AUBURN, Mass. — The Auburn Boys Indoor Track Team took fifth place — its best finish ever by six places — in the Division 4 Championship Meet held Friday at the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center in Boston.
Two seniors will move on to the All State competition this weekend. Nathan Conway will compete in the high jump and the long jump and Dominic DiCarlo in the 55-meter dash.
Divisional placement is determined by school size, and Auburn was up against Oxford, Leicester, Millbury, Northbridge and Grafton as well as 60 or so other schools from throughout the commonwealth.
Newburyport led the division with 46 points, while Auburn garnered 27.
DiCarlo scored first for Auburn with a third-place photo finish in the 55-meter dash. Normally, the times are displayed to the 1/100 of a second, but another digit was needed for this run. Trenton Garlington from Archbishop Williams grabbed first at 6.72, Kevin Facey from Burke claimed second at 6.721, and DiCarlo clocked in at 6.726.
DiCarlo is seeded 12th in the All State meet.
Conway won the high jump with a height of 6 feet, 4 inches, tying the Auburn High School record. He attempted 6-5 for a personal best, but hit the bar each time. He is seeded third in the state meet, where the high mark is 6-6.
Conway switched shoes often Friday as he also competed in the adjacent long jump. He finished third with a leap of 20 feet, 6 inches behind Weston's Craig Shytle, who led with 21-10.5. Conway is seeded 24th at All State.
There were 36 teams in the 4x200-meter relay, and Auburn captured sixth place. The foursome included DiCarlo, Rob Anderson, Adam Gustafson and Jake Mikolajczyk.
Mikolakczyk also scored seventh in the 600-meter run.
The Auburn Girls scored no points in this tough competition, and their best was a ninth-place finish by Jess Pittman in the shot put, with a distance of 31-9.