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Track team continues Dual County League dominance

By Denebola
Published: March 2008

By Nadav Swarttz

The Newton South indoor track team posted one of its most successful seasons to date, with the girls winning the Dual County League (DCL) Championship and placing second at states, and the boys placing second at the DCL Championship and seventh at states.

The girls’ team went 8–0 this season, and placed second in All States, falling short of first by a mere four points.

The boys’ team finished the season with an impressive 7–1 record in the regular season, and lost the DCL Championships by just one point, 84–83, to Acton-Boxborough Regional High School.Junior Bridget Dahlberg placed first in the mile run at All States, running a 5.01.76. Kelsey Karys, also a junior, came in second place in the two mile, finishing with a time of 11.07.99. Sophomore Melanie Fineman placed fifteenth in the two mile.

The girls’ 4×800 meter relay team, made up of Dahlberg, junior Juliet Ryan-Davis, and seniors Diana Braver and Julia Frieze also did well, handily winning the event with a time of 9.23.67.

“The team was amazing this year¦We were especially proud of our win against Lincoln-Sudbury, a longtime rival, and our second place finishes at DCL, States, and All States, senior captain Sonya Freeman said.

Continuing their strong showing, the girls are also sending some members of the team to Nationals, including the 4×1600 meter relay team, the 4×800 meter relay team, Dahlberg for the one mile, and Karys and Fineman for the two mile.

“The girls are always dominant; they are always in contention for DCL championships, and 1st or 2nd in States and All States. Just how it works, senior co-captain Jianan Shi said.

This season’s successes reflect the girls’ strong work ethic and commitment, led by captains Candace Bailey, Nina Slote and Sarah Marquis, all of whom are seniors and will graduate this year.

Next year the girls will suffer the loss of key leadership, but seem confident that their juniors are more than capable of assuming the considerable responsibility.

“Although a bunch of talented seniors will graduate at the end of this year, Freeman said, “the juniors are incredibly driven. Their leadership and outstanding personalities will carry them far in the seasons to come.
Numerous injuries plagued the team throughout the season. Senior captain Roy Ribitzky pulled his hamstring two days before the first meet of the season and Shi had to sit out the season due to patellar tendinitis.

Regardless, the expectations for next year’s boys’ team are high.

“They will do well next year¦the distance crew will be very strong since no one but Matt Weaver and Cliff Bargar are graduating¦ Ross McDonald will cover some holes left in the field events and Chris Kim, who threw 41 his first season in track, will get better as well, Shi said.

Ribitzky noted how the team continues to succeed, despite the loss of the graduating team members.
“Look, every single year we graduate seniors¦ But more importantly, for every senior leaving, there are always two juniors who step it up and lead the team. We are a team of leaders, and that is why both the boys’ and girls’ track and cross country teams have amassed over 100 trophies in 20 years under our coaches, he said.

The juniors have a strong core with John Mitkevicius, Tal Inbar and Will Cha running the 600 meter, Sasha Long the 1,000 meter, Yong Cho hurdles, John Beck the mile, Andrew Wortham the two mile and Beck, Long and Cha the 4×800 meter relay. The boys’ and girls’ teams are looking forward to further victories next year.

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