HARWICH ─ Raw, foggy weather didn't dampen the spirits of the Monomoy track teams in their April 27 meet against Sturgis, with the boys posting an 82-49 victory, with the Storm girls earning an 82-54 win against the Sharks.
Girls Tenacious In Spite Of Loss
The Monomoy-Cape Tech girls swept the javelin and the shot put thanks to a host of strong performances, but with team numbers down due to school trips, the Storm was able to eke out a win as the fog crept over the Sharks Tank at Monomoy High last Thursday.
In spite of the loss, there were a number of stellar results from the team, including Tori McCormack's 24-foot-2.5-inch shot put, and Tara Barry's 79-foot-8-inch javelin toss.
The Monomoy girls placed first, third, and fifth in shot, with Julia Dowd posting a throw of 21-feet-11.5-inches (second place) and Kaya Cole with a throw of 17-feet-2.5-inches. Meanwhile, in the javelin, the Sharks claimed the top 10 spots. Following Barry was Jalissa Miranda with a 61-foot-9-inch throw, Caraline LaBelle with a 57-foot-11-inch toss, Brenda Souza at 47-feet-5-inches, and in fifth place, Miah Archambault at 45-feet-4-inches.
Rounding out the Top 10 were Abbey Tyldesley (44'5”), Amy Hinesley (43'3”), Illyana Wallace (37'10”), Fantasia Hatch (36'6”), and Josie Ganshaw (36' even).
McCormack also led the way in the discus with an impressive throw of 84-feet-4 inches, while Barry, Cole, Dowd, and Kayla Sears all had strong showings in the high jump. Jasmine Garcia (12'9”) and Emma Mitchell (12'7”) placed fourth and fifth respectively in the long jump, with Ganshaw and Hinesley placing fourth and fifth in the triple jump with leaps of 21-feet-11-inches and 20-feet-6-inches.
Garcia blazed to a second place finish in the 100 meter run with a time of 13.97, followed closely by Lizzy Pandiscio in third at 14.10. Leading the 100M hurdles was McCormack at 18.60, with Ganshaw in third at 23.10. Sears and Garcia placed third and fourth in the 200M at 30.00 and 30.22 respectively, while Sears took the top spot in the 400M with a time of 1:09.86, followed by LaBelle in third at 1:16.20.
Barry took the mile at 6:23, and the 400M hurdles in 1:19.30, with LaBelle in third with a time of 1:30.70, with Emily McIlvan the sole Monomoy competitor in the 800M, finishing fifth at 3:19. Archambault was the lone Shark in the two-mile, coming in third at 17:22, with Sturgis taking both the meet-ending relays.
“Tara Barry is always a strong performer and high point scorer, as is Tori McCormack,” said girls head coach Justin Torrellas. “Kayla Sears is a freshman with a lot of potential, already running quite fast and scoring points.”
Boys Nip Sturgis With Strong Runs And Long Leaps
John Frisbie came away with one heck of a javelin toss as the Monomoy-Cape Tech boys track team bested Sturgis 82-49 overall, as both teams began the battle for the Cape and Islands League title. Because Monomoy-Cape Tech and Sturgis are the only two schools in their respective league category with track teams, the two will go head-to-head several times this season in the quest for the crown.
So far the Sharks are off to a great start, led by Frisbie with a spectacular javelin toss of 137-feet-eight inches, nearly 40 feet past the second place throw of 98-feet-eight-inches by teammate Dante Jacobs. The first-place throw qualified Frisbie for states, which put a grin on his face.
Chase Fritsch claimed the top spots in both the shot put and the discus with throws of 30-feet-4-inches and 85-feet-7-inches respectively, while Aidan Melton came in third in shot with a throw of 27-feet-4-inches. Collin Frye dominated the high jump with a leap of 5-feet-4-inches, and placed second in the long jump at 17-feet-8-inches, with Alex Molokwu taking first with a jump of 17-feet-11-inches. Ryan Meehan placed fifth with a leap of 17-feet even, with Gavin Viera in sixth at 16-feet-8-inches.
Meehan placed second in the triple jump at 34-feet-11-inches, followed by Viera in third at 34-feet-8-inches, and Ben Thomas in fifth at 31-feet-9.5-inches.
Molokwu claimed the No. 1 spot in the 100M with a time of 12.09, with Lorvensky Estinvil in fifth at 13.10 and Frye in sixth at 13.20. Ryan Schepman dominated the 110M hurdles at 21.5, followed by Colby Jones in second at 22.7 and Melton in third at 23.5, while the Thomas, Viera, and Frye posted top-10 times of 26.7, 27.0, and 27.1 in the 200M respectively.
Thomas won the 400M hurdles with his time of 1:12, with Schepman in second at 1:15.5 and Melton in third at 1:17.6, and Steven Young took first in both the 800M and the Mile with times of 2:13 and 5:09 respectively.
“His goal, and he's working really hard at it, is to break five,” said boys head coach Don Bates. “He can control a race. I told him if it comes to the last 150 meters of a race, I'll bet on him every time.”
Coming in third in the mile was Tommy Graham with a time of 5:28, with Graham winning the two-mile run in 11:59, with Ryder Robbins placing third at 12:03 and Jason Zou fifth with his time of 14:03.
The Sharks won the 4x100M relay with a time of 49.0, with Sturgis taking the 4x400M relay at 4:14.7 to Monomoy's 4:24.7.
Upcoming for the teams is a trip to Sacred Heart for a May 15 meet, with a tri-meet with Nauset and Sturgis on May 19 at Nauset. The Sharks close out the regular season May 22 against Sturgis.
Perhaps the highlight of the overall meet, which also featured athletes from The Riverview School in Sandwich, was the level of sportsmanship and encouragement athletes from the different teams showed one another. Not only did they cheer on their teammates, but also supported competitors from each of the schools at the meet.
“It makes such a difference when you're cheering for your teammates,” said Bates. “You've got to try to create a nice team chemistry, and we've got that. The kids know what's right.”