THE NRHS girls’ spring track team took 2nd at the Div. 5 state meet held at Weston High over Memorial Day Weekend. (NRHS Track Photo)

 

WESTON — The NRHS girls’ track team took 2nd place at the final team event of the year, competing for the Division 5 State Championship against all schools across the state with 600 to 800 students in enrollment.

When all was said and done, the team from Weston High outperformed the Hornets on their home track scoring 102 points for the victory with the Hornets a distant second place with 56 points. Norton was third with 51 points followed by Pentucket (46), Old Rochester (41.5), Groton-Dunstable (35), Norwell (34), Triton (30), Dedham (28) and Dennis-Yarmouth (24). The Hornets beat Weston at the Division 5 State Relay Championship a month ago 104-74 due to the depth of the team. The Wildcats had the stronger team at this meet and dominated against the entire competition.

Leading the Hornets at the meet was freshman phenom Giuliana Ligor who won a gold medal and silver medal taking the 400 Meter Hurdles with a time of 1:03.67 and finishing second in the 400 Meters with a time of 57.95.

 

GIULIANA LIGOR (left) continued her great season with a 1st in the 400 meter hurdles and a 2nd in the 400 meters at the Div. 5 state meet. Pictured with Hornet alum, Ali Grasso, Ligor lowered the school record in the 400 hurdles a few times over the season. Her current best is 1:03.67. Grasso set the record in 2019 at 1:06.7. Ligor is currently ranked 1st going into All States this weekend. (NRHS Track Photo)

 

Ava McIntyre scored in all three events she contested, taking third in the 100 meters (12.86), sixth in the Long Jump (17’ 3.25”) and leading off the 5th place 4×100 meter relay team that ran 51.75. Madelyn Arian Aitchison, Kayla Budny and Samantha Patch were also a part of that relay team.

Both Ligor and McIntyre have qualified to compete at this weekend’s Meet of Champions at Westfield State University. At this meet, the top four athletes from all six divisions in the state will compete head to head as individuals without team titles on the line to see who is the best across all divisions.

Hayden MacLellan vaulted to a personal best 9’6” and a second place finish in the Pole Vault in only her first state meet competition as she, like Giuliana, is only a freshman. Julia DeAngelis also scored in the event, soaring to a new personal best of 8’ 0” and a tie for 5th place, scoring 3 valuable points for the team.

Senior captain Annie MacLellan had a stellar 4th place finish in the Pentathlon as she ran the 100 Meter Hurdles in 17.82, lept 4.85m in the Long Jump and 1.46m in the High Jump, went 7.70m in the Shot Put and finished up her day with a 2:36.80 in the 800 meters for a grand total of 2,593 points and a 4th place finish. Tiara Lamont also competed in the event taking 7th place, going 19.03 in the Hurdles, 4.57m in the Long Jump, 1.36m in the High Jump, 5.80m in the Shot Put and 2:39.42 in the 800 Meters.

Abigail Gerber stepped it up in the Javelin with a tremendous personal best throw of 97’ 2” which took 6th place and three points for the team. Annalise Butler picked up 7th in the One Mile, just shy of her personal best running 5:29.57. Georgia Robarts also took 7th in the Triple Jump going 34’ 1”.

Congratulations to the Hornets for their amazing season in which they went 7-0 in regular season competition to win the Cape Ann League championship as well as the CAL Open Championship and Division 5 MSTCA State Relay Championship and capped things off with a runner-up trophy for the Division 5 MIAA State Championship.