HARWICH – Chilly temps and icy winds had athletes at the Monomoy/Sturgis track meet huddling beneath blankets last Wednesday but didn't stop both teams from fierce yet friendly competition. While the boys prevailed, winning 84-52, the girls fell to Sturgis 58-70, but had some strong performances.
Freshman Alice Murphy won three events for the Sharks beginning with the 400 hurdles, which she completed with a time of 1:29.9. She also took the top spot in the 100 hurdles at 18.8, and in the long jump with a leap of 12 feet, 5 inches.
Also in the winner's circle was Alison Barrett, who won the 100-meter dash with an impressive time of 14.3, the triple jump with a distance of 27 feet, 6 inches and was third in the long jump with a distance of 12 feet, 3.25 inches.
Lily Ryan won the 400 with a personal best time of 1:14 and Josie Ganshaw won the high jump with a leap of 3 feet, 10 inches was second in the 400 with her time of 1:15.1. She also placed second in the shot put with a throw of 20 feet, 1 inch.
Abbey Tyldesley placed third in the 400 with a time of 1:22.1, while Margo Dery came in third in the 800 with a time of 3:01. In the mile run, Caroline Davock was third with a time of 7:00.7, with teammate Nikki Awalt coming in fourth at 7:38. Davock also placed second in the two-mile with a time of 14:18.6, and second in the discus with a throw of 56 feet, 9 inches, while Awalt placed third with a throw of 55 feet, 1 inch. Tyldesley placed third in the javelin with a throw of 59 feet, 8 inches, followed by Awalt in fourth with a throw of 55 feet, 9 inches.
“Despite the freezing conditions they all competed hard and I am really proud of the whole team,” said head coach Katie Cutter. “Many girls stepped up and did events they don’t normally compete in so they could earn points for the team. This is a really great group of kids and I am proud of all of them.”
In the boys action, the Sharks prevailed, winning 84-52 against a strong Sturgis team.
Steven Young placed second in the 200 meters with a time of 24.1, followed by teammate Zach Parker in third at 25.6. Young was first in the 800 meters with a time of 2:12.6, with teammates Quinn Schuyler coming in second at 2:35, and Tyler Wright third at 2:37.8.
Perry Comeau took the top spot in the 400 with a time of 58.4, with teammate Aidan Melton placing third at 1:00.6, while Ryder Robbins took second in the mile at 5:28.4. Robbins also took second in the two-mile at 10:55.9.
In the 100 meter hurdles, Ryan Schepman took first with a time of 19.1, followed closely by teammate Colby Jones at 20 seconds even. Shaw Schuyler placed fourth with a time of 21.8. Meanwhile, Monomoy took the top four spots in the 400 hurdles, with Jones leading the way with his time of 1:11.6, Schepman in second at 1:11.9, Shaw Schuyler in third at 1:15.8, and Jean-Claude Marjollet in fourth at 1:15.9.
The Sharks won the 4x400 relay, with Melton, Young and Comeau taking part in the event, posting a time of 4:05.8, while Melton also took first in the shot put with a throw of 34 feet, 4 inches. In second place was Jacob Murphy at 32 feet, 1 inch, and in third was Tre Cohrs with a distance of 31 feet, 8 inches. Cohrs won the discus with a stellar throw of 88 feet, 4.5 inches, with Alan Papenfuhs placing third with his throw of 68 feet, 2.5 inches.
Young placed second in the long jump with a leap of 16 feet, 10 inches, with Ryan Meehan placing third at 16 feet even. Meehan placed second in the triple jump at 33 feet, 4 inches, with Robbins in third at 32 feet, 7.25 inches, and Melton took first in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 4 inches. Head coach Don Bates also gave high praise to Comeau for dominating the javelin, which helped clinch the overall win for Monomoy.
“We needed the points and on his third throw he won the whole thing,” said Bates. He was impressed with his team's determination given the weather.
“It's a good group of kids,” he said. “We're just very lucky to have kids that are focused. Sportsmanship is a key thing and these kids are good at it.”