#We Run TH(i)S

Bhavya Bhushan ’16

Girls Track finished their regular season with an outstanding record of 10-1. After working incredibly hard at practice, through rain, snow, and heat, the girls had one of the best seasons the school has seen.

Trumbull’s only loss was to Staples. However, this meet was incredibly close. Trumbull lost by only 3 points, proving that it has reached the competitive level of other teams in the FCIAC. Competition from Staples, a traditionally excellent team, pushed the girls to attain many personal records. Michelle Hesse was one of the girls to attain a personal record and in addition achieved the main goal of qualifying for FCIAC’s. She described her race, explaining, “I really wanted to qualify for the 800 meter run and I felt like this was my last chance, because Staples has really good competition. I was so nervous and I went out there and ran as hard as I could. I had McCaff (Coach McCaffrey) stand at the last 200 meter stretch so he could tell me my time. I was sprinting as hard as I could on the last straightaway and I could hear him yelling ‘Let’s go kid!’ I got 2:33 flat which is the qualifying time for FCIAC’s and it felt awesome!”

Even with a loss, Trumbull was incredibly proud of their performance at the meet, and went on to complete their regular season by crushing St. Joes (93.66-50.33) and Harding (144-0) at their final home meet. Since this meet was the team’s senior night, it was filled with incredible spirit. Michelle Hesse described it, stating “Our team was so amazing and positive this year I wouldn’t want anything else my senior year.”

Top point scorers, including Tara Oliver, Alyssa Centopani, Melissa Wydra, Katelyn Romanchick, and Katherine Foley helped bring the team to victory throughout the regular season.

On Tuesday May 27, the girls competed at the FCIAC championships. The team of qualifiers was the largest it has ever been, including qualifiers in every event. This showed the incredible diversity and growth that has occurred on the track team this year.

Top performers at FCIAC’s included Katherine Foley who placed fourth in the 400 meter dash and Katelynn Romanchick who placed seventh in the 3200 meter run. The 4×100 relay, consisting of Katie Dunn, Katherine Larkin, Kathleen Kaufmann, and Haley Mocker, and the 4×400 relay, consisting of Katie Dunn, Katherine Foley, Michelle Hesse, and Devin Cuevas, both came in 7th place. In addition, Meghan Malloy placed eighth on high jump and Tara Oliver placed fifth on pole vault. Finally, Oliver placed third on javelin throw and Melissa Wydra placed fifth.

Thrower Astonique Robinson explained, “There just comes a time when it’s not about you anymore. It’s not about your personal best or your goals. You just know that you need to give all you’ve got for your team.” The team plans on going into next year’s season with this mindset, ready to further the progress and success they have had throughout this season.

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