Track Steps Up its Game
by The Milton Measure on Monday, June 11th, 2012
This year’s boys and girls track season proved to be a resounding success. The girls placed fourth at the ISTA Championships, an improvement from their sixth place finish in 2011, while the boys placed eighth. Both squads have strong, young talent in most events. Excellent progress from underclassmen and juniors buoyed the girls’ successes, while the boys graduated very few seniors, developments which bode well for next year’s teams.
Despite the advantages of a young team, the boys’ one senior, Captain Vince Kennedy (I), will be greatly missed. He contributed greatly to the team’s sprinting and acted as the glue that held the team together. Other sprinters, including Jonah Dwyer (II), Max Motroni (II), Jude Simplice (IV), and Charles Wang (II), had very impressive seasons. Wang and Simplice also performed well in the long jump, while junior Matt Rohrer contributed in the long jump, the triple jump, and the hurdles. In the throwing events, Freshmen Bobby Gilmore — who progressed well in the hurdles with Rohrer — threw a monstrous personal best in the Javelin at the New England Championships to earn third, while sophomore Sean Sylva built upon his season’s consistently stellar performances and took sixth. Pole Vaulter Kevin Lee (III) ended his season on an impressivel high note, jumping an amazing 12’6”. The distance squad was a sure source of points for the boys team: Captain Ben Bosworth (II) dominated the 1500 and 800 meters, with fellow juniors Adam Rochelle and Jon Esty contributing in the 1500 and 3000. In addition, distance runner Dan Rubenstein (II) saw great improvement all season.
On the girls side, the sprinters were led by Captain Elly Day (I), whose positive attitude and lightning-speed will be difficult to match next season. All of the sprinters made key contributions; most notably, Nicole Acheampong (II) came in 5th in the 100 meters at New Englands. Sophie Lenihan (IV) had a stellar first season in the hurdles, finishing 3rd in the 300 meter intermediate hurdles at the ISTAs; Titania Nguyen (III) took 6th in the 100 meter high hurdles. The girl’s distance runners also had a great season, with Lindsay Atkeson (II) scoring points and improving steadily towards an excellent performance at New Englands, while Danielle Frederick (I) — one of the most focused and fun-to-watch distance runners in the ISL — won almost all of her races in the 3000 meters. Junior distance runner Abbie Higgins also had breakout performances this season. A final major highlight was Captain Kate Ballinger’s (I) victory in the pole vault at New Englands, a superb accomplishment.
Overall, both the boys and girls teams provided Milton with many memorable track moments in the 2012 season. Both groups’ seniors will be missed, but up-and-coming young talent will ensure that the Mustangs remain competitive in 2013.
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