The NDA Cougars were hard at work over the school vacation, with four meets over the two-week break.
Originally, NDA’s second Dual County was scheduled for Dec. 20, but thanks to a snowstorm that left many schools closed on Friday, the Saturday meet was postponed.
Next up for the Cougars was the Boston Holiday Invitational, held at the Reggie Lewis Center on Dec. 27-28. Notable performances from Day 1 included senior co-captain Elizabeth McManus in the 400-meter dash, running a time of 59.84 seconds that was good for second place. Junior Corrina Lucini placed third in the mile with a time of 5:57.42, while sophomore Kelsey Steeves placed fifth in the same event with a time of 6:15.71. In the freshmen mile run, Kelsey Whitaker came in fifth, with a time of 5:49.53.
On Dec. 30, NDA competed in both the freshmen/sophomore team pentathlon and the MSTCA Open Invitational. The pentathlon team placed sixth overall, with Jessica Roach competing in the 55 hurdles, Jamie Granskie throwing shot put, Tori Kenyon jumping in the long jump, Madison Caron in the high jump, and Kelsey Whitaker running the 800.
In the open events, senior co-captain Ellen Callahan placed second overall in the 600 with a time of 1:41.04. Junior Ashley Mason came in fourth in the long jump, with a jump of 15 feet, 8.75 inches. The 4x200 relay ran a time of 1:54.44, good for sixth place.
NDA is looking to ring in the new year with strong performances from the younger team members in the MSTCA Freshmen/Sophomore Invitational on Jan. 4 and a win in a Dual County meet against Arlington on Jan. 7.