Greenwich Time: Sacred Heart Greenwich captures FAA track and field title
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Sacred Heart Greenwich was second to none at the first FAA Track and Field Championships.
Sparked by numerous top-five finishes and personal-record performances, the Tigers won the inaugural event held at Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., on Tuesday and Wednesday with a team score of 155 team points. Rye Country Day School was the runner-up (122), followed by Greenwich Academy (104), Hopkins School (56) and Greens Farms Academy (25).
“The remarkable part of the performances is that we had 17 athletes competing in 16 events,” Sacred Heart coach Greg Domestico said. “Everyone on the team contributed and scored. Most of our girls learned new events the past two weeks, so that we could have more depth and excelled at what they were doing.
“They went out of their comfort zone and did what was necessary for the team to win. The fact that we don’t have much time on an actual track is really a testament to their will and competitiveness.”
The seven-team, 16-event meet saw Sacred Heart’s Alana Frederick captured the first-place medal in the 200-meter dash, posting a time of 28.20 seconds. Jasmine Simmons of Hopkins placed second (28.25) and Faith Hardy of Rye Country Day was third (28.99). Gabby Petrizzo of Sacred Heart had a fifth-place finish in 29.21 (personal-record time), while Greenwich Academy’s Paige Keating took sixth (29.37, personal-record time).
In the 400-meter run, Justine Hounsell took top honors for the Tigers, clocking in at 1:01.86 — a school-record and personal-best performance. Frederick finished second (1:02.55, personal-record) and Arly Rodriguez (Rye Country Day, 1:04.18) was third. Grace von Oiste of GA had a fourth-place finish in 1:04.29 (personal-best time).