NEWBURYPORT — Today marks a homecoming of sorts for Marcella Mastrocola, who will be lining up against her old teammates when the Newburyport track team heads to Ipswich this afternoon.
Mastrocola, a junior distance runner on the girls track team, spent the first two years of her high school career at Ipswich High School, where she ran track and cross-country. Though she and her old teammates were tight, Mastrocola said she’s looking forward to the opportunity to race them and won’t feel conflicted about trying to win.
“I think we’ll just go business as usual, we’ll see how it goes,” she said. “It’ll be nice if we can win, but it will be good to see my old teammates.”
Mastrocola joined the Clipper track program last fall after she officially transferred to Newburyport High School over the summer. Her family actually moved to Plum Island early in her sophomore year, but she finished the year at Ipswich High School, despite the half-hour drive to and from school every day.
Though it was difficult to leave her friends behind, Mastrocola said she didn’t want to have to make the long commute to school anymore, and she added that with college fast approaching, she understood she was going to have to leave sooner or later.
“I think I was ready to go,” she said. “I was thinking about college too and how I’m going to leave in two years, so I might as well have a chance to do it again because I’m going to do it in college, so it would give me some practice.”
Mastrocola said her decision to join the cross-country team helped to ease the transition a great deal. All summer long people told her that joining the track program was the best decision she could possibly make, and once she met her new teammates she said she knew she’d found her new home.