Strong Start for Wolfpack Track & Field vs Wilbraham Monson

 

April 9, 2016

Girls

Hyde Wolfpack – 31

Wilbraham Monson – 51

Today’s season opener for the Wolfpack Track & Field team was a strong start to the season.  Due to late season snows and significant rains both the javelin and discus areas were out of commission however. That said the weather provided a chilly three hour window of partial sun in which to compete.

With only seven girls this season the girls’ track and field team has to be creative in how they tackle events.  Today’s efforts displayed just that.  Petie Boylan ’17 jumped into new events (200 m and 4 x 100) and earned points in the 800 m.  Kimberly Xu ’18 worked hard in preparation for today’s meet and it paid off; she earned points in both the 200 m and the 400 m as well as learned the basics of the 4 x 100 relay.  Senior Allegra Weterrings earned a total of 15 points through her 1st place, and uncontested, races in the 1500 m, 100 HH, and 300 IH.  Coco Cai ’17 must recover quickly from her injuries as she was sorely missed today!

Among the field events Elsa Zhang ’17 held her own in the shot put with a 17’ 7” second place, being beaten by a Wilbraham shot of a foot longer.  Returning sophomore Sandy Qian started the season in shot put with a best distance on par with her best last year.  The team also welcomed senior Francie O’Neil to the field events on her second day.


Boys

Hyde Wolfpack – 67

Wilbraham Monson – 60

After much preparation the boys’ team was excited to face their first competition today.  Unfortunately they kicked off the running events with a disappointing double disqualification in the 4 x 100 m relay.  It was painfully evident that communication and timing need lots of review by both the A and B relay squads.  Victory followed shortly after this debacle however as the team garnered a first and second place in the 1500 by Corbin Basile ’18 (1st) and Andrew West ’17 (2nd).  Basile went on to earn a tie in the 800 m and second place in the 3000 m.  West also had a strong day earning first place in the 3000 and a second place in 300 Intermediate Hurdles (IH).  Among the sprinters Hyde earned points as Marcellus Piper ’16 worked the track in the 100 and 200 meter races.  He competed against a significant competitor from Wilbraham who will potentially set some records at New England Championship later this spring.  New to the hurdles but giving his best was PG Jordan Burney who came in a tight second to Wilbraham’s runner.  Daniel Murray ’17 earned points for his third place finishes in both hurdle races.  Omar Raddoui ’17 started the season strong with his opening 300 IH time of 50.55.

Among the field events PG Wesley Docsol started off the season with a 35” plus shot put – a distance he hopes to best by another 15-20 feet to set a New England record!  Harrison Hall ’16 met Docsol’s first place with a second place throw of 31’ 7”.  Ryan Slutzky and Markus Rhyner, both seniors, secured points for their first and third place finishes in the pole vault.  They continue to challenge each other to excel – it should be a strong season.  The hard work and dedication of junior Kahlil Johnson paid off in both the discipline of his teammates but also in his strong performance in both long and triple jumps.

The team in its entirety has demonstrated persistence and disciplined work ethic since the start of the season three weeks ago.  They support each other, work hard together, and are able to laugh together.  The school community joined our team today – despite the chill – and helped support new and best efforts to test our ability and push the envelope.

We look forward to hosting again next weekend on our Spring Family Weekend!

John Rigney