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Monday, November 20 High School Sports

Greenwich girls track team tops Staples on Senior Day

GREENWICH — Recording numerous first-place finishes and standout performances, the Greenwich High School girls track and field team hopes its efforts during Monday’s meet against Staples was a prelude of what is to come.

The Cardinals will host next week’s FCIAC Championships and judging from Monday’s Senior Day results against Staples, they are primed and poised for the postseason.

Winning the majority of the events, Greenwich concluded its regular season by defeating visiting Staples, 87.66-56.33, at Cardinal Stadium. Greenwich finished its regular season with a record of 7-3.

Senior Emily Philippides, the Hearst Connecticut Media Indoor Girls Track and Field MVP, placed first in the 200-meter dash (26.96) and ran on Greenwich’s winning 4x400-meter relay squad (4:09.50). Philippides said she will either run the 800-meter run or the mile event at Monday’s FCIAC Championships at GHS and will compete in relay events.

“It will be nice to have the FCIAC finals at home,” Philippides said. “Filling our stands with people we know will be nice. We came close last year at FCIACs and states, so we feel we have a shot at contending for the title.”

Freshman Jada Williams of Greenwich was the runnerup in the 200 and 100-yard dash. She placed second behind Philippides in the 200 in 27.90. Ivy Prince of Staples was third (28.44).

“The 200, I just tried to finish with a strong 100 at the end,” Williams said. “The first year has been kind of hard for me, because a lot of my competition is older. I’m looking forward to seeing the really good competition at the postseason meets.”

Cameron Castelli of Greenwich crossed the finish line first in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.65. Williams took second (13.71), followed by GHS junior Olivia DiLascia (13.82). The 400-meter run saw Cardinals sophomore Jordan Numme post a winning time of 1:01.45. Teammate Kate Ragone was second (1:05.19).

In the 800-meter run, senior Kristen Lodato registered a winning time of 2:28.17 for Greenwich. Elizabeth Grellier of GHS took second (2:31.57), followed by Staples’ Elysse McCambley (2:38.93).

Lodato also won the grueling 3,200-meter run in 12:54.50; Staples’ Molly Mahoney was second in 13:42.40.

“At this point of the season, we are trying to make states and FCIACs and get those times faster so we can qualify for the bigger meets,” Lodato said. “Today was a great day for that. This last meet was a special meet for us at home. We’re looking forward to FCIACs, especially our seniors. Running at home will be special for us and hopefully, we’ll win it.”

Cardinals freshman Zoe Harris placed first in the 1,600-meter event (5:39.90), while teammate Sinead Clarke, a sophomore, won the 100 hurdles (17.62). Alexa Chinitz was the 300 hurdles winner for Staples (52.17).

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“That was Alexa’s fastest time of the year,” Staples coach Jesse McCray said. “The past few weeks, she has been getting better and better at every meet. I was also pleased with our relays and hurdles.”

Greenwich standout Lia Zavattaro won the pole vault event with a personal-record distance of 12 feet, 1 inch.

“It feels really great to get my personal-best result at home,” Zavattaro said. “Having this height right before the FCIAC meet is reassuring. We have to continue to train hard and keep the right mentality going into the FCIAC finals.”

Prince of Staples (long jump, 16-01), Amanda Neckritz of the Wreckers (triple jump, 32-03), Claudia Zuccarelli (Greenwich, discus, 64-04), DiLascia (high jump, 5-0) and Anika Bartie (Staples, javelin, 99-00) each won their respective events.

dfierro@greenwichtime.com; 203-625-4423

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