Greenwich High

Greenwich High girls track and field team earns Senior Day win against Stamford, continues undefeated season

Photo by David Fierro: Greenwich senior captain Kaitlyn Fay turned in outstanding performances during Senior Day.

The third and final home meet of the season for the Greenwich High School girls track and field team ended the same way the first one concluded – with a decisive win against a conference opponent.

The Cardinals continued their season of perfection in special fashion on Wednesday, making their mark in every event in a 106-38 Senior Day win over Stamford at sunny Cardinal Stadium.

Senior tri-captain Kaitlyn Fay won two individual events for Greenwich, which ran its record to a perfect 5-0.

“On Senior Day, everyone felt a little bit more relaxed,” Fay said. “Obviously, we are still trying our best to get the times that we want and winning. In meets like this, we have to work on pushing each other and doing what we can to get a good time.”

Fay finished first in one of her strongest races – the 100-meter dash. She won the event against Stamford with a time of 12.68 seconds. Bralynn Jacobs of Stamford was the runner-up (13.04), followed by teammate Paige Wilks (13.56) and GHS freshman Nina Silver.

Photo by David Fierro: Greenwich celebrated its Senior Day with a victory over Stamford at Cardinal Stadium.

Fay also crossed the finish line first in the 200-meter run, clocking in at 26.32 seconds. Sophomore Noelle Wilkinson of the Cardinals was third (27.53), while teammate Skylar Aysseh, a sophomore, took fourth (27.58).

“Kaitlyn Fay is experienced athlete,” Greenwich coach Peter Watson said. “Her events are the 100, 200 and 4×1 and she is winning a lot in those events. She is our anchor in the 4×1, which is looking like one of the top 4×1 relays in the FCIAC.”

Eliana Daplyn, a freshman, ran a personal-record time of 2:32.95 in winning the 800-meter race for GHS. Orla Muir, also a freshman, placed second for the Cards in 2:33.52.

Watson has been especially pleased with what he’s witnessed from the squad’s first-season varsity athletes.

“We’ve had a lot of underclassmen step up in addition to the junior and senior members of the team,” he said. “A lot of new people to the sport have qualified for FCIACs and states, while contributing to the team.”

Photo by David Fierro: Esme Daplyn is a junior captain of the Greenwich girls outdoor track and field team.

Junior standout Esme Daplyn, a tri-captain, who is turning in another successful season, didn’t compete against Stamford, as she is gearing up to compete in the Glenn D. Loucks Track and Field Games at White Plains High School today and Saturday. She will compete in the 800-meter run today and the 1600-meter race tomorrow.

“The season has been going really well, we’ve been seeing the results,” Esme Daplyn said. “We are working really hard and we’re focusing on our competitive meet against Staples, which we want to win for FCIAC West and we’re getting the team ready for FCIACs and states.”

The Cardinals’ tri-captain is impressed with the depth the squad has shown.

“It has been nice seeing the girls come together,” Esme Daplyn said. “The freshman class is very impressive and they are all stepping in and scoring big points. This year, it is really divided with a lot of people scoring points. It’s nice to see that we have strengthened some of our weaker areas. Especially the freshmen, they have filled some of the spaces that we lacked.”

The Greenwich High School girls track and field team is undefeated, heading into their next meet against Staples.

Esme is looking forward to testing her skills once again, at the Loucks Games.

“Last year, it was a great meet and I ended up setting PRs both days,” she noted. “The Loucks games is more of an individual meet. We focus on getting good times and then focus on our team goals.”

Junior Lauren Resnick gave Greenwich a win in the 1600 run, posting a time of 5:20.36. Freshman teammate Belle Nicholas was the runner-up (5:56.89). Wilks of Stamford was the 400 winner (1:04.73), while GHS freshman Margaret McCooe placed second (1:05.22).

As always, Greenwich’s relays looked strong. Sophomore Noelle Wilkinson, Aysseh, senior tri-captain Haley Townsend and Fay combined to race to victory in the 4×100 in 50.62. Muir, McCooe, freshman Sophia Large and Resnick won the 4×400 (4:41.22).

Photo by David Fierro: Haley Townsend is a senior captain of the Greenwich girls track and field team, which is undefeated.

Townsend also finished second in the javelin (personal-record, 71’3) and took third in the shot put (27’6). Beau Faith Bardulla of Stamford won the javelin (76’0) and teammate Aleysia Woodbury was the shot put winner (29’10). Martin was second for GHS in the shot put (27’10).

“The season has been a lot of fun,” Townsend said. “It’s pretty sad that the season is starting to wind down, but we’ve had a good year so far and we have our Staples meet coming up that we’ve all worked hard for.”

Greenwich visits rival Staples on Tuesday for a 4 p.m. meet. The FCIAC Championships is scheduled for May 23rd at Danbury High School. The CIAC Class LL Championships will take place on May 31 at Willow Brook Park. The Cardinals were third in the team standings at the Class LL Championships a season ago.

“We are going to keep working hard at practice and continue to improve,” Townsend noted. “Our team has a lot of versatility this year, which has definitely helped us in our meets.”

Against Stamford, junior Eleanor Fox won the 3200 run for Greenwich (12:47), while Eliana Daplyn came in second (13:09) and teammate Sabina Csak, a senior, was third (13:57). Aysseh was the 100 hurdles winner in 18.95 and teammate Emma Kelly, a senior, took second (19.31). Aysseh also won the high jump competition (4’4), while Muir finished second (4’2). Kelly was the pole vault winner (8’0) and Wilkinson posted a winning effort in the long jump (15′.45). Sophomore Sophia Riche was the triple jump winner (33’7) and was second in the long jump (15’45).

“We want to win against Staples, they’e had a big legacy for the past few years,” Fay said. “We are very excited about what’s coming up and we’re looking forward to doing really well. Hopefully at FCIACs, we’re the No. 1 team.”

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