By Dan Epstein
Last Saturday, the Girls’ Indoor Track and Field team left the rest of the Dual County League in the rearview mirror as they drove off with a commanding league championship win. The girls racked up a total score of 110 points, demolishing the second place, Lincoln-Sudbury who totalled 78 points.
The victory was a complete team effort, with points coming from all across the board. Following up on the Dual-County League team title last outdoor, the Lions have proved their domination the league.
In order to rack up so many points, the team had five first place finishes, five second place finishes, and eight additional top-eight finishes, proving the immense depth of the undefeated champs.
Out of the thirteen contested events, the girls scored in all but one, showing the strength that they have as entire team. Senior captain Clare Martin believes that confidence was the key to their success.
“Everyone bought into the goal of winning DCLs and achieving a perfect record for the regular season from day one,” Martin said. “Unlike other years, we never doubted in our abilities to attain the lofty goals [Coach Steve McChesney] set for us.”
Martin’s co-captain, Katie Collins, agreed that the team maintained a cool confidence throughout the season and into the championships.
“On Saturday, we approached [DCL’s] confidently, but not cockily, and that helped us be successful,” Collins said.
Despite the team’s overall strength, some individuals had incredible performances that helped to garner points. Senior Calene Lazare had her best meet of the season, and arguably the best performance at the meet.
The sprinter competed in three events: the 55 meter dash, the 300 meter dash and the long jump. At the end of the day, she got first place in both of the sprints and second in the long jump. Lazare obtained three personal records, a Massachusetts #2 time for the 55 meter this year, and a Massachusetts #3 jump for the long jump. Her successes earned a total of 28 points, a large boost in the team’s overall score.
Another great performance came from Martin in the 1,000 meter run. After a painful injury sidelined her for the last few months, Martin finally got the chance to open her season, and she did so in commanding fashion. In her first individual race since the cross-country season, Martin became the Dual County League champion in her event, winning by almost four seconds.
The underclassmen showed their strength with some stunning performances. Freshman phenomenon Lucy Jenks continued her impressive season by placing second in the 600 meter dash, and then rebounding to play an important role in the 4×800 meter relay.
Jenk’s personal best in the 600 meter ranks fifth nationally among freshmen according to milesplit.com. Freshman Addie Marple scored some points by placing 8th in the mile behind teammates Collins and junior Emily Bulczynski, who placed second and fourth respectively.
Winning the Dual County League as a team is an exciting accomplishment given how talented the league consistently is. Senior sprinter captain Allie Arruda spoke to the difficulty of their task.
“Winning the DCL title is a lot like winning a tournament game in lacrosse or soccer: it pretty much proves that all the season’s preparations and hard work paid off to a team who deserved it,” said Arruda.
Moving forward, the girls are looking to continue their dominance. With a large group qualified for the Divisional meet this Saturday, they are poised to keep their undefeated season going and prove their depth at a state level.