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report from Steven:
Newton South 74 Waltham 26
I have a great respect for Francois and his staff at Waltham. He is a master of getting kids to improve. I know that his team lost a lot to graduation, but today they competed with passion and gave us a good meet. I can also see a number of Waltham girls improving to make their future look promising. I wish to congratulate Francois and the Waltham girls as we always looking forward to a good meet against them.
What a difference a week can make! This was by far our best meet of the season as we had 17 personal records on our varsity team and they came from all areas in the sprints, jumps, throws and relays. We were a bit disappointed in our team performance last week so this week we focused on proccess as opposed to scores and outcome. We got back to basics and really hit this meet with all cylinders firing. I am very proud of how our girls responded today and everyone could feel a special meet coming on and pitched in to make it even better. Good meets have a lighter and happy feel and we were a team that was well pleased event after event and you could feel it as well as see it. As a coach I had more kids come bouncing up to me thrilled with their event and eager to share than I have had all season. I told the kids on the bus that this was the meet that we were looking for and to remember it as we can continue to grow and improve. Having said that this was a meet to pause and savor for a bit before moving on.
I felt that the 300 was a highlight with a Charlotte Huth, Ashley Nhek and Sophia Cen all setting PRs. Charlotte Huth had a very good day setting a PR in the 55 and coming back with another in the 300.
Freshman Caraline Pham ran one of the best races of the day in winning the mile in her first time running it with a brilliant kick and also won the long jump.
Jonee Harrison qualified for state with a PR of 31'11 in the shot put and that is 2 feet better than her previous best of the season.
Emily Caggiano was out sick yesterday and we were not sure that she was going to run today. She did run the two mile and set a strong early pace to place 2nd among all of the girls in the DCL and pulled off the win vs Waltham against a good distance runner.
Anna Rhatigan remains on a great streak of racing and has remained undefeated in winning the 600.
Rebecca Grusby and Lucrecia Aguilar both ran stellar times in the 1000 and Sonya Nair made a great debut in the event to take 3rd. Our times in the 600, 1000 and mile project a very good 4 x 800 relay at the state level.
NS results SQ = Division I state qualfier DCL = DCL extra athlete qualifier
55 1. Charlotte Huth JR 7.82 PR SQ
3. Katherine Cullens So 8.10 PR
4. Kyra Visnick Sr 8.11
5. Yuriko Fukumura So 8.18 PR
55 Hurdles 2. Anna Mason So 10.18
3. Ester Cho JR 10.19
4. Ruja Kambli Fr. 11.13
300 1. Charlotte Huth Jr 44.50 PR SQ
2. Ashley Nhek So 46.52 PR
3. Sophia Cen JR 47.61 PR
600 1. Anna Rhatigan JR 1:43.58 PR SQ
2. Caroline Delheim So 1:51.33 PR
4. Louisa Kimmell So 1:56.80
1000 1. Rebecca Grusby Fr 3:07.25 PR SQ
2. Lucrecia Aguilar Jr 3:10.30 PR SQ
3. Sonya Nair So 3:27.22 DCL
Mile 1. Caraline Pham Fr. 5:53.22 PR
3. Matia Whiting So 5:59.09 PR
4. Leah Abercrombie 6:22.60
2 Mile 1. Emily Caggiano Sr 12:45.10 DCL
3. Sara Wang JR 13:25.34
4 x 200 1. Lizzy Fineman JR 29.17, Alekhya Chaparala 27.93 PR JR , Lucrecia Aguilar 29.00 PR, Anna Rhatigan 27.96 PR 1:54.11 PR SQ
4 X 400 Sonya Nair 67.03, Ester Cho 66.97, Caroline Delheim 68.08, Ashley Nhek 68.01 4:30.97
High Jump First place tie. Jina An Jr 4'5" PR
3. Alekhya Chaparala 4'5"
Long Jump 1. Caroline Pham Fr. 13'7.5"
2. Michaela Wong JR. 12'11.5
4. Katherine Cullen So 12'8
Shot Put 2. Jonee Harrison Sr. 31'11" PR SQ
4. Jina An Jr. 26'6.5"
6. Sabrina Stacks Fr. 23'9"