The Anchor Man
Yandoli stars for Northeast 4 X 100 relay team
By Cary Shuman
Joshua Yandoli is making a name for himself in the Northeast Regional Vocational High School boys track program. And with two seasons left in the program, the best may be yet to come for the 16-year-old sophomore from Revere.
Yandoli concluded a stellar season for the Golden Knights, anchoring the 4 X 100-meter relay team to a fourth-place finish in the Commonwealth Athletic Conference Meet and a sixth-place finish in the State Vocational Meet.
Yandoli teamed up with Zachary Sanderson of Saugus, Java Velez of Chelsea, and Tyrese Jones of Woburn to finish in first place in five dual meets this season. The relay team’s success continued in the CAC Meet at Shawsheen Tech (Billerica) and the State Vocational Meet at Blue Hills Regional (Canton), where all vocational school track teams in the state competed.
“It’s my second year in track, but this was our first year together as a 4 X 100 relay team,” said Yandoli, a 5-foot-8-inch, 135-pound speedster. “We have a great coach [Mike Shaw] and I’m learning a lot from him about running.”
He also competes in the triple jump where he has a personal best of 34 feet, 8 inches, and the 200 meters.
This fall, Yandoli will begin his his second year in the Northeast football program following four years of participation in the Revere Junior Patriots Pop Warner program. He was a member of the Golden Knights special teams this season and hopes to make the transition to running back.
Yandoli attended the Whelan and Rumney Marsh Schools in Revere. He began playing flag football and Cal Ripken Baseball when he was five years old.
Yandoli, who specializes in plumbing at Northeast, hopes to continue his track career in college. His mother, Laurine, was a strong supporter of the Northeast track team this spring.
“I’m extremely proud of him,” said Laurine. “He’s an outstanding young man.”