The Cougars are officially halfway through the indoor track season, but arenít slowing down yet. This past weekend, NDA competed at both the Dartmouth Relays and the MSTCA Winter Festival. The Cougars had great performances from many team members and had a total of 16 personal bests over the weekend.
Seventeen team members traveled to Dartmouth College on Jan. 9, to compete in the 40th Annual Dartmouth Relays. Overall, the Cougars performed very well, with standout performances from senior captains Elizabeth McManus and Ellen Callahan. Elizabeth placed fourth in the 400-meter run, with a time of 1:00.57. In the 1000, Ellen placed eighth, crossing the finish line in 3:09.35.
Freshmen Tori Kenyon, Junior Ariel Kenyon, Ellen and Elizabeth ran the 4x400 relay for the Cougars, coming in fifth with a time of 4:11.25.
The distance medley placed 12th with a time of 13:23.94. Ellen ran the 1200 leg, Tori ran the 400, Ari ran the 800, and junior Corrina Lucini ran the mile.
The sprint medley also ran well, placing 17th overall, with a time of 4:49.55. Freshmen Lauren Varela and Kaleigh Erikson ran the 200 legs, senior Elizabeth Arens ran the 400, and junior Haley Lipinski ran the 800.
Also competing in the Dartmouth Relays was coach Nicole OíNeil. After winning the high jump by clearing 5 feet, 5.5 inches, she went on to place fourth in the womenís college/open pentathlon.
Despite getting snowed in up in New Hampshire for an extra night, the Cougars had a great weekend at Dartmouth with fantastic performances from several team members.
The Cougars that competed at the Reggie Lewis Center on Jan. 10 shared in the success their team members had. Fourteen girls had personal bests at the MSTCA Winter Festival.
Freshman Sarah Brennan cut 16 seconds off her best mile time, finishing the race in 6:06.78. Fellow miler Rachel Pedro also had a personal record in the race, finishing in 6:14.86.
The hurdlers had another great meet, with three more personal records to go with the three from the Jan. 7 meet. Sophomore Kailia Delfalco had an awesome race, shaving another few tenths of a second off her personal record for a time of 11.01 seconds. Sophomore Moira Welch and junior Madison Baker had personal bests as well, with times of 11.43 and 12.88 seconds.
Senior Kristina Quirk, junior Nora Henry, sophomore Hannah Poliseno and freshman Chrissy Wojner all had personal bests in the 300. Fellow sprinters Meaghan Sullivan and Jenna Reece, both freshmen, ran well in 55, finishing the race with personal bests.
In shot put, freshman Jamie Granskie improved her personal best by nearly three feet with a throw of 25 feet, 2 inches.
The Cougars made the most of a calmer schedule this week, with only one meet. Eighteen girls had personal bests on Wednesday night at Milton High.
Next week, NDA has three big meets, starting Wednesday with a Dual County meet against Concord-Carlisle, followed by the Catholic Conference League Meet on Thursday. The Cougars finish the week with the Division 2 state relays on Sunday.