by Steev Riccardo
OXFORD – Story lines were interesting at the SWCL track meet between Oxford, Shepherd Hill, and Quaboag this past Wednesday (April 24) at Oxford high school.
Oxford senior star Emily Dawidczyk, who despite nursing injuries all spring, won the 200-meter dash and the long jump, but did not compete in the hurdles, which is arguably her best event. She also came in second in the shot put, finishing behind Shepherd Hill’s Katie McCambridge, who is one of the best in Central Mass.
Both Dawidczyk and her coaches Andrew Martin and Tim Craig said that she could be doing the hurdles as soon as Wednesday in Northbridge, but with the SWCL meet coming in Auburn on May 15 and a chance to go deep in both the states and the New England tournament there really isn’t a rush.
Heading into her final few months of an outstanding track career, Dawidczyk has been quietly getting healthier as the season moves out which could mean that she will be hard to beat come post-season time.
The Shepherd Hill girls took the top four spots in the two-mile run
The Shepherd Hill girls came in first place overall and had a flurry of tremendous performances at the meet.
Shepherd Hill's senior Lexi Poirier
Senior Lexi Poirier won the high jump, freshman Leah Bugan won both the discus and the javelin throw, and Shepherd Hill’s outstanding long distance running team of sophomore Lucy Harmon, sophomore Juleanna Schultz, junior Haley Chamberlain, and junior star Stella Worters took the first four slots in the two mile run.
“We were really lucky, we had more freshmen come out this year than we have ever had,” said Rams coach Len Harmon, who is excited about his team’s overall potential. “We have girls like Mikayla Guskey, Rachel Bianculli, Briana Ellis; they are working really hard. A couple of girls who played basketball, Leah Bugan and Michaela Rice, also came out. Michaela is our best javelin thrower and Leah just threw a personal record in the discus and it was only her third time doing it. We are thrilled to have so many young kids come and step in and contribute right away.”
Katie McCambridge won the shotput for the Rams
Like Harmon notes, the Rams have a very young squad to complement seniors McCambridge and Poirier.
One of those underclassmen is Worters, who, it’s hard to believe, still has another year left. She has been an outstanding long distance runner who could go be a real factor come tournament time.
“For as much as Stella works her tail off and does all the little things, it’s almost unfair to her because people expect her to step on the track and do what she does,” said Harmon. “For us it’s just a blessing because she sets a great example for the kids in practice and she was always encouraging the younger athletes.”
Drew Jean-Guillaume shines in the high jump
The Shepherd Hill boys who have been virtually unbeatable also looked sharp in Oxford with junior Elijah Fossas winning the two-mile run, sophomore Drew Jean Guillaume taking the long jump and the 100 meters, and Joe Benoit winning both the javelin and the discus throw.
Things should be pretty interesting at the SWCL meet in two weeks in Auburn. Today there are three meets in the area, Shepherd Hill will be in Uxbridge to meet up with Emily Cahill and the Spartans, Bartlett will be at Tantasqua, and the Pirates will be in Northbridge.
Matt Petrelli throws the shotput
Oxford's Nick Rivelli
Emily Dawidczyk prepares to go airborne
- Tuesday, 30 April 2013
- Posted in Categories: : Region