Newburyport Daily News
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A team captain for Newburyport, Erin Carroll rebounded from an injury-plagued cross-country season to perform well in the winter season. Carroll competed primarily in the distance events, running the 1-mile and 2-mile races for the Clippers. Carroll placed ninth in the league at the CAL Indoor Championships in the mile with a time of 5:59.99, and her best performance in the 2-mile was 13:12 against Triton. After the season, Carroll was awarded the team’s distance award. She said she looks up to coach Don Hennigar.
Kelly Conway was a mainstay on Newburyport’s distance crew, competing in both the 1- and 2-mile races throughout the season. Conway was the Clippers’ best finisher in the 2 mile at the CAL Indoor Championships, placing sixth in the league with a time of 12:42.59, and at the Division 5 State Championships, she bumped that up to 12:33.03 to place 18th in the state. Conway’s college plans are still undecided at this point, and she said she looks up to coach Don Hennigar as a role model.
In her first season of indoor track, Lily Eagan made an impact in a variety of events for Newburyport, competing in the 1,000-meter run, the shot put and the 4x400 relay. She placed seventh in the league in the 1,000 with a time of 3:19.27, and followed that up by placing 18th in the event with a time of 3:18.21 at the Division 5 State Championships. She received the team’s Field Event Award after the season, and next year she will be a team captain.
Tyler Feeney was a star for Pentucket in the hurdles this season, placing third in the league in the 55-meter hurdles while breaking a 14-year-old school record in the process. She went on to place sixth in the event at the Division 4 State Championships with a time of 9.07. Feeney also competed in the high jump, placing fourth in the league with a jump of 4-10 in the CAL Indoor Track Championships and 12th in the state with a jump of 4-5. Still only a junior, Feeney said she’s still undecided on her future college plans, and she said the biggest role model in her life is her father Dan.
Laura Frackiewicz was one of Triton’s top mid-distance runners, competing in the 600-meter run and both the 4x400 and 4x800 relays. She placed fifth in the league at the CAL Indoor Track Championships in the 600, running a time of 1:47.07, and improved on that time to place 10th in the state at the Division 4 State Championships with a time of 1:43.80. She was the anchor on a 4x400 relay team that placed 17th in the state and the lead runner on the 4x800 relay team that placed 8th in the state. Frackiewicz is still undecided on where she will go to college, though she said her two top choices are Boston College and Providence College.
A foreign exchange student from Germany, Nicola Hepp made a big impact on Triton during her brief stay with the school. Hepp competed in the 55-meter dash and the shot put, placing sixth in the league in both at the CAL Indoor Championships with a time of 7.95 (sixth place) and a distance of 29-2. She also competed in both events at the Division 4 State Championships and led off the team’s 4x200 relay.
Emma Marchant had a sensational senior season for Pentucket this year, going undefeated in the 2 mile during the regular season while placing second in the league at the CAL Indoor Championships, where she broke the 12-minute mark with a time of 11:53.43. She went on to place fourth in the state at the Division 4 State Championships with a time of 11:57.21. Marchant will attend Boston University in the fall, and she said the person she looks up to most is her mom.
Siobhan Mitchell burst onto the local track scene as a freshman this winter, clearing 4-8 in the high jump to place fifth in the league at the CAL Indoor Track Championships. Her best jump of the season was 4-9, which Mitchell hopes to continue to improve upon in the future. Mitchell is a strong student as well, and the person she looks up to most is her brother Ian.
If this past season was any indication, Madelyn Nelson has a bright future ahead of her as a sprinter. Nelson placed fourth in the league in the 300-meter dash at the CAL Indoor Track Championships as only a sophomore, finishing with a time of 44.65. She also was a member of both the 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams, which placed 16th and sixth at the Division 4 State Championships respectively. Nelson said the highlight of her season was beating Triton in the 4x400.
Isabella Palma emerged as one of the league’s top mid-distance runners as a sophomore this past winter, placing third in the 600-meter run at the CAL Indoor Track Championships with a time of 1:43.60. She was also the top sophomore competitor in the event at the Division 5 State Championships, where she finished 12th in the state with a nearly identical time as her CAL time. Palma is also a standout performer in the classroom, where she maintains a 4.2 GPA.
One of the league’s top shot putters, Marissa Randall placed second at the CAL Indoor Track Championships with a 35-4 1/4 throw. She went on to place third in the state at the Division 5 State Championships, improving her distance by about two feet, and at All-States she placed 11th in the state overall. During the course of the season, Randall broke the school’s shot put record, and she credited her success to the team’s throwing coach, Keith Walton.
Jessica Savage was one of Triton’s busiest athletes this year, competing in nearly every distance event offered to her. She placed fourth in the league in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 3:12, and she also competed in the mile and 2 mile during the regular season, running times of 5:54 and 12:47 respectively. She was also a member of Triton’s 4x800 relay team, which took second at the CAL Indoor Track Championships and eighth at the Division 4 State Championship meet. Savage credits teammate and Daily News Girls Track Athlete of the Year Kerstin Darsney as a role model, saying she’s inspired her to work hard and become a better athlete.
A senior captain, Julia Shorter was the Indians’ top distance runner this past winter. She placed third in the league in the mile with a time of 5:26.04 at the CAL Indoor Track Championships, and followed that up by placing eighth in the state at the Division 5 State Championships. Shorter also competed in the MSTCA Elite Meet, and after the season she won the Amesbury track program’s Coaches Award.
Samantha Stone contributed to Amesbury both as a mid-distance runner and as a jumper this year. Stone placed eighth in the league in the 1,000-meter run at the CAL Indoor Track Championships, running a time of 3:21.64, and also placed seventh in the league in the long jump with a jump of 13-1 3/4. She also competed at states, finishing 21st in the 1,000 with a time of 3:22.56. Only a sophomore, Stone said competing at states was the highlight of her season, and she credited coach Mike Farmer as being her mentor.
A versatile sprinter, Liza Twomey competed in the 55-meter dash, the 4x200 relay and the 4x400 relay for Newburyport this winter. Twomey placed 10th in the 55-meter dash at the CAL Indoor Championship meet with a time of 8.09, and she also qualified for the Division 5 State Championships, where she improved her time to 8.07. Twomey said getting to compete at states was the highlight of her season, and she thanked her parents and coach Tim Foley for helping her grow as an athlete and as a person.
Paige Wesolowski was a mid-distance standout for Pentucket, placing seventh in the league in the 600-meter run while also anchoring the team’s 4x400 relay team to a second place finish at the CAL Indoor Championships. Wesolowski also placed 11th in the state in the 600 (1:44.54) at the Division 4 State Championships, and her 4x400 team also performed well, placing sixth in the state with a time of 4:12.81. Wesolowski has a twin brother named Josh, who is a standout on the school’s wrestling team.
Triton was a formidable presence in the distance events this year, and Liz Willmonton is one of the main reasons why. The senior veteran placed third in the league in the 2-mile, running a 12:34.26 at the CAL Indoor Track Championships, and then at states she blew away that time by over 40 seconds, placing third in the state with 11:50.58 to qualify for All-States. She also anchored Triton’s 4x800 relay team, which placed second in the league at CALs (10:38.44) and eighth in the state at the Division 4 Championships (10:41.20). After graduating this spring, Willmonton will continue her running career at Bryant University.