BURLINGTON — Led by a strong showing by the team's lone senior, Amie Russell, the Wilmington High School Girls Outdoor Track-and-Field team finished in a three-way tie for tenth place during last Thursday's Middlesex League Championship Meet.
Belmont won the meet with 109 points, followed by Woburn (96), Reading (94), Lexington (84), Wakefield (79), Melrose (74), Winchester (33), Arlington (30), Burlington (25) and then Wilmington, Watertown and Stoneham all finished with 21 points.
"Championship season is what we train for and the Middlesex League Meet is no different,” said head coach Brian Schell. “Out of all the performances on the day, we had a total of 12 personal records, and many others with solid performances that were close.
“Even though we tied with Stoneham and Watertown, I know we could have squeezed in a couple more points to possibly have beaten even Burlington. We are definitely a stronger and more well rounded team than both of them.”
Wilmington's 21 points came from four individuals, Russell and the LaVita sisters, Hannah and Sarah as well as junior Evelyn Miller-Nuzzo. Russell was tops on the day as she finished second in the shot put throwing 32-10.50 and was fourth in the discus with a throw of 90-03, which was better than her seed performance of 88-11.
“As I have said the last couple of weeks, Amie continues to be consistent,” said Schell. “She defended her second place that she earned this past indoor season. In discus she had over a three foot personal record, which should get her into the state meet. Coach (Dave) Wilson continues to work well with her in fixing each phase whether it be in discus or shot put. For how well she has done these last few weeks is great to see especially heading into the divisional meet.”
Hannah LaVita was fifth in the high jump as she cleared 4-11. In addition she participated in the triple jump and finished 15th at 30-07.50, despite her seed mark of 29-02.
Her freshman sister Sarah placed sixth in the javelin throwing 92-05. Miller-Nuzzo was the last to place within the top eight as she was eighth in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:12.80. In addition she was also 16th in the high jump clearing 4-6 and 17th in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 18.85.
The three relay teams also came close to placing as the 4x100 team was ninth at 53.81, the 4x800 team was also ninth at 11:17.71 and the 4x400 team was 10th at 4:36.78.
The 4x100 team consisted of Madison Mulas, Ashlyn Buckley, Aaliyah Abel and Kaitlyn Doherty. The 4x800 team was Gianna Misuraca, Amber Flynn, Anja Jensen and Carissa Rubin. And the 4x400 team consisted of Angie Zaykovskaya, Maggie Bourgeois, Katie McLaughlin and Shea Cushing.
McLaughlin had a strong day. Besides the 4x400, she placed 12th in the 400-meter hurdles at 1:14.41 and then was 15th in the long jump at 15-03.50, which was more than two inches better than her seed mark.
“These last few weeks Katie has been putting everything together,” said Schell. “It was only her second time competing in the 400-meter hurdles and she managed a solid time that could possibly get her into the state meet. Her approach in long jump has been great and she did better with keeping her head down, focusing straight ahead and a better landing. In the end, she finished her night with a solid 65 second split in the 4x400. Overall she has been showing strong well rounded individual who can adapt to many events.”
Doherty also finished tenth in the triple jump at 31-11 (seed jump of 30 feet) and was 16th in the 100-meter hurdles at 18.37. Mulas (28.44) and Buckley (29.56) finished 10th and 18th in the 200 and Abel was 22nd in the 100 at 14.49. Misuraca also competed in the mile and finished at 5:56.65 with Rubin right behind finishing 22nd at 6:07.40. Flynn and Cushing finished 20th and 24th in the 800 with times of 2:35.66 and 2:47.07. Zaykovskaya was 23rd in the 100 at 14.62 and Bourgeois was 19th in the 400 at 1:07.54.
Finally in the running events, Olivia Erler (13:28.21) and Allison Jordan (13:51.79) finished 20th and 24th in the two-mile.
In the field events, Ashley LaMonica was 10th in the high jump clearing 4-8 and 24th in the long jump at 14-02.50. Miriam Nelson was 14th in the discus (72-05) and 15th in the shot put (24-07.25), Juliana Patrone was 13th in the high jump clearing 4-6 and Annabelle Kane was 23rd in the javelin throwing 53-04.
“Overall it was a good meet,” said Schell. “Despite not meeting the A- standard to qualify for the D3 State championship, all of those personal records could quite possibly get them in. We even had a few girls step up into the relay events at last minute and excelled well. All of this is just another step forward as we try to build a stronger team atmosphere through these individual performance.”
This week the team will participate in the Division 3 Eastern Mass Championship Meet. Miller-Nuzzo will first compete in the Pentathlon to be held on Thursday at North Andover. She will take part in four events, the 100-meter hurdles (seed time of 18.84), high jump (4-8), long jump (14-8) and shot put (24-3). Her mark in the high jump is tied for third best out of 12 entering the meet.
The meet will conclude on Sunday morning at Merrimack College at 10:00 am. Hannah LaVita is seeded fourth in the high jump (5-2) and Amie Russell is seeded seventh in the shot put (33-08).