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June 24, 2014

A FANTASTIC FINISH

Kerstin Darsney will leave Triton as one of the greatest athletes in school history

BYFIELD — At this point, what is there left to say about Kerstin Darsney that hasn’t already been said?

The Triton track star has accomplished just about everything there is for a high school track athlete to accomplish over the course of her illustrious career, and as she moves on to the next phase of her athletics career at UMass Lowell, she’ll leave behind a legacy of excellence that can only be matched by former Viking standout Deanna Latham, who is now winning championships at the University of Wisconsin.

Having already overcome a serious shoulder injury that limited her for much of her junior year, Darsney exploded onto the national scene as a senior, clearing 5-8 in the high jump over the winter to propel her into the top 10 competitors in the country. Though she couldn’t reach those same heights at the New Balance Indoor Nationals, she had an exceptional senior season in the spring, capped off by another appearance at Nationals where she finished in a tie for third place and ultimately missed out on All-American honors due to a tiebreaker.

Before that, she dominated nearly every event she participated in over the course of the regular season, and went on to claim three league championships at the Cape Ann League Championship meet. Darsney placed first in the triple jump (37-4), the 200-meter dash (25.94) and tied Pentucket’s McKenna Kilian for first in the high jump (5-2).

The only event she didn’t win was the 100-meter hurdles (16.54), in which she placed second to North Reading’s Cole Godzinski, who went on to win the All-State championship in the event. She likely could have won the league championship in the long jump as well, as her personal best of 17-8 would have been the best jump in the league by nearly a foot had she competed in the event at CALs.

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