WATERTOWN – It was certainly a busy and productive four day stretch for the Wilmington High School Girls Outdoor Track-and-Field team this past week. The Wildcats picked up their first win of the dual meet season, knocking off Watertown, 85-51, in the final Middlesex League Freedom Division Meet of the season and then had some strong performances at this past weekend's annual Andover Booster's Meet.
The win over the Red Raiders completes Wilmington's regular season record at 1-3-1.
“Watertown unfortunately does not have the big numbers and depth on their team,” said Wildcat head coach Brian Schell. “It was definitely a chance for us to use this meet to shake a couple things up again and put people in new events. The score was closer than it could have been since we did not put in our varsity relay teams. We were able to have fun and put our thrower squad in and put (captain) Amie (Russell) as the anchor leg of the 4x400.”
Wilmington ended with nine first place finishes and ten second places finishes which accounted for 75 of the team's points. Two individuals had terrific days with Katie McLaughlin and Sarah LaVita.
McLaughlin finished second in both the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:15 and the long jump with a mark of 13-5.
“This was her first time ever trying the hurdles event and she managed a very solid time,” said Schell. “Throughout the season she has been able to adjust and really push herself in any event I put her in. Katie is definitely a well rounded athlete and very versatile. One of the best attributes to have in this sport. Despite her jump in long jump, the runway and board were not at all in ideal conditions and both boys and girls were off their marks all meet. But overall a solid day for her and she did very well.”
LaVita took first in the javelin with a personal best throw of 94 feet.
“Sarah has been a strong asset to the team in javelin and she managed a ten-foot personal record,” said Schell. “This was a big toss on her first throw after a good warm up and just missed the standard for states by three feet. Even after that, she managed a 90-foot throw so she had some great consistency. As long as she can continue to be consistent at this rate and at her range, she should be able to compete at the state meet.”
Besides LaVita, the other first places belonged to Evelyn Miller-Nuzzo in the 400-meter hurdles (1:12), Amber Flynn with a personal best time of 5:57 in the mile, Kaitlyn Doherty in the 100-meter hurdles (17.9) and triple jump (29-3), Amanda Broussard in the 400 (64.1), Gianna Misuraca in the two-mile at 13:26, Russell qualified for the states in the shot put throwing 33-4 and Amber Flynn tossed 87 feet in the discus.
Besides the two second places by McLaughlin, others seconds came Hannah LaVita in both the high jump (4-10) and Triple Jump (29-2), Joanne Arulraj in the 100-meter hurdles, Maggie Bourgeois in the 800 (2:46), Madison Mulas in the 200 (28.3), Olivia Erler in the two-mile (14:06), Miriam Nelson in the shot put (25-3) and Russell in the discus (80-0).
Taking third places for the 'Cats included Carissa Rubin in the mile (6:17), Emily Fothergill in the 100-meter hurdles, Ashlyn Buckley in the 400 (67.9), Shea Cushing in the 800 (2:47), Angie Ciampa in the two-mile (14:29), Ashlyn Buckley in the shot put (23-10), Miriam Nelson in the discus (78-0), Flynn in the javelin (76-0), Juliana Patrone in the high jump (4-8) and Miller-Nuzzo in the long jump 12-10).
“Overall it was a fun meet and the results were more than I expected. It is championship season time and this is where we need to start putting our best foot forward,” said Schell.
Wilmington had a large number of kids compete at the annual Booster's Meet. Three individuals finished in the top their respective event(s), while another finished fifth during a Freshman/Sophomore race.
Russell had the best performance as she was second in the shot put throwing 33-04, was 8th in the discus at 88-06) and finished 29th in the javelin throwing 64 feet.
“Amie has been consistent these last few meets with her throws in the shot put which is a good start heading into the championship season,” said Schell. “Having competed in javelin first on the day, and doing that just for fun, I think it was a good warm up heading into discus and then shot put. I know Coach (Dave) Wilson has been working on her speed through the middle of the circle in shot put recently and it has gotten better. She also had a strong day with her best throw of the season in Discus. It is good to see things coming full circle for her at this point of the season and hopefully she can stay consistent.”
Gianna Misuraca finished 8th in the two-mile with a time of 12:34.65, which amazingly was a 14-second personal record.
“She has been very strong in her last two races,” said Schell. “We have been working on getting out stronger and attacking the first half of her race and she has done it perfectly. At times during the race she even lead the chase pack. Every time some one passed or tried to pass her, she stayed strong staying with them. Overall she had a great race again and a huge personal record. She looked very strong for the majority of the race we just got to work on that last 600-meters next time around.”
Also in the top ten included Hannah LaVita, who was tied for 8th in the high jump at 5-0, while, Amanda Broussard finished fifth in the Freshman-Sophomore 200-meter race with a time of 28.74. She was also 14th in the 100 at 14.00.
Just finishing outside the top ten included Juliana Patrone, who tied for 11th in the high jump at 4-10, the 800 sprint medley foursome of Angelina Zaykovskaya, Broussard, Ashlyn Buckley and Madison Mulas also finished 11th at 2:11.78 and Kaitlyn Doherty was 11th in the freshmen-sophomore triple jump event with a jump of 30-feet even.
Mulas was also 21st in the freshmen-sophomore 200 at 30.03 and was 38th in the 100 at 14.77 and Buckley was also 23rd in the 200 at 29.66.
Both McLaughlin and Miller-Nuzzo had busy days. McLaughlin was 17th in the freshmen-sophomore long jump at 14-01, was 32nd in the 800 at 2:35.24 and was 53rd in the 100-meter hurdles at 21.01. Miller-Nuzzo was tied for 19th in the high jump clearing 4-8 and was 35th in the 100-meter hurdles at 19.0.
Also competing in the running events included Anja Jensen, who was 17th in the 400-meter hurdles (78.11), Maggie Bourgeois, who was 26th in the 400 at 65.81, Allison Jordan, who was 28th in the mile at 6:27.69, Aaliyah Abel, who was 33rd in the 200 at 30.88 and then the 4x100 relay team of Abel, Zaykovskaya, Proulx and Broussard were 16th at 57.79 seconds.
In the field events, Sarah LaVita was 20th in the javelin throwing 85 feet, Nelson was 21st in the discus throwing 77-01 and Ange Nahimawa was 27th in the discus with a mark of 70-03.
Finally in the other Freshmen-Sophomore events, Ashley LaMonica was 20th in the triple jump at 26-09.50, Carissa Rubin was 27th in the mile at 6:14.75 and Olivia Erler was 33rd in the mile at 6:27.87.