AYER — The Ayer boys track team left nothing to chance when they entertained Maynard as they strived to keep their record unblemished. The Panthers racked up first-place finishes in all six field events to grab an early lead, and they never looked back as they posted a convincing 84-52 victory.
The meet was the league opener for the Panthers, who improved to 4-0 on the season. Ayer was led by a number of athletes who enjoyed productive meets.
Crawford Kilpatrick led the way for Ayer with a trio of first place finishes. The senior captured the triple jump with a leap of 40-1, the 100 meter hurdles with a clocking of 16.0, and the 200 meters in 24.6. He tacked on a third place finish in the long jump to cap an outstanding day.
D.J. Trinque also came up big for the Panthers, prevailing in the shot put with a toss of 43-6 and the javelin with a toss of 152-2. The junior continued his string of strong early season performances.
The Panthers struck gold in 11 of the 16 events to key the victory. Also finishing on top were Jesse Rende (114-6 in the discus), Payne (19-5.5 in the long jump), Isiah Connor (44.3 in the 300 meter intermediate hurdles), and Armstrong (2:23 in the 800 meters).
Senior Mike Racca and sophomore Charlie Jones were also key cogs in the victory. Racca won the 3200 meters with a time of 12:12, and added second-place finishes in the javelin and the 1600 meters. Jones captured the high jump with a leap of 5-8, while adding second-place finishes in the 100 meters and the 400 meters.
Derreck Bacon also chipped in for the Panthers, finishing second in the 200 meters and third in the 100 meters.
Ayer will next tangle with Parker School on Thursday afternoon, before continuing their league season when they host Littleton on Tuesday, April 25.