Wilmington girls win D4 State Relay – Lowell Sun
The Wildcats made history this weekend. The Wilmington girls track team clawed its way into the record books Sunday, as the Wildcats clinched the championship at the Division 4 State Relays. It marked the first time ever that Wilmington has won the prestigious title, compiling 86 points as a team.
Fueled by five first place performances, a pair of seconds, and two thirds, the Wildcats were simply too tough to catch in virtually all facets on the field.
Wilmington took top spot in the high jump (15-00), led by sophomore Mollie Osgood (5-02), senior Celia Kulis (5-00) and junior Kayla Flynn (4-10). They took flight taking the triple jump (98-00.75), guided by senior Kaitlyn Doherty (33-11.5), Kulis (33- 08.5) and Flynn (30-05). Wilmington also secured the win in the shuttle hurdle relay (1:12.2), with sophomore Alexis Melvin, Flynn, Osgood and Kulis, getting the job done.
The first-place frenzy wasn’t limited to just the track events, with Wilmington winning a pair of field events. The team scored first with the javelin (268-11.25) led by senior Sarah LaVita (107-03.5), sophomores Molly MacDonald (84-00.25) and Alli Ganley (77-07.5). The team also delivered in the discus (229-09.75) with LaVita (103-08.5), senior Isabelle Puccio (65-00.25) and freshman Maddie Krueger (61-01) making their mark.
The 4×100 relay team featuring seniors Madi Mulas, K. Doherty, sophomores Ali Doherty and MacDonald, didn’t disappoint securing a second-place time of 50.97. The sprint medley relay team were also runners up (4:26.0) with sophomore A. Doherty (200 leg), K. Doherty (200), senior Amanda Broussard (400) and freshman Addy Hunt (800) playing key roles.
Wilmington continued to rack up the points taking third in both the 4×1600 (23:51.8) and 4×400 relay (4:15.2). Senior Shea Cushing, sophomores Kyla Kelley, Hannah Bryson and junior Mallory Brown paced the 4×1600. Senior Angie Zaykovskaya, sophomore Emily Grace, Hunt and Broussard bolstered the 4×400 squad.
The Wildcats finished fourth in the shot put (80-04.5). Lavita (29-10.25), sophomore Ava Kennedy (22-07.75) and senior Lilly Rubin (27-07.75) added some muscle to Wilmington’s hustle.
The team also placed fifth in three other events, only solidifying its lead. The long jump (43-10) was led by sophomore A. Doherty (14-06.5), Mulas (14-11.5) and Ganley (14-04). The 4×800 relay (10:42.2) was fronted by Cushing, Bryson, Brown and Zaykovskaya. The 4×200 relay also finished top five (1:53.5) capped by Emily Doherty, MacDonald, Grace and Mulas.
Westford girls stay in the running
The Westford Academy girls track team hung tough with a pair of strong second place showings at the Division 1 Relays in Braintree.
The girls 100m shuttle hurdle team of Megan Frazee, Alin Aydogan, Katie Walpole, Leah Spinney scored second (1:08.38), with the 4x100m Relay team of Elli Tweedie, Grace Carroll, Tara Morris and Jordan Bishop also finishing as runner up (50.60). Pole vaulters Megan Frazee, Alin Aydogan and Audrey Smagula took third (24-6). The javelin team also ranked sixth (237-2) with Jen Graffeo, Vivian Aeder, Megan Keefer, helping the team excel.
Ghosts go the distance at D1 State Relays
The Westford Academy boys track team participated in the MSTCA Division 1 State Relays this weekend and came away with an incredibly fast win in the Distance Medley Relay.
The Ghosts time of 10:26.03 nearly eclipsed the meet record for the DMR set back in 1973. Representing Westford were Paul Bergeron (mile, 4:22), Jack Graffeo (1200m, 3:13), Owen Schultz (400m, 52.2) and Austin DeSisto (800m, 1:56).