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Nipmuc Girls Track Could Be Building a Contender

The wins may not be coming as often as head coach Justin Townsend would like, but the number of young standout athletes on his squad coupled with a program-wide desire to commit to the process of getting better has the Nipmuc girls track and field team poised to be one of the strongest in the area in years to come.
"We are young, over time the wins will come," Townsend said. "When these sophomores are seniors and our freshmen are juniors, we are going to be a contender."
The Warriors have struggled through some early season injuries and inexperience through their first two meets of this spring, losses to Douglas and Blackstone Millville Regional. But athletes are showing promise in the sprinting and throwing events, along with a talented, distance corps.
"It's been a good, wet season so far," Townsend said, referencing the shoddy spring weather.
Sophomore Aaliyah McGovern has been one of the team's biggest surprises. Townsend said she has excelled in the shot put, throwing nearly 28 feet at last week's District E Relay Meet. "She is a rising star for us," Townsend said.
Freshman Avery Consigli has also stood out, throwing 75 feet in the discus. Fellow freshman Nora Gould has already scored points in multiple events, the 100-meter dash, the 4x100 relay and the long jump.
"Our young talent is kind of our bread and butter," Townsend said.
In fact, Nipmuc's top point scorer through the first two meets is freshman Holli Strapponi, who has scored in the high jump, the triple jump, the 200-meter dash and the 4x100 relay. "She is one of those freshmen who is showing a lot of potential," Townsend said. "She is scoring all over the place. She's a talented kid with a good spirit who loves track."
Freshmen have accounted for 35 percent of the team's points through the first two meets, with eighth grade athletes adding another 27 percent, Townsend said. But the seniors have also contributed to the tune of half of Nipmuc's points in throwing events.
Senior Chloe Hoff is the Warriors' top javelin thrower and one of the top long jumpers. She has also posted the fastest 100-meter time and contributed on the 4x100 relay.
Townsend said success is within reach for the emerging program. "Injuries have hurt us, but we are progressing," he said. "We are getting a lot better."




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