WEST NEWBURY – Having already been named an All-Star in soccer and All-League in basketball, Pentucket junior McKenna Kilian has made her presence felt in the local sports scene this past year.
But given the way she has performed for the school’s track team this spring, it appears as though Kilian has saved the best for last.
Kilian has been a member of the Pentucket girls track team since her freshman year, and this year she has been among the league’s top performers in the high jump, the shot put and the 400-meter run.
She is also a member of the team’s 4x400 relay team, along with teammates Paige Wesolowski, Carolyn Modlish and Ellison Seymour. The team nearly broke the school record in the event earlier this season, and Kilian called the relay her favorite event.
“I love racing with my teammates,” she said. “Paige, C-Mod and Ellison, I love racing with them. I like my other events, but it’s fun to do that one and succeed.”
The event where Kilian has made the biggest impact, however, is the high jump. For most of the season, Kilian was consistently clearing 5-feet in the event, but a couple of weeks ago, things started to come together in a big way.
Kilian’s breakthrough first started at the prestigious Weston Twilight Invitational, where Kilian jumped 5-1 to finish among the top placers in a field that included some of the best athletes in the state.
Then about a week later in Pentucket’s dual meet against Lynnfield, Kilian put it all together and cleared 5-5, beating her old personal best by several inches while obliterating the school record of 5-2 ¼, which was set back in 2010 by Alexis Kitsakos, who is now one of the top runners on the UMass Lowell track and field team.