Franklin Boys Track Driven by “Dream Team”


4×400 team at indoor track nationals in March. left to right:Stephen Parece, Paul O’Donoghue, Connor Donahue and Andrew Hood. photo from facebook.

Jonathan Geromini

In sports, dream teams don’t appear frequently and they don’t assemble very often. But when they do it is truly amazing to witness the things that they accomplish and the heights they reach when they are together. The dream team the Franklin boys track team has is the 4×400 relay team of Andrew Hood, Paul O’Donoghue, Stephen Parece and Connor Donahue.

In case you have not heard of the foursome here are some facts about them. They are all seniors, they are all in the top ten of the Hockomock League in their individual events (Hood in Mile, Parece in the 800 meter run and both O’Donoghue and Donahue in the 400 meter dash) and all have tremendous personal records in the 400 with Hood at 50.7, O’Donoghue at 51.2, Parece at 51.5 and Donahue at 50.5.

The team has created quite a legacy for themselves the two years they have been together. It started when the four came together for the first time their junior year when they arrived in a big way by placing 3rd at the Hockomock Championships in indoor track with a time of 3:34:74 showing the whole league that they were a force to be reckon with. But that was just a preview of what was to come for the team.

The team regrouped at the beginning of the indoor track season in December and started off the year with a time of 3:36:08, and then the team went on a historic run that may not be duplicated for a long time. First the team placed third in Hocks and at the Division 1 meet, the team ran with junior Tom Sameski instead of Parece for those two meets. Then at the All-state Championship meet with Parece back on the team they ran an amazing 3:26:76 shattering the school record and placing 5th.  They would go onto place 6th at the New England Regional meet and compete at nationals for indoor track.

The team was not done there.  Early in the outdoor track season the four defined more odds when they won the State Coaches Invitational and set a new school record in outdoor track at 3:26:17. Just recently the team finished second at the Hockomock League Championships in outdoor track with a time of 3:27:77.

The team seems ready to make one last deep run into the state championships and beyond. These four runners will always have a place in Franklin track history and should be recognized for all that they achieved.  When it is all set and done they will go down as one of, if not the greatest 4×400 team in Franklin High School history.