Published in the April 27, 2018 edition.
WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield High girls’ track and field team hosted Wilmington on Tuesday, looking to continue their great start to the 2018 outdoor season. After another excellent performance from multiple athletes, the Warriors defeated Wilmington, 103-33 at the last home meet of the season to bring their record to 3-0.
Lillian Jones started it off with a win in the 400 hurdles, running a 74.2. Jones also won the 100 hurdles with an 18.2.
“She continues to impress me with her great efforts,” said Wakefield head coach Karen Barrett.
Michelle Maffe was 3rd in the 400 hurdles with an 81.6.
Freshman Audrey Schopperle ran a fantastic mile clocking in at 5:55. This was her first win.
“I’m really happy to see her running consistently under 6 minutes,” said Barrett.
Retta Carroll fought hard and got a 2nd in the mile with a 5:59. Freshman Maggie Ritchie finished the Warrior sweep, getting a 3rd with a 6:15.
Olivia Fetherston won the high jump with 5’0”. She also won the long jump with a 15’7 3/4.
“Olivia is a hard worker and it shows with her continued success,” said Barrett.
Madelyn Melanson and Adriana Minasian took 2nd and 3rd in the high jump to complete the sweep. Both jumped 4’10”.
Ana Lucas and Caroline Herzog completed the sweep in the long jump with jumps of 15’2.5” & 14’ 10.5”. Herzog also took 2nd in the 100 hurdles with a 19.2.
Minasian won the triple jump with a 29’6.5”. Emily Pudvah got 3rd with a 28’7.5”.
Eaten Beck got 1st in the shot put with a great throw of 34’2”. She also took 1st in the discus with a PR of 87’9”.
“Eadeen is having a great season,” said Barrett.
Samantha Nimblett took 3rd in the shot and discus with throws of 25’9” and 68’.
Rachel Cook and Julia Castellano took 2nd & 3rd in the javelin with throws of 77’11” & 71’. This was Castellano’s first time throwing the javelin. Allee Purcell, Ana Lucas and Reignyah Grant swept the 100 with times of 12.9,13.1 and 13.9. Purcell ran her best race of the season, beating Wilmington’s standout sprinter, Lexi Luna. Purcell ran a 62.5 , with Luna at 62.9.
Olivia Lucey took 3rd in the 400 with a 68. Lucey then went on to win the 2 mile with a 12:26. Yvonne Lucas and Shannon Driscoll finished off the 2 mile sweep with times of 13.24 and 13:44.
Grace Butler and Gillian Russell took 2nd and 3rd in the 800 running 2:44 and 2:45. Olivia Cameron and Ava Vaughan took 1st and 2nd in the 200 with a 28.7 and a 29.5. It was Cameron’s first outdoor track win.
The 4×100 team won with a 53.9. The runners were Ana Lucas, Cameron, Grant and Vaughan.
“It was a nice team win,” said Barrett. “We will now prepare for our toughest meet of the season in Melrose on Tuesday. Everyone has to step up for us to win this meet. I believe my team is ready for the challenge.”