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Girls’ Track Celebrates Successful Season

The North Branford High School girls’ track team handed out postseason awards.

The held a banquet to celebrate the season on June 6. The team celebrated many achievements and bid farewell to a trio of seniors including , Stephanie Torniero and Jessica Wharton. McDonald captained the team along with Jordan Miket.

Varsity letters were awarded to 15 athletes including Marissa Bale, Julie Castillo, Sara Olsen, Rachel Sokoloff, Natalie Baughan, Leah Martino, Katelyn Pantera, Jaimy Rippe, Rachel Boyers, Hayley Gomez, Chelsea Meagher, Miket, McDonald, Torniero and Wharton. 

Several awards were also given including Rookie of the Year, Desire and Dedication, the Coaches’ Award and Most Valuable Player.

Pantera was named Rookie of the Year. She competed in the triple jump, long jump and was a member of the 4x100. She qualified for both the long jump and as a member of the 4x100 in both the Shoreline Conference Championship and Class M Conference Championship. At Shorelines, the 4x100 team placed fifth.   

Desire and Dedication was awarded to Baughan, who competed in the long jump, 100, 200 and 4x100, qualifying for the Shoreline and Class M championships in all three with the 4x100 taking fifth at Shorelines.

Two athletes earned the Coaches’ Award–McDonald and Boyers. McDonald, a four-year veteran of the team, competed in seven events including the 200, 800, 1,600, 3,200, 4x800, 4x400 and javelin. She qualified for the Shoreline Championship in the 800 and was a member of the 4x800 team that ran at Shorelines. 

Boyers competed in the 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles and long jump, qualifying for the Shoreline and Class M championships in all three. At the Shoreline Conference Championships, she was sixth in the 100 hurdles and eighth in the long jump.

MVP honors went to Miket, who found success in five events this season including the 4x100, 200, 400, 300 hurdles and high jump. She qualified for both the Shoreline Conference Championship and Class M State Championship in the 200, the high jump and as a member of the 4x100 team. Miket qualified for Shorelines in the 300 hurdles and 400. She also made at 4-10 and was a member of the 4x100 team, which placed fifth.

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