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Hingham High girls winter track runs away with Div. 3 State Championship

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  March 1, 2012 12:02 PM

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The girls on Hingham High School winter track team are still in a daze after a record-breaking season that garnered them the Division III State Championship.

“It’s been great,” said coach and Hingham High math teacher David Jewett. “Everyone is thrilled; they can’t believe that these girls were as good as they actually are.”

The team finished 7-0 in the Patriot League, were the Division III State Relay Meet Runner-Up, and with 74 points in the State Championship, they confidently secured the title.

“At the state championship, we ran away with it. We had 74 point and the next team had 41. So it was a big gap there. We had 18 girls go that day and 15 of them scored in some capacity. It was really remarkable, the dash, hurdle, 300, 600s, we scored in the 2 mile, all three relays, long jump, we almost scored in every single event as well. It was pretty spectacular,” Jewett said.

The championship is the 13th the school has won in any sport. This will be the fourth for girls winter track.

“They did work hard for it. To win a state championship is rare. … They know that. They know they will have their banner in the gym. They recognize the history and how hard it is to do that,” Jewett said.

The team broke five school records, and broke the state record in the 4x50 meter shuttle dash relay.

This is the second year as head coach for girls track for Jewett, who has been with the school for nine years.

“I would say is the best girls indoor track team that we’ve ever had,” Jewett said. “And we’ve had some great teams. We’ve won a state championship …but this team rivals the others and is arguably better, because when we’re breaking records, we’re doing it with those girls [who had won previous championships].”

Among the notable athletes is Katelyn Elinoff, an undefeated Patriot League All-Star. She came in second on the Division III 300-meter dash with a time of 42.6, and came in fifth with the long jump with a distance of 15 feet, 11 1/2 inches. She was also a 4x200 DIII State Champion.

Elinoff broke the school record 4x400 with a time of 4:06.60 and finished the 300 with a time of 41.61. She also broke the All-State record 4x50m shuttle relay with a 24.67 time.

Molly Clark was recognized as a Patriot League All-Star. She came in second with the Division III States 55m dash with a time of 7.50, and was a 4x200 DIII state champion. She broke the All-State Record 4x50m shuttle relay with a 24.67 time.

Gabriella Candelieri, Olivia Cundari, Caroline Leonard, Morgan Sullivan were all Patriot League All-Stars. Additionally, Meghan Patrolia and Julie McConville are undefeated Patriot League All-Stars.

The depth of the team is what has allowed it to dominate, winning meet after meet and qualifying in a number of different areas.

“It’s just a lot of teams I’ve been on or around or apart of you usually had one or two kids, a couple good distance runners, a good sprinter or two, and that’s enough. But for us, it’s been we have talent in every single area and we’re very, very proud of how they have performed in that regard.” Jewett said.

With 30 freshman on the 85-girl roster, Jewett is also excited about what is to come. But for senior captains, this season has been a good note to leave on.

“It’s really awesome, especially it being my last year in winter and spring track,” said Clark, 18, a senior captain. “So it’s great to win when we’re all so close. We put so much hard work in. it definitely paid off.”

Clark said she couldn’t have asked for more from her teammates, and performing so well in her own regard, couldn’t have asked much more of herself.

“They all stepped up and did what they were capable of doing…the freshman proved themselves and surprised themselves,” she said. “Everyone puts in a lot of hard work and there is definitely a lot of natural talent there, but we practice probably six times a week, weekends, we do extra stuff.”

Senior captains Abbie Barrett, 18, and Elizabeth Sypek, 17, also feel accomplished as they leave their high school track days behind.

“At first it kind of felt like surreal. Coming into my senior season, I never thought we were going to accomplish all we did. We al had the hopes of becoming state champions, but we never thought it was going to happen. It was one of my best experiences of high school,” Barrett said.

“It’s awesome to be a captain of a team that works hard for this and puts everything into it. I couldn’t have asked for anything more. It’s a great way to end the season as a senior,” Sypek said.

The school has also been incredibly supportive of the girls’ accomplishments, Jewett said, and has made it a point to congratulate the group of modest athletes.

“These girls are quintessential student-athletes, and they've made our whole school community very proud,” said Assistant Principal Richard Swanson. “Breaking a school record is a very big deal, especially in a school like ours that has such a rich athletic tradition, but this year's team made it seem almost routine.

"Hardly a week went by when these girls didn't tear down an old record and replace it with a new mark. Best of all, they did it while always competing with grace and while demonstrating terrific sportsmanship.”

SEASON ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Katelyn Elinoff
Undefeated Patriot League All-Star
Division III 2nd 300m dash 42.6 and 5th Long Jump 15’11.5”
4x200 DIII State Champions
School Record 4x400 4:06.60 and 300 41.61
All-State Record 4x50m Shuttle Relay 24.67

Molly Clark
Patriot League All-Star
Division III States 2nd 55m dash 7.50
4x200 DIII State Champions
All-State Record 4x50m Shuttle Relay 24.67

Gabriella Candelieri
Patriot League All-Star
4x200 State Champions
All-State Record 4x50m Shuttle Relay 24.67

Olivia Cundari
Patriot League All-Star
DIII State Championship 7th 55m dash 7.64
All-State Record 4x50m Shuttle Relay 24.67

Meghan Patrolia
Undefeated Patriot League All-Star
DIII States 2nd 55m Hurdles 8.69 and 3rd Long Jump 16’2.5”
4x200 DIII State Champions
School Record 4x50 Hurdle Relay 30.94 and 55m Hurdles 8.56

Abbie Barrett
DIII State Championship 5th 4x800
DIII State Relays 3rd 4x400 5th 4x800
State Qualifier 600 1:44.07

Julie McConville
Undefeated Patriot League All-Star
DIII State Champion 2 mile
All-State Champion 2 mile
DIII State Relays 6th DMR
School Record 2mile 10:48.66 (2nd fastest in the U.S.)

Caroline Leonard
Patriot League All-Star
DIII States 2nd 4x400 7th 600
DIII State Relays 3rd 4x400 5th 4x800
School Record 600 1:39.55 4x400 4:06.60

Elizabeth Sypek
2nd 4x400 DIII State Championship
DIII State Relays 3rd 4x400 5th 4x800
School Record 4x400 4:06.60

Morgan Sullivan
Patriot League All-Star
DIII State Championship 2nd 4x400 5th 600
DIII State Relays 3rd 4x400 5th 4x800
School Record 4x400 4:06.60
Sophomore Record 600 1:39.61

Heather Hussey
2nd 4x400 DIII State Championship
State Qualifier 300 44.4 55m Hurdles 9.54
School Record 4x50m Shuttle Hurdles 30.94
Freshman School Record 55m Hurdles 9.54

Beth O’Hanley
DIII State Championship 5th 4x800
State Qualifier 1000 3:22.70

Julia Noble
DIII State Championship 5th 4x800
DIII State Relays DMR 6th
State Qualifier 1000 3:15.90

Kelly Bandera
DIII State Championship 5th 4x800
DIII State Relays SMR 7th
State Qualifier 1000 3:18.30

Shannon Holden
State Qualifier Mile 5:43.35
DIII State Relays 6th DMR

Annalise Carroll
State Qualifier Shot Put 30’5”

Kate Criscitiello
State Qualifier Long Jump 15’6”
Freshman Records High Jump 4’9” Long Jump 15’6”

Margot Criscitiello
School Record 4x50m Shuttle Hurdles 30.94

Danielle Arcement

School Record 4x50m Shuttle Hurdles 30.94

Ali Burns
DIII State Relays 6th Place DMR

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