EPHS Girls Indoor Track Meet Take Division Championship. Back to Back Titles
The team won their second consecutive Division Championship on Saturday, January 27th. The Townies won the Dwyer Division with a score of 96 points. Prout and Juanita Sanchez tied for 2nd with 56 points and Rogers was next with 55. "I knew and prepared for Prout to have a strong performance because they were the only team to beat us during the regular season. We finished 10-1. I was very disappointed because it came down to the last event the 4x400m relay and I didn't field our best team due to girls being maxed out in other events," said Head Coach Michael Almeida. "Although we lost to Prout during the regular season, I was very confident going into the division championship that we could win. We prepared all week for this meet and made a few changes with the relays," Coach Almeida added after the event.
With back to back division wins the Townies continue to improve and impress others as the team hopes to yet take home a state wide championship. At Saturday's meet the 4x800m relay team started off with a 2nd place finish. Daziyah Jackson-Nary placed 6th in the 3000m and beat her personal best time by 2 minutes. The 4x200m relay also placed 2nd with a Personal Record (PR) time and placed inside the top 15 teams to qualify for the state meet. Christy Long and Hasna Badji did a majority of the Townie scoring. Christy Long displayed a gritty performance by winning the 1500m, 600m, 4x400m relay, and took 2nd in the 1000m. Badji won the 300m with a new PR and placing her among the top times in the state. She placed 2nd in the 55m hurdles also with a PR and a top time in the state. Badji also finished 1st in the 4x400m relay and 2nd in the 4x200m relay.
"Ashley and Alyssa DeOlivieira both made the finals of the 55m dash with Alyssa placing 5th overall. Both PR and coming close to reaching the top 24 in the state. Briana Santos placed 5th in the 1000m with a PR. Kianna Hepburn placed 5th in the long jump also with a new PR. She jumped a foot and a half better than her best jump all season, which is unheard of," continued Almeida. "Shaniah Hazard helped us in a major way. She is our only two-sport athlete and had a basketball game at 12noon, the same time our meet started. She was able to make her races and place 4th in the 300m with a PR and 1st in the 4x400m relay with a PR and top 6 time in the state."
All relays placed either 1st or 2nd. The 4x800m relay consisting of Eva Caron, Elijah Perreira, Santos, and Mary Ellen Pinson placed 2nd. The 4x200m relay consisted of Badji, Ashley and Alyssa DeOliveira, Danira Cardosa-Sequira. "The 4x400m relay won the meet consisting of Hazard, Long, Pinson, and Badji. Haley Teodoro won the high jump again with a jump of 5 feet. She currently is the state leader with a jump of 5'2" and is the clear cut favorite to win the high jump at the state meet," said an excited coach Almeida. "Teodoro finished 2nd last year and is determined to win the event this year. Using this momentum going into the Class A meet and States we should score a good amount of points and be a factor. As long as these girls continue working hard, we will continue to get better and possibly bring home a State Championship in the next couple of years," said Almeida.