Girls Track Improves Record Against Milton


Athlete passes the baton to the next runner in the 4×400.

Danielle Levya

Athlete passes the baton to the next runner in the 4x400.
Athlete passes the baton to the next runner in the 4×400.

Walpole Girls Track defeats Milton for their second win of the season (4-2 record). On Wednesday, May 1, the Rebels defeated Wildcats with a score of 92.5-43.5, and many athletes set new personal records. Reflecting on the meet, Coach Conor Cashman said, “We swept both long jump and shot put, won both relays and only allowed them to score more than one place in one event.”

To start off the meet, sophomores Lucy Lynch and Kathyrn Lawton finished in first and second, scoring eight points for the Rebels. Lynch finished with a time of 12:48 and Lawton finished at 13:16.9 setting a new PR that was 15 seconds off her old one. Originally, Coach Cashman had Lawton running in the mile but due to an athlete not keeping because of illness, Lawton was asked to step up at the last minute to run the two mile. Lawton said, “I was happy to step up in the two mile and later on in the meet participate in the 4×4, so I could help contribute to the teams win.”

In the 100 meter hurdles freshmen Hiromi Kondo took second place with a time of 18.2.  After that, in the 100 meter sprint senior Maddy Shea and junior Olivia O’Hara finished in first and third. Shea ran a 12.9 to take first while O’Hara ran a PR of 13.64 stepping up to get third place. Together the athletes contributed 6 points to the Rebels score. The gun then went off for the start of the mile. Senior Megan Peterson and Junior Kristen Coyne finished in first and third pushing each other to finish only seven seconds apart. The hurdles were then brought back on the track for the 400 meter hurdles. Freshmen Tori Lynch and Senior Jacqui Conley completed the race in second and third, scoring 4 points together for the Rebels. Following in the 400 meter hurdles, the 400 meter race went off were again the girls received second and third place. Junior Olivia O’Hara 64.4 took second and senior Mary Reedy finished at 68.7 to take third place. Junior Gina Conti led the 800 meter race to finish in first place at a time of 2:21.4. Freshmen Tess Lancaster finished in third place—running a 2:39 which is a few seconds off her PR. Finishing off the track events, Shea took first in the 200 meters with freshmen Rosie McCarthy behind her to take third place, both of them finishing at 27 and 29.1.

In the field, the girls swept two events and continued to score point for the team. The girls swept shot put scoring 9 points for them. Sophomore Summer King won the event throwing a distance of 30′ 2.5″. Senior Michelle Monahan took second place and junior Ana Orfanidis completed the sweep taking third place. In discus, Monahan won the event with a throw of 89′ 7.5″ and Orfanidis throw was far enough to place in third throwing 63′ 1″. King threw 86’9″ in javelin to finish in second place for the Rebels. Sophomore Cailtian Campbell stepped up throwing a PR of 83’. For jumps, the girls swept long jump scoring 9 point points for the team. Shea jumped a total distance of 16’3″ taking first place. Kondo finished in second place jumping a distance of 15’1.5″and O’Hara completed the sweep jumping 15′ 1″ to take third place. The Rebels scored 8 points in triple jump with O’Hara winning the event jumping a total distance of 33’11”. Kondo took second place jumping 31’4″. In high jump, Lynch cleared opening height, 4’1″, to place her in third place. In the relays, the girls had to successful teams to win both relays. For the 4×100, the team consisted of freshmen Rosie McCarthy, sophomores Brianna Conley, Katie Carter and freshmen Hiromi Kondo, completing the relay at 54.1, only a millisecond in front of the Wildcats. In the 4×400, the team included Lynch, Reedy, Lawton, and Peterson, who finished two seconds ahead of Milton at a time of 4:34.

Many runners and field athletes stepped up against Milton for the win and the girls are hoping to do the same next week. The girls track team is looking to end the dual season on a high note, hoping for their third win on Wednesday, May 8, against Norwood at home. “In order for us to win our last meet competing as a whole, athletes are going to have to compete like they did against Milton and step up,” said Conti.