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Milford Boys Track Exceeds Expectations

Members of the Milford High School Boys and Girls Winter Track Teams along with coach Derek Rose at the sectionals. Contributed photo
First year head coach Derek Rose was pleasantly surprised with the performance of his boys track team this season. The Milford High coach said the squad was stronger than expected, with a talented mix of upperclassmen and talented youngsters.
"They definitely exceeded my expectations in dedication and overall effort," Rose said. "We felt like we could have taken a couple more wins in the dual meet season if not for a lot of factors."
Rose pointed to injuries and illnesses during the year that set the squad back en route to a 1-4 record in Hockomock League dual meets. 
"We missed out on some wins that could have been there," Rose said. "It was definitely not for lack of effort. The overall effort was outstanding. They worked hard, and that's all you can ask for."
The effort produced plenty of positive results. Louis Goncalves qualified for the Division 3 state meet in the hurdles and ran a time of 8.52 seconds. Cam Clark qualified in the hurdles, the 300, and as a member of the 4x200 relay team. Another well-rounded athlete, Gerson Migliorini, participated in the long jump, qualified in the 300 and as the anchor on the 4x200 relay team.
Migliorini also smashed the school's indoor record in the long jump, leaping 19'11" — well beyond the previous record of 18'8".
Rose also hyped the success of a freshman on the squad, Joey Madden. The youngster qualified for the states in the 1,000 and the 600. He ran a 1:30.08 in the latter event, the fastest time for a freshman in program history. 
Rounding out the strong state meet contingent was Chris Cicciu, who ran the 600, along with the 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams. The 4x400 lineup of Cicciu, Madden, Jared Luce, and Leo Moronta, came within three seconds of a school record.
"That was pretty big for a group we basically just threw together," Rose said.
The head coach said his team was very competitive during the dual meet schedule. They came within 22 points of the eventual Davenport Division champion from Sharon and lost by a relay to Foxboro.
"That's substantial growth from the way we started the year," Rose said. "The overall growth in the kids was great, especially from the kids who came out for track from the first time.
"As a first year coach, coming from Mansfield, not knowing what to expect, I was very happy to see how hard they worked," the coach added. "The came out, showed up every day, and never complained about having to come in at 8 a.m. on a Saturday or workout over vacation."
The Scarlet Hawks will graduate 12 seniors from the 42-athlete roster, Rose said.




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