Sophomore Gabby Thomas had another outstanding day at the NEPSAC Division II Track and Field Championships held at Williston Northampton School this past Saturday. Her top finishes earned her All New England recognition in four events, and included a record-setting run.
In the 100 meter dash, she earned her third straight NEPSAC title with a final time of 12.06, breaking the NEPSAC Division II record of 12.31. Hers was equal to the fastest electronically timed 100 meter dash in a NEPSAC championship meet at any level.
Ms. Thomas also had a second place finish in the triple jump with a jump of 36’ 6” and a fourth place finish in the long jump with a leap of 17′ 5″. Along with teammates Rachel Rockwell ’16, Jen Carellas ’15, and Lena Gandevia ’15 Ms. Thomas anchored the 4 x 100 relay team that finished in third place.
Ms. Thomas is Williston’s record holder for the long jump, triple jump, and 100 meter dash.
Williston Northampton School is the host site for the 2013 NEPSTA Division II Track & Field Championships on Saturday May 18th. The event will take place at Williston’s track & field facility at Galbraith Fields on Taft Avenue in Easthampton. Below is the schedule of events.
Directions to Galbraith Fields – parking and restrooms are available at the site
Field event order: starting at 12:00pm.
Boys shot and girls discus – then switch
Javelin will start at the change over of the shot and discus
Boys high jump then girls
Girls pole vault then boys
Boys and girls long jump (2 runways) then boys and girls triple jump
Running event order (boys first then girls) starting at 2:30pm.
100/110m high hurdles
300m intermediate hurdles
Senior softball captain Laura Aptowitz represented Williston on Sunday, May 5th in the annual Western New England Prep All Star game held at Loomis Chaffee School. Ms. Aptowitz, a four-year starter, went 2-for-3 with a double in helping her team to victory.
As an athlete, Ms. Aptowitz has certainly left her mark at Williston where she has earned 12 varsity letters as a three sport athlete in field hockey, ice hockey and softball. A slick fielding shortstop in softball, Ms. Aptowitz has had a terrific senior season at the plate, hitting .472 with 5 doubles and 2 home runs. Coach Molly Ward says that Laura “has been a great pleasure to coach.”
Ms. Aptowitz has been recruited to play softball next year at Union College. Congratulations, Laura!
Starting in the summer of 1968 Ultimate Frisbee began gaining a footing as colleges and high schools formed teams. By 1979, the Ultimate Players Association had been formed to govern the sport. Now there are more than 35,000 members of USA Ultimate.
This spring, Williston Northampton created its first Ultimate club team. Led by coaches Paul Rutherford, a science teacher, and Ben Thompson, director of psychological counseling services, the team holds practices twice a week and competes against local high schools. Continue reading
Gabby Thomas ‘15
Speedster Gabby Thomas, has been impressing teammates and coaches with her remarkable speed and determination through the track season. In the team’s most recent meets against Kingswood-Oxford, Westminster, and Hopkins Gabby set a new school record in the long jump with a leap of 17’ 7.5”. This jump broke the previous mark set by Annie Huyler ’08 in 2007. In the same week, Gabby also recorded a new record in the triple jump with a leap of 35’ 11.75”, which eclipsed her own record set last year.
Michael Walters ‘14
Last week junior Michael broke the school record for the 200 meter dash. Michael’s time of 22.3 seconds eclipsed the previous record of 22.7 sec. set by Sydney Baptista in 2005. As a first year student at Williston, Michael has been an outstanding addition to this year’s track team, always arriving with a smile on his face and willingness to work to work hard to reach his and the team’s goals.
Mika Sovjani ‘18
First year lacrosse player, Mika Sovjani has picked up the game quickly. Mika scored a goal in last week’s match up against Rectory and is quickly becoming a skilled, fast, and versatile player! She is always arriving to practice and games with a positive attitude and an eagerness to learn.
Ledell Robinson ’14
Ledell, played a significant role in the varsity baseball team’s last two games against Pomfret and Millbrook. During the week, Ledell went 3 for 6 at the plate with a grand slam and 7 RBI. Ledell also scored four runs and had two stolen bases while playing strong defense at his centerfield position in the outfield.
Karly Simpson ’13
A captain for the girls varsity lacrosse team, Karly has had an outstanding start to the season. In two big in wins over Westminster and Millbrook, Karly scored nine goals and had six assists. With a competitive edge and natural leadership skills, Karly’s will to win is undeniable. She has been a motivator on and off the field, dominating in draw control and ground balls, and being a positive role model for her teammates.
Cam LaMotte ’14
In boys JV lacrosse, Cam LaMotte is a co-leader in goals so far this season. That includes an overtime goal to win the team’s first game and a hat trick against Hopkins. Cam was recently elected captain by his teammates, in recognition of his hustle and leadership both on and off the field. He has been an energetic and enthusiastic leader throughout the season and continues to push himself and his teammates to improve every game and practice.
Erik Ostberg ‘14
Boys varsity baseball captain Erik Ostberg has made an early impact on the season thus far. Erik was 5-8 this week with two doubles and a triple. He also scored 2 runs and had 2 RBI. On the season he is hitting .615 with a .733 OBP and a 1.077 Slugging Percentage. Erik leads the team in RBI with four and he has also played a key defensive role behind the plate at catcher.
Caroline Borden ’16 and Yoonji Kim ‘15
New double partners Caroline Borden and Yoonji Kim have been an outstanding duo for the girls’ varsity tennis team. Always arriving eager and prepared for practices and matches, the pair has shown exemplary leadership, commitment, and motivation. Coach Wilinsky says, “They are a true pleasure to coach and an inspiration to their teammates.” Undefeated in third doubles so far, Caroline and Yoonji look to pursue a successful season as doubles partners.
Mackenzie Possee ‘15
In the JV girl’s lacrosse home opener against Miss Porter’s, Mackenzie Possee made an impressive showing in her first-ever game in net. Making save after save Mackenzie was able to keep the Williston girls in the game leading them to a 12-10 victory. Mackenzie always brings a positive attitude and has proven to be a true leader on and off the field.
In 1953, the boys swimming team was among the strongest in the nation. Led by Coach Wilmot Babcock, the swimmers had an average meet score of 48.1-25.7 (+22.4) and formed one of the top 10 teams in the country — on a list that included colleges.
Among the accolades the swimming team garnered that year were the national prep records for the 100 freestyle, 200 free, 200 free relay, and 150 medley relay. Team members would set nine pool records for the 50 free (Harlow “Chip” Ide ‘55), 100 free (Rex Aubrey ‘53), 150 IM (Don Miller), and the medley relay.
An undefeated football team, an Olympic runner, a National Hockey League player, and a coach who took his team to 15 New England championships are just four of the outstanding members who will be inducted in the Williston Northampton School’s inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame.
Mary McCarthy ’15
Sophomore standout Mary McCarthy has had an outstanding start to the water polo season. In the team’s first ever win against Choate, Mary had 15 saves in the 6-4 victory, allowing no goals in the shallow end. Later in the week, Mary and the water polo team faced a powerful Exeter squad. Although the game ended in a loss, Mary made 20 saves in the all deep-end pool to keep the team alive throughout the game.
Conor Archbald ’13
A workhorse midfielder for the boys’ varsity lacrosse team, Conor has been an encouraging and motivated leader on and off the field. In last week’s match up against Gunnery, Conor had 2 goals and 3 assists in the teams narrow 15-16 loss on the road. Conor has scored in all three of the boy’s lax games team and is proving to be a strong competitor early in the season.