Walpole Girls Track Defeats The Mustangs, 65-29

Danielle Levya

Walpole runners take first and second place.
Walpole runners take first and second place.
Girls Indoor Track went up against Norwood on Thursday, January 10. The girls defeated Norwood with a score of 65-29 to improve their record to 3-0 despite a few girls out due to the flu and injuries. A number of girls stepped up to PR and help contribute to the win with their teammates out.
On the track, distance helped sweep many events. In the mile, senior Captain Megan Peterson took first place with a time of 5:48. Following Peterson, sophomores Lucy Lynch and Molly Lanahan finished with in milli seconds from each other to sweep the mile. Lynch finished at 5:53.18 while Lanahan set a PR of 5:53.48. Senior Micaela Barry PR’d by 9 seconds crossing the finish line at 6:09.24. Junior Nikki D’Andre and senior Danielle Levya  also PR’d finishing at 6:37 and 6:54. In the 1000 meter race, junior Gina Conti won; completing the race at 3:08. Sophomore Allie Morris finished in second place running a time of 3:31. Freshmen Julia Averill completed the sweep with a time of 3:40. Following the 1000 meter race, junior Megan Jenkins won the 600 meter race for the Rebels. Behind Jenkins, junior Helena Ford finished with a time of 1:53. This was the first time Ford had ran the 600 meter race in her career. Freshman Tess Lancaster completed the sweep taking third place at time of 1:58. Sophomore Colleen O’Connor PR’d with a time of 2:05. Senior Maddy Shea ran the 300 meter race for the first time of this season and took first place for the Rebels crossing the finish line at 44.81 seconds. Freshman Sarah Perkins ran in a varsity meet for the first time and was able to take third place with a time of 48.64. Completing the events on the track, the Rebels swept the two mile. Junior Kristen Coyne finished in first place for the girls with a time of 12:2 ad junior Jackie Applin finished in second place running a minute PR. Applin finished at 13:13.
In the  field, sophomore Hiromi Kondo took first place in the 55 meter dash sprinting a time of 8.02 seconds. To take third place, Nicole Tobin sprinted a time of 8.25. With sophomore Claire Rinne out of 55 meter hurdles due to an injury, sophomore Casey Culhane stepped up to run her first varsity race. Culhane took second place for Walpole finishing with a PR of 10.64 seconds. Sophomore Abby McMackin finished in third place also running a PR of 10.94 seconds. In high jump, freshmen Tori Lynch tied for second place by clearing 4′ 1″. Kondo came out on top again for the Rebels in long jump, jumping a distance of 14′ 5.5″. Freshmen Kelley Flinn jumped in her first varsity meet to take third for the Rebels. Flinn jumped a distance of 12′ 6.25″. Unfortunately, Norwood swept the shot put event, but that did not stop athletes from setting new PRs. Junior Erin Leblanc PR’d throwing a distance of 23′ 3″. Sophomore Caitlyn Campbell also PR’d throwing a distance of 22′ 2.5″. To complete the meet, Conti, McMackin, Tobin and Peterson ran the 4×400 relay and finished with a new PR as a team of 4:26.
The Rebels hope to have athletes back and healthy for Thursday, January 17 against Wellesley. This meet will be one of the team’s biggest challenges as a team and will prove if they have a chance at winning the Bay State Herget before competing against Natick.