Warriors start season 2-0

Published in the April 18, 2018 edition

WATERTOWN — The Wakefield girls’ track and field team had another very good showing in Watertown for their second dual meet of the season on Friday as they brought home a 104-32 victory over the Raiders.

The Warriors needed some new athletes to rise to the occasion as they couldn’t compete with a full lineup due to April vacation.

“It is always a hard time to plan your lineup when there are so many kids missing due to school sanctioned trips over vacation week,” said Wakefield head coach Karen Barrett. “Our girls really stepped up today.” 

Lillian Jones started it off with a win in the 400 hurdles running a 73.6. She also won the 100 hurdles, running it for the very first time and clocking in at 18.4. Jones’ third event was fitting, as she filled in for the triple jump and got 3rd with a 29’8”. 

“I was so impressed with her effort today,” said Barrett of Jones.

Kaitlin Sweeney ran the 400 hurdles for the first time, getting 2nd place with a 75.2. Sweeney also placed 2nd in the 400 meter with a 66.1. 

GILLIAN RUSSELL helped the Warriors finish 1,2 in the two mile against Watertown on Friday as she took 2nd while teammate Retta Carroll got 1st. (Donna Larsson File Photo)

“Another great effort,” said Barrett of Sweeney.

Olivia Lucey and Audrey Schopperle were 2nd and 3rd in the mile. Lucey clocked in at a 5:34, while Schopperle crushed her PR with a 5:49. Adriana Minasian and Allee Purcell tied for 2nd in the high jump with a 4”10. Minasian, also a new triple jumper, won the event with an impressive 29’11”.

Purcell continued her winning ways with a 1st in the 400 and long jump by running a 63.5 and jumping 14’6”. 

Ana Lucas was 2nd in the long jump with a 14’3.5 and 2nd in the 100 with a 13.0. 

Eadeen Beck continued her great season with a win in the shot put and discus.  She threw a PR in the discus of 82”. 

Samantha Nimblett took 2nd in the shot put and discus.

Rachel Cook got her second win of the season in the javelin with an 84’ throw. 

Masison Cooley earned her first varsity point by getting 3rd in the javelin with a 57. 

Lilly Cohen got 3rd in the disc with a 63” PR.

Sarah Labiad had a 2nd in the 200 with a PR of 27.6 and a 3rd in the 100 with a 13.3.

Olivia Cameron took 3rd in the 200 with a 28.6.

Elina Olmeda won the 800 with a 2:35 earning her varsity letter. Lucas was 2nd with a 2:43 and Butler finished the sweep with a 2:49. 

Retta Carroll and Gillian Russell took 1st and 2nd in the 2 mile with a 13:08 and a 13:34. 

The 4×100 team took 1st with a 53.4. Lucas, Cameron, Vaughan and Pudvah ran it. 

The 4×400 team, including Olmedo, Ritchie, Schopperle and Lucey also took 1st with a 4:42. 

Overall, it was another impressive victory for the Warriors.

“The team is really working hard,” said Barrett. “I am also really impressed with the dedication of the JV athletes. They are all improving and working very hard.” 

Up next, the Warriors will host Wilmington on Tuesday, April 24 at 3:30 p.m.