Published in the December 21, 2016 edition


LYNNFIELD — The girls’ indoor track and field team opened the season with a 38-38 tie versus the Hamilton-Wenham Generals and a 58-27 loss to the Amesbury Indians.

Among the meet highlights was a sweep in the mile relay against both teams by the foursome of freshman Danielle Percoskie (70), freshman Lily Rothwell (74), senior Lilli Patterson (69) and junior anchor Kate Mitchell (64). They ran a combined time of 4:38.64

“Kate Mitchell also qualified for states in the 1,000-meter run with a first-place finish and a time of 3:09,” added head coach Liane Cook.

“We have a lot of young talent on the team and kids who came out this year for the first time who scored for us,” Cook added.

Among them were Danielle Percoskie in the 300m (48.51), who took second versus H-W and third against the Indians.

Sophomore twins Brianna Barrett and Ashley Barrett also scored in the 600m and 1000m, respectively. Brianna (2:06.85) took third versus H-W in the 600m while Ashley (3:51.12) took second against H-W in the 1,000m.

High jumper Megan Battaglia (4’2″) leapt to asecond place finish against Amesbury.

Additional meet highlights

Patterson (8.44) grabbed second against both teams in the 55m hurdles while Maddie Gibbons took third against Amesbury (8.87).

Hurdler Brie Giamarco (10.6) earned second against H-W and third versus Amesbury.

The Pioneer distance runners had a strong showing as well. In the two mile, Cristina Kinslieh (14:23) won the event against the Generals and finished second versus the Indians.

Miler Emma Ricciardi (6:17.37) earned second against both opponents while teammate Sarah Bartolotta (6:33.92) took third against both teams.

The shot put duo of Rachel DiTullio (25’9″) and Abbie Dickey (25’4″) also earned valuable points. DiTullio placed first against H-W and second versus Amesbury while Dickey earned second and third, respectively, against those opponents.