By Tony Capobianco
Saugus senior captain Joe Alba hung up his wrestling shoes for the final time in his high school career and quickly grabbed his spikes for the upcoming track season. Alba is also the senior captain of the Saugus track team and considers it to be his favorite sport.
“This season I want to be a great leader and want to go out there and do the best I can,” Alba said. “Since track has been my sport forever and it’s my senior year, I want to do the best I can and show everyone what I am capable of.”
Alba closed out his wrestling career with a personal best 24-9 record. Alba was recovering from a shoulder injury that occurred late in the season. He toughed it out for a total of four matches in the D3 North Section Tournament in Melrose, saying, “I was in a lot of pain but I didn’t let it slow me down.”
“It was hard,” Alba said. “I mean, wrestling with any kind of injury is awful, but I faced the same struggle last year with my right shoulder, but this year it was my left. My coach didn’t want me to go out there because he didn’t want me to make it worse, but I ended up going out there and doing the best I could possibly do.”
Alba considers himself a utility runner, meaning he can be both a sprinter and distance runner. His best events are the 400- and 800-meter dash, as well as the long jump. “If [the coaches] need me to run in any event, they will put me in it because I love to try new events,” Alba said.
Alba said he plans to run track and cross-country at St. Joseph’s College in Standish, Maine, next year. “I really like the coach and it’s somewhere I can see myself going in the future,” Alba said.