Greenwich High

Greenwich High girls track and field team excels against St. Joseph on Senior Day

Photo by David Fierro: Tabitha Cook is one of the senior captains of the Greenwich High girls track and field team.

Winning nearly every event, while producing personal-record performances in the process, Greenwich High School’s girl track and field team certainly enjoyed a happy Senior Day Monday as it continues to prepare for the championship portion of the season.

Flourishing in the running and field events, the Cardinals coasted to a 112-25 Senior Day triumph at Cardinal Stadium. Tabitha Cook, one of the Cardinals’ senior captains, paced the team in the field events, winning the javelin and high jump.

Cook won the javelin with a throw of 76-08 – a personal-record effort and finished first in the high jump (5-00.00). Freshman Francesca Lotufo took second in the javelin (54-09) and the high jump (4-10.00).

“Senior Day is a really important day in general, especially for people who have been on the team for all four years,” Cook said. “It’s a way to feel appreciated and a way to feel like all the years and effort you put into the track team meant something.”

Indeed, for the seniors on the Greenwich team this spring has been extra special.

“The seniors have been pushing ourselves harder than we normally would in our last season,” Cook said. “For me, higher heights and jumps and for everyone else faster times and just better in general.”

“I thought things went pretty smoothly in the javelin and high jump today,” she continued. “For the rest of the season, I’m just going to try to continue to jump higher and throw farther. Also, I have a lot of freshman that I’m trying to get ready for next year in the high jump.”

Photo by David Fierro: Greenwich junior Kaitlyn Fay won two individual events against St. Joseph.

Junior Kaitlyn Fay crossed the finish line first in two events for the Cardinals during Monday’s meet. Fay was the 100-meter dash winner in 12.89 seconds and placed first in the 200-meter race with a time of 26.62 seconds. Greenwich freshman Noelle Wilkinson was the runner-up in the 100-meter run (13.83), followed by teammate Sophie Richie, also a freshman (14.06). St. Joseph sophomore Katherine Stook took second in the 200 (29.04).

“It’s been a really great start to the season, the past meets have been really good,” said Fay, whose listed running a 26 flat in the 200 as one of her goals. “I’ve been hitting more PRs recently.”

Greenwich has dual meets remaining against Brien McMahon and Staples, then the all-important championship part of the season takes place, which includes the FCIAC, CIAC Class LL and State Open Championships.

“Going into championships it’s all about beating the girls I’ve been trying to beat in past seasons, which would help me better my times,” Fay said. “It’s good to have everyone around here on Senior Day. All the girls have been great all season and it’s really nice to celebrate them now.”

Greenwich’s Kaitlyn Lisjak was the discus winner for Greenwich against St. Joseph. She is a senior captain.

Kaitlyn Lisjak, one of the Cards’ senior captains, gave the team a victory in the discus (60-6). Samantha Altidor, a sophomore, was second in the discus (59-09), followed by sophomore Joy Greco (58-01).

“I’ve been experimenting with the field events to try something new and I’ve met even more people on the team,” Lisjak said of her plan this season. “I’m rying to expand what I’m doing in track, which makes it even more exciting than it already is. I’ve done discus, javelin, shot put, I’ve even tried triple jump. It puts a more fun spin on the team and it’s just very fun.”

Lisjak has appreciated each season she’s spent on the Greenwich team.

“Obviously, I’ve been on this team for a while and it’s such a great group of girls,” Lisjak said. “Everyone is so welcoming. It’s such a warm team, you can feel the atmosphere every day in practice and at the meets. You couldn’t really ask for anything more, it’s such a great group of girls. As a captain, it’s so exciting to see that this team has come together and all the hard work is paying off.”

Junior An Suzuki of Greenwich won the 400-meter run with a PR of 1:04.81, while teammate Ellery Harte, a freshman, finished second in 1:06.85 (PR). Elizabeth Anderson, a junior, posted a winning time for the Cardinals in the 800 meter race, clocking in at 2:28.19 (season-record time) and Anna Weiksner gave the Cards a winning result in the 1600-meter race, crossing the finish line in 5:54.90. Sophomore Lillian Shropshire was second with a personal-record showing of 5:57.66.

Shropshire was the 3200 winner, registering a PR of 13:09.49, while teammate Abigail Sullivan, a senior, was second (14:03.75).

Haley Townsend, a junior, continued her standout season, winning the 100-meter hurdles competition with a season-record time of 17.73. Kate Donnellan, a freshman, finished second for GHS (PR of 20.25).

Greenwich junior Haley Townsend finished first in the 100 hurdles race against St. Joseph.

“A lot of girls have been improving, we have a lot of new hurdlers,” Townsend said. “We actually just finished shuttle hurdle at the last meet and we got a pretty good time. That was my first time three stepping the whole time, so I’m proud of myself for that.”

Junior Emma Kelly ran a personal-best time in the 300 hurdles, good for a first place finish for the Cards (55.23) and the foursome of Ellery Harte, Kelly, Wilkinson and Fay teamed up to win the 4×100 in 54.38. Lauren Civitillo won the shot put (26-09.00, personal-record), while Lisjak placed third (22-04.00), behind St. Joseph’s Samantha Post (23-04.00).

Richie won both the long jump (14-04.50) and the triple jump (26-06.50, PR), while Lotufo took first in the pole vault (6-00.00, PR) for the Cards.

Greenwich’s Kaitlyn Fay anchored the team’s winning 4×100 relay against St. Joseph.

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