Move to ECC Large doesn't stop BA girls' track team

By Kevin Hotary - Staff Writer
Colchester - posted Tue., May. 1, 2012
Senior Abbey Tedford is one of the team's three pole vaulters to qualify for the state tournament.
Senior Abbey Tedford is one of the team's three pole vaulters to qualify for the state tournament.

Despite losing nine seniors from last year’s team and changing half of the coaching staff, the Bacon Academy girls’ outdoor track team is off to a great start this season, winning three of its first four meets. “We’ve done a little better than we originally anticipated just looking at the size of the opponents,” said head coach Christine Taylor. 

This year also marks the first for the Bobcats in the ECC Large division after moving up from the Medium. With 32 athletes on the team, “Our numbers aren’t great for a large school,” said Taylor, “but I can’t complain. We’re having a good year.” 

Already the Bobcats have qualified athletes in nearly all events for the state championships, and Taylor feels that the athletes in the nonqualified events are very close. In the triple jump, sophomore Sierra Cameron is very close, said Taylor. “She’s just a tiny, little bit away from 32 feet [the distance needed to qualify], and the way she’s training, I’m sure she’ll get it. I’m pretty pleased,” she said.

With only three seniors, one might think the team would be less competitive as it rebuilds, but many of the newcomers have come through. “We have a lot of freshmen, and a lot of them are good,” said Taylor.  

“All of the freshmen and sophomores, and a lot of the juniors are really good athletes,” said Abbey Tedford, one of the three seniors on the team. “In the years to come, they’re going to be really good,” she added. She said that the move to the Large division has forced the team to make some adjustments, but they are happy with their success. “We’re competing with all of these giant schools, but we’re pretty good for our size,” she said.

Junior Charisse Townsend, who does all three of the throwing events – javelin, shot put and discus - said that she is very pleased with her year so far. “I’ve set some PRs [personal records],” she said, and she has qualified for the states in all three events. 

Likewise, junior Amanda Weinberger has also qualified for the states, along with the team's other two pole vaulters, Abbey Tedford and Danielle Mafuid. “It’s just a fun time,” said Weinberger. 

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