WHS girls track team suffers first loss
His team may have entered Monday’s meet unbeaten, yet Wilton high girls outdoor track and field coach Jeff Gee remained reserved and trepidatious.
“We had been skating on thin ice,” he said. “We had meets with Trumbull and Fairfield Ludlowe that we won but were a little too close for comfort.”
Gee’s concern was verified on Monday as host New Canaan edged the Warriors, 76-69. Wilton did register a 143-1 rout of Bassick at the three-team meet and is now 6-1 this season.
Gee was able to spot a few reasons for Wilton’s loss to New Canaan. The most glaring came in the throwing events, in which the Rams outscored Wilton, 24-3.
“We were swept (top-three places) in the discus and the shot put,” said Gee. “That hurt us.”
Wilton’s distance contingent, usually the team’s strength, also surrendered some points.
“New Canaan was first in the 1,600 and the 3,200, so they outscored us by one point in each of those events,” he said. “And New Canaan won the 4x400 relay, which also helped them.”
Wilton had some high points, though. Annika Sheehan teamed with Jill Kobyra, Jillian Lauricella and Madison Peraino to win the 4x100 relay (52.70) and then came back to place first in the 400 (1:01.10) and third in the 200.
Peraino added a victory in the 800 (2:25.0), and Katie Ward won the 100-meter hurdles (18.0) and the high jump (4’8”) and was third in the long jump (14’7”).
Lindsey Lauricella triumphed in the 300 hurdles (52.30) and finished second in the 100 hurdles (18.10) and the long jump (14”9”).
Jillian Lauricella prevailed in the 200 (27.50) and was second in the 100 (13.6).
Also finishing second for the Warriors were Megan Cunningham in the 200 (27.70), Sarah Healy in the 1,600 (5:27.0), Alex Fiesel in the 3,200 (11:56.0), Meg Hemmerle in the pole vault (8’0”), and Kailey Troller in the javelin (68’7”).