When the Newburyport boys indoor track team completed its undefeated regular season Tuesday, it overshadowed the fact that its female counterparts finished their best season in program history on the same day.
With a victory over Amesbury, the girls team finished 6-3.
“I told them last year at the end of outdoor season that I could see things changing,” said indoor track coach Tim Foley. “At the beginning of the season, I told the kids I really see a big change. They came around. It was so nice to see.”
The girls needed a change, going 2-7 last year and 2-8 the year before. According to Foley, it was the guidance of co-captains Liz Fiascone and Katie Gorenflo that played a big part in the program’s best performance since it began in 1995.
“Our captains did a great job recruiting this year,” said Foley. “We had the best recruitment we ever had. We were able to fill a lot of holes. A lot of good soccer athletes came out and helped us out. These kids really stepped up.”
Gorenflo takes personal satisfaction in the team’s success.
“Knowing that you’re a captain on the team that did the best is a really good feeling,” said Gorenflo. “You feel like you’ve succeeded.”
A member of the girls soccer team, Gorenflo (55-meter dash and 4x400 relay) has been running indoor track since she was a sophomore and had high hopes going into this season.
“I had a feeling we would also be doing well this season,” said Gorenflo. “Because (the underclassmen) would be helping us out with distance and stuff.
“We lead by example and they just kind of follow,” Gorenflo said of the younger runners. “We work out hard and it just makes everyone stronger.”
“I read a quote some years ago that said, ‘We had a lot of hungry juniors this year and some senior leadership,’ so I think it worked out,” said Foley.