Deerfield Track and Field at the 74th NEPSTA Track and Field Championships
Deerfield’s boys’ and girls’ Track and Field team traveled to Choate Rosemary Hall on Saturday for the annual New England Prep School Track and Field championships. Both teams finished seventh overall in the team standings. Phillips Exeter Academy captured both team titles. Complete results are available here:
For the boys’ team, Reed Horton ’14 led the way on the track for Deerfield, earning medals in both of the day’s mid-distance events. Horton outkicked the field in the 800m to earn his first New England championship, after running a smart tactical race in the 1500m to finish as the runner-up for the second consecutive year. Co-captain George Reich ’13 was the only runner to best Horton in the 1500m; Reich’s winning effort of 4:03.03 ranks fifth in Deerfield history, to go along with his #2 ranking in the 800m. Deerfield’s other scorer on the day was co-captain Wyatt Sharpe ’13, who captured 2nd place in the pole vault. Sharpe cleared 11 feet, 6 inches to place in the top 3 for the second year in a row and finish a fine career vaulting in the Green and White. Numerous other athletes recorded season-best and personal-best marks at New Englands, including a big PR in the 100m for sophomore Blake O’Neal and a PR for senior Robert Beit in the 3000m, who finished his DA running career in fine form.
Deerfield’s long jumpers got the meet started well for the girls’ team: Julia Fissore-O’Leary ’15 and Cat Wyatt ’14 both leapt to new PR’s to capture 5th and 6th place, respectively. Fissore-O’Leary’s final jump of 16 feet, 9 and a half inches is the second longest in Deerfield history. Both jumpers took their talents to the track soon thereafter, combining with sophomores Michelle Kelly and Kemi Akande to finish 4th in the 4x100m relay in a season-best time of 51.11. That speedy quartet finishes the season with the 3rd fastest relay time in DA history. Wyatt wasn’t done: she qualified for the finals in both sprint events and set new Deerfield records along the way. The junior from Virginia established new Deerfield all-time bests of 12.64 in the 100m and 26.40 in the 200m, good enough for 5th and 7th place, respectively.
As in the boys’ meet, Deerfield demonstrated incredible depth in the mid-distance events on the girls’ side. Devinne Cullinane ’14 and Caroline Wagner ’14 finished 3rd and 4th in the 1500m run, with Cullinane returning soon after to take 4th in the 800m. Co-captain Tatum McInerney ’13 wasn’t far behind, capturing 7th in the 800m after taking 4th in the 400m earlier in the meet. McInerney finishes her DA career with school records in the 400m and 4x400m relay. Co-captain Rose Fisher ’13 also rounded out a fine career for the Green and White on Saturday, finishing 3rd in the 3000m.
With the 2013 Track and Field season in the books, Deerfield’s Track and Field squad thanks all the parents, faculty, staff, and students who supported the team this year. We can’t wait for next season!