On a week in which it rained constantly, the CA track and field team found themselves with a beautiful day for competition in Easthampton, MA.
The Cats had a great day on the track, as 95% of the competing athletes improved their personal records in at least one event. Both the boys and girls teams dominated the field events, with the boys taking first in 5 of 7 events, and the girls taking first in 2 more.
The boys saw much improvement from their opener, and were able to take second behind Williston Northhampton. In the field; Ethan Okwuosa ‘21 won the long and triple jump, Jameson Hardy ‘19 won the pole vault, Adam Cohen ‘19 won the discus, and Jack Roberge ‘20 won the javelin. While winning events is a great feeling, it was the boys’ depth that pushed them to a second place finish. Alex Bjerser ‘20 took fourth in the long jump behind Tyler DiIenno ‘19, who also placed second in the triple jump. JT Perry ‘20 had himself a day, as he took second in the javelin, 400m, and 4x100 (along with Okwuosa, Bjerser, and Roberge). In the shot put, Cohen and Greg Fernstrom ‘20 both scored with top 5 finishes.
For the girls, they were eager to get back to competing after having 2 weeks off. They began the day by winning the field events and ended, by falling 4 points short from second place to a tough Millbrook team. While success is often measured by wins, the girls program took a huge leap, as 100% of the team improved their times, throws, and/or jumps. The biggest accomplishment of the day came at the pole vault mat, where both, Caterina Mattio ’19 and Dani Schloss ’19, tied the school record with jumps of 7’6”. With Annsley Martin ’20 by their sides, the trio swept the event, taking first, second, and third. Kamila Zygadlo ’19 took first in the shot put and second in the discus, with teammate Malaika Mfuko ’19 taking fourth. The sophomore trio, Julianna Fazzino ’21, Katie Welage ’21, and Ava Tonnotti ’21, made their presence known, as they took second (Welage), fourth (Tonnotti), and fifth (Fazzino), in the 100m dash. Tonnotti rounded out the top five in the long jump, with Welage and Fazzino taking second and third in the triple jump. The trio with fellow sophomore, Maddie Silano ’21, took third in the 4x100, with Silano taking second in the 400m later in the day. Silano also helped propel the 4x400 team, along with Maria Alzaga ’20, Joy Pan ’21, and Elena Parkerson ’21, to a second place finish to end the meet. Alzaga took third in the 1500m, becoming the first girl in four years to qualify for the New England Championships in the 1500m.
The next meet will be at 3:30 on 4/24 at the Simosa Track and Field.
For the Cheshire Academy Track and Field team, boys and girls practice together as part of a program that emphasizes individual and team growth. Each athlete is allowed the flexibility to compete in the events of their choosing, with the encouragement and council of their coaches. The Track and Field program is one of the largest on campus and works hard to make the program feel more like a family than a team. The coaching staff tailors each practice to fit the athletes’ individual needs; whether they are a thrower, jumper, sprinter, distance, or mid-distance runner. The program believes in taking athletes where they are and supporting their growth while only asking athletes for two things in return; to try their hardest and support their teammates.
The 2019 Cheshire Academy Track and Field team returns with many familiar faces, along with a few new ones, all with their eyes on success. Anchored by our returning athletes, our girls look to bounce back after taking fourth in the NEPSAC Division III Championships in 2018. Our boys look to climb back as well, after taking first in 2016. With a strong core already set, the Cheshire Academy Track and Field family will look to their new comers to bolster the ranks and provide the team with depth.