Crossing the Finish Line

Crossing the Finish Line


Girls Track & Field Has Championship Season

In May 1935, the great American sprinter Jesse Owens set three world records (and tied one more) in 45 minutes at the Big 10 Championships. Owens' day is usually considered one of the finest performances in track and field history. On May 4 at Thayer Academy, it took Nyla Palmer ‘25 only slightly longer (a two-hour stretch) to set three new school records for Govs.

In the first running event of the day, Nyla, Mia Svendsen ‘25, Makayla Moriarty ‘24, and Maddie Hickey ‘25 broke their own school record in the 4 X 100-meter relay with a time of 49.08 (the second fastest time in all of Massachusetts so far this year). A short time later, Nyla officially became the fastest female in Govs history by running a 12.38 in the 100-meter dash. In her final event, Nyla again ran away from the field and broke the school record in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.36.

And this was just the start of a record-breaking and championship-winning month for the Girls Varsity Track & Field team!

On May 11, the team won the ISL Championship Meet at Milton Academy. Leading the way for Govs were ISL Champions in six events.

●      200-meter dash - Nyla (25.35)

●      400-meter dash - Makayla (57.58)

●      800-meter run - Jillian Bergeron ’27 (2:21.50)

●      1500-meter run - Jillian (4:51.20)

●      Pole vault -  Amina Cifric ‘25 (11-00.00)

●      4 X 100-meter relay - Maddie, Makayla, Nyla, and Mia (48.73, school record)

In addition, Nyla placed third (12.76) and Mia placed fifth (13.13) in the 100-meter dash finals, Lila Graves ‘24 placed third in the 100-meter hurdles (16.83), Amina placed third (48.49) and Tessa Borgatti ‘26 placed fourth (49.56) in the 300-meter hurdles, Makayla placed second in the 200-meter dash (25.61), and Jillian, Amina, Makayla, and Anna Tardiff ‘24 placed second in the 4 X 400-meter relay (4:08.81). In addition, Amanda Hanrahan ‘24 placed fourth (31-07.00) and Francine Tshimbalanga ‘24 placed fifth (31-00.75) in the shot put. Amanda also placed second in the discus throw (92-05). Lila ‘24 placed third in the long jump (16-10.25). Click here for full meet results.

A week later, at the New England Division II Championship Meet at Tabor Academy, the team came out of the gates strong and added to their victories. The team celebrated championship wins in the following events:

●      4 X 100-meter relay - Maddie, Makayla, Nya, and Mia (48.91)

●      200-meter dash - Nyla (26.37)

●      400-meter dash - Makayla (58.25)

●      Pole vault - Amina (10-06.00)

In addition, Governor’s athletes secured three second-place finishes at the championship meet—Jillian in the 1500-meter run (4:45.29), Jillian in the 800-meter run (2:20.59), and

Jillian, Mei-Ling Bielagus ‘25, Tessa Borgatti ‘26, and Makayla in the 4 X 400-meter relay (4:08.03). These athletes scored points: Lila placed fifth (18.10) and Tessa placed sixth (18.17) in the 100-meter hurdles, Nyla placed third (12.83) and Mia placed fifth (13.32) in the 100-meter dash finals, Mei-Ling placed fifth in the 400-meter dash (1:02.31), Makayla placed third in the 200-meter dash (26.51), Tessa placed fourth in the 300-meter hurdles (49.96), Amanda placed fourth in the shot put (31-04.50), Amanda placed fifth in the discus throw (88-10.00), Lila placed fourth in the long jump (16-06.00) and the triple jump (34-01.75), and Alia Bezzari ‘26 placed sixth in the high jump (4-04.00). These tremendous finishes, secured the team first place at the championship meet (out of fourteen teams). Click here for full meet results.

Congratulations to the Girls Varsity Track & Field athletes and coaches: Steve Suomi P’27, Mark Gerry P’18,’19, Jeff Kelly ‘85, P’17, Ray Long ‘96, Andrew DeSalvo, and Tori Davis!