Old Rochester track coach Cindy Tilden knows making the jump from Div. 5 to Div. 4 is a big one, but she has confidence in the Bulldogs, who are coming off South Coast Conference meet championships for boys and girls on Saturday.

“We’re in a new division,” she said. “It’s a lot more difficult. I know some of these teams are extremely strong. I hope they go and perform at their best. We want to make a statement that we’ve been moved and make their presence known.”

The ORR girls are sending all three relays — 4x200 (sixth; 1:50.69), 4x400 (11th; 4:21.45) and 4x800 (17th; 10:44.40) — as well as 14 individuals to Wednesday’s Div. 4 Track and Field Championship at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston.

Lea Bourgeois (sixth; 7.55) and Ava Ciffolillo (23rd; 7.79) will run in the 55-meter dash while Mikayla Chandler will compete in the adaptive 55 dash (10.71) and adaptive shot put (20-07.50). Both Maya Doonan (23rd; 44.80) and Rachael Fantoni (30th; 45.96) have qualified in the 300 while Madisen Martin (eighth; 3:09.41) and Sydney Green (31st; 3:28.47) will run the 1,000. Martin also qualified in the mile (14th; 5:31.98). Emma Carroll (mile; 28th; 5:44.29) and Rosemary Loer (2-mile; 32nd; 13:23.41) will take care of the distance events while Caroline Thomas will high jump (ninth; 5-00). Representing ORR in the 55 hurdles are Rachel Demmer (12th; 9.21), Kristina Hopkins (24th; 9.45), Caroline Murphy (29th; 9.66) and Shyann Jaques (30th; 9.67).

Harry Smith has a shot at winning the 55 hurdles, seeded second (7.75) in the event. He’ll also compete in the shot put (16th; 42-11.50).

“He’s in a pretty good position,” said Tilden. “He’s been running well all season long and he’s been running against those boys all season long.”

Both Will Garcia and Anthony Childs have qualified in the 55 dash and 300. Garcia is seeded 23rd in the dash (6.94) and 17th in the 300 (37.93) while Childs is 20th in the 300 (38.08) and 31st in the dash (7.06). It’s up in the air as to whether they’ll run both events.

“We’re going to pick and choose,” said Tilden, noting that Garcia and Anthony are on the team’s 4x200 relay team (20th; 1:39.27).

Adam Sylvia plans to run in both the mile (ninth; 4:34.87) and 2-mile (19th; 10:37.40) for the first time at the divisional meet.

“He’s having a fantastic season,” Tilden said. “He’s dropped a lot of time.”

Also representing the Bulldogs are Tucker Guard in the 55 hurdles (25th; 8.61), Geoffrey Noonan in the 1,000 (15th; 2:44.39) and Owen Gleasure (12th; 5-10) and Tucker Figueiredo (21st; 5-08) in the high jump. ORR will also compete in the 4x800 relay (22nd; 9:02.43).

“It’s a quick turnover. The SCC championship was just on Saturday,” Tilden said. “Hopefully they have enough left in their legs.”

LAKERS LOOK TO KEEP IT GOING

Apponequet is hoping to carry the momentum from a strong regular season into the Div. 4 meet with several qualifiers.

Caitlin Sardelis will have a busy day, competing in the 55 hurdles (sixth; 9.08), 300 (21st; 44.62) and long jump (sixth; 16-11).

“The hurdles is where she has the best chance of qualifying for All-States in,” said coach Dan Rutledge, noting that Sardelis moved on last year in the event.

Jordan McCloskey will compete in the 55 dash (12th; 7.67), and 300 (12th; 43.46) along with teammate Madison Ashley (17th; 43.83)

Freshmen Maggie Gallagher (21st; 5:41.57) and Peyton Ewan (22nd; 5:41.57) will see how they stack up in the mile.

“Making states as a freshman is pretty unheard of,” said Rutledge.

After a five-inch PR at the MSTCA Coaches Invitational, Rache Balboni is seeded third (5-03) in the high jump in front of teammate Jordan Loud (17th; 4-11).

“I hope that they make some personal records and have a positive experience at the state level and a couple will move on to All-States,” Rutledge said.

The Apponequet boys have high hopes with two individuals seeded in the top five in their respective events.

After a personal-record at the SCC championship meet, Kaiden Swainamer is ranked first in the shot put (48-07.00) while Sam Ferreira is seeded fourth in the high jump (6-02).

“I think he has more left to do,” said Rutledge of Ferreira, who qualified for All-States last winter.

In addition to the 4x800 relay (13th; 8:54.35), Nick Rosselli will run the 2-mile (31st; 10:44.90) while Andrew Peterson will compete in the 55 hurdles (18th; 8:49).

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