FITCHBURG — When a small school like Bromfield gets thrown into the MIAA Central Massachusetts Track & Field Championships against the best and biggest programs in the District, it just has to be a mis-match.
And that’s just what it was.
Once again, Bromfield proves that size doesn’t matter as they overwhelmed the field to capture the championship for the third consecutive year.
But even by Bromfield standards this one was a romp, tromp and stomp as the Lady Trojans scored 86 points. That number equalled the total of Wachusett (29 points) plus Hudson (29 points), who tied for second, plus either Quabbin or Marlboro (28 points each), who tied for fourth.
“Three years ago I never thought we would win this meet because of all the big schools that are in it,” said Bromfield coach Henry Phelan. “Now we have won it three years in a row. Everything just went according to plan and all the girls performed well. Everyone achieved or exceeded their seeds. I’m surprised that the margin of victory was so big, but all the girls just went out and performed the way they are capable.”
The Lady Trojans salted the win away with five first-place finishes, three second-place finishes, and one third, fourth and fifth. Their big event was the mile when they racked up 18 points as Liz Lee crossed the finished line on top with a clocking of 5:13.82, while teammates Eliza Ives (third, 5:18.29) and Kat Long (fifth, 5:35.32) also came up big.
“I thought that the mile would be a solid point scoring event for us,” said Phelan. “All three girls ran very well.”
The three other first-place finishes came from Lydia Maurer in the discus with a toss of ?? ?/, Emily Jones in the 2-mile with a time of 10:49.66, and Bo Dunn in the 800 meters in 2:21.22.
“Bo was boxed in during her race and had to overcome that,” said Phelan.
Picking up individual second-place finishes were Katherine Finnegan in the 200 meters (26.55) and Hillary Lewis in the 100 high hurdles (16.41).
“Hillary was seeded fifth coming in and went out and ran a big race,” said Phelan.
All three relay teams were instrumental in the victory.
“This is the first time that all three of our relay teams have qualified for the States,” said Phelan. “That includes four eighth graders.”
The 4 X 800 relay team of Maddie Darden, Ives, Dunn and Jones struck gold with an outstanding time of 9:39.04.
The young 4 X 400 team, comprised of eighth graders Kim West, Mimi Narbonne and Julia Alexander, along with sophomore Finnegan finished second with a clocking of 4:09.96, less than a half-second behind first place Wachusett.
The 4 X 100 team of Lexi Daniells, Maurer, Becca Rowse and Henley Siegrist finished fourth in 51.23.
“Eighty-six points is a little more than I thought we would score,” said Phelan. “This is a meet we definitely point toward and the girls have a comfort level competing here. We just score so well in the running events that we are tough to beat. These girls deserve a lot of credit because they have a lot of expectations both individually and as a team. They don’t crack under pressure.”