Lyman Memorial track team starts off strong

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Lebanon - posted Wed., May. 4, 2011
Maureen Chapman leads off in the 4x100 for Lyman. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Maureen Chapman leads off in the 4x100 for Lyman. Photos by Melanie Savage.

The Lyman Memorial High School girls' outdoor track team is off to a very strong start for 2011. As of April 30, 13 members had already qualified for competition at the state level: Mara Anderson (400m, 4x100, 4X400); Chantal Fauteux (4x800); Kelsey Labas (javelin, shot put, 4x100, 4x400); Rebecca Runkle (4x800); Stacie Savage (4x100, shot put, 100m); Lindsey Arigno (4x100); Jill Bumgarner (shot put); Lindsey Moon (4x800); Alyson Tacchi (high jump); Carley Dolan (4x800); Mary Labas (javelin); Elise Palacios (4x400); and Brenna Anderson (4x100, 4x400).

"We lost three key people (Molly Frankinburger, Sarah Lamotte and Julie Jahoda)," said head coach Jessica London Castillo, "but we have a very strong senior class this year." With the loss of Frankinburger, a strong competitor in the longer distances, the team will need to fill that niche. "We have girls trying to step up and fill that hole," said Castillo. Another key will be to remain healthy. "Last year we had a lot of injuries," said Castillo. For the most part, this year team members have managed to stay healthy.

"We have a very strong senior class this year," said Castillo. "A lot of our seniors are strong in three or four events." A major hurdle will be the competition on May 10 against a strong Griswold High School team. "Our girls really need to step up that day," said Castillo. The team hopes to compete for the ECC Small division title, and for the ECC championship.


Coach's Corner-

As a result of her youthful looks, head coach Jessica London Castillo is often confused for one of her team members. This is Castillo's third year heading up the Lyman Memorial girls' outdoor track team. She is assisted by George Gray. Castillo has coached the team to a very strong start to the season, with 13 girls qualifying, as of May 3, for state-level competition. The 4x100 Weight Relay team, composed of Alyson Tacchi, Kelsey Labas, Emily Peay and Stacie Savage, also set a new record at the Ledyard Relays on April 30. Their time of 55.9 seconds was the best performance in the 31 years.


Spotlight Players-

Seniors Mara Anderson and Chantal Fauteux are the co-captains for this year's Lyman Memorial girls' outdoor track team. Anderson competes in relays, the 400 meter and the 100 meter. As of April 30, she had already qualified for state-level competition in the 400 meter, the 4x100 and the 4x400. Anderson plans to enter the Marines in the fall.

Fauteux' strongest event is the 800 meter. As of April 30, she had already qualified to compete at the state level in the 4x800 relay. Fauteux hasn't yet decided on a school for next year, but she would like to study plant science.


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