Deerfield Track and Field hosts Choate Rosemary Hall – May 5th, 2012
Deerfield’s boys’ and girls’ track and field teams hosted archrival Choate for a spirited dual meet on a breezy, sunny afternoon this past Saturday. The Choate dual meet is an annual tradition marked by ardent competition and fine sportsmanship. This year, the meet was a split result: Deerfield’s boys won a very close meet, 76 – 69, and Choate’s girls bested their Deerfield counterparts, 79 – 66.
Deerfield’s middle distance and distance crew led the way on Saturday, sweeping first and second place in the 800, 1500, and 3000 meter runs. The boys shared the load well, with Reed Horton winning the 800, George Reich winning the 1500, and Robert Beit taking the 3000. Reich was 2nd in the 800, and senior Fred Quesada took second in both the 1500 and the 3000. In the sprints, tri-captain Jack Shumway continued his winning ways by sweeping the two hurdle events and anchoring Deerfield’s victorious 4x400m relay. Kellam Witherington (400), Michael Walters (Triple Jump), and Rajab Curtis (Javelin) were Deerfield’s other event winners on the boys’ side.
For the girls, senior Kerry Krause won three events (100 hurdles, high jump, 4×400) and finished 2nd in a fourth (shot put). Freshman phenom Julia Fissore-O’Leary won the 200 in her debut at that distance and hit a big personal best in the long jump to finish 2nd. Deerfield’s distance girls earned critical points with big wins from juniors Rose Fisher (3000m) and Tatum McInerney (800m). McInerney teamed up with Krause and seniors Carley Porter and Connie Rhodes to earn a convincing win in the 4x400m relay. Deerfield’s throwers picked up two victories, too – seniors Alex Smith and Marly Morgus both took blue ribbons in the discus and javelin, respectively.
One tri-meet remains on Deerfield’s schedule before the season’s culmination at the Division I NEPSTA Championships on May 19th. Next week, the Big Green will travel to cross-valley rival Northfield Mt. Hermon for a meet with NMH and Phillips Exeter. The Championships will be held at Choate a week later.