2012-07-05 / News

NK outdoor season recap

Girls’ varsity finish 12th, JV team takes second
BY MARGO SULLIVAN

They were the team that went the extra mile, their coach said. The North Kingstown girls’ track team finished the season 8-1 and had its best meet at the class championships. Track star Aisha Mc- Adams, of North Kingstown, won the 3,000-meter event at the meet. Maria Bolibruch, a junior, was runner-up in the 100-meter hurdles. Victoria Stack placed first in the pole vault. Those three performances helped the Skippers to a tie for sixth place in the class-A championship.

Then it was on to the state championship. Islanders Peyton Wallace and Holly Bobola – both sophomores – qualified for the state meet at Brown University. Peyton qualified in the 4x800-meter relay, and Holly qualified for three events: the 4x100-meter relay, and the 100- and the 200-meter runs.

While the girls didn’t fare as well as the boys’ varsity team – it won the state championship – they finished 12th at the Rhode Island Interscholastic League tournament. It was the team’s determination that was the quality that most impressed coach Jen Chabot.

“The varsity kids are very dedicated,” she said. “They go the extra mile and do all they can. We had a good season overall.”

The Skippers came in second in their division, behind rival South Kingstown, who won the title.

For most of 2012, the team was working on a perfect record. It was undefeated going into its last regular meet, but lost out to its neighbor. South Kingstown is one of the top teams, Chabot said, and they’re North Kingstown’s biggest challenge in the southern division every year.

Chabot didn’t have a list of the Jamestown team members, but the students said along with Holly and Peyton, Sarah Smith, a senior, Rebecca Small, a sophomore, and Natalie Toland and Delaney Maguire, both freshmen, are islanders.

Chabot said 96 girls participated on the team. That may seem like a big roster, but the 2011 team had 115. Several athletes won individual honors and were named to the all-division and all-class teams.

“I always have a big squad,” Chabot said. Because there are 19 events, she has no problem giving each girl a chance to compete. “I can always find an event for someone,” she said.

Some team members are junior varsity and some are varsity, but until the championships roll around, there isn’t any real distinction. All the girls go to the meets and participate. At the end of the year, though, if the Skippers make the playoffs, Chabot is limited in the number of athletes she can bring to the events. That’s when she has to be selective.

Jamestown’s Holly Bobola, 15, is on the varsity team. She said she was happy about the season. “It was really fun,” she said.

Holly started running in middle school because she wanted to try an individual sport. “I did it and enjoyed it,” she said.

Holly says that she’s always been fast. She likes the 100- and 200-meter runs, as well as the relay events. She considers herself mostly a sprinter.

“It seems sprinting is just something you’re good at or not,” she said. She remembers her coaches telling her that a long-distance runner can be made, but not a sprinter.

Holly is the daughter of Sara and Steve Bobola. She also plays field hockey at North Kingstown. She used to play soccer, but switched sports because she felt “ready for something new.”

Holly is optimistic about next year. What are her goals? “Just for the team to do really well,” she said. But she did acknowledge that the team would lose some seniors, who graduated last month.

Jamestown’s Sarah Smith is among the seniors who will be leaving. Sarah’s events were the 300-meter hurdles, the 100-meter hurdles and the triple jump. Like Holly, she also began running in middle school.

“I went out for track because there were no other sports to play at the middle school,” Sarah said. “I began running track in the sixth grade in Jamestown. And when I went to high school, I continued to run.”

Sarah also played on the Skippers’ tennis team and was in the hunt for the state doubles title last fall. She also played basketball her freshman year.

She might pick up basketball again in college as a club player, she said. Sarah is headed for the University of Colorado at Boulder in the fall. She plans to study biology.

“I am currently unsure if I will play any sports,” she said. “I have always wanted to try something new like volleyball or maybe play basketball again, but I am not sure.”

As for her best memory of this year’s track and field season, Sarah said that would have to be winning the triple jump at the JV states. In the previous event, the hurdles, she had fallen, but she was able to get back up and win her other event.

The junior varsity team finished second overall in the state tournament.

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