FITCHBURG — As athletes at the Bromfield School know, the past week or so has been anything but ordinary. The school was closed down for a period of time, and both games and practices for the teams were either non-existent or at the very least, highly affected.
One of the teams knocked out of its normal routine was the Bromfield girls indoor track team. The Lady Trojans should have been in full swing, preparing for its championship quest at the District E Indoor Invitational. But that simply wasn’t the case as lack of a practice facility created questions entering the tough competition.
But those who understand Bromfield girls track and cross country know that history has proven that questions are usually answered in the affirmative. The Lady Trojans added to the legacy of the program by blowing past 19 other teams to capture the Division 2 championship.
The victory was impressive on many levels, but one being the margin of victory. There was a logjam for second place among five teams that finished within six points of each other, but the Lady Trojans margin of victory was a resounding 30 points.
Bromfield rolled to victory with 72 points, easily outdistancing second-place and league rival Lunenburg, which had 38 points. Rounding out the top 10 were Uxbridge (34), Narragansett (34), Sutton (34), Millbury (32), Hopedale (21), Whitinsville Christian (17), Leicester (15), and Oxford (13).
The meeting was the third between Bromfield and Lunenburg this season. The Lady Trojans won the meet in the regular season before bowing to the Lady Knights by 2.5 points in the MidWach C League Meet.
“Our expectations coming into the District E Meet were that it would be close between us and Lunenburg,” said Bromfield coach Ray Dunn. “We were co-champs of the league. We weren’t able to have our usual team meetings or practice our baton handoffs coming into the meet. My goal is that all the girls on this team take ownership and responsibility, and the way they performed out of the normal routine means they certainly passed that test.
“I was surprised with the margin of victory,” said Dunn. “It was still close at the start of the relays, but our strength and depth in the relays really showed.”
The decisive victory was accomplished with just two first-place finishes, something else that puts a smile on Dunn’s face.
“This was a total team victory,” he said. “Each girl ran at her best level and that made the difference. Everyone pulled her own weight and a lot of strong individual efforts contributed to a team win. Sydney Durand, Mimi Narbonne and Harriet Hill have provided great leadership and sophomore Moriah Arnold has been very helpful in working with the hurdlers. We have a lot of dedicated seniors and this championship is a nice reward for their efforts.”
The Lady Trojans’ two first-place finishes came in the 4 X 440 relay when Durand, Alexia Lipman, Kim West and Narbonne breezed home with a clocking of 4:31.54, and in the 600 meter run when Narbonne prevailed in 1:43.22.
Two events proved important, in which Bromfield placed two competitors in the top six.
In the 1,000 meter run, Durand was second in 3:19.94, followed by Sophia Collins, who was third in 3:21.68.
In the 600 meter run, West complemented Narbonne’s gold with a sixth-place finish in 1:48.95.
Picking up second-place finishes were Lipman in the 300 meter dash (44.16), and the 4 X 880 relay team of Emma Rothkopf, Alyssa Swindells, Margaret Kibbler and Collins, which ran a 10:32.27.
A trio of third-place finishes helped pile up the points, from Arnold (9.29) in the 55 meter hurdles, Swindells (5:51.44) in the mile, and the 4 X 220 relay team of Arnold, Emma Hall, Vishwa Rasania and Alyssa Johnson, which ran a 1:59.72.
Rounding out the scoring for the Lady Trojans were fifth-place finisher Caroline Turnbull in the high jump (4-10), and sixth-place finisher Rothkopf (12:42.15) in the 2-mile.
“We had some early injuries and we have gotten healthy and kept improving,” said Dunn. “My goal is to put the girls into a race and have them do their best. I take a great deal of satisfaction from this as the girls take hard work seriously and keep on pushing themselves. We will next be competing in the Divisionals in Division 4 and then will be off to the All-States. We will focus on the events we can score in and it is possible we might try some new combinations.”