Posted on: Thursday, May 10, 2018

The girls’ outdoor track and field team remains undefeated for the season after a double victory against Amesbury (77 to 68) and Hamilton-Wenham (115.5 to 29.5) on Wednesday, May 2 at North Reading High School. 

The victory against Amesbury was substantial as Amesbury was undefeated coming into the meet, having just won the Division IV state relay championship last week as North Reading won the Division III State relay championship.  Although the Hornets only won 8 of the 17 events contested at the meet, the depth of the team in the jumping events was the deciding factor as they outscored Amesbury in those events 28 to 8.

ABBY MARTIN lets the javelin fly during North Reading’s dual meet victories over Amesbury and Hamilton-Wenham on May 2. Martin took third in the javelin with a 97’9” throw. (John Friberg Photo)

Sophomore Ali Grasso led the team in points with 11 total points taking 1st in the 100 meter hurdles (16.0) and 2nd in the 400 meter hurdles (68.3) as well as the triple jump (34’ 5.25”).  Megan Lawlor and Sophia Casciano were close behind with 9 points each.  Megan won the long jump (16’ 11.25”), was 2nd in the 100 meters (12.9) and 3rd in the triple jump (34’ 2.25”).  Sophia won the pole vault (10’ 0”) was 2nd in the long jump (15’ 11”) and 3rd in the 200 meters (28.2). 

To start the meet, Amesbury went up quickly on the Hornets 6-3 after the 400 meter hurdles, taking 1st and 3rd but the Hornets quickly responded to even things out taking 1st and 3rd in the one mile run.  Meredith Griffin won the event convincingly in 5:17.6 followed by Caitlin Raimo in 3rd (6:15.2).  From that moment on, the Hornets never looked back, outscoring Amesbury 41-22 in the field events. 

Kerry O’Brien took 2nd in the high jump (4’ 10”). Ryan Hunter (30’ 7.5”) and Kelly Bratton (28’ 8.5”) took 1st and 3rd in the shot put.  Isabella Parrett took 2nd in the pole vault (9’6”) and Mia DeNofrio (73’ 11”) was 3rd in the Discus Throw. 

In the javelin throw, it took some tremendous personal bests to defeat the Amesbury athlete who threw 103’ and that is exactly what Alyssa Crugnale did with a toss of 103’ 3”, a new personal best and a state championship qualifying mark.  Crugnale was followed closely by Abigail Martin (97’ 9”), who took 3rd and also qualified for the state championship. 

It was in the triple jump that the Hornets pulled away substantially with a 1-2-3 sweep of the event led by Kaitlyn Shevlin (34’ 5.5”), Ali Grasso (34’ 5.25”) and Megan Lawlor (34’ 2.25”).  The three of them are the top three triple jumpers in the Cape Ann League and amongst the top triple jumpers in the division across the state. 

Heading back to the track, the Hornets went 1-2 in the 100 meter hurdles with Ali Grasso (16.0) and Maggie McCarthy (16.3).  Megan Lawlor picked up a valuable 2nd place in the 100 meters (12.9) against a couple of strong Amesbury sprinters.  Olivia Esposito moved down to the 400 meters from her typical 800 meter spot to help out her team in an event that needed support and she ran an impressive 62.7 for 2nd place.  The 4 x 100 meter relay of Sophia Casciano, Kaitlyn Shevlin, Megan Lawlor, and Kaitlyn Gorgenyi was bested by Amesbury but lowered their season best to 50.8.

Going into the final three events that Hornets needed one point to earn the victory and the two mile brought them four points.  Lindsay MacLellan ran an impressive 11:53.6 for 2nd place followed by Julia Tatone (13:41.5) picking up 3rd.  With the meet already won Sophia Casciano wrapped things up by coasting to an easy 28.2 third place finish.

The Hornets competed yesterday after press time against Triton and Lynnfield at Triton High School.  They will also compete at the Andover Relay Invitational on Friday and at home for their last regular season meet against Pentucket and Ipswich.  Swing by the track on Monday, May 14 from 3:45pm-6:45pm to check out this stellar team in action.