At the New England Division III Track and Field Championships on May 18 at Gaudet Middle School in Middletown, RI, the Kingswood Oxford Girls' Track and Field Team rallied on a sunny, breezy day to finish fifth out of 23 teams.
Riding out the normal highs and lows of a full day of competition, the girls excelled in key moments to earn 32 points. Coach Watson noted: "People responded amazingly to the day’s opportunities—a different order of events from a dual meet, the longer day, and stronger competition. The girls worked together and created a good day for KO."
Starting off the competition, the 4 X 100 Meter Relay team of Captain Sydni Jett, Sidney Taffe, Cici Chagnon, and Rinese Sterling showed clean passes and their best form of the season as they posted a good time of 53.67 and placed fifth the event. Coach Goodman noted: "The girls had a clean run. The passes were good, and they showed nice form. Sydni started them off right, and everything came together. “
In the Long Jump, Sydni Jett jumped of 13’ 4” and captain Erin Bowen had a season’s best jump of 14’11.75”. Cici Chagnon jumped her season best of 15’ 6” to place 9th in the event for the Wyverns. Coach Baker noted: “The Long Jump was tricky for the Wyverns. It was windy and a little difficult to get good marks, but we had some good jumps and good quality effort overall.” In the Javelin, Stacey Zhang continued her progress as she placed 14th with a throw of 56’ 7”.
In the 100 Meter High Hurdles, Sydni Jett ran well, placing seventh with a time of 18.61. Coach Goodman commented: "Sydni had good, solid race. The hurdles is about handling the pressure but staying loose. Sydni kept her cool as she moved well over all 10 hurdles.” With a good throw of 61’ 6”, Stacey Zhang, placed 14th in the Discus.
In the 400 Meters, Olivia Reynolds ran to a season’s best time of 64.66 to place seventh. Cici Chagnon moved well on the back curve and made a big push in the second half of the race to finish powerfully with her season best time of 63.46 earning fifth place. In the high jump, Sidney Taffe had a good day as she cleared 4’ 4” to place 9th.
In the 100 Meters, Rinese Sterling ran a good race, placing 28th, with a time of 15.42 against a strong head wind and captain Ainsley Vaughn ran a strong race to take fourth place in 13.41. In the 800, Annelise Vaughn ran a strong race taking fifth with a good run of 2:31.51. Coach Baker observed, "The 800 is hard to predict—especially on a windy day like today. The pace varied quite a bit, and Annelise worked well and ran hard.”
In the Triple Jump, Sidney Taffe unfortunately had a no mark day. Sydni Jett jumped well as she jumped a season’s best 31’ 0.75” taking third in the event. In the 200 Meters, Rin Sterling ran smoothly down the stretch, as she placed 18th with her run of 30.56. AinsleyVaughn worked hard and stayed tough down the homestretch to place second in 27.33.
To close out the competition for the Wyverns on the track, the 4 X 400 Relay supported each other and ran an excellent race in the final heat. Leading off, Olivia Reynolds (a best time lead off split of 64.5) pushed down the stretch and put KO into contention. Then Erin Bowen (a split of 66.1) kept KO in second position, and Annelise Vaughn (a split of 66.1) ran confidently as she maintained KO’s position. Ainsley Vaughn took the baton and closed out her day with a split of 65.1 passing to bring the Wyverns in for second place The relay marked a good finish to a day of strong performance and determined effort.
With seven top six performances, including two relays in the top five, the Wyverns showed strength and courage. They showed smarts in handling difficult weather throughout the season, and they competed with heart. The Wyverns’ New England performance capped a solid 10 and 6 and 1 dual meet season.