WHS Runner Ranked Among Best in U.S.; Boys’ Hoops, Girls’ Hockey on Streaks

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A Watertown runner turned in one of the best runs in the whole nation at a recent indoor track meet.

Watertown junior Austin Lin turned in a time of 50.03 in the 400 at the at the recent Boston University mini-meet. The time ranks him the seventh fastest high school runner in the indoor 400 in the United States.

The boys’ and girls’ indoor track teams also scored their first wins on Jan. 6, beating Stoneham 46-42 and 44-42, respectively. The girls also beat Melrose 45-40 on Tuesday.

Boys’ Basketball Routs Opponents

The Watertown boys’ basketball team is back on the right side of .500 after winning four straight wins.

The Raiders beat Melrose 78-58 on Friday night. Before that, they defeated Burlington 73-64 on Jan. 6 in a road game, then routed Stoneham 75-53 at home on Jan. 9 and on Tuesday Watertown traveled to Wilmington where the Raiders won 86-64.

Watertown’s record is 5-4, and the win over Stoneham also gained the Raiders a berth into the MIAA Div. 3 state tournament via the Sullivan Rule. The rule gives teams with at least a .500 record against teams in their same division entry into the tournament.

Maraiders Making Strides

The Watertown-Belmont girls’ hockey team has strung together six straight wins. The co-op team, known as the Maraiders, beat Melrose 2-0 on Wednesday, won 7-0 at Wilmington last Saturday, and on Jan. 7 they beat Stoneham at Ryan Arena 6-0.

The team improved to 8-2-1.

Raiders Briefs

Watertown’s girls’ basketball team improved its record to 9-0 with a win Friday over Melrose, 57-29 and a victory over Stoneham 54-19 on Jan. 9.

The boys’ hockey team skated to a 1-1 tie last Saturday at Wilmington and won 4-1 against Melrose on Wednesday. The team is now 6-1-2.

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