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Nipmuc Girls Track Trying to Break into

Win Column
The Nipmuc girls' track and field team came close to breaking through into the win column during the first
two meets of the season, an encouraging trend given the youth of the team, according to first year head coach Justin Townsend.
"It's good that we are so close," Townsend said. "We have lost two extremely close meets so far by less than five points, so it's really a matter of a couple of things going out way. It's been an encouraging season even if we have not gotten the wins yet."
Savarah Gaskill has stood out in the throwing events, earning first-place finishes in the shot put in each of the first two meets. Freshman Lily Kerber has also come on strong in the field events. Her 63-foot discus throw was good enough to earn a spot in the upcoming freshman/sophomore meet. Kerber is one of several freshmen scoring points for the Warriors early in their careers. "We have been getting some great performances from younger athletes," Townsend said, "it's been great to see."
Another ninth grade Lily, Lily Bigelow, scored a total of 13 points in a recent meet for Nipmuc. She has earned wins in
both the high and low hurdle events as well as the high jump. Paige Allen has shown promise in the 400 meter run and the 4x400 relay, and fellow freshman Michelle Cote qualified for the freshman/sophomore meet in the 200-meter dash and is competing in the triple jump.
Eighth graders Catherine Flanagan and Holly Strapponi are also competing with the varsity this spring after getting a waiver to do so, Townsend said. "They are both talented kids," he said. "They are going to be rocks for this team for a while and big point scorers."
Senior captain Natalie Rodman has helped bring the
team together and set an example in both running and field events. She has two wins in the mile, a first and a second place finish in the long jump and anchors a 4x400 relay team that has a win to its credit. "She has been a top running and a great captain," Townsend said. "She has a good demeanor about her. She is very calm all the time, but she is great about doing what is asked."
Townsend noted how rare it is to see a distance runner also excel in the jumping events, as Rodman has this spring. "She is really good about doing whatever is asked," the coach said. "She is having a really good season."




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