The Dual-County League is arguably one of the best leagues across Massachusetts for track and field. With many talented teams and individuals, it takes something special to do what Newton South’s girls’ indoor track team did this season: go undefeated.
In an indoor season, there are five dual meets over two months. The girls’ team won every single one, by impressive margins as well. The season started off with a 60-40 win over Acton-Boxboro, followed by a dominating 79-21 win over Cambridge.
The girls braced themselves for their biggest challenge when they took on Lincoln-Sudbury, but rolled on with another solid 60-40 win. They continued their winning ways with a 57-43 victory against Notre Dame Academy, and lastly another commanding win of 78-22 against Westford Academy.
Going undefeated shows the strength and depth of this years team with top performances coming from all members of the team.
As expected, the veterans of the team have been pulling their weight. Senior sprinter Calene Lazare has run the fastest 55m in the league all season with a time of 7.49 seconds. She also holds the furthest jump this season in the long jump with 16 feet and 10 inches. To cap it off, Lazare has also played a key role on the 4×200 meter relay, which holds the second fastest time in the league.
On the distance side, junior Caroline Barry has run the fastest mile in the league, running a personal best of 5:11.95. Barry has also run the second fastest two mile this season, only behind senior Katie Collins who holds the fastest time.
The two achieved the first and second spots in the same race, and both are almost 24 seconds faster than anyone else so far in the entire DCL.
According to Collins, the team’s underclassmen have also stepped up. Freshman Lucy Jenks has run the second fastest times in the league in both the 300 meter and the 600 meter races, which is a huge accomplishment for her first season of high school track.
Jenks reflected happily on her season, saying that it has set her expectations high for upcoming seasons.
“[This season] set the bar really high for upcoming seasons and showed me how competitive of a team we are,” said Jenks.
Moving forward, the team has their eyes set on winning the Dual County League Championships in February.
Senior Katie Collins explained that their undefeated season has certainly been a morale booster going into the Dual County League Championships.
“Going undefeated in the DCL really gives the team a lot of confidence going into the league championship meet,” said Collins. “ [Going undefeated] shows the new kids that our team really is good, and that if you put in a lot of effort, good things come of that.”