Warriors have a field day against Watertown
Published in the May 11, 2016 edition
WAKEFIELD — The Warrior girls’ outdoor track team has come in second in the Middlesex League Freedom division the past two years. But on Monday afternoon, Wakefield assured that won’t happen again this spring.
The Warriors clinched at least a share of the M.L. Freedom division championship with a decisive 109-27 victory over Watertown at the Beasley Track and Field facility.
Wakefield increased its league record to 4-0 and needs one more victory over its nemesis Burlington on Thursday afternoon at Beasley to secure the championship outright. The Red Devils have defeated the Warriors for the league title two years in a row and Wakefield will be looking for a little revenge against twice-beaten Burlington.
“Wakefield clinched at least part of the title with the victory over Watertown yesterday (Monday),” said Coach Karen Barrett. “Burlington has two losses and I am sure they would like nothing better than to come to Wakefield on Thursday and beat us. We will work very hard to prevent that from happening.”
Abby Harrington, a junior, started off the meet winning the 400 hurdles with a time of 68.6 seconds. She also won the long jump with a leap of 15-8. Harrington ran the 800 for the first time in a dual meet and placed second with a 2:34.
“She continues to be a phenomenal competitor, I am really proud of her,” said Barrett.
Junior Marissa Hoffman and freshman Michelle Maffe took second and third in the 400 hurdles running times of 79.4 seconds and 87.9 seconds.
In the mile, Amanda Westlake, a freshman, took second with a 5:57.
Allee Purcell, a sophomore, and Brigid Scanlon, a junior, were second and third in the high jump as they cleared 4-9 and 4-7. Purcell also continued to dominate winning the 200 meter dash and 400 meter run with times of 27.8 seconds 61.0 seconds.
Kaylin Stewart and Jill Cataldo, both seniors, finished off the sweep in the long jump with distances of 14-4 and 14-0 1/2.
The big star of the day was senior captain Sam Ross. She broke the school record in the triple jump with a leap of 34-9.
“That was her goal since her freshman year and I am so happy she achieved it,” said Barrett. “Sam is a big part of the team’s success.
Ross took first in the triple jump and the 100 meter dash with a time 13.3 seconds. She also was second in the 200 as she clocked in at 28.3 seconds.
Avery Parece and Sarah Buckley, both seniors, finished off the triple jump sweep with jumps of 31-2 and 31-1. Buckley and Parece also took first and second in the 100 hurdles with times of 17.1 seconds and 17.6 seconds.
Stewart completed the sweep in the 100 hurdles with a time of 18.4 seconds.
Freshman Eadeen Beck continues to dominate the shot put with a winning throw of 31-9. Sophomore Sam Nimblett and Kellyanne Conlon completed the sweep with distances of 23-9 and 23-3.
Senior captain Julia Derendal continued her winning ways taking first in the javelin and discus with throws of 93-0 and 84-7.
Alex Rollins, a junior, and Rylee Parent, a sophomore, finished off the sweep in the javelin with throws of 84-7 and 71-6.
Beck and Rollins closed out the scoring in the discus with a 78-2 personal best for Beck and a 62-2 for Rollins as they captured second and third to complete the sweep.
“The throwers swept all three events for the first time in my coaching career,” said Barrett.
Cassie Lucci, a junior, took third in the 800 meter run with a 2:35.
In the 400 meter run, Hailey Lovell, a sophomore, ran a great race to take second with a time of 64.1 seconds.
“It was her first time doing this event and I was really impressed,” said Barrett.
Ana Lucas, a sophomore, ran a much improved race in the 100 taking second at 13.6 seconds.
In the two mile, junior Jordan Stackhouse and senior captain Sara Custodio took first and third at 13:00 and 13:54.
The 4×100 relay team won with Parece, Lovell, Lucas and Buckley. Watertown won the 4×400 relay.
“We will continue to prepare for our big meet against Burlington on Thursday,” said Barrett. “The girls need to stay focused and continue to work hard to beat Burlington. They always come prepared.”
Barrett is hoping that will be the case tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 p.m. at Beasley in the dual meet finale.