Girls Track Team Races Past English

The Winthrop High girls track team took 11 of 13 first place finishes to run away with a 96-35 triumph at Lynn English last Thursday. The young Lady Vikings continue to improve weekly and seem to be positioning themselves for a run at an NEC South Division title.

Carly O’Keefe, Jordon Griffiths, Kaitlyn Hersey, and Mayomi Meggison all were double winners for Coach Warren MacPhail’s squad. Carly won the 400 low hurdles in a time of 1:16 and the 100 high hurdles in 18.1. Jordon, who seems to be rekindling her cross country form, captured the mile in 6:25 and the 400 dash in 71.0. Captain Kaitlyn took the 800 in 2:50 and the javelin with a toss of 54-7. Mayomi continued to show her star potential with first place efforts in the high jump with a leap of 4-8 and the long jump with a landing of 14-8.

Other first place finishers for the Lady Vikings were: Mia Simonetti in the two mile in 15:20;  Lexi Vaccaro with a triple jump of 31-10, which was a personal record (PR); and Captain Laureen LoPresti with a discus toss of 71-4.

Amy Sena, who seems to be able to compete in any event she chooses and be very good at it, placed second in the 400 hurdles in 1:17, second in the 800 in  2:52, and third in the triple jump with a landing of 30-0.

Alyssa Mackey continued to shine in the sprinting events, taking second in the 100 dash in 13.6 and then showed her strength in the 400 with another second place finish in 71-0. Team leader Christina Russo demonstrated why she is going to be a top sprinter at Stonehill College next  year by placing second in the 200 dash in 27.8 and third in the 100 in 13.6.

Other members of the Lady Viking team who put points onto the Winthrop side of the scoresheet were Corey Charvis with a second in the two mile in 15:56, Maria Rago with a third in the mile in 6:58, Felicia Jones with a second in the long jump with a 14-1 leap,  Teresa Jones with a third in the long jump with a 13-8, Gina Giuliano with a second in the triple jump with a 30-2 showing, and Jessica Dowson with a second in the 100 hurdles in 19.1.

The Winthrop girls stand at 3-1 on the season, but now enter the part of their schedule that will define the team. They will be battling Revere tomorrow (today) and then will move on to face Gloucester and Saugus.

“All three teams are very strong and will be competing for the South championship,” said MacPhail. “At this point of the season,. I couldn’t be  happier with the commitment and hard work our girls have shown. They truly deserve to be fighting for the South title.”

MacPhail this Saturday will be taking a large contingent of 8th,  9th,  and 10th  graders, who comprise 95% of the current Winthrop team, to compete in the NEC’s Freshman/Sophomore Meet in Lynn.

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