BYFIELD — It's become an annual tradition at Triton for a new female track athlete to burst onto the scene with a breakout performance on a statewide level.
This winter, sophomore Kerstin Darsney was the latest Triton athlete to find her way to the podium at a state championship meet. After placing third in the high jump at Division 3 Championships, she finished fifth in the same event at New England Championships with her top jump (5-5) of the season.
Darsney's top-five finish at New Englands capped a season in which she made gradual improvements in her first indoor season ever. She also placed fourth at the All-State Meet in the same event.
Her jump of 5-5 at New Englands was good for a school record. That's a particularly impressive feat when considering Triton's recent history. Deanna Latham (class of 2010) was a five-time Division 3 state champion in indoors. Latham, a jumper and hurdler in high school, is now a scholarship athlete at University of Wisconsin.
"As a sophomore, Kerstin has already jumped higher than Deanna," Triton coach Joe Colbert said. "It's not fair to compare them, because Deanna had an unbelievable career. But Kerstin has that kind of ability. She seems to want to reach that level."
Darsney is aware that Triton has a track tradition of producing champion athletes like Latham, Keely Maguire, Rachelle Bourque and Taelour Murphy. Maguire (UNH) and Bourque (UMass) are currently competing at a Division 1 level in college. Murphy is a top sprinter at UMass Lowell.
"This program has had some awesome people go through it," Darsney said. "I'm hoping if I work hard enough, I can do some of those things, like get back to New Englands. I'm hoping to win a state championship and Cape Ann League championships. All of that would be awesome."