AYER — The Ayer boys track team received outstanding efforts from its nucleus and powered its way to a sweep over Tahanto and Parker School. The Panthers registered 14-first place finishes en route to a 102-34 victory over Tahanto and added 11 golds as they rolled past Parker School 95-41.
Zak Keeley paced the Panthers by capturing a trio of events against both opponents and adding another gold plus a silver. He won the javelin with a toss of 131-1, the 110 high hurdles with a clocking of 16.8, and the 400 intermediate hurdles with a time of 64.6. He also won the high jump against Tahanto and finished second against Parker.
Sylvester Marshall and Ryan Bota were instrumental in the twin-killing, as each picked up four golds and two silvers. Marshall finished on top in both the triple jump, with a leap of 39-1, and the 100 meters, with a clocking of 11.6, and added a pair of second-place finishes in the long jump. He was also a member of the Panthers’ victorious 4 X 100 relay team, along with Seean Jones, Austin Luckey and Zak Walker, that blazed a 48.0. Bota captured the long jump with a leap of 18-8 and the 200 meters in 23.9, and added two seconds in the 100 meters.
Nick Guthiel got the Panthers off to a quick start by capturing a pair of field events against both opponents. He won the shot put with a toss of 41-2 and the discus (110-5).
Andrew Stiling enjoyed a productive afternoon as he picked up a pair of first-place finishes in the mile with a time of 5:08, a first- and second-place finish in the 800 meters (2:23), and a second and third in the javelin.
Lindsey Mullan and Scott Newman also chipped in to key the win. Mullan finished first and second in the 400 meters and added a third in the javelin while Newman picked up a pair of second-place finishes in the 110 high hurdles, and a pair of thirds in the 400 intermediate hurdles.
Parker School earned a split on the day by posting a 75-61 win over Tahanto, led by Mike Sshchyk and Lincoln Littlefield. Sushchyk earned victories in both the discus (92-4) and the 400 meters (54.3), while adding a third-place finish in the triple jump. He was also a member of the victorious 4 X 400 relay team (3:57.7), along with James Stamm, Joe Gale and Littlefield.
Littlefield picked up first-place finishes in both the high jump (5-8) and the 400 meters (1:06.6).
Aaron Kreiger also came up big for Parker School, capturing the triple jump with a leap of 37-7, and adding second-place finishes in the 200 meters and the long jump.