FITCHBURG — The beat goes on for the Bromfield girls track team.
Once again, the Lady Trojans showed their heels to all the schools in the District, as they captured the MIAA Central Track and Field Tournament with 53 points, four points ahead of second place Wachusett Regional. Rounding out the top five were Algonquin (48), Whitinsville Christian (41) and Nashoba (40). The victory continued the Lady Trojans’ domination of the meet that includes all the schools in the District as it was their fourth consecutive championship.
“It was a great day for the team, but also a little bit of a surprising day,” said Bromfield coach Ray Dunn. “Katherine Finnegan sprained her ankle a couple of weeks ago and missed the league meet, but she rose to the occasion today. Emily Jones once again set the tone early. She is so reliable and she just provides the other girls with an air of confidence.”
The Lady Trojans earned two first-place finishes on the day. Jones captured the 2-mile for the fourth consecutive year by overpowering the field. She led every step of the way and prevailed with a clocking of 10:28.80, well ahead of second-place finisher Jessica Jarrard of Hudson Catholic, who ran a 11:21.30.
“This one means the most because it is the last one, and also this year the team scores were much closer,” said Jones. “We needed every point today and each girl who scored understands how important it was because we were working toward winning the team title.”
Also striking gold for Bromfield was the 4 X 800 relay team of Sydney Durand, Lisa Reedich, Julia Alexander and Jones, which finished with a time of 9:54.16.
“Lisa ran a strong second leg and Julia followed with another strong leg, which allowed Emily to take the baton with the lead,” said Dunn. “The girls told me that this is our tenth District 4 X 800 championship in a row.”
Three second-place finishes keyed the championship.
Finnegan was second in the long jump with a leap of 17-5 while teammate Mimi Narbonne earned a silver in the 400 meters with a time of 58.76. Also finishing second was the 4 X 400 relay team of Lexi Daniells, Kim West, Narbonne and Finnegan, which ran a 4:06.97.
Finnegan completed a productive day with a third-place finish in the 200 meters (26.52).
Completing the scoring for the Lady Trojans were Daniells, who finished fifth in the 400 meters with a time of 59.11, and Emily Reedich, who was sixth in the 400 meters in 1:09.45.
“It’s hard to believe that this is my last District Meet,” said Jones. “This is a very close-knit group and that is a large part of our success. We had a number of girls who used to be on the team come and support us. The seniors on this team work well with the seventh and eighth-graders and other underclassmen, and that is a key for the tradition continuing.”
“Winning this meet re-inforces our team culture,” said Dunn. “When we come here we know we are David against Goliath, but the girls work together to perform at a top level. The seniors carried the day, but we received some strong performances from underclassmen. The younger girls watch what the older girls do and see that it is possible for a small school to do some great things. Mimi ran her personal best in finishing second in the 400 meters and that was big for us.”