2008-01-24 / News

Skippers girls' track has sweet victory over South

By Stephanie Heelan Cotsonas

The undefeated North Kingstown High School girls' indoor track team beat South Kingstown, 56-44, in an exciting meet last week at CCRI in Lincoln.

"Before the meet, I told the kids to keep their game faces on for the next two meets. They did and they were healthy and running strong," head coach Jen Chabot said.

In the first race of the night, the 3000-meters, islander Erin Brennan took second place after developing a cramp and holding on to keep the Skippers in scoring position. Two races later she was back in the 1500-meters, and after taking a commanding lead, held off a South runner and took first place and a much-needed five points for North with a time of 5:18.9. "South has a good distance runner and Erin did her job and ran two strong races for us," Chabot said.

Jamestown resident Caitlin Downing took third place in the 45-meter hurdles, achieving her personal best time in that event, and Cate Brennan took fifth. Only two-tenths of a second separated first and third place in the 45-meter dash. South took first and second place, but Renee Dubuc had her personal best time of 6.5 seconds to secure third place for the Skippers.

Chelsea Tetreault, Meg Scully and Dubuc placed one, two, and three for a sweep in the 300-meter run.

Alexa Mazur and Lauren Proctor took second and third in the 1000-meters. This was only Mazur's second time running the 1000, but she has really taken control of the race and now is the person to beat.

Mazur, Proctor and Downing swept the 600-meter run. Downing edged a South runner by a head nod at the finish, after a gutsy run down the stretch. "I knew this meet was going to be very close, and was determined to do my best. I was a little frustrated because I was cut off several times on my last lap, and I was pushed to the back of the pack," Downing said. "On the last turn, I saw my coach telling me it was time to go and I muscled up to pass the South runner on the last stretch for third place. I was extremely happy that my efforts scored points and contributed to the night's win."

The individual runners were not the only ones who contributed to the win for the Skippers.

Meg McGovern took first place in the weight throw and Ali Lofgren also gave North a big boost by posting a 31-foot, half-inch throw in the shot put.

The 4 x 100-meter relay team of Dubuc, Scully, Tetreault, and Mazur beat the Rebels by a mere three-tenths of a second.

The meet came down to the 4 x 400-meter relay. Tetreault and Downing each put up a 68 second split to keep North within closing distance. When Scully took the handoff from Kara Proctor, she gave an all-out effort and passed the South runner with a half-lap to go, handing North Kingstown the win. Chabot was thrilled with the victory and said, "It was a great race to end the meet."

The track team's last regular season meet is tonight against Classical at 8 p.m. at CCRI Lincoln. The Skippers will be looking to repeat as Morris Division champions.

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