A sprained AC joint in his throwing shoulder suffered during football made for a slow start to the indoor track season for Bradley Harunkiewicz, but the Wareham senior is coming into form at just the right time.
He had his best throw of the season in winning the South Coast Conference shot put title (52-09.75) on Saturday.
Harunkiewicz will see how he stacks up against the top throwers in Div. 5 on Thursday at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston.
He’s seeded third in the event (52-09.75) behind Innovation’s Aiden Felty (57-04.75) and Athol’s Kris Selanis (54-10.50).
“He’s looking for the top three to qualify for All-States,” said Wareham coach Chris Gardner. “If he does what he can do, he should be fine. He’s been throwing well lately.”
Harunkiewicz finished fourth a year ago at the divisional meet, but won both the Div. 4 shot put and discus in the spring.
“He’s been progressing well the last couple of years,” Gardner said. “His spring junior year everything really clicked. Now he’s throwing farther than he ever has.”
Also representing Wareham are Alex Moulding in the mile (30th; 4:59.79) and Izak Salim in the 1,000 (19th; 2:52.18). Salim will team up with Dante Andrade, Raven Jones and Xavier Jenkins in the 4x400 relay (21st; 3;54.28).
“They’re happy to be there,” Gardner said. “They want to run. They’re excited to be able to run and see what happens.”
Fairhaven’s Evan Ferro, Bryce Duprey, Isaac Tortorella and Dylan Fonseca are making their first trip to the divisional meet. Ferro (23rd; 7.04) and Duprey (28th; 7.09) will run the 55 dash while Tortorella (17th; 1:30.85) and Fonseca (24th; 1:31.94) will compete in the 600. Ferro, Duprey, Matt Aviza and Flynn Bourgault will run on the team’s 4x200 relay team that is seeded 11th (1:39.27).
“We’re hoping to get a personal best in the relay,” said Fairhaven coach Jessica Pilla. “They’ve worked really hard all season.”
For Bishop Stang, Matt Pauliks will run the 55 dash (26th; 7.08), Adian O’Malley will compete in the 2-mile (18th; 10:39.36) and Chris Desmaris will long jump (27th; 18-08.00).
GERBIG SETTING BAR HIGH
Consistency has been a key this season for Taylor Gerbig in the high jump. The Wareham senior has consistently jumped around five feet in going undefeated during SCC dual meets. She also won the conference championship with a jump of 5-feet, 2-inches.
She enters the Div. 5 meet seeded fourth in the high jump (5-03).
“Her goal is to place in the top three and make it to the next level,” said Gardner. “ She’s been jumping well.”
Gerbig will also run the 55 hurdles (30th; 9.96) as one of three Wareham athletes competing in two individual events.
Jill Rawding is ranked 10th in the long jump (16-03.00) and 23rd in the 55 dash (7.90) while Renneanna Dillen is seeded 29th in both the 1,000 (3:26.12) and mile (5:51.81).
Natalia Moulding is making her first appearance. She’ll run the 600 (24th; 1:51.20).
All four girls will compete on Wareham’s 4x400 relay team that is seeded 21st (4:44.80).
Pilla has high hopes for juniors Samantha Hathaway and Samantha Fernandes. Hathaway is seeded 16th in the 1,000 (3:18.07) while Fernandes is ranked 15th in the mile (5:37.05). Last year, they didn’t compete in their individual events to focus on the team’s 4x800 relay.
“They’re both really excited to run in their individual events,” Pilla said. “They’re both hoping to have a good race.”
Cailin Aubut will represent Fairhaven in the 300 (32nd; 45.89).
For Bishop Stang, Amber Lattuca is seeded fifth in the 300 (42.73).
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