Warde sweeps Ludlowe, Harding, Bassick in girls track opener
Although personal growth in the girls track season can only go up with preseason training now giving way to meet competition, it didn't prevent several athletes from shining in multiple events in a four-way FCIAC meet Wednesday afternoon at Warde. Three Mustangs were multi-event winners in the season-opener against Ludlowe, Harding and Bassick.
Warde beat Ludlowe 91-54 as well as defeating Bassick by 142-3 and Harding by 140-1. Ludlowe scored a 112-19 victory over Harding and a 113-0 win over Bassick. Two Falcons won more than one event as well.
Warde senior Rachel Maltz stood out in her four specialty events, winning each. She won the javelin with a throw of 84-feet-3 inches; the long jump (14-2); discus (74-3); triple jump (29-6). Senior Cate Allen excelled in the distance events, earning first-place finishes in the 800 meters (2 minutes, 21.6 seconds), 1,600 (5:15) and 3,200 (11:24.7). Senior Blossom Jean-Jacques won the 100-meter dash (13.3) and high jump (4-10).
The Falcons were led by senior Alex Wykoff's victories in the 100 hurdles (16.1) and 300 hurdles (52.3). Falcons' junior Emma Koether won the 200 (27.0) and 400 (64.5), and ran the anchor leg in both winning relays. She was part of the 4-by-100-meter relay, along with junior Liz Buckley, freshman Aisling Johnston and sophomore Megan Brown. Wykoff ran the second leg in Ludlowe's 4x100 relay, along with sophomore Sullie Desmond, freshman Brianna Auray and Koether.
Seniors Kelly Demeo, of Ludlowe, and Erika Leppla, of Warde, were the only Fairfield athletes to win one event each. Demeo took the shot put with a throw of 23-8; Leppla was first in the pole vault (7-0).
"For the first meet of the season, you're not at peak shape yet," Allen said. "You're here just to see where you're at. We don't put extreme emphasis on the first meet really. This is just a base line for everyone."
Wykoff agreed that no one is at optimum performance now.
"We're almost picking up from last season," Wykoff said. "We're not really close to our finish times from last year. It's a good start. It's good for momentum. It's a nice starting block."
Ludlowe's Kelly Renna began her career as head coach, and she said that several Falcons' athletes were unable to compete because of injury, which left her team not too deep in the throwing events.
"I think we're at a good jumping off point," Renna said.
"I think we're in a good place. I think we're looking pretty good from indoor. We've got to get some field event (athletes) more comfortable," she said.
"In the next few weeks, we're going to try to recruit because we're a little thin in hurdles, pole vault and jumps," Renna said.