The NYA Boys and Girls Outdoor Track and Field teams had their season opener in the MAISAD league on Saturday at the Hyde School in Bath. Five teams were at the meet and both of the NYA squads were able to finish 2nd with a handicapped team due to illness and college visits. Despite forcasts for a cold and rainy day the weather was nearly perfect for an early spring meet. The sun was shining with temperatures in the mid 60s for the majority of the day. Overall the team hit many new highs in individual events which led to our overall team success on the day.
In the boys sprints Michael McIntosh led the way in both the 100 and 200m dash with career best performances in both events. Michael finished 2nd in the 200 with a provisional state qualifying time and 4th in the 100m dash. Ryan Salerno and Myles Stifanyk both competed in the sprints for the first time and posted strong performances. Ethan Liu hit a new career best as well in the 200m dash breaking under the 27 second barrier for the first time. In the 400 Alex Coffin was NYAs sole competitor which, it seems, is all we needed as he brought home a decisive win with a career best time of 53.5s which is also an automatic state qualifying time. On the girls side Elanor West placed 3rd in the 100m dash just off her career best time while Meaghan O’Leary (5th place) and Diana McLeod competed in the event for the first time and set solid marks to improve upon. In the 200m dash Kayla Rose took a break from the throwing circles to run a career best time which was also good for 5th place. In the girls 400m dash Moira Lachance also took home the win for NYA finishing well ahead of the rest of the pack.
In the jumps Brian Trelegan made his debut in the long jump hitting a mark of 14’8″ while on the girls side Meaghan O’Leary and Diana McLeod both tried the event for the time as well. The consistency on the runway was a key factor in strong marks on Saturday. In the high jump Moira Lachance won the event by 4″ clearing 4’8″ which is an automatic state qualifying height while Meaghan O’Leary crested 4’2″ on her 3rd attempt.
The first event of the day on the track was the 110/100m hurdles where NYA had top-end performances for both the boys and the girls. Jake Burns won the event in a new career time of 17.2s which also both qualifies him automatically for states AND moves him up 1 spot on the top 5 all time list (you can find the boys and girls records and top 5 lists on the left hand side of this page). On the girls side Jillian Bjorn-Caron debuted in style with a 2nd place finish in the 100m hurdles and a provisional state qualifying time. Maura Anderson looked strong through 5 hurdles but ran into trouble later in the race yet was stil able to finish with 2 seconds of her best time. In the 300m hurdles Jake Burns was once again able to capture a victory with a new career best, state qualifying, and top 5 mark of 44.1s while on the girls side Jillian eased into her first competition at this distance yet was still able to secure a 3rd place finish.