Athletes of the Week

Annika Jensen ’23- Girls Track and Field

Annika has had a great start to the season for the Wildcats. She continued her success on Saturday, having a great meet at Avon, lowering her personal best in the 1500 by 13 seconds to 5:31, good enough for the 5th spot on the Williston Top-10 list. She also ran 67.09 in the open 400 to place at the meet. This time, run shortly after her 1500, was good enough for the tenth best time on the Top-10 list. While new to track this season, Annika has quickly cemented herself as a crucial part of the squad with her ability, work ethic, and positive team-first attitude. The squad will be looking for big things from Annika as the season progresses!

Braeden Heald ’18- Boys Track and Field

Braeden had a terrific day at Avon, where he was a part of two winning relays, and also won the 300 hurdles. Working backward, Braeden took the baton third in the 4×400 and ran a quick split to increase Williston’s lead to ensure a fast time on the day. Moments earlier, he had run an aggressive 300m hurdle race to win in a time of 45.09. Perhaps most impressive, Braeden kicked off the running portion of the meet by running the third leg on the school record-setting 4×100 team. The boys each ran quick splits and had clean handoffs to clock a 43.32, besting the old record by a substantial seven tenths of a second. Braeden’s work ethic and attitude serve as positive examples for his teammates.

Fiona Bundy ’18- Girls Varsity Lacrosse

Fiona has been a big part of the Wildcats success all season. She is a threat to score each time she has the ball. On Friday, she delivered 2 big goals against a solid Loomis squad and played some great defense, helping the Cats get the win on the road. She is a terrific leader and role model who works hard to be her best in all areas of the game. In addition to improving her own game, she is always doing her best to help her teammates do the same, pushing them to be the best they can be. The team will continue to look towards Fiona for her great play and leadership for the remainder of the season.

Sam Miles ’18- Boys Varsity Lacrosse

Sam has undoubtedly been a huge part of the boys varsity lacrosse team’s success this season from between the pipes. On Wednesday, he had a stellar performance as he stopped 14 Saves against a strong Berkshire team. His role in net allowed the team to pick up their first win against this opponent in almost 19 years. He continued his stellar performance on Saturday as he managed to stop 12 shots in a win against Pomfret! Sam is a solid leader for the squad and the team will continue to look to him for his stellar performances.

Gabby Jones ’18- Varsity Softball

Gabby has been a consistent “go to” player for the varsity softball team all season. Outstanding at the plate and in the field for the Cats, she went errorless this past week, both at third base and at shortstop. Against Pomfret on Monday, she racked up 4 hits including a homerun. Again on Wednesday against Worcester, she continued her offensive onslaught as she went 2 for 3 from the plate, including a walk off hit, scoring her younger sister from second base in the bottom of the 7th inning to earn a final score of 11-10. Against Deerfield on Saturday, she was perfect on the day as she went 3 for 3, including a double, and she also scored 3 runs. Gabby has been a phenomenal leader as our captain, being a vocal and competitive player on and off the field this season.

Reilly Gluz ’19 – Boys JV Lacrosse

Reilly has been an integral part of the Wildcats success this season. He continued his strong play on Wednesday as he played very well in goal, keeping the Wildcats in the game in a loss against Eaglebrook. On Saturday, he limited Pomfret’s senior-laden JV squad to only two goals, helping the team earn their first win of the season. He demonstrates the courage and ability to leave his area, whether it’s to snuff out breakaways or to lead his own fast break into the opposing half, giving his team much needed momentum. He has been the team’s most vocally consistent leader from the first day, and his love for the game is always there for everyone to see. Reilly is a fantastic role model for his teammates, and the squad will continue to look towards him for this ability.

Zoe Okaisabor ‘19- Girls JV Golf

Zoe has played a vital role in the girls JV golf team’s success this season. In Saturday’s match against Taft, she continued this role as she won the title of Williston’s match medalist, shooting the lowest score on the day for the Cats. Zoe is always working hard to improve her skills and also her teammates’ skills. Zoe leads by example as she always maintains a positive outlook, which undoubtedly positively affects her game, and the game of her teammates!

Rachel Goodman ‘20 – Girls JV Tennis

Rachel has been a strong, fierce competitor all season for the Wildcats. This week she stepped up to play the 1st singles spot and had a commanding 8-1 win. She doesn’t let the pressure change her game and constantly tries to outsmart her opponent. Rachel is very coachable and is aware of her strengths and weaknesses as a player.  She provides a great example for the rest of the team as she has worked hard to improve her game and it has clearly paid off!

Sofia Michalski ‘22- Girls JV Lacrosse

Sofia has been a strong and consistent presence all year for the Wildcats. She puts in a solid effort every day and is willing to try all positions. Sofia played both offense and defense during our Deerfield game, providing important energy in transitions. She also was able to pick up a goal. On Saturday against Rectory, she stepped into the net with no practice and managed 18 saves!  Sofia always comes to practices and games with a positive, can-do attitude. This attitude has become infectious for the rest of the squad.


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