Nashoba wins boys' Class B crown

Posted: May 13, 2012 at 1:14 am

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LUNENBURG -- All coaches love balanced attacks.

Luckily for Nashoba Regional boys' outdoor track coach Jim Nosel, he's got a team dominated by balance.

The Chieftains, backed by several personal bests and impressive performances throughout the day, made it back-to-back Class B titles at the District E Class Meet Saturday afternoon at sunny Lunenburg High School.

"I'm happy to win our class, I really am. In the league we were undefeated, but at the same time, we haven't been turning in stellar performances in the last two or three weeks," Nosel said. "For the kids to come back today and all those PRs, that's huge for the team.

"Nashoba has always had a strong foundation on distance, but this is probably the first year in six that we've been balanced -- field events, distance, hurdles. That was the difference this year because we're a much more balanced team. Even those kids that balance out the team, they're scoring in the top six, so that's not too shabby."

Nashoba posted 93 total points for the Class B championship. Lunenburg followed in second with 62 points and Oakmont Regional was third with 55.

"Coming in here we knew it was going to be difficult to beat Nashoba because Nashoba is very good," Lunenburg coach Bob Truax said. "But I was happy with how we performed."

Just about everything went well for Nashoba, except another injury to 100-meter dash star John Ojukwu, who came up lame with a slightly pulled hamstring and didn't

"We'll probably rest him in the league meet on Wednesday and work him back into the district meet," said Nosel, adding it was Ojukwu's first time on the track in two weeks because of injury. "I'm not overly concerned about it, but his comeback routine is going to change a little bit in these two weeks. It's one of those things, 'We need you in two weeks, what do we have to do?'"

Senior Jair Cruikshank led a host of Nashoba first-place efforts with a victory in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 56.95 seconds.

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