SHS girls’ track and field team setting records
By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Stafford - posted Sun., May. 29, 2011
On May 16, the Stafford High School girls’ track team began practice under dark, looming clouds. Twenty-year coach Mark Dunn and assistant coach Heather Galotto were determined to get in as much practice as possible, dodging the rain and setting their sights on the Journal Inquirer Invitational scheduled for May 21. A stray voice from the practice field asked the obvious question, “Coach, what do we do if it starts to pour?” Dunn’s answer: “Run faster.”
The season has brought new records to SHS. Senior Allison Bruce broke her previously held pole vault record of 8’6”, capturing a new school record of 9’. Julie Dillon, also a senior, reached a personal best time in the 3200 of 13.59, while teammate Ashleigh Lamoureux achieved a 4’8” in the high jump.
Patamapor Mongkolkul, Noom to her teammates, is an exchange student from Bangkok and leads the team in throwing events. Her best distances include javelin at 94’8”, shot put at 29’7”, and discus at 71’6". “I like the javelin best,” she commented.
Dunn summed up his experience with Noom. “I wish we could adopt her and keep her with us another year,” he said. “Noom has been a great addition to the team.”
At the JI Invitational, the girls’ 4x400 relay team of Lauren Webb, Shaina Wilson,
Amanda Jacobsen and Jen Bourque placed fourth. In addition, Lauren Webb placed sixth in the 100M sprint and Bella Randazzo placed ninth in the discus.
Reaching the end of their time with the team, seniors Ashleigh Lamoureux and Julie Dillon reflected on the best advice Dunn ever gave them. “For me, the best advice was to drive your knee in the high jump,” Lamoureux said.
Dillon’s comment was laced with humor. “Get up! Coach says that after I collapse on the ground at the end of the 3200,” she said.
Stafford High School Girls’ Track Head Coach Mark Dunn
Number of season with this team: 20
Assistant Coach: Heather Galotto
Captains: Julie Dillon & Allison Bruce
Julie Dillon – Senior: Attending West Point this fall, Dillon plans on studying chemical engineering. She competed for SHS in indoor track and cross-country. When asked for her favorite moment as a member of SHS’s track team, her answer was simple: “Finishing.”
Ashleigh Lamoureux – Senior: Also a field hockey player, Lamoureux will be continuing the sport as a freshman at Elms College, where she plans on studying nursing. Her greatest moment on the track team was the day she cleared 4’8” in the high jump.