4/13/13 — Deerfield Track and Field vs. Taft and Andover, at Taft
The Deerfield Track and Field team opened its season on Saturday at the Taft School in Watertown, Conn., with a tri-meet against the host school and the Big Blue of Phillips Academy. What promised to be a sunny, cool afternoon never materialized, but despite the overcast skies and chilly air Deerfield’s runners, jumpers, and throwers put their best foots forward and came away with some great early season performances. The girls’ team emerged victorious, racking up 78 points to Taft’s 54 and Andover’s 47. On the boys’ side, Andover edged Taft in a close meet, 70.5 – 67, with Deerfield accumulating 34.5 total points.
Fresh off their New England championship in Cross Country, Deerfield’s middle and long distance runners began the track season in fine form. Big Green runners found two of the top three spots in the 800m, 1500m, and 3000m. Devinne Cullinane led the way in a highly competitive 1500m duel against a very talented Andover runner; Cullinane’s 4x400m relay teammate, Tatum McInerney, emerged victorious in the 800m. Claire Goss took first in four events, winning both hurdle events and contributing blazing legs to both victorious relay teams. Deerfield’s sprinters also started the season in fine fashion: Cat Wyatt finished a close 2nd in the 100m and Julia Fissore-O’Leary added a 2nd place finish in the 200m. In the field events, Kayla Ali took first in the discus, fourth in the javelin, and fourth in the shot put, while Wyatt and Fissore-O’Leary teamed up to take 2nd and 3rd in the long jump. Newcomer Meghan Mozea earned valuable points with her 2nd place finish in the shot put, too.
Co-captain George Reich turned in a great day on the track on the boys’ side, winning both the 800m and 1500m running away and running the fastest leg of Deerfield’s third-place 4x400m relay. Jay D’Amour chipped in a victory in the 200m and a strong leadoff leg in his first-ever 4x400m, and his classmate, Robert Beit, started his spring campaign off well with a dominant victory in the 3000m. Deerfield’s corps of young sprinters competed hard and started their seasons well, led by sophomores Grant Newburger and Blake O’Neal in the 100m and 200m. Similarly, a cadre of neophyte high jumpers took to the apron and learned invaluable lessons about the event and managing a competition. Look for these lads to make big strides in the weeks to come!
Deerfield’s Track and Field squad will stay home for the next two weeks, beginning with next weekend’s Moreau C. Hunt Relays. Following that Deerfield tradition will be a tri-meet with Loomis Chaffee and Hotchkiss on April 27th. Please come visit us on the track!