash Trials: serpentine seeding based on entry time, fast to slow, fastest 16 advance to a two-section final. Hurdle Finals: BOYS before GIRLS Dash Finals: GIRLS before BOYS