Nevin Wallace represented Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School’s indoor track team last weekend at the All State tournament. Wallace, a junior, placed 19th out of 23 in the boys 600 meter run with a time of 1.25.19.

Livy Smith also qualified for the state tournament in hurdles and long jump. However, she was unable to compete due to a scheduling overlap.

Though the Vineyarders did not score points at All State tournament (the top eight places are given points), Coach Joe Schroeder said he was happy with the performance. The 600 meter was a tight race, Mr. Schroeder said, and Wallace was unable to break out and get his stride.

“He ran just a little bit slower than he did the week before, but all the kids in his heat were seeded with the same time so there was a lot of joggling for position,” Mr. Schroeder said. “He ran really well and had a great experience.”

Now in its second year, the indoor track program is becoming more established at the school, Mr. Schroeder said.

“We made great strides this year,” he said. “It was a lot of fun. The kids were used to the routine and more mentally prepared for what the season brings.”

Since the indoor track team practices outdoors, the athletes also benefitted from a mild winter, he said. When temperatures get too low, the team takes to the hallways of the high school to practice.

The indoor track team has also been busy breaking school records this year. At the divisional meet two weeks ago, Nate D’Angelo broke the record in the two mile and Madison Moreis set a new record for high jump. The boys 4x200 relay also set a new school record. Livy Smith was responsible for breaking four school records; she and Madison Moreis brought their team to 15th out of 41 schools at divisional. Wallace had set a school record in the 600 meter and the high jump, and long jump and shot put records were also broken.

Pleased with the overall performance of the four girls and 12 boys on the team, Mr. Schroeder said he hopes participation grows in next year’s winter program and the team can continue to advance their overall placements.

Now, the coach and several winter track team members are gearing up for spring track, which begins on March 21.