GROVELAND — The Pentucket girls track program has a long and storied history of producing great athletes. From past legends like Ashley Moulton and Kristin Monaco to more recent standouts like McKenna Kilian and Saige Tudisco, the Sachems always seem to have a handful of girls who can beat anyone they’re matched up against.
If her middle school performances are any indication, Sabrina Campbell could be the next on that list.
This past spring, Campbell was the most dominant middle school sprinter in the Cape Ann League. She handily beat all comers in the regular season, and at the Massachusetts Middle School Division 2 State Track and Field Championships she placed second in the 200-meter dash (27.58) while leading Pentucket to a fourth-place finish in the 4x100 relay (54.92).
Her coach, Andy Alsup, said things should only keep getting better once Campbell reaches high school.
“The thing that’s exciting about Sabrina is she’s still very raw, she’s definitely very talented, and once she gets into a true training program I think a lot of her times are going to drop significantly,” said Alsup, who runs the Pentucket middle school track program. “I see her as someone who is scratching the surface of her potential and the things she’s capable of.”
When thinking of what Campbell might be like at the high school level, it’s impossible not to consider her older sister Syeira, who has already re-written the program record books in just two years with the Sachems. The rising junior owns Pentucket’s school records in the 300 (41.63) and 400 (57.18), having twice won CAL titles in the 400 before placing second at Division 4 states and 10th at All-States as a sophomore this spring.
Triton middle school coach Tyler Colbert said Sabrina is already much like her sister in that she’s an athlete who can’t be ignored when filling out a lineup during a meet.
“This year she really stepped up into that role and was the dominant force in the league we expected,” Colbert said. “I had some solid girls sprinters, and we intentionally game-planned away from Sabrina. I didn’t put any of them against her in the 200 because we knew she’d run away with that race.
“She’s a real fierce competitor and she brings the best out of her teammates,” he continued. “She’s one I fully anticipate will follow the same trajectory as her sister when she gets to high school and will be an immediate contributor to a pretty strong Pentucket girls team.”
The 5-foot-4 Groveland resident, whose father Scott played football at Lynn Tech, is also a talented soccer player who has been playing in three different summer leagues to gear up for the fall season. A striker, Campbell uses her athleticism to blow past opposing defenders to get free to the net, but she can also set up the big breakaway when the situation calls for it too.
“I like to use some skill, but mainly I like to try and get past the person real quick,” said Campbell, who cited U.S. Women’s Soccer legend Carli Lloyd and Olympic champion sprinter Allyson Felix as her role models. “Passing through balls, I’m also good at that.”
In addition, Campbell also said she plans to throw shot put when she gets to high school, and Pentucket coach Steve Derro said he’s excited by what he’s seen from her so far.
“She is a talented young sprinter,” said Derro. “She looks strong for someone of her age and we look forward to having her on our track team in the future.”