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Despite Team Record, MHS Girls Track Athletes Qualify for State Meet

The season has not started the way Milford High School girls track coach Melissa Manning would have liked, but that doesn't mean her crew isn't working hard. The Scarlet Hawks started out 0-3 in the dual meet schedule, but Manning feels the record could be reversed.
"We lost by an event or two in all three meets and we were down a couple of athletes, so the record is disappointing," she said. "It's been a rough season in some respects but we have a number of individuals who have already qualified for states and we are hoping to add to the total."
Milford has suffered single-digit losses against Canton and Stoughton and fell by 14 points at Foxboro. Manning says several Scarlet Hawk athletes may be able to punch their tickets to the state meet this weekend at the coaches' invitational meet in Somerville.
But several athletes have already qualified, including seniors Danielle Denommee and Taylor Coady. Denommee ran the high hurdles in under 17 seconds to earn a spot in the state meet while Coady hurled the discus 87'6" to grab her spot. Christina Capone is also bound for the state meet in the long jump with a leap of 15'11". "We have a lot of people who are close [to qualifying for states], so we are hoping this week to have a few more qualify," Manning said.
Among that group is freshman Christina Speliakos, who is just four inches shy from a qualifying mark in the triple jump. Elena DelloRusso is also knocking on the door, just a tenth of a second off in the 200 yard dash.
In addition to the strong individual performances, both the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams have also run strong this year. DelloRusso, Gabby O'Neil, Melissa Braza, and Aaidaliz Perez make up the sprint relay team while Denommee and Capone along with Kate France and Jessica Palmer run the 4x400.
Having so many athletes putting together strong performances is even more impressive considering the late start to the season. The school was unable to plow the track, forcing the team to schedule the first couple of weeks of the year. Milford had only three practices on the track before the first dual meet of the year. Still, the squad, made up of more than 60 athletes, has worked well together to continuously improve.
"They are working hard and the relay teams are really in synch," Manning said. "The dual meet record is disappointing, but we should have more girls qualifying for states and I would like to bring at least 10 different relay teams to the district relay meet."
Milford had a dual meet scheduled against Sharon on Tuesday, and will close out the year hosting Oliver Ames on May 12 and Blackstone-Millville on May 14. The Hockomock League Championships are slated for May 21 at Mansfield.




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