Depth Prevails As Central Catholic, Woburn Win Team Crowns At Division 2 State Relays

Central Catholic and Woburn emerged the boys' and girls' team champions, respectively at Saturday's MSTCA Division 2 State Relays.

Central Cathlolic narrowly defeated second-place Woburn, 44.5-43, to snare its crown. The Raiders relied on their depth, scoring in eight of the 10 events.

Central Catholic mustered just one victory, capturing the shot put relay with a combined distance of 142 feet, 4 inches. The Raiders also garnered a pair of runner-up placements in the 50-yard shuttle hurdle relay (26.44 seconds) and the 4x50y relay (22.56).

In the girls' meet, Woburn beat North Andover, 49-42. The Tanners, who placed in seven of the 10 events, won the shuttle hurdlle relay (31.56) and the distance medley relay (12:44.45). Woburn was also second in the 4x400m (4:07.24) and 4x800m (9:49.28) relays.

The Natick girls clocked a nation No. 2 in the 4x800m relay where it was timed in a meet record of 9:27.08. Fitchburg copped the boys' 4x200m relay with a fast time of 1:30.50, which currently ranks ninth in the country.

Spurred by a 4:15 mile leg from All American Ryan Oosting, Arlington ran the fastest time so far in the boys' DMR, combining for a winning time of 10:28.0.

In one of the closest races of the day, Woburn held on to win the boys' 4x400m relay. The Tanners combined for a time of 3:29.08. Mansfield was a few strides behind in second (3:29.72). Finishing third was North Andover (3:29.97).

Defending champion Marshfield edged Natick and Plymouth North to win its second straight 4x800m title. The Rams finished with a time of 8:09.75. Natick was second at 8:10.31, while P-N was third in 8:11.05.