The week of Jan. 19 proved to be rather extraordinary for the Cougars. In two days, NDA claimed two championship titles, including our first ever Dual County League title.
On Wednesday, Jan. 21, NDA headed to Reggie Lewis Center for matchups against Weston and Concord-Carlisle. Greeted by the electrified cheers from the Boston Public Schools meet, the Cougars prepared to improve their winning record and capture the season’s first title.
Ten personal records helped the Cougars defeat Weston, 67-28, and Concord-Carlisle, 70-24.
The field events helped boost NDA to victory. In the long jump, junior Julianne McGowan jumped a distance of 15 feet, 8.5 inches. In addition to being a personal best, the jump is also a league best for the season.
The throwers had a great day, sweeping both meets for NDA. Freshman Jamie Granskie and junior Elizabeth Do both improved their personal records, throwing 25-2 and 24-7 (almost three feet more than her previous best), respectively.
Freshman Lauren Varela continued her winning streak in the 55-meter dash, placing first in the Concord-Carlisle meet and second against Weston. Fellow sprinter Elizabeth McManus placed first in both meets in the 300 with a time of 43.09.
In the 600, junior Ari Kenyon and senior Elizabeth Arens ran well, placing first and second in both meets. Ari finished with a time of 1:45.87 and Elizabeth crossed the finish line in 1:48.14.
Senior Ellen Callahan placed first in both meets as well, finishing the 1,000 with a time of 3:14.16.
Freshman Kelsey Whitaker contributed two wins in the 2-mile run. Kelsey finished with a time of 12:54.91.
The 4x400 relay capped off the day for the Cougars, adding two more victories with a time of 4:18.90.
Freshly crowned champions, the Cougars went back to work on Thursday in hopes of winning their second straight Catholic Conference championship.
The 55 hurdles set the tone for the DCL champs. Four NDA runners scored points, with Julianne McGowan finishing just behind Jillian Hathaway of Mount Alvernia. McGowan’s time of 10.27 seconds was good for second place, four tenths of a second away from the first place time of 10.23 seconds.
In the 55, freshman Tori Kenyon took first place with a time of 8.01 seconds. Senior Elizabeth McManus placed third with a time of 8.07 seconds.
Next up for the Cougars was the mile, where senior Lindsey Bouzan finished fourth with a time of 6:15.08, followed by the 300, where senior Elizabeth Arens placed second with a time of 45.93 seconds and freshman Lauren Varela placed fourth with a time of 46.70 seconds.
In the 600, senior Ellen Callahan placed first, crossing the finish line in 1:42.63. Fellow distance runner Ari Kenyon also placed first, with a time of 3:19.19 in the 1,000.
Both the 4x200 and 4x400 relays had first-place finishes as well.
In the long jump, juniors Larkin Beecher and Julianne McGowan took first and second place. Larkin jumped 14-9.75 and Julianne jumped 14-7.25.
The strong NDA performances added up to 76 points for the Cougars, who defeated Ursuline (57 points), Mount Alvernia (24 points) and Fontbonne (11 points) to claim our second-straight CCL title.
After the string of victories in the middle of the week, NDA looked to carry over their success into the weekend.
In the Division 2 State Relays, the Cougars placed fifth overall out of 38 teams, finishing with 20 points.
The 4x800 relay team of Ari Kenyon, Ellen Callahan, Elizabeth Arens and Kelsey Whitaker placed second with a time of 9:52.49.
The 4x400 relay team of Ari, Ellen, Elizabeth and Elizabeth McManus placed third overall with a time 4:10.14.
Julianne McGowan, Ashley Mason and Larkin Beecher combined for a distance of 44-4 in the long jump relay, good for a third-place finish and six points for the Cougars.
Despite the less than cooperative weather, the Cougars pulled through with two titles to show for their consistent effort and determination.