Runner of the Year
Christina Izzicupo, Stoneham
300 meters, Jr.
|The talented junior won titles in the 300 (40.30) and the 4 x 400 relay at the All-State meet. She was also fourth in the high jump. At the Division 3 meet, she won the 300 as well as the high jump and the Spartans again took first in the 4 x 400 relay.|
Coaches of the Year
Mel Gonsalves, Lincoln-Sudbury
|Both the girls' and boys' track teams at L-S went 8-0 under Gonsalves's watch, but the ladies went above and beyond with a share of the Division 1 state and All-State titles. The 17-year coaching veteran's job wasn't easy as his Warriors didn't have any home meets this season while their new track, scheduled to open in August, was being built. But his team still rose up and showed, in his words, "a continuous demonstration of poise and focus when put to the test."|
Rob Benedetto, Central Catholic
|Third time was the charm for Benedetto and his Raiders as they locked up their third straight Division 2 state title as well as the Merrimack Valley Conference Division 1 crown with a 6-0 record. The 2004-05 Boston Globe indoor track coach of the year has gone 38-9 in his indoor career. When asked about his team this year, he called his girls' team overachievers and said they "understood what it would take and what sacrifices needed to be made -- and were willing to go beyond themselves to get it."|
Kevin Norton, Stoneham
|Dubbing his team "as resilient a group as could ever be hoped for," Norton's squad went 8-1, good for second in the Middlesex League. But when it came time for the big meets, the Spartan girls stepped up, taking the Division 3 relay and Division 3 state championships, as well as a fourth-place finish at All-States. "To respond and succeed when the pressure is highest as these girls did is truly remarkable," Norton said. Stoneham won two All-State meet titles, in the 4x400 relay and 300 (Christina Izzicupo).|
Bill Tilden, Old Rochester
|Boasting a 72-9 career record, you can't blame Tilden if you didn't find him sweating out meets. After all, he thinks his 2006-07 indoor team was full of "the type of athletes that make coaching easy." The Bulldogs went 9-0 en route to a South Coast Conference title and also won the Division 4 state relay championship. Old Rochester also had a Division 4 state titleist in an individual event as Steph Reusch reigned supreme in the 55-meter hurdles. She was third at the All-State meet.|
Canadace Bailey, Newton South
55 meters, Jr.
|Bailey set the school record in the 55-meter dash and then locked up the Division 1 state title and the All-State crown. She finished second at New Englands with a time of 7.29 seconds, her same time in winning the Division 1 dash.|
Lauren Barber, New Bedford
55 hurdles, Sr.
|Owner of the fastest time in the state, Barber locked up the Division 1 crown (8.46 seconds), then beat that time at All-States (8.21) and the New England meet (8.31). The Princeton-bound Barber helped lead the Whalers to the All-State team title.|
Molly Binder, Lincoln-Sudbury
1,000 meters, Jr.
|Whether with a team or by herself, Binder was at the front at nearly every opportunity. She took the Division 1 and state championships in the 1,000 and also helped on the Warriors' 4 x 800 relay that won another state title for L-S.|
Bridget Dahlberg, Newton South
|Dahlberg, the Dual County League champion, bounced back from a third-place run in the Division 1 meet to break the state record at All-States (4:52.11). She was also part of the Lions' 4 x 800 team that placed third at All-States.|
Monete Johnson, O'Bryant
Shot Put, Sr.
|Johnson won the City, Division 3 state, and All-State championships this season. Her fifth-place heave at the New England championship set a school record at 38 feet, 8 1/4 inches. Led by Johnson, O'Bryant won its 13th straight city crown.|
Arantxa King, Medford
Long Jump, Sr.
|King is one of the top high school track stars in the country and she proved it again this winter. She set meet records at both the Dartmouth Relays (19 feet, 9 1/2 inches) and the State Coaches meet (19-3 1/2) en route to her Division 1 and All-State titles.|
Meg Looney, Belmont
600 meters, Jr.
|A Globe All-Scholastic last spring, Looney set a school record at the State Coaches meet (1:33.95). She followed it up with a trio of titles in the Division 3, All-State, and New England meets.|
Grace Watson, Belmont
High Jump, Sr.
|Watson capped her high school career with back-to-back New England crowns in the high jump, along with victories at the State Coaches meet, the Div. 2 state championships, and at the All-States meet.|
Colleen Wetherbee, Dennis-Yarmouth
|She won the Atlantic Coast League (10:52.67), the Division 2 (11:04.8), and the All-State meets (10:46.04), reasons why this school record holder in three events (mile, two-mile, 4 x 800 relay) will be running for North Carolina State next year|
4 x 200
|After winning the State Coaches and Division 1 title meets with identical times of 1:44.92, Casey Hsiung, Cara Shorey, Jill Crowley, and Natalie Crutchfield turned it up a notch, winning the All-States in 1:44.58 and the New England crown with a 1:44.11 finish.|
4 x 400
|The Spartans' 4x400 team of Lindsey Kennedy, Chelsey Canavan, Emily Nardone, and anchor Christina Izzicupo went undefeated and ran away with both the Division 3 (4:02.12) and All-State (4:02.95) championships. They also won at the Division 3 state relays.|
4 x 800
Jessica Griffin, Dana Jamieson, Emily Mepham, Calli Pappas, and Molly Binder broke away from the pack despite an injury that sidelined Jamieson for most of the season. L-S won the All-States in 9:25.20 and shattered that time in winning at the New Englands (9:20.69).
BIG THREE: Lauren Barber, Chelsea Matiever, Kelsey Medeiros, Maggie Poyant, Linee Mello-Frost, Anifred Sinjour, and Ashley Gelinas, New Bedford; Jermai Harrison, Laurie Joseph, Erin Moran, Theresa Alphonse, and Angela Miller, Brockton; Roxane Maciel, Durfee.
BOSTON: Ashley Dimonte, East Boston; Nerlande Mintor, Charlestown; Nia Howard, Madison Park; Nicole Bazile, Ticarmel Cherisme, Sarah Cadet, Nakeisha Jones, and Monete Johnson, O'Bryant; Shantay Morgan, Snowden.
DUAL COUNTY: Jill Crowley, Casey Hsiung, Cara Shorey, Kirsten Carlson and Kate Warwick, Acton-Boxboro; Michelle Richter, Bedford; Caroline O'Loughlin, Jane Cui, Olivia Grant, Suzi Lu and Sara Hicks, Boston Latin; Kathie Nyholm, Concord-Carlisle; Molly Binder, Maggie Flemming, Jess Griffen, Calli Pappas, Emily Mepham, Olivia Reed, Dana Jamieson and Audrey Miller, Lincoln-Sudbury; Candace Bailey, Bridget Dahlberg, Juliet Ryan-Davis, Desiree Skeete, Dianna Braver, Ann Norris and Alana O'Brien, Newton South; Sophie Leung and Amanda Morss, Wayland; Alish Hanly, Cassandra Ryding, Karen Nallen, Emily Cacciatore and Taylor Casey, Westford Academy; Jessica Gottlieb and Kelsey Nickerson, Weston; Bonnie Jordan, Elizabeth McManus and Joanna Timmons, Notre Dame.
GREATER BOSTON: Carolyn Mayer and Christy Kerins, Arlington; Danielle Hamlett, Sarah Trotman, Katie Barthelemy, Zipporah Guerin, and Nia Jarvis, Cambridge; Cara Woodward and Peggy Enayo, Everett; Susan Choy and Courtney Inverzizzi, Malden; Pinky Ratanajit, Amy Ryan, Felicia Peluso, Kristin Kolodiez, and Lauren Ward; Antoinette Toussai and Kristin Wagner, Somerville; Jasmin Washington, Trisha Vasquezi and Sabrina Zottoca, Waltham.
HOCKOMOCK: Kathleen Ryan, Franklin; Beth Muller and Alyse Rocco, Canton; Shannon Cunningham, Foxboro; Kate Beksha, Lindsey Booth, Lea Godfrey and Caileigh Grove, Franklin; Meghan Ferreira and Kate Johnston, Mansfield; Kelsey Achin, Kathleen Hennessey, Stephanie McNamara and Amanda Parker, North Attleboro; Jenna Davidner, Katelyn Fortes, Michelle Sirois and Laura Weeks, Oliver Ames.
MIDDLESEX: Jessica Drevins, Anika Reynolds, Grace Watson, and Rebecca Russo, Belmont; Jenessa Redfern, Lindsey Tigges, Michele Langone, and Kelli McMillan, Burlington; Ana Kouri and Lily Fesler, Lexington; Melanie Monroe, Melrose; Nicole Cusolito, Madeline Nally, Catherine Gregorowicz, Brittany Horrigan, Lauren Almeida, Olivia Dyson, and Julia Perry, Reading; Ali Simeone, Elaina Zizza, Lindsay Manfra, Lindsey Kennedy, Emily Nardone, Chelsey Canavan, and Christina Izzicupo, Stoneham; Amberlyn Beninati, Jill Custodio, and Leanne Goodwin, Wakefield; Alison Holland and Laura Orloff, Watertown; Emma Spencer, Johanna Eidmann, Kristen Gagalis, and Meghan Cleary, Winchester; Brittney Carbone, Kayla Galvin, and Michelle Angelo, Woburn.
PATRIOT: Abigail Glenzel, Anna Uretsky, Christina Meade, Shauna McNiff, Margaret O'Connell, Molly O'Dea and Julie Nielsen, Hingham; Ashley Kelly, Middleboro; Ally Nee and Tracy Clough, Duxbury; Marissa Bonito, Amanda Panaro, Kate Kilgallen and Ashley Burroughs, Rockland; Chloe Hall and Sarah Lazarovich, Scituate; Amanda Claffin and Kathryn Nathan, Pembroke; Liz Carr, Randolph; Alexandra Goodwin, Silver Lake.
SOUTH COAST: Sarah Lagasse, Dighton-Rehoboth; Laura Gray, Fairhaven; Stephanie Reusch, Abby Oldham, and Brittany Costa, ORR; Ashley George, Sarah Bujolo, Jess Scott, and Cassie Teixeira, Seekonk.
TRI-COUNTY DIVISION 2: Alexa Siegel, Arlington Catholic; Amara DelVecchio, Lauryn Granara, Erin Quinlan, and Jen Pace, Austin Prep; Lexi Culkeen and Ellen O'Leary, Bishop Fenwick; Christi Gallagher, Julia Martinez, Erin McPherson, Serene King, Kelly Egan, Hillary McAllister, and Christine Ferris, Marian.
TRI-VALLEY: Becky Galipeau, Bellingham; Rosie Keough, Marissa Bynoe, Kristen Kelleher, Dana Butler, and Emmaline Berg, Holliston; Lauren Lodge, Erica Normandeau, Caitlin Dourney, Mary Bumiller, Corinne Flieger, Hopkinton; Karyn Moss, Kristin Marshall, Laura Bock, and Casey Armstrong, Medfield; Sheena Parand and Jessica Lee, Millis; Kelly Allen, Norton; Victoria Kourtis, Carlin Reilly, Kathryn Martin, Elizabeth Lyons, Sarah Matthews, and Misha Beaty, Westwood.
HOW WE PICKED THE TEAM
The All-Scholastic girls' track team was selected by the school sports staff. Selection is limited to MIAA schools that compete in EMass leagues. Text by Chris Estrada. Boston.com video and interviews by Chris Forsberg.