Lady Lions dash to state victory

By Daniel Kats
Published: March 2009

The Girls’ Indoor Track Team has won numerous Dual County League Championships and Division I State titles over the past 20 years. They have finished either first or second at All-States many times in that span.

South now boasts over 40 Boston Globe All-Stars and 19 All-Americans. Overall, the program has won 12 individual All-State titles since its inception.

This season’s incredible outcome adds to the team’s legacy. The girls’ indoor track 4 x 800 meter relay is ranked number one in the country.

Led by senior captains Juliet Ryan-Davis and Bridget Dahlberg, the team also broke numerous records, including New England’s all-time record by more than 12 seconds.

“[This relay team] has achieved the single greatest moment in our program’s history, Coach Steven McChesney said.

Ranked as second in the country, the 4 x 1 mile relay has developed into another one of the strengths of the girls’ track team.

“This team is like having a starting lineup on a basketball team that have all scored over 2,000 points, with another couple at that level on the bench, said Coach Steve McChesney.
Kelsey Karys is ranked number four in the two mile, Bridget Dahlberg is number nine in the mile, and Kathy O’Keefe is number ten in the 1,000 meter run.

Dahlberg, a five-time High School All-American, and seven time Boston Globe All- Star, is one of the most successful runners in South’s history. She has won four individual one mile All-State titles and two 4 x 800 All-State titles.

The senior captain set the All-State record for the mile by completing it in an astounding 4:52.11.

“Dahlberg is most likely the greatest athlete in our school’s history, said McChesney.
The team has not only been successful on the track, but has consistently displayed excellent sportsmanship. South’s captains have earned the DCL Sportsmanship Award in three out of the past four years.

“[We] want each other to succeed, there’s not a big hierarchy within the team, Ryan-Davis said.
The coaching staff has also done a phenomenal job helping the athletes reach their potential.
“Coach really knows what he’s doing, Ryan-Davis said. “He knows how to get us focused and pumped up.

To help improve his team, McChesney writes personalized workouts for each of his runners. Having coaches that understand each athlete’s individual strengths and weaknesses allows for rapid improvement, which ultimately pays off during the team’s meets.

Many of the runners attribute their success to hard work and determination.

Rivalries may now intensify due to the dominance of this season’s Lions. Lincoln-Sudbury is a difficult opponent, and is always contending for a DCL playoff bid; however, our team still beat them in the dual meet by three points.

With the same focus and drive that earned us our rankings and titles, the girl’s indoor track team should maintain their strong record through any competition.

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