After enjoying a highly successful winter season, Greenwich High School’s girls outdoor track and field team is certainly on pace to produce a spring season to remember.
Receiving contributions from numerous athletes, the Cardinals added another victory to is spring resume, doing so in impressive fashion.
Esme Daplyn, Haley Townsend and Tabitha Cook won two individual events apiece for Greenwich, which posted a 103-24 victory over Norwalk in Monday’s meet held at sunny Cardinal Stadium.
“I think it’s been exciting,” Daplyn said of the early part of the season. “It’s been nice to have this period of training with a mix of meets in the middle as well. We’re building our base up and we are excited for the championship part of our season. We have a lot of great new freshmen, so it’s exciting.”
Townsend, a junior, won the 200-meter run with a personal-record time of 29.19 seconds. Cardinals teammate Noelle Wilkinson, a freshman, was second in 28.61, followed by Ellery Harte of GHS, also a freshman (29.67).
“I liked it, that was the most competition that we’ve had all year,” Townsend said of the race. “The meets have gone good so far, we’ve done really well, against Danbury we almost won. The indoor season was really fun and it gave us a lot of confidence for the outdoor season, especially winning the Rising Stars at Nationals. Hopefully we can make it as far as we did during the indoor season.”
Townsend also crossed the finish line first in the 100-meter hurdles (18.06 seconds, season-record time). Daplyn won the 400-meter race, clocking in at 1:00.46 – a personal-record time. Townsend was second (1:01.93, personal-record). The indoor track season during the winter saw Greenwich place fifth in the team standings at the Class LL Championships and send a number of athletes to the Indoor Nationals, where they excelled.
In the 3200-meter run (the 2-mile event), Daplyn showed her stamina, winning the event with a time of 11:35.73. Greenwich’s Abigail Sullivan took second (13:56.72), followed by teammate Stephanie Busani (14:09.22).
“Going into it (2-mile) I did the 400, so going into the 3200 I didn’t have an idea of how I was going to feel, but I just tried to give it my all,” Daplyn said. “It was difficult running by myself, but it was nice weather, a nice breeze. It’s nice to be a sophomore and have new people joining the team.”
Senior Tabitha Cook turned in winning efforts for the Cards in the javelin and high jump. Her distance in the javelin was 75-02 and she won the long jump (4-10.00).
Junior Kaitlyn Fay displayed her speed on her way to earning top honors in the 100-meter dash (12.64 seconds). Kayla Egan, a senior, placed second with a time of 13.04 (personal-record time), followed by teammate Noelle Wikinson (13.46, personal-record).
“I had a good indoor season and I’ve been transitioning into my outdoor season now and getting PRs,” Fay said. “Last season, I got it down to a 12.75 and I got it down to a 12.4 in one meet. I’m just trying to beat my time. The girls are great, so it’s been good competition.”
Fay has been running at a fine pace so far this season for the 4-1 Cardinals.
“The first two meets did really well, I got first in every single event for both meets,” she said. “I’ve been running the 100 and 200 and I’m undefeated so far.”
Egan placed first in the long jump competition (16.03.00) and anchored the winning 4×100 relay squad, which included Wilkinson, Sylar Aysseh and Harte. The foursome combined for a winning time of 52.47.
“This was the first time we’ve run with those four people,” Egan said. “Three of them were freshmen and the only non freshman, so it was definitely tricky. The the handoffs are super tricky, but I think that even with a little bit of a mess-up on some of the handoffs, I’m really proud of how the freshmen did their first relay, especially since a lot of them were nervous.”
Junior An Suzuki crossed the finish line first for GHS in the 800-meter race (2:34.25, PR), while Norwalk’s Andie Daignault was second (2:38.93) and Greenwich sophomore Lillian Shropshire took third (2:52.67, PR).
Freshman Alexandra Cimador finished first in the 300-meter hurdles for the home team (56.91) and teammate Fallon Martin, a junior, took second (57.30).
Elizabeth Anderson, a junior, gave the Cards a winning performance in the 1600-run (1-mile), clocking in at 5:28.85. She also led off the 4×400-relay, which placed first in 4:29.31. The relay included Wilkinson, Harte and Daplyn.
In the discus competition, Cardinals senior Kaitlyn Lisjak topped the competition (61-04). Up next for Greenwich is a road meet against Trumbull on April 25.
“The first two meets have been pretty good, we have a lot of people on the team, which is encouraging, having so many people come out and support,” Egan said. “The weather has been especially good for us. With a lot of our seniors graduating over the past couple of years, we’ve been a little bit worried, but we’ve had some good talent coming through the years and I think the team is really on an upswing.”
“I think our season goals are to beat our times and to get as many people as we can to Outdoor Nationals,” Fay said. “Also, there are so many new people, so seeing where their talent falls will be fun.”