Published in the June 1, 2016 edition
By MAUREEN DOHERTY
BOXFORD — Kate Mitchell earned the Cape Ann League championship title in the 800-meter race by completing it in 2:20.38 at the CAL Track and Field Championships.
The sophomore topped all competitors in a field of 16 runners May 21 at Masconomet Regional to take the top spot and earn 10 points for her team. Her time was nearly five seconds faster than her closest competitor, a sophomore from North Reading, Olivia Esposito (2:25.42).
Freshman Lilly DiPietro finished 11th overall in the 800m race with a personal record time (2:40.30).
“Today our high jumper, freshman Sarah Crockett, tied for fourth and earned three points. She jumped her best height of 4 feet, 8 inches,” said head coach Liane Cook.
Not to be outdone, the 4×400 team of Juliana Passatempo, Lexi Yannone, Renee DelNegro and Kate Mitchell finished in sixth place overall in 4:31.99.
“The 4x100m team ran their best time today in 55.36. Placing seventh overall were Haley Iapica, Erica Richard, Renee DelNegro and Katilin Flannery,” Cook said.
Several other great performances were posted by various members of the team.
Sophomore Juliana Passatempo placed seventh overall in the 400m hurdles in a time of 1:12.71.
Senior Lexi Yannone took ninth place overall in the 400m (1:05.5).
Senior Erica Richard cleared 7 feet in the pole vault for 11th place overall. The event was won by Julia Valenti (11’ 7”) of North Reading.
Senior Haley Iapica was 12th overall in the 200m race in 28.6.
In the mile, freshman Annie Olsen recorded a time of 6:10.17 to place 12th overall.
Emily Dickey finished 13th overall in the shot put (25’11”).
Freshman Mia DeGeorge threw the shot put 25’10.5” for 14th place overall.
Freshman Sam DeGeorge finished the long jump (13’5”) in 18th place.
Senior Kaitlin Flannery ran the 100m race with a time of 14.3 seconds to place 20th overall.
JV meet records
Personal records achieved at a recent JV meet included Aja Parker, who finished the 100m hurdles in 18.6 seconds; Mia Ford, who competed in the high jump for the first time and cleared 4’2″; and Kylie Patten, who improved upon her past performance in the triple jump by one foot, Cook said.
Also having a stellar day were Gabriella Passatempo who had a personal record in the 200m; Elana Kotler, who bettered her time in the 400 hurdles by five seconds; Julia Boriello, who had a five-second PR in the mile; and Mia DeGeorge and Barbara Dickey, who both posted PR’s in the discus, added Cook.
Several notable performances were achieved by the Lady Pioneers at the annual Freshman-Sophomore Meet.
Three relay teams placed in the top six at the meet, Cook said.
The 4x200m team of Lilly DiPietro, Gabriella Passatempo, Annie Olsen, and Kate Mitchell) placed second.
The 4x400m team of Julianna Passatempo, Gabriella Passatempo, Elana Kotler, Kate Mitchell) placed fourth.
The 4x100m team of Courtney Shinnick, Brie Giamarco, Christina Benvenuto, and Julianna Tamarro placed sixth.
Individuals who placed in the top six were: Mia DeGeorge, third in shot put and sixth in discus; Julianna Passatempo, fourth in 400 hurdles; Emily Dickey, fifth in shot put; and Sarah Crockett, sixth in high jump.