Girls Outdoor Track


The Girls Track Captains. (Photo/Derek Caneja)

Danielle Levya

The Girls Track Captains. (Photo/Derek Caneja)
The Girls Outdoor Track season begins on Monday, March 19. Last year the girls finished off the season with a record of 6-1, tying the best record in 20 years in Walpole. The girls team graduated a big point scorer, all-state runner Amanda Carney, as well as sprinter Jackie Clinton and Javelin Thrower Kristan Papirio.  The team also lost a strong distance core of Brigette Lawton, Courtney Shea, Jocelyn Lydon and Liz Jelloe.  This year, the girls are being led by senior captains Erin McCarthy, Lizzy Almeda, Steph DeSantis and junior captain Nicole Browne. 

The team’s strengths are in jumping, javelin, discus and sprinting events. The jumping events consist of senior Erin McCarthy, juniors Nicole Browne and Maddy Shea and sophomore Savonna Small-Brown. These girls will help the team by scoring points in long jump, triple jump, and high jump.  In the throwing events, some of the athletes hold school records. Senior Steph DeSantis is fifth for the school record in javelin, and junior Michelle Monahan holds the school record in discus. For sprinters, the girls will need to focus on filling Carney’s shoes. To do this, senior Erin McCarthy and junior Maddy Shea may be running the 100m Dash for some meets. Shea will also contribute heavily in the 400m, as she is the second fastest 400 runner in school history.

The team has a lack of depth in distance, hurdles, and shot put. For distance, junior Megan Peterson and sophomore Kristen Coyne have stepped up big in the indoor season to finish races behind sophomore Gina Conti. Coach Cashman hopes they continue to step up in the outdoor season, but other girls in the distance events need to step up as well. In hurdles, senior Cailey Griffin and junior Jacqui Conley need to help junior Nicole Browne in receiving points in their event. Seniors Lizzy Almeda and Natalie Doyle need to step up their game i order to receive more points for their event.  Coach Conor Cashman would like “to win the Herget and qualify as many athletes for Division 2.”