Second to only the girls’ tennis team, the ORR girls’ track team is the most dominant of any Bulldog spring sport team. It’s not just a great coach in veteran Cindy Tilden, or just one standout athlete; it’s a group effort filled with diverse and talented athletes.
Last Thursday, the ORR girls wrapped up their fourth consecutive spring track SCC championship, and their seventh consecutive winter/spring track championship. The girls rolled past Dighton Rehoboth and Fairhaven to take the undefeated SCC crown.
“Everyone worked really hard this season,” said Senior Captain Abby Robinson. “We have a lot of talented girls in all of the events that are offered.”
The girls’ meet versus the DR Lady Falcons was their closest brush with defeat so far, but they managed to pull ahead and win 75-61. Ace hurdler Ally Saccone took four events; the long jump (15’7”), the triple jump (34’2”), the 100 hurdles (14.8 seconds), and the 200-meter dash (27.2 seconds). Juniors Paige Santos and Morgan DaSilva each contributed two wins to their team with Santos winning the high jump (4’8”) and the 400 hurdles (71 seconds) and DaSilva taking the 100-meter dash (13.1 seconds) and the 400-meter dash (63 seconds).
Possibly the biggest event of the day was the mile. To secure the victory, the Lady Bulldogs only needed a second place. Sammy Barrett stepped up to the plate, running 6:15 and just missing first place to DR’s Mia Rogers. Freshman Emily Josephson claimed third place in the mile, making the victory even sweeter.
The girls won later in the week over Fairhaven in a stormy, crazy meet complete with a 45-minute delay due to thunder and lightning.
The girls are not through with their season, however. Senior Sophia Santos commented on the team’s goals for the remainder of the season.
“Our major goals are to continue our seventh undefeated season and to be successful at the state level,” said Santos.
Junior distance runner Hannah Viera also commented on the potential of the team.
“There’s a lot of graduating seniors, so it will be difficult to see them go, since our team is a family,” she said. “But we have some talented young girls who can help to lead us next year.”
By Michael Kassabian