Greenwich High School’s girls and boys track teams ended their respective seasons in style, as a number of their runners showcased their skills at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor last week A&T State in Greensboro, N.C.
Greenwich’s girls 1,600-meter sprint medley relay team of Abril Martinez-Arraya, Jada Williams, Jordan Numme and Emily Philippides finished 18th in the championship race at the national meet. The foursome posted a school-record time of 4:07.69.
“I was shocked, excited and proud to see them set a school record,” GHS girls track coach Evan Dubin said. “They all ran great and they came home with a school record, which was an outstanding achievement.”
The Cardinals’ distance medley relay squad of Zoe Harris, Numme, Kate Ragone and Hetty McMillan placed eighth in the women’s Emerging Elite race (4,000-meter race) with a time of 12:22.34.
In the sprint medley relay event at nationals (800 meters), Martinez-Arraya, Bea Edmonds, Williams and Numme were 25th in the Emerging Elite competition in 1:52.52.
Philippides, who along with McMillan and Ragone, graduated from Greenwich on Wednesday, clocked in at 2:16.54 (27th place) in the championship race of the 800-meter event. Philippides was the CHSCA Track Athlete of the Year this season and will compete at Princeton University in the fall. McMillan will run at Lehigh University and Ragone will continue her track career at Loyola University Maryland.
Also for the Cardinals, Olivia DiLascia, Edmonds, Harris and McMillan registered a time of 4:18.60 in the 1,600 sprint medley relay.
On the boys side at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor, in the Emerging Elite sprint medley relay, Oliver Fulton, Zane Nye, Charlie Ducret and George Karakadas had a 10th-place finish in 3:35.97 — the fourth fastest time in Connecticut this season.
Fulton and Nye each ran 200-meter legs in the race, Ducret ran a strong 400-meter leg and Karakadas ran the final 800.
Nye competed in the freshman 100-meter race and finished second in his heat in the preliminaries in 11.15 seconds — a personal-best time by .11 seconds.