The future's bright for MHS girls' track and field
By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
Manchester - posted Wed., Jun. 1, 2011
“It’s a very successful year for us,” said Manchester High School girls’ track and field team coach Shelldon Simpson. “The season went well for us.”
“One of the things we wanted was to improve our records, and we did,” the coach added. The team finished its regular season 5-2, with their losses against Windsor and Glastonbury. “If we’d had more depth,” said Simpson of his small team, “we could have competed better with those teams.”
Seniors on the team include Emily Anderson, Sarah Cinquemani, Cynthia Tetteh, Chelsey Watson and Liz Moran.
Several team members qualified to participate in the state tournament. “I’ve got three great hurdlers this year,” said Simpson. Senior Sarah Cinquemani, senior Cynthia Tetteh and junior Arianna Rivera qualified for both the 100-meter and the 300-meter hurdles. Rivera was ranked in the top two for both of these races.
Sophomore Nicole Clemens qualified to continue competing in the 100-and 200-meter sprints and senior Emily Anderson qualified for the long-distance 1600- and 3200-meter races. Talia Gabriel and Solveig Millett, both juniors, qualified to run in the 400-meter race at the state tournament.
In the jumping events, sophomore Cassandra Grimaldi qualified for the high jump, as did junior Arianna Rivera, who also qualified for the long jump.
Senior Chelsey Watson and junior Megan Cardarelli both qualified in the javelin.
“We’re a lot of young girls,” said Simpson. “If the young girls we have continue to come out, we should have a good team for the next two years.” Simpson noted that freshman Alexis Corrao competed in nearly every event, including hurdles, high jump, 800-meter race and the 4x400-meter relay. “She does everything,” the coach said.
MHS continued in the relay races as well. The following qualified for the 4x100-meter relay: junior Sarah Bawaab, sophomore Nicole Clemens, junior Ivie Efianayi, junior Talia Gabriel, junior Arianna Rivera and senior Cynthia Tetteh. Freshman Alexis Corrao, sophomore Kaitlin Davitt, senior Liz Moran, junior Carly Peruccio and freshman Sarah Robbins all qualified to compete in the 4x800-meter relay.
According to senior Sarah Cinquemani, the season has been good. “It’s been improving with every meet,” she said. In addition to hurdling this year, Cinquemani ran the 4x400-meter relay. “It was a nice change for me. It was cool to do something different than hurdling.”
Senior Chelsey Watson qualified for the state tournament, throwing the javelin 102 feet at the Randy Smith JI Greater Manchester track meet, held at MHS on May 21. She also participated in the 4x400-meter relay.
Freshman Alexis Corrao just started running track this year. She participated in the open 800-meter race and the 4x400-meter relay. At the end of the season, she was trying to qualify for the state tournament by shaving just a fraction of a second off her time.
Sophomore Katie Davitt overcame some minor injuries to qualify to compete in the state competition. She runs the 800- and 1600-meter races. “The competition was good,” said Davitt.
Solveig Millett, a junior, runs the 400-meter. “I ran my best time of the season at the JI,” she said.
“I feel like I accomplished my goals,” said junior Arianna Rivera, who qualified for states in both the 100 and 300 hurdles.